Old street in Kovachevica
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Old street in Kovachevica

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A: Kovachevica at winter

by Ivan Miladinov, 190 meters away

Kovachevica at winter

B: Kovachevica old street

by Ivan Miladinov, 190 meters away

Kovachevica old street

C: Polezhan peak

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D: Shiroka Polyana

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E: The swamp - kayaking at Rhodopes

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F: Bansko-Park

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H: Hotel waterpool

by Peter Manaenko, 32.4 km away

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I: Mexana Kukeri.

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Mexana Kukeri.

J: Ski road (red 12) in Bansko

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