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TransRhodope Long distance biking trail

GPS tracks available to download from HERE

The TransRhodope Long distance mountain biking trail is mainly off-road. The route is built using dirt mountain roads, forest paths and small country roads. Over 70% of the route is traffic-free. The total lenght of the route is over 500 km.

The initiative comes from the New Thracian Gold in partnership with the foundation "House for books and adventures."

The trail passes through lovely countryside, nature reserves, remote villages, fortresses, churches, rivers, lakes, and cultural heritage. The TransRhodope trail provides both easy and difficult mountain cycling. Some parts might be a challenge to novice cyclists, but a real pleasure for experienced ones.

The route starts at the village of Trigrad and runs east through Pamporovo resort, Kardzhali lake, Studen Kladenets area, Ivaylovgrad where it ends in Madzharovo.  It is also possible to make an alternative detour which ends in Kardzhali.

The trail is red color marked in the terrain and each day trip has an easily found start/finish location.

The trail is divided in 17 sections (day trails) from 11 to 53 km each:

Day 1: The village of Trigrad – the village of Mugla (the huose of lelia Vesi) – length 30 km

Day 2: Mugla village - Stoikite village or Pamporovo resort – length 20 km

Day 3: Stoikite/Pamporovo resort – the village of Momchilovtsi (information center) – length 15 km

Day 4: Momchilovtsi - Banite (guest house Kadishevi) or in the village of Vishnevo (guest house “In Baruma” or ecohotel "Vishnevo")  - length 40 km

Day 5: Banite village or Vishnevo village – the village of Lyubino (Melanya house) – length 30 km (Alternatively you can stay the night at the house "Pri Mitaka" on the bank of the lake Kardzhali (11 km from Lyubino) or at the hotel "Chamdere" in the village of Borovitsa (16 km from Lyubino).

Day 6: Lyubino village – the village of Glavatartsi (hotel Trifon Zarezan, villas Bolyarka) - length 31 km

Day 7: Glavatartsi village – the village of Letovnik (Happy Hippy hostel) - length 25 km

Day 8: village Letovnik – Kroyatsite lodge at Studen Kladenets lake - length 26 km

Day 9: Lodge Kroyatsite - Studen kladenets village (house Studen kladenets) - a length of 22 km

Day 10: Studen kladenets village - the village of Padalo (house Toni) - length 20 km

Day 11: Padalo village - the village of Pelevun (the house of Todor Mitkov) - length 45 km

Day 12: village of Pelevun - Ivaylovgrad (Armira Hotel, Luxor Hotel, Fig house) – length 15 km

Day 13: Ivaylovgrad – the village of Borislavtsi (Trakiyska kashta / Thracian house) - length 46 km

Day 14: Borislavtsi village - the village of Gorno Pole (The Wild Farm) – length 11 km

Alternative detour to Kardzhali

Day 13А: Ivaylovgrad – the village of Gornoseltsi (accommodation in a farmhouse) – length 20 km

Day 14: village of Gornoseltsi - Madzharovo (nature conservation center of the BSPB) or village of Gorno pole (in The Wild Farm) – length 36 km + 6 km to The Wild Farm

Day 15: the village of Gorno Pole - Rabovo village (guest house Tepavitsata) – length 30 km

Day 16: Rabovo village - village of Madrets (guest house Madrets) – length 26 km

Day 17: village Madrets - Kardzhali (Hotel Ustra, Plamena house) - length 23 km

These seventeen sections (day trails) are the "backbone" of the trail. Each one could also be visited as separate daytrips. Besides this main route there are additional local trails, some of them marked as well. So in each region tourists can optionally hike or ride several additional trails.

The start/finish location of each day of the "backbone" of the TransRhodope biking trail is pointed with an information board or sign. There are also information materials such as maps, guidebooks and brochures available at the partnering guest houses/hotels.

The trail is marked in red – mainly red triangles with white, but also tourist marking white-red-white, as well as indicative signs along the road.  

A TransRhodope map with hiking and biking mountain routes is available. The trail is described in details on the map, as well as local trails, accommodation places, sites of interest, information centers are pointed. The map gives an overview of other long-distance trails in the Rhodope mountains such as Rudopia, Euro Velo 13 (Iron Curtain trail) and the Sultans trail.

For more information, e-mail us at: mihaela_kircheva@abv.bg.

Download the GPS tracks.


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