Although just a half an hour's drive from Sofia, Vitosha National Park
is a home to a multitude of species of butterflies, birds and many mammals.
Opened in 1934, it covers the whole of Vitosha mountain, once covered
by the "Great Bulgarian Forest". Besides being rich in fauna,
it also offers shelter to wolves, bears and even wild cats and a host
of less dangerous animals like the badger and the deer.