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Ecotourism Ecotoruism is creating jobs, raising life standards and reducing the depopulation of rural areas. The New Thracian Gold network of entrepreneurs works for the sustainable development of the region by providing nature tours, tourist attractions, and number of nature friendly...

Publications

On a bicycle in the Rhodopes - BNR, 22.06.2013 First Tarpan Foal for 2013 - For the nature, 02.04.2013 2013's First Tarpan Horse Born in Bulgaria - novinite.com, 02.04.2013 Curious cases from Bulgarian environmental protection - 13.03.2013 Experts Build Up Population of Fallow Deer in Eastern...

Caves

Cave “Karangil“Location: village Shiroko Pole, East from KardzhaliOrigins: Was formed in limestone rocks, three floors with a depth 650 m. inhabited by several species of bats. The cave is the only in the world habitat of the spider.Status:  Natural landmark.Access: 200m...

Natural Phenomenons

The petrified forest Location: Located in the village of Raven (Momchilgrad) in a deep gorge, called by locals Gabaz gulch. "The Trees" are among both sides of the gorge with over 120 m length. They represent twenty stumps of trees burned by fire. They are 1 to 1.5 m tall and...

Historical Sites

The Devil’s Bridge (Sheitan kyupryu)Location: Located on about 5 km north from Ardino near the village of Dyadovtsi.Description: Stone bridge over the Arda river, built on a scenic narrow gorge in the Late Middle Ages. Through it passed the way, which used to connect region of the...

Archaeological and cultural sites

Perperikon – Archaeological complex  Location: The complex is located 20 km northeast of Kardzhali, 2 km from the village of Gorna Krepost. It is entirely carved into the rocks and is one of the oldest monumental megalithic sites in Bulgaria. Here can be found the...

Protected areas

Patronka protected site   Patronka  is located on the south bank of river Arda, east of the town of Madzharovo. It is one of the most picturesque and inaccessible portions of the valley of the Arda River, where the river bank is very steep and intensely rugged. Interspersed...

The Devil’s Bridge (Sheitan kyupryu)

Location: Located on about 5 km north from Ardino near the village of Dyadovtsi.Description: Stone bridge over the Arda river, built on a scenic narrow gorge in the Late Middle Ages. Through it passed the way, which used to connect region of the Thracian lowland with the Aegean. The...

The fortress “Monyak”

Location: It is 5 km east from Kardzhali near village Shiroko Pole, 586 m.Description: It was built in XII - XIII century. It is one of the highest-lying and the largest medieval fortresses in the Rhodope Mountain area over 50 dca. Access is difficult because the terrain is steep,...

Late ancient and medieval fortress near the village of Vishegrad

Location: Located on the right river bank of Arda at around 150 m from the village of Vishegrad.Description: Medieval fortress with an area of 562 square meters It rises to the notable peak with vertically hanging rocks toward the dam Studen Kladenets. The fortified wall is encircling the...

Protected area “Pchelen kamak”

Location: Between the villages of Pchelari in the municipality of Stambolovo and Kotlari in the municipality of Krumovgrad, before the iron bridge over Arda river, near the protected area Oreshari. Description: A Thracian rock sanctuary, consisting of a group of rocks on which are...

Reserves

Valchi Dol reserve The Valchi Dol reserve is the only strict reserve in the Eastern Rhodopes. It is located in the territory of the Krumovgrad Municipality, in the land of the village of Boynik, and covers an area of 774.70 ha. It secures the preservation of one of the wildest and most...

Patronka protected site

Patronka  is located on the south bank of river Arda, east of the town of Madzharovo. It is one of the most picturesque and inaccessible portions of the valley of the Arda River, where the river bank is very steep and intensely rugged. Interspersed in a mosaic of  oak woods there...

Momina Skala (the Maid’s Rock)

The Momina Skala protected site has an area of 782.03 ha. It was established with Order No: RD-475 of 11.07.2001 by the Ministry of the Environment and Water, on the suggestion of the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds, with the aim of preserving plants and animals that...

