Stargach

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Stargach
Stargach.jpg
Stargach seen from Bulgaria
Highest point
PeakStargach
Elevation1,270 m (4,170 ft)
Coordinates41°23′9.6″N 23°46′30″E / 41.386000°N 23.77500°E / 41.386000; 23.77500
Naming
Native nameBulgarian: Стъргач Greek: Κουλάτα
Geography
Stargach is located in Bulgaria
Stargach
CountriesBulgaria and Greece
Range coordinates41°23′N 23°46′E / 41.383°N 23.767°E / 41.383; 23.767Coordinates: 41°23′N 23°46′E / 41.383°N 23.767°E / 41.383; 23.767

Stargach (Bulgarian: Стъргач, Greek: Κουλάτα) is a border mountain, situated between Bulgaria and Greece. It is located east of the Slavyanka Mountain, west of the Beslen hill, south of the Pirin Mountains and north of the Kato Novrokopi valley.

With its round outlines, Stargach is a reduced copy of the Slavyanka Mountain. Its highest peak is situated in Greek territory – Stargach or Kulata peak (1,270 m.). The highest peak in Bulgarian territory is Asenov peak (1,218 m.)

Ilinden village seen from Stargach

Stargach is a horst, formed of metamorphic rocksmarble, gneiss and mica. There are also granite and quartz at some places.

The flora of Stargach consists of mainly of bushes and low forests: South European flowering ash (Fraxinus ornus), common hazel (Corylus avellana), common juniper (Juniperus communis), lilac (Syringa spp.), etc. At the highest areas of the mountain grow forests of common beech (Fagus sylvatica).

Common animal species are wildcat, wild boar, European hare, etc.

Nearby villages are Ilinden and Nova Lovcha.