Shopluk / Shopsko

The Shopluk region largely corresponds to the South Western corner of Bulgaria but extends to the Morava River in Serbia and the Osogovo Mountains of North Macedonia. Comprised mostly of rugged mountains and dense forests, the residents of Shopluk, the Shopi, primarily reside in the valleys of the Struma and Iskar Rivers. Today the term usually refers to the residents of Sofia and the surrounding Iskar Basin. Still, the historical region reflects the once diverse ethnic quilt that once made up the region at the beginning of the 20th century.

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Pirin

Pirin

Dominated by the peaks of the Pirin Mountains, the people of this region inhabit the wide Struma valley as the river carves its way towards the Aegean Sea. Due to its relative isolation from the rest of Bulgaria, it is considered separate from Shopluk and represents a borderland between Macedonia and Bulgaria. Today it is known for its traditional architecture and excellent wine.
Shopluk

Shopluk

For millennia, the Iskar and Struma Rivers have carved deep gorges through the Balkan, Rila, Osogovo, and Pirin mountains. This rugged region was known only for centuries for its simple, hardy mountain people, the Shopi. Spread over parts of Serbia, Bulgaria, and Macedonia, today, it is known for its dramatic mountain scenery, hidden monastic enclaves, and the city of Sofia.

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