Gaber is a village in West Bulgaria. It is situated in Dragoman municipality, Sofia region.
In Bulgaria there is one other settlement with the same name in Krushari municipality, Dobrich region.
It is 7 km southwest from the town of Dragoman and 52 km northwest from the capital Sofia. The village of Kalotina where there is border checkpoint Kalotina is 21 km north.
Yalbotina is situated in the historical and geographical area "Burel" that encompasses the West Bulgaria and East Serbia known also as the West Outlands.
The village's altitude is 550 m. The climate is temperate. The summer is hot while the winter is cool. The amount of precipitation is little.
The permanent population is about 549 people.
The village is one of the large in municipality and is well maintained. The main streets are asphalted and with lighting. The mobile operators have coverage. There are constructed water and electricity systems as well as Internet connection. Regular bus transportation connects it to the municipality and the near settlements.
The locals are occupied in "Beli breg" mine and the plant "Tires Eco".
Here are functioning town hall, stores and restaurant, also community center, kindergarten and primary school. For the health of the local people take care one GP and one dentist. Medical center is working in the town of Dragoman while in the capital there are specialized hospitals.
The name of the village comes from the hornbeam forest that is on Kamik peak just to it.
This year were revived the traditions for Dzhamala holiday which inclide rituals, music, songs and dances that are made to oast the evil from the lifes of the people.
In Gaber there is Orthodox church "St Troitsa" that is built to be seen from all the neighboring setllements. It was consecrated in 1932.
tourism and landmarks
With its natural resources, beautiful scenery and almost untouched nature the territory Dragoman area has the paramounts to become attractive place for mountain tourism. The high rocks, the karst formations and forms attract to attention of the mountain climbers, para gliders and cavers. The unknown territories for archeologists and botanics.
The people that enjoy extreme sports can jump with para glider from Chepan peak that is one of the most suitable for this action places.
Interesting are also the architectural and historical landmarks as Razboishki monastery, Cheparlyanski monastery etc.
Dragoman marsh is the only one in Bulgaria with karst origin, which gives it special conservation concern. The marsh is protected area in which there are many rare plants and waterfowl. It is situated in a large valley surrounded by limestone hills, an area of about 400 hectares.
It was declared natural reserve, and it is part of the ornithology important place - "Rayanovski wet meadows."
The swamp is located in the path of migrating birds "Via Aristotelis", here they stop in the rich marsh vegetation to rest before flying again.
Temnata dupka cave located in proximity to Lipintsi village and about half a kilometer from Baichishte neighborhood above Berende izvor village. It is 425 m long and is with different cave formations - stalactites, stalagmites, fractions, lakes and small ponds, cave pearls, stone lillies and other typical formations. It is declared natural landmark.
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