Kokalyane is a village in Pancharevo area of Stolichna Municipality, Sofia region.
Village of Kokalyane spreads along Iskar River, at the foot of Vitosha Mountain, at its lowest slopes. It is surrounded by mountainous hills from all sides and is set in a valley 700 m above sea level. The village is near Pancharevo Lake and Samokovsko shosse road.
The climate characterizes with cold winter, cool spring, warm summer and warm, long autumn.
The village comprises a town hall, a doctor, a pharmacy, a church, several food stores and several restaurants. River passes under the fountain next to the town-hall.
There are villa complexes in the village that are set in the in the mountain hills. Splendid panoramic view to the village and the capital. Some of the houses are inhabited round-the-year. Fresh air and various places for picnics and walks.
Kokalyane Monastery 'St Archangel Michael' is set in Plana Mountain, about 4 km south-east from village of Kokalyane and 6 km north-east from village of Zheleznitsa, at the foot of Manastirishte mountain top (1338 m). The monastery was burnt down twice. In the end of the XIXth century it was totally renovated. In 1969 it was declared Monument of culture.
The monastery is part of Mala Saint forest. It shapes the Urvich fortress complex together with Urvich fortres, Pancharevo Monastery 'St Nikola Letni' and the fortress church-monastery 'St Iliya'.
Local culture site is the church 'St George the Victorious'.
The mountain lovers may enjoy the eco-path starting from village of Kokalyane and ending in village of Bistritsa.
Pancharevo Lake is the perfect place for recreation. It is 5 km long. Various water sports could be practiced here - rowing, surfing and water skiing. Rowing boats could be rented here. There are many routes, parks with cafes, restaurants and some mineral springs. The temperature of the water is 47 C. The fishermen may catch zander and carassius.
The village is served by one bus line - No 2.
Bus lines No 1 and No 4 go to Sofia city. Their last stops are next to 'Kokalyansko hanche' restaurant.
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