The Waterfall in the Village of Polska Skakavitsa

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The waterfall of Polska Skakavitsa is located near the villages of Polska Skakavitsa and Razhdavitsa – 18 km northeast from the Town of Kyustendil, on the right bank of the Struma River.

     The height of the water fall is about 50 meters which ranks the waterfall third in Bulgaria. It was declared a natural landmark in 1968. The waterfall is formed by the right feeder of the river Struma. Near the waterfall is the Orthodox Church of St. Dimitar.

     Around the waterfall there are over 19 fish species and 600 plant species, which are unique for the region. There are dozens of endangered plant species, including orchids, too. This is the only place where you can meet five species of swallows.

     According to a legend, at these places the hermit named St. Ivan Rilski lived almost nine years.

     There are two ways to get to these wonderful places. The first option is to travel by train along the railway line Kyustendil – Sofia and to get off at Skakavitsa. After about 30 minutes of walking you will reach the waterfall. Another option is by car. As you start from Kyustendil, pass through the village of Razhdavitsa and take the road to the villages of Polska Skakavitsa and Poletintsi. Just before entering the village of Polska Skakavitsa there are signs that guide you to turn right on the dirt road.

     The beauty of the waterfall is reflected in the works of Vladimir Dimitrov – the Master and Constantine Irechek said about the area that was one of the most beautiful places on the Balkan Peninsula.     

     The distance from Kyustendil to the waterfall is 25 km.