Rodope Mountains, Blagoevgrad Province

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  • The Rhodope Mountains — is probably the most interesting region of Bulgaria and one of the most picturesque. In ancient times there lived THRACIANS, and traces of their presence here have survived to the present day. And during the Ottoman domination the Bulgarians hid in impenetrable, dense forests and in the rocks of these mountains. Here he sang the legendary Orpheus, cave block for Jevredikoj also in these places (now this cave is called "Devil's throat"). High peaks (the highest-Gholam Perelik-2 191 m), Scenic River Gorges, mountain lakes and reservoirs, mineral springs, clear mountain streams and beautiful river valleys, dense spruce forests, Rocky plateaus-nature here is rich and diverse. 17 nature reserves have been established in the Rhodope Mountains, some of them are included in the list of objects under protection of UNESCO. There are historical places, mystical places. One of the most beautiful monasteries-Tanks-also located in the Rhodope Mountains. Take the car and go for a ride along the serpentine this reserved region-you will not regret.
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  • The Rhodope Mountains covers an area of approximately 15,000 km² and is one of the largest mountain regions of southern Europe. The whole range is classified in the Western Rhodope Mountains and the southern Rhodope Mountains, the Eastern Rhodope Mountains. The Western and eastern part lie in Bulgaria, the southern part is Greek. We have only traveled in the western portion that includes about half of the whole Rhodope Mountains. The main roads here are generally good. But the average car speed is low. Keep that in mind. The signage is just like in the rest of Bulgaria relatively scant. It is advisable to have a little prepared the area to get around. The Rhodope Mountains offers stunning mountain landscape with ravines, caves, rivers, lakes and characteristic villages. Here life brown bears and wolves. The Greek mythology tells that Orpheus would have lived here. Hiking and winter sports. But also for hiking is a very good preparation or hiring a guide is recommended. Furthermore you can here cycling, horse riding, caving, observe birds and wildlife or visit thermal baths. Also the mountain area has something to offer: cultural architecture, smaller museums, music, folklore, arts and crafts, the Bachkovo monastery and churches and mosques can be found here. The Rhodope Mountains also typical specialities. Seems the Eastern Rhodope Mountains and hilly to be lower, compared to the mountains of the western portion. But this area we have not visited during our tour of Bulgaria.
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