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Surrounding areas of Sandanski

24 km south-east is the town-museum of Melnik, 6 km further on is the Rozhen Monastery (refer to the Pirin Mountain related chapter herein). 18 km north-east within Pirin is the Popina Luka Resort (1230 m above sea level). A lot of private villas, bars and restaurants,  and several hotels (The Vodopada (the Waterfall) Hotel, the Kotarite Hotel) are situated here. The R. Bozhinov Villa is also opened for guests. Within the holiday resort is the Yane Sandanski Chalet offering 70 beds (tel.: 0746 3198 - Edelweiss Tourist Association). The eleven-metre high Popina Luka Waterfall is located at the Bashliitsa River (one of the initial tributaries of Sandanska Bistritsa River) running through the Popina Luka Resort. The resort is a point of departure for several marked tourist routes in Pirin refer to the points of departure in the section about Pirin Mountain herein. The telephone of the Mountain Rescue Service in Sandanski is 0746 4013.

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