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The Balkan mountain range (Bulgarian and Serbian: Стара планина, Stara planina, " Old Mountain ") is an extension of the Carpathian mountain range, separated from it by the Danube River. The Balkan range runs 560 km from eastern Serbia eastward through central Bulgaria to Cape Emine on the Black Sea.
Most popular place in Serbian part is Babin zub. Ski resort Babin Zub offers opportunities for tourism and sports events. Its picnic areas are set in areas of natural beauty and are a real place for rest and recreation. The highest point on the Serbian territory is Midžor (2169 meters), which is the same time the highest peak in the Republic of Serbia. One-third of Old mountain is in the eastern part of Serbia, while two-thirds of the Old mountain are in neighboring Bulgaria.
Take a look at photo gallery Jeep Safari on Stara planina.
The highest peak of the Stara Planina in Bulgaria and itself is Botev, which is placed in central Bulgaria. In Serbian part Old mountain is divided between the four Municipalities: Zajecar, Knjazevac, Pirot and Dimitrovgrad. About Bulgarian part more you can find at web page Bugarskainfo.com. The total area of four municipalities is approximately 4,000 km2. Old mountain away from Belgrade is about 330 km, from Sofia 120 km, and is the nearest city Niš, 70 km away.
This site, www.StaraPlanina.Eu is dedicated to Serbian side of mountain Stara planina. This is one of the rare places in the Internet where you can take a look at many interesting thematic units together with brief reports and many photographs of mountains and traveling.
Stara Planina (Old Mountain) is the main inspiration of the web site. Main characteristics you can find here, but it is almost five months under snow at an altitude above 1,700 m. Central annual air temperature at an altitude between 1,100 and 1,400 m is about 5 oC. Central winter air temperature range between -1 to -3 oC, a summer about 15 oC. After the Alps and Carphatian, it is the highest mountain range in Europe.
Main Peaks are: Botev Peak 2,376 m (named after Hristo Botev), Vezhen Peak 2,198 m, Midzhur 2,169 m (the highest peak in Serbia and north-western Bulgaria, 12th in Stara Planina), Kom Peak 2,016 m, Todorini Kukli 1,785 m, Murgash 1,687 m, Shipka Peak 1,523 m, Buzludzha 1,441 m, Balgarka Peak 1,181 m and Levski Peak (named after Vasil Levski).
If you make decision to visit Serbia, the main potentionals of Stara Planina mountain are:
Canyoning and adventure
From geographical point of view the mountain can be divided into three sections:
Western Stara Planina from Vrashka Chuka at the border with Serbia to the Pass of Arabakonak with a total length of 190 km and highest peak Midzhor (2,169 m).
The highest top in Serbian part of Stara planina is the Midžor 2,169 meters.