Bike Exploration of Velijski Rhodopi

Difficulty level: We grade this trip as Difficult. We’ll climb about 750 vertical meters while biking the 35 km long route. A very good physical condition is required and basic downhill experience, although there is not many technical sections on the way down. It is possible to downgrade to Moderate by using the transport to cut the main 550 m elevation section.

Best period for this trip is April to November.

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Belitsa Dancing Bears Park

From Bansko we drive straight (45 min) to Belitsa Dancing Bears Park – a sanctuary for “retired” Brown Bears used as a street attraction in the past. This is the starting point for our bike trip. The baby bears used to be stolen from their parents and trained to “dance” by the music of some traditional instruments like Gadulka. This was the way of making living for whole Gypsy families, before the official ban. The bear abuse is not allowed anymore and all the suffering animals were taken to the sanctuary to spend their last days in a protected environment, as their introduction back to the wildlife seemed impossible.


From the Bear sanctuary we head up to the small resort area of Semkovo, located at about 1700 meters above sea level. We’ll climb about 700 vertical meters of elevation, before we stop for lunch at Semkovo.

Dobursko Village

After lunch a long descent (with some flat sections and a short uphill) along a dirt road will take us to Dobursko Village, located at about 1100 m, with great views towards the surrounding Pirin Mountains, Rhodopes and Razlog Valley.

Dobursko Church

Visit to the Dobursko Church.

Gorno Draglishte Village

10 min climb and we get another great panoramic dirt road down to Gorno Draglishte Village, than further to Dolno Draglishte along the paved road. We may get a transfer back to Bansko from this point or bike the remaining km on the paved road.

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Contact us if you have any additional questions. If you would like to purchase this tour package for 1 or 8+ people, please speak to us or fill out our form and we wll prepare a custom quote for you.

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