Rahovitza is a neighborhood outside the village Kosovo (Asenovgrad) in the Bulgarian Rhodope Mountains. From Bulgaria’s capital Sofia it takes about 2.5h to get there by car, 1h from the regional capital Plovdiv. The village is of particular interest because of its preserved Bulgarian Renaissance architecture. It is nested in between the hills at an altitude of 950m and surrounded by unspoiled forests. During the summer and on weekend’s visitors easily outnumber the 13 full-time residents. The yearly climax is the village festival on August 15, with church celebration, lamb sacrifice and traditional music and dance.
Our playground is 17,000 square meters large and currently hosts three main buildings, fruit trees, fields of wild flowers, a small pine forest and a starting forest garden. We are off-grid, solar-powered with running water from a mountain spring and heated with local wood. Our guest house is completely renovated and comprises four double rooms, a shared bathroom, open kitchen, living room with fireplace and a unique summer kitchen. The second building is currently being renovated. Our barn is used for hosting workshops and as a dormitory in the summer. Most activities take place outdoors.
The place used to be a sheep farmer’s home, with the oldest building dating back to 1900. When we bought the property as students in 2000, it had been abandoned for 20 years. Through our summer camps and workshops we have so far been happy to host some 200 people from all over Europe.
How to get there by public transport:
Low-cost airlines such as wizzair, ryanair, easyjet, nikki, etc serve Sofia and Plovdiv from destinations across Europe. From Sofia you can take a bus or train to Plovdiv from the central (bus) station (2 hours). From Plovdiv the busses leave from bus station Rhodopi, destination Smolian. From Plovdiv airport, it’s faster to go to Asenovgrad and take the bus to Smolian from there. You need to get off 2km after the stop Naretshenki Bani (1h from Plovdiv) at the bifurcation to Kosovo (tell the driver) and walk or hitchhike to Kosovo village (3km). Ask the locals for indications to Rahovitza/Varvara.