Tourist sites

Melnik is a fairy-tale city with unique charm and romance, which has preserved to a significant extent its ancient architecture from the Middle Ages and the era of the Bulgarian Renaissance. Possessing unique archaeological and architectural-artistic sights, the city of Melnik has been declared a city-museum as part of a cultural-historical reserve of international importance and is of particular importance for the development of tourism on the territory of the municipality.


Melnik is a fairy-tale town where everything seems to have frozen as it once was. The city is an architectural reserve that has largely preserved its original Medieval and Renaissance architecture. Melnik has incredible archaeological and architectural-artistic sights that make the city’s charm even greater.


Near the city are the Melnish pyramids. They represent a unique natural formation that attracts tourists from all over the world. It is believed that the pyramids acquired their appearance due to erosion of the clay soil. The mill pyramids are in the process of being laid out and their appearance and shape change over time. In addition to the pyramidal shape, the sand formations have the shape of mushrooms, cones, needles, etc. The height of the pyramids reaches 100 m. Characteristic of the Melnish pyramids is that the slopes are sandy, in some places completely vertical, and deciduous plants and grasses grow on the tops.

A magical place

The smallest town in Bulgaria (208 people), Melnik, is hidden in the southern slopes of Pirin, among sand pyramids with bizarre shapes. It is located in Sandanski municipality, Blagoevgrad district, 175 km south of Sofia and only about 30 km from the border with Greece. The finds from antiquity found during the archaeological excavations testify to its centuries-old history.