Map of the Balkan Mountain range
The mountain range of Balkan extends for about 600 km in length and about 30 - 50 km in width from Serbian-Bulgarian border in the west to the Black Sea to the east, and it is a natural lengthening of the Southern Carpathians. It is divided into West, Medium and the Eastern Balkans. The highest peaks are: Botev peak: 2,376 m, Vežen peak: 2,198 m, Midžor peak: 2,169 m, and the main mountain ridge is Šipka: 1,326 m above sea level.
Bilboard of the Nature Park "Stara Planina" with marked walking trails
Stara Planina is the common name for the north-western part of the Balkan Mountains. It is a mountain range in the eastern part of the Republic of Serbia, at the Serbian-Bulgarian border and it belongs to the Carpathian-Balkan mountain system. It is mostly covered by grass vegetation, mainly pastures, hence an important livestock production area, but is is also abundant in mineral resources (coal mines in Vrška Čuka). Four municipalities in Serbia: Zaječar, Knjaževac, Pirot and Dimitrovgrad belong to the Stara Planina region. It is a protected natural area and it has the status of a park of nature, therefore holding the the priority status for the development of eco and rural tourism in the Republic of Serbia.
Map of Nature Park "Stara Planina"
The Stara Planina area in the municipality of Dimitrovgrad is known as Visok (Hights). It covers a territory of 113.68 km 2 with eight villages: Vlkovija, Gornji Krivodol, Donji Krivodol, Izatovci, Kamenica, Senokos, Boljevdol i Braćevci. The river of Visočica flows through this area, and although it originates in Bulgaria it flows into the water accumulation of Zavojsko Lake (Pirot Municipality). This region has a great potential for the development of livestock farming and organic food production.
Unique sedimentari rocks in Visok mountain range of Stara Planina
Thanks to its lush vegetation, fresh air, healthy food, a great wealth of plant and animal species (many of which are endemic), this part of Stara Planina has tremendous potential for the development of mountain, hunting, rural and winter tourism. General Plan of the Republic of Serbia for the development of tourism in Stara Planina includes construction of ski trails and related facilities near the village of Kamenica and Senokos.