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List of protected areas of Bulgaria


List of protected areas of Bulgaria

This is a list of protected areas in Bulgaria which includes 3 national parks, 11 nature parks and 54 nature reserves. The national policy for governing and management of the protected areas is implemented by the Ministry of Environment and Water. The first nature park in Bulgaria and the Balkan Peninsula is Vitosha Nature Park, established in 1934.


  • National Parks 1
  • Nature Parks 2
  • Nature Reserves 3
  • External links 4

National Parks

  World Heritage Site or part of a World Heritage Site
Name Photo Location Area Established
Central Balkan National Park Lovech Province, Gabrovo Province, Sofia Province, Plovdiv Province and Stara Zagora Province 716.69 km² 1991
Pirin National Park Blagoevgrad Province 403.56 km² 1962
Rila National Park Blagoevgrad Province, Kyustendil Province, Pazardzhik Province and Sofia Province 810.46 km² 1992

Nature Parks

Name Photo Location Area Established
Belasitsa Nature Park Blagoevgrad Province 117.32 km² 2007
Bulgarka Nature Park Gabrovo Province, Stara Zagora Province and Veliko Tarnovo Province 217.72 km² 2002
Golden Sands Nature Park Varna Province 13.20 km² 1947
Persina Nature Park Pleven Province and Veliko Tarnovo Province 217.62 km² 2000
Rila Monastery Nature Park Kyustendil Province 252.53 km² 2000
Rusenski Lom Nature Park Ruse Province 32.60 km² 1970
Sinite Kamani Nature Park Sliven Province 113.80 km² 1980
Shumensko Plato Nature Park Shumen Province 38.95 km² 1980
Strandzha Nature Park Burgas Province 1,161.00 km² 1995
Vitosha Nature Park Pernik Province and Sofia City Province 270.79 km² 1934
Vrachanski Balkan Nature Park Vratsa Province 288.44 km² 1989

Nature Reserves

External links

  • Register of protected areas and protected zones in Bulgaria
  • Parks in Bulgaria

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