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Leshten, Kovachevitsa and Delchevo – the forgotten renaissance villages

October 27, 2016
Leshten, Kovachevitsa and Delchevo – the  forgotten renaissance villages

At this article, I will tell you about the three small villages located in the embrace of the Rhodope and Pirin mountains – Leshten, Kovachevitsa, and Delchevo. All three seemed leaf on the slopes of colorful forest near the town of Gotse Delchev. Recently villages are popular for agri-tourism.

Leshten
Leshten village

Leshten village

Leshten is in southwestern Bulgaria about 15 km from the town of Gotse Delchev. First of all, I want to say that the village is in colorful Western Rhodopes and fully it preserves the Renaissance style of architecture. The houses are with stone roofs and mud walls. The streets are narrow and with cobblestone and they carry the spirit of our glorious past.

Small houses of Leshten village

Small houses of Leshten village

Leshten offers beautiful panoramic views of the Pirin Mountain and the valley of the Mesta River. There are already more than 10 restored houses and some of them offer accommodation. In the village you can use some attractions such as mountain walking, picking herbs and mushrooms or walk to neighboring beautiful places.

The alley

The alley

At Leshten is an atypical house – the clay house. It is from natural materials – clay, straw, and wood. Its unusual appearance is accompanied by her odd interior design. The sofa in the house of clay, as well as a TV stand. It looks very comfortable inside and is somehow very nice. The tourists can rent the clay house.

The clay house

The clay house

Kovachevica

The village of Kovachevica is about 8 km from the village of Leshten and it’s about 1050 meters above the sea level. The village has been used by the film industry and became the setting for various films.

Kovachevica village

Kovachevica village

It is very tidy and well kept its revival. In 18-19 century Kovachevica was an educational center. Back in 1977, Kovachevica became was declared a historical and architectural reserve. While you are walking there you can smell the history and the spirit of it.

In addition, I want to say that currently, Leshten has 10 permanent inhabitants and Kovachevica around 30. Gradually these beautiful secluded spots are being depopulated.

Between houses in Kovachevica village

Between houses in Kovachevica village

What else can you see about Leshten and Kovachevitsa?

You can also visit those place if you have enough time:

  • The Waterfall “Blue Pool”
  • The Area “Goat stone”
  • The Reserve “Dark Forest”
  • Village of Ognyanovo
  • Village of Garmen
Delchevo

Delchevo is about 8 km from the town of Gotse Delchev, but the road that leads to it is steep and twisty.

Delchevo village

Delchevo village

The village has preserved the style and spirit of Bulgarian village. There is about 40 permanent inhabitant. The whole village is with small with old-fashion houses. From the village are beautiful panoramic views of the town of Gotse Delchev.

Gotse Delchev

Gotse Delchev

The place is touring for 20-something minutes and then you can sit at any of the meat pubs and enjoy some Rhodope food.

Flowers

Flowers

What else can you visit near Delchevo?
  • The Church “Assumption”
  • The Waterfall Delchevo

If you desire to walk and immerse yourself in the distant past of the revival era these small villages are your place. If you want to enjoy the beautiful panoramas and landscapes you can stroll around the villages nestled in the Rhodopes.

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