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Mountain Walking Holidays at Melanya offer the perfect balance of independence and support

A Melanya mountain walking holiday really does deliver the best of both worlds. Your time at our exclusive mountain retreat can be spent relaxing and taking the odd leisurely stroll or packed full of exciting activities with a few adrenalin hits thrown in for good measure. Similarly the amount of contact you have with your holiday hosts is entirely down to you. Some of our guests who are keen walkers choose to do their own thing and enjoy the complete privacy and flexibility of our self-catering holiday accommodation. Many of our guests who come to relax or detox take full advantage of our home cooked organic menu together with excursions to places of historical interest. The choice is yours.

Walking holidays in the Eastern Rhodope Mountains

If you are looking for an independent walking holiday in a mountain area of outstanding beauty, Melanya Mountain Retreat could be for you. Bordering Bulgaria and Greece, the Rhodope mountain range is home to a plethora of rare and exotic wildlife and provides the setting for ancient myths and legends. Today the eastern mountains are home to small pockets of friendly, ‘traditional rural survivalists’, who are at one with nature and appreciate the earthy aspects of mountain life.

Clothing, footwear and walking equipment

The Eastern Rhodope Mountains enjoy an average of 280 days of sunshine per year with temperatures reaching 40° in the height of summer. Typically the region enjoys a very traditional seasonal model, however, during August 2009 the area was well watered with heavy cloudbursts and storms and even a flurry of snow on the peak at Pamporovo. So, to quote the Cub Scout motto - be prepared. Lightweight waterproofs are advisable at most times of the year, together with well ‘worn in’ footwear. During the summer months, walking sandals or lightweight walking shoes are best with more robust footwear being preferable during the spring and autumn. Maps, compasses, GPS units and walking sticks for Nordic walking are all useful pieces of equipment with little weight, however the key to complete piece of mind is the mobile phone. The mobile signal at the house is excellent and the signal remains strong throughout the region on the higher ground. Needless to say, regardless of how much experience and kit you may take along on your walking holiday, getting lost or spraining an ankle becomes only a small inconvenience knowing that help is only a phone call away. Melanya mountain holidays deliver a slice of adventure with complete peace of mind.

Food, holiday accommodation and transport

Whether you are preparing breakfast, a pack up for the days walking or enjoying a home cooked evening meal, everything you consume during your holiday can be fresh and organic. If required we can supply a selection of protein and snack bars, chocolate, biscuits and reminders of home like baked beans and marmite. Together with the option of providing all of your food for your stay, we offer a shopping trip to Kardzhali for our guests to further personalise their inventory.

Activities, excursions and holiday options...

Mountain walking holidays at Melanya are based on our guests’ desires. Dedicated walkers and explorers will be keen to spend as much time as possible out and about discovering the beauty of the region, while many of our guests enjoy the unique balance of doing something different every day. There are many local walks and excursions around Melanya, enough to fill 14 days with something different every day. A typical 7 day stay at Melanya could be as follows:

Day1 - Lazy breakfast – explore the surroundings – local walk in the afternoon.
Day2 - Walking to Devils Bridge and on to Ardino for afternoon coffee.
Day3 - Sunbathing in the garden. Discover the local wine. Evening meal on the patio.
Day4 – Visit Perperikon. Kardzhali for lunch, the supermarket and general retail therapy.
Day5 – Walk to the river Arda. Picnic by the river with kayaking during the afternoon.
Day6 – Fishing at the lake in the morning. Picking your own produce for the barbecue.
Day7 – Early start mushroom picking, lunch in the garden, delicious last supper.

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A mountain walking holiday at Melanya is a green holiday and supports the local community.

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