Rakita is a village in West Bulgaria. It is situated in Slivnitsa municipality, Sofia region.
In Bulgaria there is one other settlement that carries the same name and it is situated in Cherven bryag municipality, Pleven region.
Rakita is small settlement located in mountain region and its altitude is about 871 m. The climate is temperate and is influenced by the mountain relief and is characterized by severe winter and cool summer.
There are constructed water and electricity systems and the streets are partially asphalted. The mobile operators have coverage.
The permanent population is about 35 people.
Here are functioning town hall and store. The nearest medical center as well as schools and kindergartens are in the town of Breznik.
The name of the village is Slavic and was mentioned by Byzantium authors and others, too in diplomas, documents of Bulgarian tsars and Serbian kings between XI and XIV centuries. It is possible to name of the village to be derived from the name of a small willow in Bulgarian - rakita.
Near the neighboring village of Gurgulyat the river flows in proximity and has formed beautiful gorge with vertical rocks and it is about 60 m long. There rises Petluchki kamak peak and at this place Petluka fortress from which are preserved only defence walls.
South of the peak is situated Petluka cave and it has one accessible gallery.