Due to personal circumstances goKotel is temporarily closed. We will keep you informed.
Hidden in the eastern part of the Stara Planina (or Balkan Mountains), you will find the town of Kotel in a wide valley surrounded by mountains, forests and remnants of ancient Thracian sanctuaries and Roman settlements. The nature in this area is still untouched, and there are many picturesque villages that exhale the atmosphere of days gone by. Kotel itself has about 7000 residents; the main industry is the collection and processing of wild mushrooms, herbs and berries from the woods and carpet weaving. The Kotel incumbent “National School of Folk Arts ‘Filip Kutev’ is famous far beyond Bulgaria.
Kotel is still pure, hidden and not included in the leaflets of the international tour operators. The team of goKotel helps you to discover this town with its glorious history as the varied environments and the wide variety of residents.
Read more about the town and its surroundings at About Kotel.
For groups of 4 up to 12 persons, we offer three different options:
- A choice from our regular programs: “Hiking Program and Transhumance”, our “Ethnical Week” and the Summer School for Bulgarian Music and Dance. You will stay in our authentic wooden guest houses, each a monument. View them under Guest houses: Niric, Izvorska and Tintyava.
- Compile your own program from our “Programme à la carte”. Look at Activities & Prices for what we offer.
- Discus with us a customized program for your group; for larger froups of 12 up to 30 persons.
By staying with us you will help to keep Kotel and the nature around it clean.
goKotel has two wooden guest houses in traditional Bulgarian Revival style. Both guest houses, which are just 3 minutes walk from each other, has its own specific character. Total we have room for 22 guests. For larger groups we can arrange additional rooms at our colleagues in Kotel to extend up to 30 guests. You can stay at our guest houses from € 13,00 per person per day (incl. your € 1,00 contribution to the "Clean Kotel Fund"). Despite the world wide crisis, we maintain already for 5 years the same prices.
We have selected three weeks programs that compile the best, nicest and most exciting of Kotel and region has to offer. As soon as a minimum of 4 participants have signed in, the weekly program will go on. The groups for this week programs are kept small: up to a maximum of 12 people. So you get maximum personal attention and to the interest of the participants small changes or additions to the program may be offered. This week programs are offered during the period May 1st to October 20. See at Hiking Program, our Ethnical week and the Summer School for Bulgarian Music and Dance under Activities and Prices. In addition, you can compile your own program from our “Programme à la carte”. The Transhumance tours 2015 (May 9-16 and October 11-17) you will find under Hiking program. The festival in Zheravna will be from on 21, 22 and 23 August.
Registration: Go to Contact for information and reservations. Note that we are closed for the winter season -end October 2014 until end of April 2015. From May 2015 you are again most welcome!
Travelling to Kotel: There are several ways to get Kotel. From most European countries there are daily direct flights to Sofia by Bulgaria Air or by price fighters like Wizz and German Wings. Cost of a return ticket is approximately € 80 to € 300 depending on the company and the time you book. From Sofia runs 2 times a day at 11:00 and 16:00 a direct busline to Kotel (approx. € 13), or take the train of 16:05 to Sliven. There are also several times a week flights to Varna and Burgas. We are pleased to advice and assist you with your flight and travel arrangements to Kotel.
Kotel is on the road 55 km north of the town of Sliven - a city on the highway Sofia-Bourgas - and 38 km south of Omurtag - a town at the highway Sofia-Varna. Distances to airports: Bourgas - 125 km, Varna – 200 km and Sofia – 375 km.
We also provide your transfers from airports to Kotel, and provide rent-a-car to when you want to drive yourselve to Kotel. Please contact us for more information.
We hope to welcome you in Kotel, already more than 1,500 guests came before you! Read their comments.