Bulgaria claims the highest waterfall in the Balkans, the 124.5-metre Rayskoto Praskalo, or Heavens’ Sprinkler, in the Stara Planina mountains. In addition to it, this country has some famous waterfalls: in Boyana, just south of Sofia, the Borov Kamak near Vratsa and the Rilska Skakavitsa in the Rila, to name but a few. However, there are plenty of other less-known waterfalls waiting to be discovered. Finding them is a delight in the heat of summer, and you do not need to hike for hours to reach them.
It is merely six metres high, but it is very popular with people from Veliko Tarnovo and the surrounding region. Here is why. Kapinovski Waterfall boasts a wonderful deep pool, into which it is a pleasure to jump on a hot summer day. It is a few metres away from the beautiful Revival Period Kapinovski Monastery. The nearby camping area provides a cheap holiday solution for those who cannot or do not want to go to Ahtopol.
The waterfall by Hotnitsa village, near Veliko Tarnovo, has a feature that sticks in the memory. It falls into a deep, surreally green pool. This colour is also present upstream in the Bohot river, as you will see if you take the eco-trail starting from the waterfall.
Hotnitsa itself does not look like much, but two things make it stand out. In the 2000s it became a favourite location for British ex-pats moving to rural Bulgaria. Some of them are still there. The village environs have been a preferred place of settlement for generations of people, starting from Neolithic times. So far, the remains of 70 settlements have been discovered around Hotnitsa. Was it the waterfall that made it so enticing?
The drive on the I-6 Road from Sofia to Burgas is slower than on the Trakiya Motorway, but passes through more alluring landscapes, with places to stop and explore. On and around it are the traditional gems of Koprivshtitsa, the historical towns of Sopot, Karlovo and Kalofer, the remains of the late Antiquity Elenska Basilica church and the Anevsko Kale fortress. Along the road, there are also the blooms and scents of the attar-bearing roses (May-June) and lavender shrubs (all summer).
The I-6 also passes by a waterfall. Located near the eponymous village, the Anton waterfall is just beside the road: a great excuse to stop for a rest and some photos.