Belitsa, Bulgaria
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Belitsa, Bulgaria

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Belitsa is a small town, located in south-western Bulgaria near the well known bulgarian ski resort Bansko. Not so well known but still attractive to the skiers is Semkovo - a ski resort just 15 kilometers from Belitsa.

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A: Ski track, ski resort Semkovo, Bulgaria

by Stefan Solakov, 10.0 km away

This panorama is made on one of the tracks of the ski resort Semkovo, Bulgaria. 30 or so meters to th...

Ski track, ski resort Semkovo, Bulgaria

B: Semkovo mountain hostel, Bulgaria

by Stefan Solakov, 11.4 km away

The mountain hostel Semkovo is located at the ski resort of the same name. When there's no snow, a sm...

Semkovo mountain hostel, Bulgaria

C: Three Mountains cross point

by vladimir-n-nenkov, 13.6 km away

Crossroad between three mountains in Bulgaria - Rodopi, RIla and Pirin. Just a few kilometers away fr...

Three Mountains cross point

D: Vaptsarov community center, Bansko

by Nick Spirov, 13.8 km away

For more information about Bansko see www.banskobg.org

Vaptsarov community center, Bansko

E: Vaptsarov square, Bansko, Bulgaria

by Nick Spirov, 13.8 km away

For more information about Bansko see www.banskobg.org

Vaptsarov square, Bansko, Bulgaria

F: Nikola Vaptsarov square, Bansko, Bulgaria

by Nick Spirov, 13.8 km away

For more information about Bansko see www.banskobg.org

Nikola Vaptsarov square, Bansko, Bulgaria

G: Bansko, Bulgaria

by Stefan Solakov, 13.8 km away

Bansko is a town in south-western Bulgaria. It's often associated with the well known ski resort, loc...

Bansko, Bulgaria

H: Central square

by Peter Manaenko, 13.8 km away

Central square

I: Vaptsarov square, Bansko, Bulgaria

by Nick Spirov, 13.9 km away

For more information about Bansko see www.banskobg.org

Vaptsarov square, Bansko, Bulgaria

J: Elevation 2011 - scene

by Nick Spirov, 13.9 km away

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Elevation 2011 - scene

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