The mountain town of Apriltsi is only 5 km (3 miles) away from Skandalo and it is the starting point for numerous hiking trails. From there you can climb the most beautiful part of Stara Planina mountain range and its highest point - peak Botev -2376 m (the 3rd highest peak in Bulgaria).
   Peak Botev is located in Middle Stara Planina - part of the Central Balkan National Park which is one of the biggest national parks in Europe. There you can see more than half of all the plant species in Bulgaria and 10 species of plants that you cannot see anywhere else in the world. There are more the 220 species of birds including the golden eagle and the imperial eagle as well as bears, wolves, wild goats, deer and many more.
   There are a several mountain huts in that area that can accommodate you if you decide to go for a overnight hike the more popular of them are Pleven, Tuja, Rai and Vasil Levski. For the more adventurous ones there is the Northen Jendem (Northen Hell) Natural Reserv and its vertical hillsides. There are plenty of mountain trails that lead to the peaks of Maragidik, Triglav, Kupena, Vodnite Dupki (the Water Holes) cave and the beautiful waterfall Vidimskoto pruskalo (80 m). But probably the most famous of the natural sights in the region is the unique Raiskototo praskalo (Paradise spray) waterfall (124.5 m) which is the highest waterfall not only in Bulgaria but on the Balkans. It gathers its waters from the eternal snow-drift located right on the Botev peak.
   You can also just sit and enjoy the nature around you at one the many breathtaking riverside locations or have a picnic and enjoy some games with your family.
   For the fisherman the Vidima River is famous for her trout and barbell fishing.
Other activities in the region are horse riding, mountain biking, ATV hire, off-road trip with a jeep.
During the winter season this area is equally interesting and very beautiful. There is Beklemeto ski resort 40 min drive from Scandalo. You can hire ski or snowboard equipment there as well as a ski instructor.

We will be happy to answer all your questions about the activities in the area and help you choose and book any of them.

   Very close to the villa you can find the St. Arhangel Mihail church build in 1870. This is one of the few churches in Bulgaria built before the Liberation of the country from Ottoman slavery. There is also the St. Trinity nunnery in Apriltsi.
In the close by areas of Skandaloto there is the Troyan Monastery which is the 3rd biggest monastery in Bulgaria. There also are the Natural Science Museum of Cherni Osam, the Museum of National Crafts in Troyan and the National Exhibition of Traditional Handcrafts in Oreshak where you can see and buy various hand-made souvenirs such as pottery, carved wood, woven carpets, etc.