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From Rila, travel about 90 miles west and arrive in the exciting city of Skopje.
There is a variety of natural attractions just outside of Rila. Why not head 18 miles to Musala Peak? Alternatively, you can admire Mother Nature's handiwork at Vitosha Nature Park, 30 miles away.
Those who are looking to further their knowledge on spirituality will be more than happy here. Relax in the serene atmosphere at Rila Monastery and Church of Rozhdestvo Bogorodichno.
Leave a cloud of white powder behind you as you conquer the slopes at Borovets Ski Resort. True powder hounds should also try out Dobrinishte Ski Resort.
Bachinovo Park and Church Vavedenie Bogorodichno are not far from the middle of Blagoevgrad, 10 miles to the southwest. After more? Govedartsi, 15 miles to the northeast of Rila, is home to Tsarska Bistritsa and Malyovitsa Ski Resort.
About 45 miles to the west, Kocani is a place chock-full with activities. Kochani University of Law, Fountain Square and City Farmer's Market aren't that far away. Keep in mind, Defence Tower and Freedom Monument may be more your thing.
Your eyes shouldn't have all the fun while visiting Rhodopes Mountains. Give your taste buds a little loving too by digging into some of the local food and drink. After all, you can't say you've truly experienced a destination until you've tasted its flavours.
Typical fare here tends to include kiselo mlyako (yoghurt) and kashkaval (yellow cheese), two essential elements for which the area is famous for dishing up.
No proud foodie would leave Rila without tasting one or two of the classic meals, such as shkembe chorba (tripe soup) and tarator (cold soup).
A meal isn't complete without dessert, so don't worry about counting calories for a while and savour one of the best sweet treats, mliako s oriz (rice pudding).
For fans of a satisfying pint, look for a cosy bar and say zagorka. It's best enjoyed alongside some storytelling and mingling with the regulars.
Take advantage of your transit time by practising a couple of local expressions. Try to pronounce "Kak se kazvash". It means "what's your name?" Perhaps you'll find "Drago mi e" a little bit easier to say? It means "pleased to meet you".
Delectable food, dancing and music — national celebrations show the best of what a country has to offer. Don't forget to join hands with the locals on Liberation Day on the 3rd of March.
Like all good things, your trip to Rila must eventually come to an end. When it's finally time to depart, say one last "Doviždane" and spend your leftover holiday allowance on some unique souvenirs.
Rila's nearest terminal is Sofia Airport (SOF). When the time comes to pack up your suitcase and hit the tarmac, travel 40 miles to the north.
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