The Rhodopian Mountain
is one of the oldest Bulgarian mountains. In the past it was inhabited by Thracian tribes whose settlements and tombs can be seen today. The amazingly beautiful scenery of the , which once inspired the mythical Thracian singer, in present days attracts thousands of tourists from all parts of the world. The mountain is characterized by hilly landscape, stunning river gorges and caves with whimsical karst formations. boast exceptionally good conditions for and tourism.
Spa and ski in the Rhodopes
is a first-class located in the central part of . The sunny, mild winter and the thick snow-cover provide for the excellent conditions for in . The resort disposes of cutting-edge equipment which guarantees maximum satisfaction of your skiing experience. The vary in rating and but our site allows fast orientation and easy reservation. You can instantly a which best matches your style and preferences.
To diversify your stay in make a trip to the picturesque village of , situated not far from the resort. Another option is to visit also situated close to the resort.
and are popular in , with numerous wellness centres where highly-qualified therapists carry out various procedures. The influence of the Mediterranean climate and the curative power of the mineral springs attract thousands of visitors with different diseases and disorders.
The Rhodopian villages Shiroka Luka, Gela and Trigrad
The villages of , and Trigrad are situated close to one another in the central part of . Annually, in the beginning of August, they host bagpipe festivals which attract Bulgarian and international participants and many tourists.
The village of has been inhabited since deep Antiquity by rich Thracian families. Today it is a beautiful village whose inhabitants keep the rural way of life with farming and stock-breeding. The crystal-clear air in this region of the Rhodopes and the mild climate, influenced by the Mediterranean, make an extremely favourable place for tourists with lung diseases. It is an ideal option for those who want to escape urban life for their holiday and retreat to a calm, secluded place in the Rhodopes.
is a museum-village which has been declared an architectural and ethnographic reserve. The steep weaving streets and the houses with typical architecture have been preserved from the Bulgarian Revival Period. Each year in the beginning of March there is a holiday in with ritual Koukeri dances. Men from all parts of gather in the village, dressed in fur-hides and masked as monsters. Their dances are believed to ward off the evil spirits of winter and to bring health to the people and fertility to the land.
and are situated in close proximity to the village of Trigrad. is an enormous five-level labyrinth with incredible rock formations. Parts of it have been inhabited by the people of the Eneolithic Age, the Stone Age, the Bronze Age and the Iron Age. is connected to many legends. It is believed to be the entrance to the underground kingdom of Hades where Orpheus went to save his beloved Euridyce.
Archaeological findings in the Rhodopes
is an amazingly big Thracian settlement, discovered recently by archeologists on a hill in the Eastern part of the , close to the town of Kardjali. Archaeologists are still working on the site and are discovering new parts of the city. Up to now a magnificent palace, a shrine of Dionysus , a citadel and an ancient acropolis have been unearthed. The infrastructure in the region is constantly being improved as is expected to become a major tourist destination in Bulgaria due to its magnitude and historical significance.
, situated on a hill near the village of Tatoul, is another important finding dating back to the Thracian period. There is a hypothesis that the grave on the top of the hill belongs to .