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The Wonderful Bridges in the Rhodopes

 

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With some friends at the Bridges. That was a fun trip 🙂

The Wonderful Bridges, sometimes the Marvelous Bridges, – Чудните мостове (Chudnite mostove) is a rock formation in the proximity in the karst valley of the river Erkyupriya in the Rhodopes on 1450 above the sea level, at the foot of Golyam Persenk peak (2091). The natural landmark is at a distance of 80 km south from Plovdiv and 35 km north-west from Chepelare. The rock formations d0 resemble bridges above the small river floating underneath them. They are an amazing sight and it’s difficult to grip their beauty in photographs. Here a couple of tries, though:

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There are two bridges across from each other. In the summer there sometimes is a zipline between them

The Bridges are easily accessible by car. From the main road, there’s an exit for a village called Zabardo. Take it and prepare for a curvy narrow mountain road which keeps ascending for about 35 minutes. The road meanders next to a small river and is quite picturesque.

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You can stand on top of the bridge – see the rail at the top right corner?

You can combine visiting the Bridges with this one-day trip I posted earlier, and combined with Krastova gora, you would have a lovely two-day trip (I recommend an overnight stay at Plovdiv). They are stunning both in the summer and in colder months, however, I imagine that the narrow mountainous road leading up to them is not accessible and/or dangerous in snowy winters.

Next to the Wonderful bridges there is a hut (sorry, link only in Bulgarian, however, you can find some contacts and a map) at which you can stay for a very cheap price, but you would need to book beds for the summer days as it is quite full. There is a cheap restaurant at the hut as well as several friendly Rhodope grandmas selling their home-made produce.

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At the Bridges in April

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