Vitanovo Reserve

Vitanovo (Bulgarian: Витаново) is a nature reserve in the Strandzha mountains of south-eastern Bulgaria. Vitanovo is one of the five reserves situated in Strandzha Nature Park.[1] It lies in south-eastern Bulgaria near the border with Turkey. The reserve encompasses an area of 1112.4 ha or 11.124 km2.[1][2] The reserve can only be accessed with a special permission, issued by the Ministry of Environment and Water of Bulgaria, for conducting research or for specialized tourism under strict rules and routes.[1]

Vitanovo Nature Reserve
Map showing the location of Vitanovo Nature Reserve
Map showing the location of Vitanovo Nature Reserve
Location of Vitanovo Reserve
LocationMunicipality of Malko Tarnovo, Burgas Province, Bulgaria
Nearest cityMalko Tarnovo
Coordinates41°59′38″N 27°25′29″E / 41.99389°N 27.42472°E / 41.99389; 27.42472Coordinates: 41°59′38″N 27°25′29″E / 41.99389°N 27.42472°E / 41.99389; 27.42472
Area11.124 km2
Governing bodyMinistry of Environment and Water

The nearest village is Brashlyan in the Municipality of Malko Tarnovo.

Within the territory of the reserve there are 462 species of plants: 421 herbaceous, 26 relict and 9 Balkan endemic species. The reserve is characterized by forests of Fagus orientalis, Carpinus betulus, Quercus frainetto, Quercus cerris and different species of oak.

Among the natural landmarks in Vitanovo are karst springs and caves, the most studied of which is the Bratanova Cave.


  1. ^ a b c "Strandzha Nature Park: Nature Reserves". Official Site of Strandzha Nature Park. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Register of the Protected Territories and Zones in Bulgaria". Official Site of the Executive Environment Agency of Bulgaria. Retrieved 18 June 2016.

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