Our journey started one Friday afternoon in the spring just after the working week was over. We headed to the town of Melnik, where we arrived just in time for dinner. After it we walked around the town, something that didn’t take long because Melnik as the smallest town in Bulgaria is stretched on less than a kilometer.
The next morning we walked the same route again, this time during the day, eventually taking the car and drove till the town of Sandanski, not omitting to stop and make several photos of the so called “Pyramids of Melnik”, a natural phenomenon, quite curious for those of us who hadn’t seen it before. The weather was perfect what made our trip even more pleasant. We went through the center and the park of Sandanski for about 2 hours (note that the park is quite long, and very well maintained as well) and so it was lunchtime already. In the restaurants there menus are almost every time translated into Greek, not surprisingly, given the fact that the town is situated very close to the border with Greece. Landmarks in the town are not many, anyhow I really liked it.
After lunch we drove to Petrich, another town that stays even closer to the border. There is nothing special about the town, at least in my opinion, yet within some distance of about 10 km you may find Rupite and the Fortress of Samuil. However, we were exhausted and had no time for them, so we went back to Melnik.
In the morning we visited the Rozhen Monastery and Rupite. Both are worth seeing and I was greatly impressed by Rupite- a charming place where you may feel a kind of energy once there.
After a nice walk, we started our journey back just adding another stop to our trip in the village Usoyka where we went to a Serbian restaurant "Pri Miro," that for me was a bit overrated and more expensive than a normal roadside restaurant.