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Western Rhodopes Mountains

Western Rhodopes

Western Rhodopes is one of the most isolated regions of Bulgaria. Famous for its traditional throat singing the region keeps its unique culture and traditions. Several natural amphitheatres were used since the ancient times for singing contests. Additionally almost every village claims to be the homeland of Orpheus, a legendary Greek singer.

 

 

 

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Travel Destinations in the Western Rhodopes

 

Devil's Throat Cave (Western Rhodopes)

Open: daily

 

Devil's Threat Cave is one of the largest and most famous caves in the Western Rhodopes. These natural underground system tunnels have been known since the time of the Antiquity. Ancient Greeks believed that it was one of the entrances to the Underground Kingdom of the Hades. People believed that legendary Thracian singer Orpheus once lived here. He fell in love with a lovely Euridice. They intended to get married, but on the wedding day angry gods send a poisonous snake to kill the bride. She died and her soul went in Kingdom of the Dead deep underground. Orpheus descended there and tried to convince God of the Dead, Hades, to give back his loved one. Orpheus beautiful voice and his ability to play his lyre persuaded god to let Euridice go. There was only one condition. Euridice was suppose to follow her groom, but Orpheus couldn't look back until he reached the light of day. Orpheus was too tempted to look back at the love of his life and he turned around. Euridice slipped from the embrace of her lover and returned to the Kingdom of the Dead deep in the Devil's Threat Cave. She stayed there for good this time.

Yagodina Cave (Western Rhodopes)

Open: daily

Tel. 03419 200

Open: 9am- 5pm May- Sept

Entrance Fee: 4 lv

 

Yagodina Cave is situated near a small village of Yagodina in the Buynovo Gorge. It is one of the most famous caves in the Western Rhodopes mountains and Bulgaria in general with a total length of 8.5 km, although only a small portion is open to the general public. The temperature inside the underground tunnels range between 6 and 8 degrees Celsius, so dress warmly. Modern visitors get inside the cave through an artificial entrance that was cut in the 20th century, however the natural entrance of the cave lies few kilometres down the Buynovo River Gorge. Several archaeological digs conducted here by Bulgarian scientists discovered remains and artefacts from the Neolithic times.