Vitosha Mountain is the fourth highest mountain in Bulgaria. It is just outside of the capital city of Sofia. The mountain is the oldest nature park on the Balkan Peninsula, which was established in 1934 and today covers an area of almost 67,000 acres. In the winter, Vitosha Mountain is a popular place for downhill skiing, cross country skiing, and other snow sports. Ski season here lasts about 120 days.
In the summer months, Vitosha Mountain offers good hiking and trekking. There are several trails that are good for single day hikes and hikers of all levels. The mountain is home to a diverse number of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and birds. Throughout the year, 200 bird species can be seen here, with 120 of them nesting within the park. The longest cave in Bulgaria, at about 11 miles long, is also located at Vitosha Mountain. Other sites located here include a medieval orthodox church called Boyana Church and the Boyana Waterfall.
Vitosha Mountain is located 6 miles outside of Sofia.