Kardzhali town

   Kardzhali is a town in Southern Bulgaria and it is located in the valley of Arda river, which is the biggest river in the Eastern Rhodopes Mountains. Sofia, Bulgaria’s capital, lies some 250 km to the northwest and Plovdiv, the second largest city in Bulgaria, lies some...

Madzharovo

Madzharovo is a small Eastern Rhodopean town with approximately 500 inhabitants. The town is named after its protector from 1913 - Dimitar Madzharov. Back at these days around 20 thousands Bulgarian refugees from Aegian Thrace were expelled from their land. They were seeking path to their...

Ivaylovgrad

Located in the most southern part of the Rhodopes, the area of Ivaylovgrad enjoys a Mediterranean climate. Olive trees and Laurel show it. Here you can find some of the most virgin forests in Bulgaria..Ivaylovgrad’s rich cultural heritage is reflected in the  dolmens, mounds,...

The Wild Farm

Story by Meindert Brouwer, Dutch writer and publisher: http://mb.hetwebburo.nl/October, 2009 They call their guesthouse The Wild Farm, ‘a rural house for adventures in the Eastern Rhodope’. And wild it is, not the farm, but the region. Father Nikki, mother Betty and...

Press releases

NEW THRACIAN GOLD 5 YEARS ANNIVERSARY. Open doors weekend in the Eastern Rhodopes 26-27 Apri - 17.03.2014 The winners of NTG Contest - 04.11.2013 European Bison Reintroduction in the Eastern Rhodopes - 27.10.2013 „The Wildlife of Eastern Rhodopes” in Varna and Sliven -...

Water adventures

  Only in the Eastern Rhodopes there are so many possibilities for water adventures. LAKE KARDZHALI On lake Kardzhali in recreation area Enchets is located rowing base “Enchets” where you can rent boats. Rowing base telephone: +359 885 295319 – Hristo...

Common House Martin

House Martin (Common) House Martin (Delichon urbica) has been long time part of he urban environment. It is widespread in Europe, Asia and Africa. House Martin nests on buildings and bridges. It does not have any fears of people. Exceptionally House Martins can be found nesting in the...

The flora in Eastern Rhodopes

The geographical position on the European continent (near the Mediterranean and near the Asian continent), its geology and its climate determine the region of Eastern Rhodopes as one with the richest biodiversity in Europe. In the Eastern Rhodopes are found species typical of the flora of...

Biodiversity and wild life

The Eastern Rhodopes are located in the southernmost part of Bulgaria. They occupy the lower eastern part of the Rhodopes Massif. To the south they border with the Aegean Lowland, to the north and east with the Thracian lowland and the river of Maritza. The border with the Western Rhodopes follows...

Eastern Rhodopes – taste the wild nature

The winners of the first competition „Eastern Rhodopes – taste the wild nature“ November 1, 2011 Vladimir Sulov and Valentina Raykova are the winners of the first New Thracian Gold-contest fort the most interesting itinerary and best photo from the Eastern Rhodopes. Vladimir...

Natural monument

The petrified forest Location: Located in the village of Raven (Momchilgrad) in a deep gorge, called by locals Gabaz gulch. "The Trees" are among both sides of the gorge with over 120 m length. They represent twenty stumps of trees burned by fire. They are 1 to 1.5 m tall and...

Natura 2000 network

Natura 2000 is the centrepiece of EU nature & biodiversity policy. It is comprised of Special Areas of Conservation (SAC). Natura 2000 is not a system of strict nature reserves where all human activities are excluded. Whereas the network will certainly include nature reserves most...

Natura 2000 site Krumovitza

BG0002012  Surface – 11 183 hectares. The area includes the valleys in the middle course of the Krumovitsa River and its tributary Djushun Dere with the adjacent hills and slopes of the Eastern Rhodopes. It covers the sections of the Krumovitsa between the village of...

