If you are a fan of high waterfalls, short walks and beautiful views and have not yet visited the Skoka waterfall near the village of Kashina, include it in your plans. The path to it is pleasant, although most of the time you have to climb the mountain. But still in that part Pirin is not Alpine at all and shows its other face.
The starting point for reaching the waterfall is the village of Kashina, which is located 14 km from Melnik. The road from the smallest Bulgarian town stops through the village of Rozhen, just before you reach the Rozhen Monastery you have to turn to the village of Lyubovishte. Apart from its unique name, Lyubovishte – means Love’s place in Bulgarian, is also proud of the so-called tunnel of love – a road tunnel under the rocks, which was dug by hand by the locals and they jokingly mention that such colossal work was actually done to shorten the way to the girls from the neighboring Rozhen village. In any case, the tunnel, as well as the sign of Lyubovishte today are favorite places for selfies and you can often see stopped cars in both places for this purpose.
If you are a fan of high waterfalls, short walks, beautiful views and have not yet visited the Skoka waterfall near the village of Kashina, include it in your plans. The path to it is pleasant, although most of the time you climb the mountain. In that part Pirin mountain is not Alpine at all and shows its other face.
The first thing that impresses you when entering the village of Kashina are the signs – both the entrance to the village and those on the square. Hand-made signposts point to the waterfall and point to the center of the village, where only a few residents remain today, and over the weekend people from nearby towns arrive to inspect their homes or to relax in the fresh air.
The signs will direct you to the road to the waterfall, which you can dare to go by car if you have an off-road jeep, but otherwise we advise you to go walking the last 2 kilometers to the waterfall. The road actually follows a black route, which leads to the nearby hydroelectric power plant. It crosses the river on a small wooden bridge and continues to climb, although not too steep. Attractive signs with wit sayings, unfortunately only in Bulgarian are placed along the route to brighten up your walk even more. You can read there something like – If I am a dreamer I dream to reach the stars, Every man has to carry a boat through the mountain once in a lifetime or Not the mountain makes you tired but the little stone in your shoe.
Your final destination will not disappoint you. Skoka (The jump), as the locals call it, or the Kashinski waterfall for everyone else, falls from 20 meters and wraps everything around in a diaper of tiny drops. In sunny weather you can also enjoy rainbows in the falling waters. There is a place for a picnic near the waterfall.
In case you have time till your return to Melnik, you can also visit the Rozhen Monastery, which is located above the village of the same name.