For those who love archaelogy, this is the perfect place. It's a burial mound from the dynasty of an ancient Thracian king in Bulgaria dating back to the 4th and 5th centuries. This particular necropolis consists of 8 mounds, each with a different size. This tomb is 65.6 feet high and 278.8 feet in diameter. It's made of stone blocks, held together by iron clamps and covered with lead. Among other things, it contains two large chambers, a rectangle one and a circular one.
Karlovo, with 28,000 people is only 7.5 miles from Banya and is a thriving town with many nice shops and restaurants. It sits at the base of the Balkan Range and the low mountain spurs of Sredna Gora Mountains. This town was the birthplace of Vasil Levski, the Apostle of Bulgarian freedom from the Turkish empire in the 19th century. You'll find lots of interesting things to see and do in Karlovo, including the world famous Day of the Rose that is celebrated every year on the first Saturday of June. The entire town participates in this wonderful celebration of the world's most cherished flower, the rose.
Climb every mountain, search high and low,
Follow every byway, every path you know.
Climb every mountain, ford every stream,
Follow every rainbow, till you find your dream!

A dream that will need
all the love you can give,
Every day of your life
for as long as you live.

Climb every mountain, ford every stream,
Follow every rainbow, till you find your dream!


In and around the area of Banya, you can experience literally the words of Rodger's and Hammerstein's immortal song, "Climb Every Mountain." The mountains and the foothills await you and beckon you to come and discover for yourself why Bulgaria is indeed a treasure among nations with its beautiful mountains and deep green valleys. There's a rock with your name on it in Bulgaria, waiting for you to find your dream.
The town of Hisarya, population 9,400, is located just 8.5 miles from Banya and is a modern health resort with 22 mineral springs. During the Roman rule of Bulgaria, it was called Augusta and Sevastopolis and was a wealthy city with wide stone streets, marble baths, a sewage system and many statutes of Roman gods. Sick people found healing water in Hisarya and came from all over the Balkan peninsula. Hisarya is a very clean town and its water ranges in temperature from 75-120 degrees fahrenheit. There are also many beautiful parks and gardens that surround the city, as well as the remains of the anicient Roman wall. It's a great place to have your picture taken with that someone special.
Vasil Levski
 
Kalofer, Bulgaria
 
Climb Every Mountain
Karlovo, Bulgaria
Hisarya, Bulgaria
Roman Wall
Area Around Banya
Largest Thracian Tomb Found in Southeastern Europe Near Starosel
Karolov Fountain on a Summer Day
Old Town in Karlovo
The lovely town of Sopot sits just a few kilometers from Karolo toward the West. It is famous for its extreme sports and has some of the best facilities for paragliding in Easter Europe.Paragliding is a recreational and competitive flying sport. People come from all over the world to enjoy the sport and compete. Sopot is a quiet town that invites you to come and take a look, enjoy the mountains and the clean air. Mineral water flows from outlets throughout the town and you can enjoy a cold drink of fresh, pure Bulgarian water as you walk around the town.
One of our favorite areas for viewing the Rose Valley is from the Village of Begoonsee which is located only a few kilometers from Banya. From here you can see across the valley toward the Botev Mountains. This place, like all Bulgaria villages, offers a different way of life and a respite from all the hustle and bustle of the modern world. There's a sight seeing vehicle available. That is if you can get him to stop and pick you up.
 
Just Looking for a Ride
This breathtaking view can be seen from the road as you come into the Village of Begoonsee. We often marvel at the sheer beauty of the lush valley and the spectacular view of the Botev Mountains. We never get tired of seeing this area and often take the short trip from Banya to Begoonsee just to behold the beauty of this place.
A new and modern mineral bath facility has opened in the Village of Pesnapoy which is on the highway headed South from Banya toward Plovdiv. The water and facility is awesome and offers the best mineral bath available in a clean and pleasant atmosphere.
As Far as the Eye Can See
New Mineral Bath Near Banya at Pesnapoy