Due to a third identified case of the disease African swine fever has begun the implementation of measures for the prevention and eradication of the diseaseRead more >>
Due to the deterioration of the technical condition and the possible threat to the life and health of the visitors of the Central Balkan National Park the use of the observation tower in the area of Shalya Peak (part of the Tsarichina ecotrail) is temporarily suspended.Read more >>
Due to a second identified case of the disease African swine fever has begun the implementation of measures for the prevention and eradication of the diseaseRead more >>
With an Order of the Director of the Central Balkan National Park Directorate, within the affected from the disease African swine fever areas (subarea A) has begun the implementation of measures for the prevention and eradication of the disease.Read more >>
National student competition "Ambassadors for Health" for projects, aimed at the restriction of smoking, alcohol abuse, healthy eating, and exercising.Read more >>
The event was part of a donation campaign by Raiffeisenbank for placing feeders and birdhouses in schools and kindergartens within the Central Balkan Biosphere reserve.Read more >>
The Ministry of Environment and Water announces a photo competition with the theme "I love the Nature in four seasons".Read more >>
The territory of Central Balkan National Park is a veritable crossroads of winds and clouds, which combine to make its very peculiar climate. While mountainous climatic conditions apply for altitudes over 1000 m. above sea level, the northern slopes fall squarely in the moderate-continental zone, and the southern, in the transitional-continental, with a marked transitional-Mediterranean influence from the South.
Characteristic of the Central Balkan weather scene are strong, oftentimes stormy winds, torrential horizontal and vertical rains, thick fogs, low overall temperatures, mostly cloudy conditions with thick and substantial clouds. Strong, gusty winds are the norm here: along the mountain ridge, winds of 10 meters per second or over can be expected for more than 150 days year-round. The fjon, or turbulent southern wind characteristic of the spring season, can reach speeds up to 18-20 mps. Conversely, the bora, or northern winds, brings arctic frost over the ridge to the southern slopes.
In the higher reaches of the mountain, winters are frosty, with average January temperatures oscillating between 9 and 3°C below zero. The snow cover lasts for about 6 months and reaches 180-220 cm. in thickness by the end of March. The Central Balkan ridges are, more often than not, shrouded in thick fog. The number of rainy or humid days exceeds 280 annually, and the area of Ambaritsa Chalet is the record holder for precipitation nation-wide: 1,360 l per sq m.
Spring comes suddenly and lasts short; summer is cool and rainy. Fall is relatively more stable weather-wise and is suitable for tourism.
Frequent and abrupt changes in the weather pattern are characteristic of this part of the mountain, the main ridge and, mostly, the highest peaks, those above 1900 m. Characteristic in that respect is the Botev Peak massif (also known by its Turkish name, Yumruk Chal), where the weather can change beyond recognition in a matter of minutes. Botev Peak is also the most foggy (over 305 days of fog year-round) and windiest places in Bulgaria.