Natura 2000 site Studen Kladenets

BG0002013  Surface – 15 995 hectares. A water reservoir established in the rocky defile of the Arda River, with vertical cliffs, steep banks covered by scant vegetation and the adjacent maintain hills. It is located between the town of Kardzhali and the village of Studen...

Natura 2000 site Madzharovo

BG0002014  Surface – 3 550 hectares. A part of the deep, narrow valley of the Arda river, surrounded by mountain slopes and rock massifs up to 150 m high. The area is located between the village of Borislavtsi and the town of Madzharovo. A big part of its territory is...

Natura 2000 site Byala Reka

BG0002019  Surface – 44 627 hectares. The area covers the Byala Reka watershed in the most south-eastern part of the Eastern Rhodopes, immediately next to the state border with Greece. It includes the Byala Reka valley and the surrounding mountain hills from the village...

Natura 2000 site Arda Bridge

BG0002071  Surface – 15 022 hectares The site covers the Arda river course from the village of Rabovo to the town of Madzharovo and the northern parts of Iranov Ridge. To the north it borders on the villages of Madzhari, Voyvodets, Dolno Pole, Rumelia and Gorno Pole; to...

Natura 2000 site Ivailovgrad Reservoir

BG0002106  Surface – 19 662 hectares. The site covers almost the entire water body of Ivailovgrad reservoir on the Arda river and the adjacent mountain slopes from the villages of Borislavtsi and Senoclass on the west to the state border on the east and from the villages of...

Birds in Eastern Rhodopes

Eastern Rhodopes are one of the richest, in terms of ornithological highlights in Europe. Because of its location on the edge of the European and Asian continent, the pristine landscape and the variety of habitats, the impact of the Mediterranean and the relatively weak human disturbance,...

TransRHodopes Bike Adventure

Dates: 19-22 September, 2014 г Starting location: Stoykite Supporting transportation   PROGRAM Day 1 - 19 September - Friday At 12.00 pm our guide of House for adventures will wait for us in the Rhodopean village of Stoykite. We ride towards the village of Momchilovtsi where we...

Bread festival

Village of RABOVO EASTERN RHODOPES TASTE THE HEALTHY BREAD MADE OF SPELT, MADE BY OLD TECHNOLOGY BOAT TRIP AND ADVENTURES WITH KAYAKS OBSERVATION OF DOE AND DEER   DATE: 27 – 29 JULY 2012  Day one – Friday, June 27 Accommodation in Kroyatsite hut in hunting...

How to get to Sbor

  By car From Krumovgrad drive 17 km towards Iwaylovgrad; turn north towards the village of Padalo and 5 km after the crossroad, before the village of Padalo and after the collapsed bus stop, you will see a dirt road leading west (left) to the village of Sbor. Coming from Ivaylovgrad...

Madzharovo – the Vultures' volcano

Tour description: 5 hours, 5 km walking, easy-medium Area description: Superb gorge, spectacular rock cliffs and scrubland walk, departing from the visitor's center. Excellent opportunities to watch raptors and reptiles. Highlights: visit of the Birdlife information center in...

Youth eco-club

Conservation of the "green gold" - the unique biodiversity of the Eastern Rhodopes -  is a major point in the philosophy of " New Thracian Gold" (NTG). The involvement of young people in conservation activities and promotion of natural resources is a guarantee for sustainable...

Competition 2011

Vladimir Sulov and Valentina Raykova are the winners of the first New Thracian Gold-contest fort the most interesting itinerary and best photo from the Eastern Rhodopes. Vladimir Sulov wins the photo competition with his View of the Priest (Perperikon). Sulov is actually twice a winner, because...

And the winner is...

The winners of NTG’s third edition of the contest “Eastern Rhodopes - taste the wild nature” are: Anahid Chalyovska, Vasil Anastasovski , Olya Stoyanova Herman van der Hart. Travel story competition In the section for the most interesting travel story, Anahid...