Popovo lake – the deepest lake in Pirin

Popovo lake, hidden in the heart of Pirin, is one of the most fascinating natural wonders in Bulgaria. This lake not only impresses with its depth, but also with its mystical beauty, attracting tourists and nature lovers from all over the world.

What is this majestic Popovo Lake?

Located in the western section of the Pirin National Park, the lake offers unforgettable views and tranquility away from the city noise.

Located at an altitude of 2233.5 m, Papazgöl – as it was once known, is surrounded by the majestic Pirin peaks of Kralev Dvor, Jangal, Momini Dvori, Sivria and Jano, which add an extra touch to its magic.

Its depth is 29.5 m, and the total area is 123.6 decares. This makes it the second largest lake not only in Bulgaria, but also in the Balkans as a whole.

A curious fact that you might not know is that no animal species can thrive here. Many years ago it was tried to be stocked, but every fish put in it died after a few days.

Попово езеро и неговия малък остров в средата

Popovo Lake – a one-day trip around Pirin

Popovo Ezero is the perfect place for a day trip, especially for those who are near Bansko or Dobrinishte. It is located in the western part of the Pirin National Park and offers unforgettable views and tranquility, far from the city noise.

During the summer season, it is a frequently chosen destination for picnics and outings in nature, because the route is easy and suitable even for families with small children.

Around it you can also visit other impressive destinations, such as h. Bezbog, Samodiv Lake or Tevno Lake.

Let’s not forget that Bansko and Dobrinishte are nearby, where you can immerse yourself in the incredible local cuisine, as well as the historical and cultural centers, such as the house-museum of Nikola Vaptsarov.

From Gotse Delchev hut to Pop Lake

If you don’t want to use a lift, your journey to Popovo Lake can start from the Gotse Delchev hut. Here, the trails are well marked and offer easy access.

The route is relatively easy and pleasant, suitable even for beginner hikers. The total height difference along the route is about 181 meters, which makes it accessible even for families with children.

On the way to Popovo Lake, tourists can enjoy the rich flora and fauna of Pirin, as well as the impressive views of the surrounding peaks.

After reaching x. Bezbog, you can rest with a cup of hot tea, and then take the road to Popovo Lake. In terms of time, it can take you about 3 hours both ways, but be sure to add a little more to enjoy every single view and take lots of photos.

Попово езеро - Най-дълбокото езеро в Пирин

Popovo lake is not only the deepest in Pirin, but also one of the most beautiful and mystical places in the Bulgarian mountains. Its uniqueness lies in its natural characteristics, but also in the rich history and legends that surround it. Its visit is mandatory for anyone who wants to experience the true beauty of the Bulgarian nature. And for an incredible end to your holiday, indulge in peace and relaxation with us – at Ruskovets Resort.

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Vanya Grancharova

I actively participate in the cultural life of the tourist destination Bansko and I’m a member of the patriotic association "Dedo Lazko". I combine my commitments to the tourism business with teaching at the high school in Bansko. I am part of the author's team for the adaptation of „Slavic Bulgarian History“ for students. My favorite projects that I develop with passion and enthusiasm are: "Art Idea Bg" company for design, the internet portal for culinary tourism www.culinarytourism.bg and the "Taste of Bansko" project as entirely my author's spaces.