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Places of interest

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...

The NTG team

Frank Zanderink, АRК Nature - Leader of the NTG project Frank was born in 1962. He graduated from the Agricultural University of Wage­ningen, the Netherlands (Forestry with specialisation on wildlife and nature management). He has worked for GREENPEACE NETHERLANDS; for WWF -Zambia...

Eastern Rhodopes Guide

Visit the Eastern Rhodopes Mountains in South Bulgaria and use this website to find out Where to stay and Where to eat, as well as find details of Activities and Interesting sites. You can easily book everything directly through us. Simply send your request to: newthraciangold@gmail.com or...

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...

Ancient necropolis “The Great mound”

Location: It is located in the highest place in the beginning of what now is the village of Svirachi in the municipality of Ivaylovgrad – specially picked so it could be easily seen, with excellent visibility in all directions, providing closer distance with the...

Protected territories

 The places of the greatest significance for preserving the wilderness are declared protected territory, where human activity is limited, that being regulated with the Law of Protected Territories. According to that law, the following categories of protected territory are defined for ...

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...

Terms of use

Main project info: The New Thracian Gold (NTG) is a project of the Dutch nature preservation organizations ARK and Avalon. By 2014 they will work on supporting economic growth and welfare in the Eastern Rhodopes Mountains by developing activities which combine organic farming, nature preservation...

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...

Biodiversity and wild life

The Eastern Rhodopes are located in the southernmost part of Bulgaria. They occupy the lower eastern part of the Rhodopes Massif. To the south they border with the Aegean Lowland, to the north and east with the Thracian lowland and the river of Maritza. The border with the Western Rhodopes follows...

Natura 2000 network

Natura 2000 is the centrepiece of EU nature & biodiversity policy. It is comprised of Special Areas of Conservation (SAC). Natura 2000 is not a system of strict nature reserves where all human activities are excluded. Whereas the network will certainly include nature reserves most...

Natura 2000 site Krumovitza

BG0002012  Surface – 11 183 hectares. The area includes the valleys in the middle course of the Krumovitsa River and its tributary Djushun Dere with the adjacent hills and slopes of the Eastern Rhodopes. It covers the sections of the Krumovitsa between the village of...

Natura 2000 site Byala Reka

BG0002019  Surface – 44 627 hectares. The area covers the Byala Reka watershed in the most south-eastern part of the Eastern Rhodopes, immediately next to the state border with Greece. It includes the Byala Reka valley and the surrounding mountain hills from the village...

Natura 2000 site Arda Bridge

BG0002071  Surface – 15 022 hectares The site covers the Arda river course from the village of Rabovo to the town of Madzharovo and the northern parts of Iranov Ridge. To the north it borders on the villages of Madzhari, Voyvodets, Dolno Pole, Rumelia and Gorno Pole; to...

Birds in Eastern Rhodopes

Eastern Rhodopes are one of the richest, in terms of ornithological highlights in Europe. Because of its location on the edge of the European and Asian continent, the pristine landscape and the variety of habitats, the impact of the Mediterranean and the relatively weak human disturbance,...

Krumovgrad

Krumovgrad is a small Eastern Rhodopean town with  approximately 5000 inhabitants. The surrounding landscape  is picturesque and exotic. The area is rich in nature and offers various  cultural highlights.  Krumovgrad is situated in  between Kardzhali and Ivaylovgrad along...

Biodiversity - links

The return of the neophron Red Data Book of the Republic of Bulgaria Natura 2000 Rewilding Europe Bulgarian Biodiversity Portal The Bulgarian flora online Flora bulgarica Birds in Bulgaria Parks in Bulgaria European greenbelt BlueLink information network Bat Research And Conservation...

Eastern Rhodopes Tourist Map

The latest and most detailed up to now tourist map for the Eastern Rhodopes has been elaborated in 2011 by Bulgarian and Dutch experts of the New Thracian gold project.  The map presents all attractions of the Eastern Rhodopes fully covering ten municipalities - Kardzhali, Ardino,...

TransRhodope Long distance biking trail

GPS tracks available to download from HERE The TransRhodope Long distance mountain biking trail is mainly off-road. The route is built using dirt mountain roads, forest paths and small country roads. Over 70% of the route is traffic-free. The total lenght of the route is over 500 km. The...

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...

And the winner is...

The winners of NTG’s third edition of the contest “Eastern Rhodopes - taste the wild nature” are: Anahid Chalyovska, Vasil Anastasovski , Olya Stoyanova Herman van der Hart. Travel story competition In the section for the most interesting travel story, Anahid...