Activities around Kovachevitsa
Kovachevitsa is the perfect place to dream or play. Hiking in tranquil forest paths, mountain biking or simply relax on sandy white beaches, Lavanda Bed&Breakfst is the ideal base from which to dream the day away. Young or old, there really is something for everyone.
Tour around the village of Kovachevitsa
This is an introduction tour around the village with a local guide. The duration of the tour is about 1,5 hour and it's a great experience to meet with the local culture and architecture. You will be invited to couple of traditional houses and meet their charming owners.
The village tour can be arranged upon request with Lavanda Bed&Breakfast.
Walk to the river (Kanina)
Enjoy about 20 min walk that will take you to the riverside of Kanina river.
A great, energizing way to enjoy the fresh clear waters of the river and to stay cool during the hot summer days.
Great mountain walk to the top of the hill
This is an inspiring mountain walk to the top of the hill above the village of Kovachevitsa. The full length of the trail is about five hours.It’s a stunning walk far from urban intensity of the city.
Allow one day to immerse yourself in deep green with amazing views and peaceful surrounding.
The Blue dam
The Blue dam is located an hour of walking to the west of the village of Kovachevitsa, in the valley of Kanina river. The falling thundering water has formed enormous cauldrons of blue-green colour. The waterfall represents a whole cascade in the basin of the river that forms a majestic gorge in the area. The Blue dam is a great destination for one day trip and you can enjoy very pleasant picnic there.
One day trip Kovachevitsa - Leshten - Ognyanovo
If you are looking for an active day around Kovachevitsa, than you might like our proposal which involves bike ride, hike and swim.
The tour starts with an easy bike ride from Kovachevitsa to Leshten (at Lavanda B&B you can hire a mountain bike). Once in Leshten you will leave the bike and hike to a picturesque pathway along the river and enjoy the breathtaking views around. In about an hour and a half you will arrive in the upper part of Ognyanovo, near Delta hotel, where you can refresh yourself in one of the hotel’s swimming pool.
On the way back, you can return by the same route, or we can arrange for you a pick up from Ognyanovo to Kovachevitsa.
On the way to Kovachevitsa you will pass by Leshten. The village is on the western slopes of Rhodope mountains and from there you will discover a magnificent view to Pirin mountain. Leshten is a very small and quiet village but we highly recommend the restaurant around the corner of the main village street for a very tasty homemade food.
Restaurant Uva Nestum
Uva Nestum is a stylish restaurant located on the way to Gotse Delchev, 20 km from Kovachevitsa. The restaurant has own vines and produce excellent wines and rakya (local grappa). Uva Nestum is the only fine dining restaurant in the neighborhood, offering the best of Bulgarian and Mediterranean cuisine. With its open kitchen, stylish dining rooms and charming garden with fountain Uva Nestum is the must visit place for trendy dinner or lunch in Gotse Delchev.
For the football and tennis fans, Uva Nestum offers very well maintained tennis court and football field where you can make some activity before enjoying the gourmet food and quality wines of the restaurant.
Eco village Omaya
In less than an hour drive from Kovatchevitsa you will find another must see leisure masterpiece.
On a private plot of 300 acres close to the Greek border in the wild and unattached former military border zone is spread the unique eco village Omaya (the Bulgarian word for charm). Consist of only seven small houses designed with local materials like adobe, wood and stones the village hosts the exceptional charm of fairy tales.
Each house has the rare chance to be peacefully isolated by woods, well kept meadows and meandering alleys. Paddling or fishing in the lake surrounded by weeping willows is ultimate bliss after bustling week days in the city.
Drama lies on the northeastern edge of Greece on the border with Bulgaria, 95 km from Kovachevitsa. In about one hour drive you will find yourself into different culture with milder climate and different architecture.
Drama is quite busy Greek city with many shops, taverns and coffee bars. It's a nice place to visit from Kovachevitsa for a day trip with pleasant walk around the town main street. For lunch we recommend a place with good food and charming ambiance Nisaki tavern in the park next to the lake.
Jennifer House Hotel, near Drama
Jennifer House Hotel is a lovely boutique hotel near Drama. Located in the village of Taxiarches, 8 km from Drama.
The stay at Jenifer House will give all you need for one unforgettable Greek experience – great location, away from the busy city life, amazing view from the top of the hill, superb rooms with fancy amenities and authentic Greek hospitality provided by the lovely owners Jennifer and Vasilis.
If you are planning an overnight visit to Drama we highly recommend you to check this beautiful guesthouse.
Wine Art Estate, near Drama
If you are a wine lover than you should visit Wine Art Estate. This stylish winery with very fine wine production and friendly owners is located in Mikrochori, just few kilometers away from Drama.
Winery is equipped with modern technology and all of the space has a designer finish. Our favorites are Idisma Drios Chardonnay with bouquet of tropical fruits, honey and vanilla, Techni Alipias Rose a full bodied wine with fresh pallete of strawberries, black cherries and blackberries, the very fresh taste of Idisma Drios Assyrtiko (Assyrtiko is typical Greek grape) with rich aroma of caramelised citrus with underlying oak notes and of course the premium Nebbiolo made of 100% Nebbiolo grapes.
We guarantee your blissful day in Drama will be completed with the tour and the wine tasting at Wine Art Estate.
Kavala is one of the most picturesque port cities in Greece situated only 180 km from Kovachevitsa. In hour and a half enjoyable drive you can pamper yourself with fresh seafood seasoned with plenty of sunlight and a lot of Greek late back hospitality. Near the city you will discover many sandy, clean beaches where you can spend a lazy afternoon.
Ammolofoi Beach near Kavala
Ammolofoi (pronounced: Amallofee) beach is located about 15 km from Kavala and 1 km away from Nea Peramos. This place is definitely one of the most beautiful beaches in northern Greece. If you fancy crystal clear water, sand dunes and beach bars with chillout music and cool frappe than Ammolofoi beach is just the place for you. Our favorite place among the 3 km long beach line is Blue beach bar.
Ski resort Bansko
Promoted as a ski capital of the Balkans, Bansko has a lot to offer. Besides the miles of ski slopes and vast range of hotels this little mountain city is bustling local tradition with the narrow cobbled stone streets in downtown area and with the local taverns serving tasty Bulgarian dishes.
Bansko is an hour drive from Kovachevitsa, so you can combine your weekend in Lavanda with a day ski trip to Bansko. If you decide to have dinner or lunch there we highly recommend restaurant Motikata which is one of the best places in Bansko for local food. The dishes are simple but homemade and very tasty. In the winter you can seat inside by the fireplace and in the warm summer days the restaurant garden with lovely rustle of the small river offers cool shade and pleasant ambiance. GPS coordinates of the restaurant: N 41.8211867, E 23.4755194