A preserved village in the Rhodope Mountains
Kosovo is located in Rhodope Mountains, in their central part, five kilometers away from a spa. It is surrounded with untouched nature, with four rivers flowing through it. It could be easily reached from cities of Asenovgrad (30 km), Pamporovo (36 km), Plovdiv (50 km) and Sofia (197 km).
Kosovo was settled in the 17th century by settlers from Staro Selo near White Church Monastery. Its pinnacle was in the late 19th century, and houses from this age still remain today. In the 20th century the village went into decline.
Kosovo has typical Rhodope architecture. It has 63 cultural monuments, of which five have national significance. Most known is the Church of Ascension from 1851. The village has its own ethnographic museum.
Only 40 kilometers from Plovdiv, you enter a completely different world. Transported back in time to a mountain village that is as authentic as it was 200 years ago, you go on a leisurely stroll through little passages connecting the stone-roofed houses, zigzagging up and down the hills of one of the most picturesque villages in the Rhodope Mountians - Kosovo.
There are only 7 permanent residents living in the village throughout the year, and if one happens to stumble upon them, they will surely greet you with famous Rhodopian hospitality.
Inevitably, your pace slows. Even the village pub (kruchma) reminds you that life flows differently here. The name above the pub door reads "Carefree Life," a life built around only the essentials: food, shelter and community.
We are still not sure whether is it the fresh air, or the pure soil and water here, but something makes the food so delicious, and you feel like all your senses have awakened to experience this small Bulgarian village in the Rhodope Mountains. (MORE)