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This section describes the natural and historical/cultural treasures of the Eastern Rhodopes. Concerning the nature and wilderness part, most of the Eastern Rhodopes is technically Natura 2000 area. However, less than 20% of Natura 2000 area in Bulgaria is actually protected under national...

Publications

On a bicycle in the Rhodopes - BNR, 22.06.2013 First Tarpan Foal for 2013 - For the nature, 02.04.2013 2013's First Tarpan Horse Born in Bulgaria - novinite.com, 02.04.2013 Curious cases from Bulgarian environmental protection - 13.03.2013 Experts Build Up Population of Fallow Deer in Eastern...

Caves

Cave “Karangil“Location: village Shiroko Pole, East from KardzhaliOrigins: Was formed in limestone rocks, three floors with a depth 650 m. inhabited by several species of bats. The cave is the only in the world habitat of the spider.Status:  Natural landmark.Access: 200m...

Historical Sites

The Devil’s Bridge (Sheitan kyupryu)Location: Located on about 5 km north from Ardino near the village of Dyadovtsi.Description: Stone bridge over the Arda river, built on a scenic narrow gorge in the Late Middle Ages. Through it passed the way, which used to connect region of the...

Archaeological and cultural sites

Perperikon – Archaeological complex  Location: The complex is located 20 km northeast of Kardzhali, 2 km from the village of Gorna Krepost. It is entirely carved into the rocks and is one of the oldest monumental megalithic sites in Bulgaria. Here can be found the...

Perperikon - Archaeological complex

Location: The complex is located 20 km northeast of Kardzhali, 2 km from the village of Gorna Krepost. It is entirely carved into the rocks and is one of the oldest monumental megalithic sites in Bulgaria. Here can be found the Thracian legacy, bearing memory of the god of...

Thracian sanctuary “Eagle rocks”

Location: It is in the area Eagle Rocks at around 4km south of Ardino. Description: The complex is dated IV – VI century B.C. and had a religious-burial purpose. In the highest rocks are cut around 90 trapezoidal niches. It is assumed that they have placed pottery or tiles...

Orpheus sanctuary near the village of Tatul

Location: At 15 km east of Momchilgrad in the area of Asara near the village of Tatul.Description: This is the second most important megalithic monument in the Eastern Rhodopes and one of the unique Thracian megalithic monuments in Europe. Impressive religious complex at first...

Megalithic monument “Cromlech”

Location: Located 12 km north from the town of Madzharovo in the area of village Dolni Glavanak.Description: Ancient megalithic facility VIII-VII century B.C. - an enclosed sacred space - a stone circle, isolated from external forces used for ancient religious rites.Status: Cultural...

Late ancient and medieval fortress near the village of Vishegrad

Location: Located on the right river bank of Arda at around 150 m from the village of Vishegrad.Description: Medieval fortress with an area of 562 square meters It rises to the notable peak with vertically hanging rocks toward the dam Studen Kladenets. The fortified wall is encircling the...

The petrified forest

Location: Located in the village of Raven (Momchilgrad) in a deep gorge, called by locals Gabaz gulch. "The Trees" are among both sides of the gorge with over 120 m length. They represent twenty stumps of trees burned by fire. They are 1 to 1.5 m tall and thickness of 0.4 to 0.6 m....

Reserves

Valchi Dol reserve The Valchi Dol reserve is the only strict reserve in the Eastern Rhodopes. It is located in the territory of the Krumovgrad Municipality, in the land of the village of Boynik, and covers an area of 774.70 ha. It secures the preservation of one of the wildest and most...

Madzharovo

Madzharovo is a small Eastern Rhodopean town with approximately 500 inhabitants. The town is named after its protector from 1913 - Dimitar Madzharov. Back at these days around 20 thousands Bulgarian refugees from Aegian Thrace were expelled from their land. They were seeking path to their...

The Wild Farm

Story by Meindert Brouwer, Dutch writer and publisher: http://mb.hetwebburo.nl/October, 2009 They call their guesthouse The Wild Farm, ‘a rural house for adventures in the Eastern Rhodope’. And wild it is, not the farm, but the region. Father Nikki, mother Betty and...

