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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...

What is the New Thracian gold

New Thracian Gold (NTG) is a Bulgarian-Dutch project, active in the period 2009-2014, aiming at the greener future for the Eastern Rhodopes. The main objective is to develop sustainable initiatives which promote and combine organic farming, nature conservation and ecotourism. Since 2014...

The NTG team

Frank Zanderink, АRК Nature - Leader of the NTG project Frank was born in 1962. He graduated from the Agricultural University of Wage­ningen, the Netherlands (Forestry with specialisation on wildlife and nature management). He has worked for GREENPEACE NETHERLANDS; for WWF -Zambia...

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...

Local Guides

Marina Kutelova – 50 year old, lives in Kardzhali, married with two kids. Qualified guide on archaeological tourism, Bachelor degree in Engineering, fluent in Russian and English. Marina has extensive experience in organizing events such as "team-building, excellent animation of tourist...

Team of the New Thracian Gold nowadays

Nowadays the activities and products , developed under the New Thracian Gold project are managed by "Gabi Tour Ltd". The New Thracian Gold network of entrepreneurs and farmers in the Eastern Rhodopes is coordinated by Mihaela Kircheva - sustainable development and ecotourism expert. All members...

Focus groups contacts

Focus group - Kardzhali area: Galia Nikolova from Kardzhali– expert in regional advisory office of agriculture kurdjali.m@naas.government.bg Georgi Sheremetiev – Studen Kladenets reserve, +359 889 279801, gsheremetev@abv.bg  Sabina Syulukchieva – regional...

Organic model farm

ORGANIC MODEL-FARM TOPOLOVO village,  MADZHAROVO municipality  This model-farm plays a key-role in the New Thracian Gold (NTG) Project.   NTG is a project of the Dutch Foundations Ark and Avalon and aims to support the Eastern Rhodopes region by combining organic ...

Traditional Dishes

Eastern Rhodopes area: What to have for Breakfast:  Gyozlemi (thin chese pastry baked on ceramic plate)– in the Wild Farm Katmi (similar to pancakes, with yeast, baked on ceramic plate) – in all accommodation places Mekitsa (traditional Bulgarian breakfast made of deep fried...

The Yamantiev Cellar - Ivaylovgrad

The cellar is wholly private property and has its traditions in the making of quality red wine. It is located in the town of Ivaylovgrad, in the most eastern parts of the Eastern Rhodopes, in the south of Bulgaria. Both the Mediterranean and the White Sea are just 70 km away and the ...

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...

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 -...

Farms and wineries

The Yamantiev Cellar - Ivaylovgrad The cellar is wholly private property and has its traditions in the making of quality red wine. It is located in the town of Ivaylovgrad, in the most eastern parts of the Eastern Rhodopes, in the south of Bulgaria. Both the Mediterranean and the...

Terms of use

Main project info: The New Thracian Gold (NTG) is a project of the Dutch nature preservation organizations ARK and Avalon. By 2014 they will work on supporting economic growth and welfare in the Eastern Rhodopes Mountains by developing activities which combine organic farming, nature preservation...

Local rare breeds

Local rare breeds are part of the living wealth of the planet. After thousands of years of natural and artificial selection, they are well adapted to the conditions of the environment in which they have been living for centuries, easy to satisfy, with inherited qualities and high viability....

Bulgarian gray cattle

Bulgarian gray cattle are an old local breed. According to some research it is derived from crosses of the short-horn Bos Taurus Brachiceros and the long-horn Bos Taurus Primigenius. Bulgarian Grey cattle are light to dark gray in colour, the neck and the lower body are dark gray to black....

Karakachan sheep

The Karakachan sheep is the domestic sheep’s closest ancestor to the wild European mouflon, and is one of the oldest breeds of sheep in Europe. Animals of this breed have been bred from ancient times - ancient authors mention sheep with rough wool kept by the Thracians. The breed takes its...

Reintroduction of tarpans

Taxonomy  In 1784 Pieter Boddaert named the Tarpan under Latin name Equus ferus, referring to Gmelin's description of this animal. Even earlier, Linnaeus named the domestic horse Equus caballus in 1758. The Tarpan (Equus ferus) and the domestic horse (Equus caballus) belong to the...

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...

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...

