Bulgaria service many small and cozy towns that resemble real museums and galleries. One of these – Melnik. It is located 10 km from another small town of Sandanski, which is on the border with Greece. Melnik is incredibly tiny. It is the smallest city in Bulgaria, its population is only 300 people. Often tourists are more than local. The town is famous for its wineries. You can come here for a tasting at any time of the year. If you are a fan of wine tourism, you should definitely visit Melnik.
What to do
Of course, enjoy wine! This amazing drink will treat you to every step of the way – in shops, in the mehana (Bulgarian restaurant, tavern), in any home. But there are still 2 of the most popular places among tourists.
It is a large residential building in the Balkans, which refers to the era of the Bulgarian national revival. Huge warehouse for wine was built by the Greek merchants Kordopoulos in 1754. The house consists of 4 floors and an underground tunnel maze with a length of 150 meters. Here you can store up to 300 tons of wine.
One of the highlights of the house is the largest barrel for wine storage – 12.5 tons. The rocky tunnel walls studded with coins. Travelers can make a wish and put a coin to the walls. Here believe that if the penny drops, will come true. Here you can try melnicka wine that is not tasted anywhere else in the world.
Izbat for Shestak
The owners of the house – family Manulevich. They are engaged in the production of wine for 120 years. Name Shestak, which means the six-fingered man, appeared after his grandfather Elias, who was born with 6 fingers on one hand. The hut is perched on a cliff, offering magnificent views of the surroundings.
Here you can taste white and red wine, which is made from hmelniczkogo grapes. It grows only in this area and nowhere else. For wine production using traditional technology. It is stored in a 250-year-old cedar and oak barrels.
Admire the local architecture
The town is quite ancient, and it has an interesting history. In the middle Ages it was owned by the Byzantines, Bulgarians and Serbs. Here worked figures of the revival period. Home new architecture that they built, have been preserved in our time. In a tiny town incredibly many attractions – more than 96 cultural monuments, including museums, churches and old houses.
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