Melnik is the smallest town in Bulgaria. The most striking architectural monuments, such as the Kordopulova and Pashova houses, date back to this era. The Kordopulova house is the largest Revival building in Bulgaria. It was built in 1754. and it belonged to the wealthy family of Kordopulovi, who produced wine. The cellars, carved into the rock beneath and behind the house, with their constant temperature and ventilation were used in the preparation and seasoning of the famous Melnik wine.
The wine which is produced by the unique Bulgarian brand Wide Melnik Vine has a wonderful quality, scents of ripe cherry, herbs, and in the presence of an oak it develops nuances of tobacco and leather. It is one of the attractions of the town and the region, and it attracts many admirers from the whole world. You can sample it in some of the wineries and cellars in the town and around it. The combination of good wine and wonderful local food attract a lot of tourists.
Unique Melnik's Pyramids
The Melnik pyramids are situated near the town, and they are declared a natural landmark. And they are really unique. It’s a natural formation which attracts tourists from all over the world. It is considered that such pyramides were formed because of the soil erosion. The Pyramides of Melnik are in process of their formation and their form is changing in the course of time.
Culture & Traditions
Saint George Church - Zlatolist
Saint George Church in the village of Zlatolist was built in 1857. It is remarkable with its old murals painted in 1876 by painter Teofil Minov from the village of Galachnik, Rekan. There are legends saying that whoever steps on it, gets healed from whatever illness they may suffer. In the church yard there is a 1300 year-old plane tree that is believed to help for different health problems.
The monastery is located 5 km. from the town of Melnik. It is the biggest religious temple in the Pirin region and one of the oldest spiritual centers in Bulgaria. The monastery is experiencing a revival in the XVI century with the building of the main church and the dining room, but after then was set on fire several times. In XVII century the temple has been restored again and began to take its present form. It reaches its upsurge in the XIX century when it served as a regional cultural center.
The house consists of: ground floor with carved into the rock wineries switched into a system of tunnels served for secret passage with an access at the top of the height; semi-floor with economic function and bow-windowed floor. The cellars are with constant temperature, ventilation and spring water. They have been the producers of the high quality Melnik wine. Unique is the host (guest) room in the southwestern part of the residential floor - with 24 windows with colored Venetian stained glass and baroque decoration of wooden cupboards, with a podium where at the dedication of the house there was a performance of specially invited Viennese actors.
Kashina's Waterfall "Skoka"
Kashina is small village, 15 km from Melnik, 30 km from Sandanski and 15 km from Rozhen Momastery. The waterfall "Skoko" 19 m is one of the biggest and most amazing show place in Pirin mountains. The waterfall attracts lovers of canyoning. The route to the waterfall is suitable for all ages and has signboards on it.
Hotel Melnik is a nice and cozy hotel complex located in the heart of the town of Melnik and surrounded by the breathtaking landscape of the famous sand pyramids. Architecturally designed in the style of Bulgarian Renaissance houses this three-star hotel has retained the unique atmosphere of the architectural reserve Melnik. Completely renovated in 2010 the hotel offers excellent facilities for recreation and SPA tourism as well as for business meetings and events.
Elli Greco Hotel is situated in Melnik and features free wireless internet. It also provides a Jacuzzi, an outdoor pool and a sauna. Those staying at the hotel can enjoy the property's gardens. The in-house day spa offers a variety of facial and body treatments. Guests staying at Elli Greco Hotel can relax in their stylish rooms that offer a refrigerator, a private bathroom and heating. Those staying at Elli Greco Hotel can sit down to a unique dining experience at the on-site restaurant, conveniently located for those who want to stay close by for a meal.
Slavova Krepost Hotel is located in the heart of Melnik. With its 12 double rooms, 3 studios and 1 deluxe suite with Jacuzzi – all equipped with air-conditioner, TV, local heating and Internet access, with its restaurant, wine cellar and underground parking lot, the hotel offers its quests perfect conditions for complete relaxation. The interior architecture of the hotel, with its wooden ceilings and stone walls, is fully sustained in the Bulgarian Renaissance style.