One-day field trip to Koprivshtitsa city will be held on 8 May 2021 (included in the registration fee for all participants).
During the field trip are included technical visit of forests around the city, lunch, professional guide and short touristic program in the old town of Koprivshtitsa city.
Koprivshtitsa is ranked 21st among the 30 most beautiful towns in Europe, according to the Japanese Association of Travel Agents (JATA).
“It was here that the struggle for independence from the ‘ottoman yoke’ kicked off in 1876 and today Bulgarians recognise its significant place in their history”, wrote Robert Nurden for the Telegraph. “This picturesque town of half-timbered buildings, guarding the Sredna Gora mountains and divided by the meandering Topolnitsa river, hosts important music and folklore festivals”.
Koprivshtitsa is located 110 km east of Sofia and 90 km north of Plovdiv. The town is situated in the picturesque valley along the Topolnitsa river, in a mountainous region, in the heart of the Central Sredna Gora mountains, at 1030 meters above sea level, and not far from it, you can see the biggest peaks of the mountains - Bogdan (1604 m asl) and Bunaya (1594 m asl).
The mountains have been covered for centuries with beech forests, and in the recent past the cutted areas have been reforested with coniferous species (mainly Scots pine, Norway spruce, larch). There are many places in the mountains with wild strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, nettles, sorrel, dock, various mushrooms, crocuses, etc. Larger wild animals, including wild boar, deer, fox, wolf and more can be seen there. A rare rock eagle and black stork are also seen in the vicinity of the city.
In 1971 Koprivshtitsa was granted the status of an architectural and historical reserve, and in 1978 – the status of an architectural reserve of international importance and a settlement for international tourism. The city preserves over 300 monuments of culture from the Bulgarian Renaissance. The city's greatest fortresses are the houses of this period with colorful courtyards surrounded by high stone walls and wide wooden gates, some of which have been converted into museums.
Koprivshtitsa has an agricultural and livestock tradition – despite the status of a city, still a large part of the population is engaged in these activities.
A wide range of useful herbs can be seen in the city and its surroundings.
Near the town Smilovene was found - Thracian residence, built before 2600 years.