Pancharevo Lake

Sofia  >  Bulgaria

Lake that is easy accessible from to the city of Sofia and offers some good birding.

Added* by Vladimir
Most recent update 26 April 2021


Lake Pancharevo is an artificial lake 12 km southeast of the capital city of Sofia. It is 3 km long and up to 700 m wide, reaching a depth of 30 m. The villages of Pancharevo and Kokalyane and the Pancharevo mineral springs lies on the lake's western shore, while at the southern end of the lake there is a hydroelectric power station. Sports centres and catering establishments have been constructed around the lake, making it a favoured outing location for the residents of Sofia. In Pancharevo you can walk and enjoy birds close to the big city. Best area for birding is the southern side of the lake and around the fish ponds also located in that area. Among the birds you can see in the area are Garganey, Common Teal, Northern Shoveler, White Stork, Common Kingfisher, Little Grebe, White-throated Dipper, Water Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Marsh Tit, Syrian Woodpecker and Eurasian Green Woodpecker.



Around the lake there are hiking trails, several park areas with coffee shops and restaurants. Most birds can be found at the southern end of the lake and around the fishponds.

Terrain and Habitat



Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit



Paved road , Wide path

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle , Car

Birdwatching hide / platform


View other birding spots in the area that are published on Birdingplaces


Top 5 birds

Other birds you can see here

Show more birds Show less birds
Show more images Show less images

Comments & Tips

Click on the little bird icon () to insert bird names in your own language. The birdnames will automatically be translated for other users!