The Villages of Rhodopes

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Day 1

3h, 9.5 km, +470/-280m

Devin

In the morning of the first day we meet in Devin – a town in Western Rhodopes, reachable in about 2 hours by bus from Plovdiv, 3,5 hours from Sofia. Devin is famous for its thermal pools, so it’s best to arrive on the previous day and spend an evening there.

Yagodina Cave

We take a 30 min. transfer to Yagodina Cave, crossing the gorge of Yagodina.

Yagodina Village

After visiting the cave we start walking towards Yagodina village (about an hour) where we’ll have lunch at a local restaurant or with some local family.

Trigrad Village

Another two-hours hike takes us to the area of Trigrad. First we visit the famous Trigrad Gorge and we enter the big cave at the bottom – Devil’s Throat Cave, then we stay overnight in the village. There is a choice between a number of guest houses and small hotels in the village.
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Day 2

6h, 17km, +850/-680m

Trigrad Village

Today we’ll have one of the most beautiful walks in Western Rhodopes – from the village of Trigrad to the area of Perelik ridge.

Chairite Lakes

On the way we pass near Chairite Lakes, many green pastures and forests.

Mugla Village

Accommodation in the remote village of Mugla – rustic accommodation at a local guest houses.
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Day 3

6.5h, 14 km, +900/-800 m

Mugla Village

Today we climb the highest ridge in Rhodope Mountains – Perelik ridge.

Karluk Peak

We’ll climb the second highest summit – Mount Karluk, because the highest point is not accessible for tourists due to the military base at the top.

Gela Village

Then we descend to the village of Gela at 1500m on the other side of the mountain. Accommodation at a hotel in the village.
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Day 4 - Option A

2,5h

Shiroka Luka

Short walk today – we cross Gela village and in about 2.5 hours descend to the village of Shiroka Luka – an architectural reserve with many old stone houses and a beautiful church.

Gela monastery

We also pass near Gela monastery on the way.

Plovdiv / Sofia

From here we can take a bus either to Devin and visit the mineral pools there, or to Smolyan – the biggest town in Rhodopes, with connections to Plovdiv and Sofia. End of the program.
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Day 4 - Option B

2h

Miraculous Bridges

A second option for this day is to visit the famous Miraculous Bridges.

Slivovdolsko Padalo Waterfall

We can walk up to the biggest waterfall in the Rhodopes – Slivovdolsko Padalo Waterfall – 2 hours of walking.

Bachkovo monastery

We can stop at Bachkovo Monastery and arrive in Plovdiv by the end of the day.

Equpment

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