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Protected areas

Patronka protected site   Patronka  is located on the south bank of river Arda, east of the town of Madzharovo. It is one of the most picturesque and inaccessible portions of the valley of the Arda River, where the river bank is very steep and intensely rugged. Interspersed...

Byala Reka Meanders protected site

The Byala Reka Meanders protected site has an area of 1531.98 ha. It was established with Order No:RD-474 of 11.07.2001 by the Ministry of the Environment and Water, on the suggestion of the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds, with the aim of preserving rare and...

Ivaylovgrad

Located in the most southern part of the Rhodopes, the area of Ivaylovgrad enjoys a Mediterranean climate. Olive trees and Laurel show it. Here you can find some of the most virgin forests in Bulgaria..Ivaylovgrad’s rich cultural heritage is reflected in the  dolmens, mounds,...

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...

Water adventures

  Only in the Eastern Rhodopes there are so many possibilities for water adventures. LAKE KARDZHALI On lake Kardzhali in recreation area Enchets is located rowing base “Enchets” where you can rent boats. Rowing base telephone: +359 885 295319 – Hristo...

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 horse

Karakachan horse is a local primitive breed of horse, extremely durable and adapted to the hard ways of living. For centuries it has served the Karakachans in their long mountain hikes during their seasonal migrations from summer pastures to winter and vice versa. Horses were pasture raised, no...

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 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...

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...

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,...

Reptiles

The Eastern Rhodopes really are reptile paradise. No place in Europe has a better variety of lizards (12), snakes (14) and turtles&tortoises (4). The mosaic landscape with a large variety of habitats and hot summers have favored thirty species. Tortoise species are represented by Hermann's...

Fish fauna

26 fish species have been identified in the water habitats  of the Eastern Rhodopes. Four small species of the carp family are endemic in the Balkan Peninsula: Chondrostoma  vardarense, Vimba melanops , Barbus cyclolepis and Sabanejewia balcanica (Balkan Spined Loach). Very special,...

Lizards

Lizards can be met almost everywhere in the countryside. Most numerous are green lizards and wall lizards which even can be seen in village gardens. Ecologically most interesting are those species restricted to specific natural habitat types. Perhaps most intriguing species are the Scheltopusik...