Tourists visits at the producers

Many producers of organic agricultural products in the Eastern Rhodopes are open for visits of tourists and journalists. Besides the famous hospitality, they will offer traditional Bulgarian dishes prepared with ecological or organic local products, they will take you to the fields and...

Petko Angelov’s place in the village of Rabovo

Petko Angelov accepts visitors all year round in groups of 15 people. The price for groups of 7-8 people is 5 leva per person, for individual guests it’s 10 leva. Visitors can see and even participate in traditional making of wheat bread, in harvesting, threshing and other agricultural...

Krasimir Arabadzhiev’s place in village of Topolovo

All year round Krasimir Arabadzhiev, also known as Kasim, accepts groups of a maximum of 12 people at his organic farm in Topolovo. The farm is a model for the “New Thracian Gold” project. A visit to the farm cost 3 leva per visitor. He can offer honey, herbs andwine made of organic...

Enver Yusein’s place in the village of Rumelia

Enver Yusein and his wife  accept visitors in their own tidy house in the village of Rumelia, which is about 2 km from the model organic farm of Krassimir Arabadzhiev. All year round they welcome individuals and groups of up to 12 people. Accommodation costs  15 leva per person (for 6...

Adventures with wild horses

FOUR UNFORGETABLE DAYS IN THE WILD FARM WITH HORSE RIDING AND OBSERVING OF WILD HORSES   Date: 27 – 30 APRIL 2012   PROGRAM: Arriving – 27 April – Friday: Accommodation in the Wild Farm in the village of Gorno pole near Madzharovo. Rest and...

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...

Maps and guidebooks distribution

Helikon bookshops ; Ciela bookshop in Sofia Zig Zag holidays in Sofia; Stenata outdoor equipment shop in Sofia, 5 Bratya Miladinovi str; Alpi outdoor equipment shop in Sofia, 19 Vorino str; Hotel Ustra in Kardzhali town; The guest house „Wild farm“ in Gorno pole...

Natural grazing and large herbivores in Eastern Rhodopes

Natural grazing by large herbivores is a key process for suitable development and natural maintenance of ecosystems. In wild nature the animals graze all year round.  This practice was well understood and practiced for thousands of years by the ancient Balkan livestock farmers, who...

Wineries and degustation

Winery “Trakia” in the village of Popovets Dimo Karaboyukov is a great host and inexhaustible source of stories about the Rhodope mountains, Stambolovo area and Popovets village. He can turn the tape of his family more than a century ago and tell you amazing stories about the...

Farms and attractions

The Wild Farm in the village of Gorno Pole The Wild Farm is a non-traditional, organic farm in the village of Gorno Pole, Madzharovo Municipality. The young Vasilievi family, who are the owners, gave up their life in the big city to develop rural tourism in the old family house. Now they...

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...

A Culinary Guidebook to the Eastern Rhodopes

Do you happen to know what gyuzlemi are? Have you ever tasted a rabbit banitsa or a pumpkin stuffed with rabbit meat? Have you ever eaten chicken with katmi or krukmach? Have you heart about a Rhodopean zelnik? Or about a maslenitsa? Information and the recipes about these dishes you can...

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...

The Wild Farm of Betty and Nikolay Vassilievi

In their new guest house Betty and Nikolay can accommodate guests in six rooms. The family combines various entrepreneurial interests. In addition to hospitality and tourism the Wild Farm is specialised in organic farming. Currently, they breed more than 450 Rodopi Shorthorn cattle and Bulgarian...

Rewilding Rhodopes Foundation

Rewilding Rhodopes Foundation is a legal non-profit entity which inherited the nature conservation activities of the New Thracian Gold project in the region of the Eastern Rhodopes. The main activities of the Foundation are connected with natural grazing of Red and Fallow deer and wild horses in...

Donations

You can contribute to the efforts  of  Rewilding Rhodopes Foundation for sustainable development of the Eastern Rhodopes or particularly, our work in these priorities: Wilderness and biodiversity The wilderness component aims at the restoration and conservation of one of the best...

First Organic Tahini Factory in Bulgaria

On May 23rd, the first organic tahini factory in Bulgaria - BIOTERRA – IVAYLOVGRAD Ltd. - was officially opened in the village of Kondovo, Municipality Ivaylovgrad. Its opening becomes possible thanks to the expert and financial support by the Bulgarian-Dutch project New Thracian Gold (NTG)...

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...