Mala carkva is village in Western Bulgaria. It is located in Samokov Municipality, Sofia District.
The population is around 490 people.
It is located around the river Levi Iskar. The terrain is mountainous, with an average altitude of 1200 m.
The climate is mountanous. The average January temperature is about -4.2 º C and in July - about 25.5 º C.
The area is very rich in water.
A major resource is the Iskar River, in the beginning of which there are two main branches - Cherni and Beli Iskar numerous smaller flowing rivers and streams and its tributaries - Palakaria and Shipochanitsa.
Lakes, more than 40 in number, are scattered in the high parts of Rila. Better known are Marichini, Musala, Maliovitsa Urdina and lakes.
In the valley of the Beli Iskar River has built the largest dam in Rila Beli Iskar, which supplies water to Sofia. Dam is used for electricity generation.
The village is laid out with well developed and continuously renewing infrastructure.
There are health center, library, church, several small shops.
Regular bus lines connect it with the community center. Another advantage is rapid access and proximity to the capital and International airport.
Mala carkva attracts tourists with its beautiful scenery and atmosphere throughout the year. Part of the resort-tourism location Samokov - Borovets - Beli Iskar. Provide excellent conditions for winter and extreme sports, and recreational fishing along the Beli Iskar and hatcheries over Samokov, horseback riding in Borovets and Beli Iskar. Water sports - good opportunities for summer offers beaches along the river Beli Iskar, Park Lago and above the village of Beli Iskar.
1 km above the village begins the Central Rila Reserve. It is the largest in Bulgaria and one of the largest in Europe. It was created in order to conserve forest, subalpine ecosystems, forming a unique natural complex. The area of the reserve is 12 393.7 ha and covers considerable territory around Beli Iskar and Musala.
In the neighbouring villahe Beli Iskar are held interesting cultural events such as the unique celebration of Rila Zelnik. Organized by the local tourist association in late June. Naturally, the biggest event then race to prepare the most delicious Zelnik. For guests of the village then organize special events such as performances of folk songs and dances, tasting of local specialties, the presentation of local customs and traditions and demonstrate crafts typical for the region.
A tradition each year in late August is the held here national rock festival Rock in Rila.