Hiking

1. Eco trail Bolyartsi to Perperikon (2,5 h)Municipality of Kardzhali, Eastern RhodopesMore than 5 millennia ago, ancient people started worshipping and bringing gifts to the Rock. Since those times, the complex which today we call Perperikon has passed through various stages of...

Local rare breeds

Local rare breeds are part of the living wealth of the planet. After thousands of years of natural and artificial selection, they are well adapted to the conditions of the environment in which they have been living for centuries, easy to satisfy, with inherited qualities and high viability....

The flora in Eastern Rhodopes

The geographical position on the European continent (near the Mediterranean and near the Asian continent), its geology and its climate determine the region of Eastern Rhodopes as one with the richest biodiversity in Europe. In the Eastern Rhodopes are found species typical of the flora of...

Karakachan sheep

The Karakachan sheep is the domestic sheep’s closest ancestor to the wild European mouflon, and is one of the oldest breeds of sheep in Europe. Animals of this breed have been bred from ancient times - ancient authors mention sheep with rough wool kept by the Thracians. The breed takes its...

Eastern Rhodopes – taste the wild nature

The winners of the first competition „Eastern Rhodopes – taste the wild nature“ November 1, 2011 Vladimir Sulov and Valentina Raykova are the winners of the first New Thracian Gold-contest fort the most interesting itinerary and best photo from the Eastern Rhodopes. Vladimir...

Reintroduction of Red Deer in the Eastern Rhodopes

New Thracian Gold and the National Hunting and Fishing Association - Union of Hunters and Anglers in Bulgaria work together to recover the red deer population in the Eastern Rhodopes.  In 2012 and 2013, a total of 30 red deer was released in the Studen Kladenets Game Reserve. The...

Natural grazing and large herbivores in Eastern Rhodopes

Natural grazing by large herbivores is a key process for suitable development and natural maintenance of ecosystems. In wild nature the animals graze all year round.  This practice was well understood and practiced for thousands of years by the ancient Balkan livestock farmers, who...

Nature Adventures

One day nature trips in the Eastern Rhodopes Mountains, South Bulgaria Route 1 Madzharovo – the Vultures' volcano   Tour description: 5 hours, 5 km walking, easy-medium Area description: Superb gorge, spectacular rock cliffs and scrubland walk, departing from the visitor's...

Archaeological complex Perperikon

Tour description: 4 hours, 5 km walking, medium Area description: spectacular rock pillars, view points and panoramas, reptiles, fissure flora, and Bulgaria's most famous Ancient rock city – Perperikon. Highlights: pleasant walk through oak woodland, scrub, and rocks, wild flowers,...

Byala reka nature site

Tour description: full day, 15 km walking, medium-strenuous Area description: unspoiled wilderness, Mediterranean woodland and scrub, abandonded villages, picturesque river, Ancient dolmen and open air barbecue Highlights: Mediterranean species – Balkan terrapin, Snake-eyed lizard,...

Reintroduction of Tarpans

New Thracian Gold project is successfully conducting the first ever reintroduction of Tarpans in Bulgaria, a rebreed of wild horses that have lived hundreds  of years ago in Europe. In September 2011, the first 12 Tarpans arrived in Bulgaria from the Netherlands and settled in the Eastern...

Competition 2011

Vladimir Sulov and Valentina Raykova are the winners of the first New Thracian Gold-contest fort the most interesting itinerary and best photo from the Eastern Rhodopes. Vladimir Sulov wins the photo competition with his View of the Priest (Perperikon). Sulov is actually twice a winner, because...

Restoration of fallow deer population

New Thracian Gold, the National Hunting and Fishing Association - Union of Hunters and Fishermen in Bulgaria, Hunting and Fishing Association "Sokol"- Krumovgrad and the Society of the Hunters and Fisherman of Kardzhali work on a joint project for the restoration of the fallow deer population in...