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Central Rhodopes

Come to these magic mountains where all your senses will be aroused - your eyes will be full of color, a song will be resounding in your ears together with the murmur of the highland brooks and the sound of cow-bells, your lungs will be full of the fresh saturated with fragrances of wild flowers mountain air, your soul will find peace and relish!

The mountain paths in the land of the mythical singer Orpheus are luring you to follow them, so that they can reveal to your eyes the virgin beauty of nature. 'The Miracle Bridges', situated along the valley of Aidarsko dere are just some of the most curious natural phenomena of the Rhodopes. You will be enchanted forever by the austere magnificent beauty of Buinovo and Trigrad gorges and attracted by the wonderful and mystic underworld of the caves 'Devil's throat', Yagodinska cave, Snejanka. The boundless green studded with flowers glades surrounding Chairski lakes and the endless forests surrounding the Smolyan lakes will bring you into the world of beautiful wood-nymphs and fairies.

If you want to come closer to the spirit of time gone by, to live for a while far from the urban bustle and vanity, to wake up in the morning with ringing of cow-bells and the cock-a-doodle-do of cocks hailing the dawn, then you should go to Shiroka Luka, Stoykite, Gela Mochilovtsi, Bukata or some other picturesque Rhodope village.

To know more about the history of that fairy world visit the Assenova fortress near Assenovgrad, Bachkovo monastery - a keeper of the Bulgarian identity and spirit for centuries and the town of Smolyan with numerous architectural monuments and museums.

If you like skiing and winter sports in general, Pamporovo resort is the place where you can spend unforgettable moments on the snow tracks. Excellent conditions for winter sports offers the birth-town of the famous biathlon competitor Katerina Dafovska - Chepelare.

Besides spectacular diversity of flora, fauna, and natural landmarks, the region of Central Rhodopes is rich in curative mineral springs. There are situated the spa resorts of Narechen and Devin.

The fans of fishing will not be disappointed also. They can enjoy a good catch on the dams of Shiroka poliana and Anton Ivanovtsi.