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Rhodope – the Mountain of Orpheus

Plovdiv – Chepelare – Smolyan – Pamporovo - Plovdiv

The route can be completed within 2 days. It is intended for an automobile or bus transport. Accommodation can be performed in the town of Chepelare, the town of Smolyan or in Pamporovo. In Chepelare there is an option for visiting the Museum of Speleology and Bulgarian Karst. The following sites can be visited in Smolyan within one day: – the Planetarium, the Regional History Museum of Smolyan or the Archaeological Complex of Old Houses in Raykovo residential section. The following sites can be visited within one day from Pamporovo, Smolyan or Chepelare: the Architectural Reserve – village of Shiroka Laka, the Late Antiquity Necropolis, the village of Beden, Devin, Haramiyska Cave, the Trigrad Gorge, the Yagodinska Cave, the Uhluvitsa Cave, the village of Smilyan, Momchil’s Fortress, village of Momchilovtsi, the Rhozhen Observatory, the Areal Ethnographic Complex – town of Zlatograd, the Smolyan Lakes.

Plovdiv City

Plovdiv is the second largest city in Bulgaria and an administrative center of Plovdiv County. It is situated in the Upper Thracian Plain (Gornotrakiyska Nizina), on the both banks of the Maritsa river. The population of the city is about 350,000 people. The climate is transitional–continental with mild winters and hot summers. The average temperature in January is +1°С, the ...

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The town of Chepelare is situated in the central part of the Rhodope Mountain, at a distance of about 70 km from Plovdiv and 220 km from Sofia. The main road between Plovdiv and Smolyan passes through Chepelare. The resort Pamporovo is situated at a distance of only 10 km from Pamporovo. Chepelare is the highest situated town in Bulgaria – 1,100 meters above the sea level. Its ...

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The town of Smolyan is located in the Middle Rhodopes, Southern Bulgaria. It lies 104 km south of Plovdiv and 98 km west of Kardzhali. The town stretches over a huge part of the valley of Cherna River (Black River). The town of Smolyan was founded in 1960 when the three large hamlets Smolyan, Raykovo, and Ustovo merged together. The population of the town is approximately 32 000 ...

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The winter resort Pamporovo is situated at the foot of Snezhanka peak (1926 meters) in the Rhodope mountain, at a distance of 260 km from Sofia, 85 km from Plovdiv and 16 km from Smolyan. The resort is situated on an elevation of 1650 meters above the sea level. The average yearly temperature is 5.5 degrees Celsius. Pamporovo has existed as a resort since the 1960s. Almost all ski ...

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