The village of Kovachevitsa is huddled up in the ridges in the remotest south-western corner of Rhodope Mountain, about 1,050 m above the sea level, 25 km north-east of the town Gotze Delchev. Its dwellers number 50 people.
Kovachevitsa is simply out of this world – so very detached from the modern-day surroundings. It is like a piece of Heaven created by nature and moulded by the skilful hands of the local craftsmen – builders, stone-masons and wood-carvers. Its charming, narrow, cobblestone streets and the unadorned beauty of its proud, tall white-facade houses, with stone-slab roofs and huddled whispering eaves, are a unique example of the Bulgarian architectural genius.
The village was founded at the end of the 17th century. The first monastery school was built in 1830, and the village church St. Nikolai – in 1848, turning Kovachevitsa into the cultural centre of the entire region. The authentic architectural style of building has not been changed since the founding of the village. The only building materials used are stone and wood and they are still applied today.
Nearby winds Kanina River, renown for its three deep ponds, the abundance of mountain trout and its magnificent waterfalls, cascading like glittering silver from dizzy heights. Its charming, narrow, cobblestone streets and the unadorned beauty of its proud, tall white-facade houses with stone-slab roofs and huddled whispering eaves, are a unique example of the Bulgarian architectural genius.
Historical route "The original and remarkable architecture of Kovachevitsa"
Historical route "Ethnic groups and historical architectural heritage of the Southwestern part of Rhodope Mountain - the villages of Kovachevitsa, Leshten, Dolen and Ribnovo".
The village of Leshten is a holiday village with renovated houses from the Bulgarian national revival, but their original architecture is kept.
The village of Dolen is situated in the Satovcha settlement system. It is cuddled in the picturesque valley of the river of same name, on the southern slopes of the Aklisa Ridge. The houses, which have perched above one another, please the eye with their simple beauty.
The village of Ribnovo charms with its preserved originality, traditions, picturesque women’s traditional dresses, and the life philosophy of the Ribnovo inhabitants. The century-old pine woods, spacious high mountain plateaus, picturesque meadows, potatoes and tobacco fields, ice-cold mountain streams, endless range of peaks of Rhodope Mountain, create the harsh charm of the village.
Saint George Chapel is situated 2 km north of the village, in the upper part of it. It was built in 1898 and it is one of the greatest monuments of culture in the region.
The Blue Pool is located an hour of walking to the west of the village of Kovachevitsa, in the valley of Kanina River (Bloody 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.
Goat’s Stone (Kozi Kamak) is situated in the land of the village of Kovatchevitsa, above the Beslet forestry. A strange sight appears towards Kayaliiski Rocks and further to the west the sharp peaks of Pirin Mountain could be seen.
Beslet is one of the oldest and biggest national forestry in Dabrash divide of Rhodope Mountain. Beslet Peak (1938 m) is an 80 meters wide and about 300 meters long flat wide hump, which is pointed southwest-northeast. The legends tell that the name comes from the ancient endless pine woods where one could be lost without a trace.