With several large, connecting halls and a total of 2500 metres, Magura cave is one of Bulgaria’s most extraordinary. This cave is over 15 million years old. As the cave has many large halls with a constant temperature of 11-12 degrees and humidity of 80%, it has been successfully used for asthma treatments. Some halls are so large – upto 21 metres high, that Christmas and Easter concerts are held inside. Besides, the excellent conditions of the cave are now used to age Magura wines, in a seculded part. The cave had long been inhabited by prehistoric species such as the cave bear. Nowadays, several species of bats inhabit the large cave. These can be seen hanging from the ceilings of the enormous halls and they circle around as well.
The cave’s most interesting asset is its wealth of mural paintings, that have been estimated to be painted 8000-6000 years B.C. These murals depict various (religious) rituals such as a fertility dance and hunting men. Several animals and suns and stars are part of the murals. Pictures of the murals are not included in the album below as they were not on display that time. Pictures of the murals can be seen in this Youtube video. Some of the largest stalagmites in Bulgaria are found in the Magura cave. It’s very interesting to visit and walking through it can take at least an hour. You get out of the cave at another point than where you got in. At the exit, you have a wide view over Rabisha Lake, which is Bulgaria’s largest inland lake. With a small tourist train you are brought back to the entrance. It is really worth it to visit the Magura cave in combination with the city of Vidin and the rocks of Belogradchik. Visiting by public transport can be quite hard – as Rabisha village and the Magura cave are over 20 kilometres from Belogradchik. It is therefore best to visit by your own means of transport or by rental car. Free parking is available right at the entrance.
Apart from Belogradchik, I found no accommodations and places to eat/drink nearby. Therefore, it is recommended to bring plenty of water and some food. The whole area of Northwestern Bulgaria is interesting to visit, as it has varied nature and interesting towns. One such town is Chiprovtsi, which is famous for its handmade carpets. Traveling from Sofia, you have choice out of several beautiful routes. For example through the Svoge area, Tserovo, Lakatnik or through the town of Berkovitsa. Enjoy Northwestern Bulgaria and all the highlights it has to offer! Feel free to ask any questions for your trip.