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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...

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...

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...

Touring bus from Sofia

For time-schedules of all bus lines in Bulgaria and Eastern Rhodopes, please check: www.avtogari.info   Regular bus lines (touring buses) from SOFIA to the Eastern Rhodopes:   Marieta transport company:                 The...

Touring bus from Varna

For time-schedules of all bus lines in Bulgaria and Eastern Rhodopes, please check: www.avtogari.info   Arda tour transport company : The company offers everyday regular bus line from and to Varna. Starting from Varna at: 10,00, 13,45, 15,00 through Burgas to Haskovo and...

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...

Touring bus from Burgas

For time-schedules of all bus lines in Bulgaria and Eastern Rhodopes, please check: www.avtogari.info   Arda tour transport company : The company offers everyday regular bus line from and to Varna and Burgas. From Burgas at: 13,00; 13,10; 16,30; 17,30; to Haskovo, Kardzhali Starting from...

Touring bus from Russe

For time-schedules of all bus lines in Bulgaria and Eastern Rhodopes, please check: www.avtogari.info   There is one regular bus line from Russe to Momchilgrad Starting from Russe at: 09,30 through Byala, Veliko Tarnovo, Gabrovo, Stara Zagora, Haskovo and Kardzhali Starting from...

Touring bus from Veliko Tarnovo

For time-schedules of all bus lines in Bulgaria and Eastern Rhodopes, please check: www.avtogari.info   There is one regular bus line from Vеliko Tarnovo to Krumovgrad Starting from Veliko Tarnovo at: 09,50 through Gabrovo, Stara Zagora, Dimitrovgrad, Haskovo, Kardzhali and...

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 Thracian legacy, bearing memory of the god of...

The Womb cave

The Womb cave near the village of Padartsi  Location: Situated 25 km from the town of Kardzhali, high in the mountains above the hut Borovitsa in rocky area Dangardak Kaya (The ringing stone).  Description: This incredible facility from the Thracian times was found in...

Regional museum of history

Location: town of Kardzhali. Description: The museum was created in 1965 for research, preservation and promotion of cultural heritage of the Eastern Rhodopes. The fund held more than 30,000 objects from archaeological excavations, objects, photos and documents related to...

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...

The stone mushrooms

Location: they are located east of Beli Plast village in the municipality of Kardzhali right next to the road. The mushrooms suddenly pop up next to you and enchant you with their impressive size and the likeness of real mushrooms. The reach height of 2.5 m, take area of 3 decare...

The Stone Wedding

Location: Located near the village of Zimzelen, aroud 3 km east from Kardzhali. It’s noticeable from far away because of the specific coloring of the rock in white and pink, caused by the content of metal oxides. Several different stone figures are noticeable – people,...

The Rocky Window

Location: Located in the Big coomb of village Kostino, Kardzhali, in an area with outstanding landscapes and views of Kardzhali dam lake. It is a natural form, formed under the influence of violent waters passing under it. The height of the bridge is 10 meters, 15 meters in length and width...

Travel services

Local travel agencies specializing in offering services related to adventure tourism in the Rhodopes Mountains   Gaby Tour Ltd, Kardzhali - travel agency for trips, marketing, advertising and expert advices in the field of tourism. Specialists in all outdoor adventures - hiking and...

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...

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 -...

Hiking

1. Eco trail Bolyartsi to Perperikon (2,5 h)Municipality of Kardzhali, Eastern RhodopesMore than 5 millennia ago, ancient people started worshipping and bringing gifts to the Rock. Since those times, the complex which today we call Perperikon has passed through various stages of...

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...

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...

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...

Tourism links

Official tourism portal of Bulgaria Visit Kardzhali - the official travel guide Travel information on Eastern Rhodopes Bulgarian Travel Guide Stenata store Iron Curtain Trail Sultans Trail passing through the Rhodopes Green Belt Bulgaria Bulgarian Associastion for Alternative...

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 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...

By bus

For more information on all bus services in Bulgaria and Eastern Rhodopes, please visit: www.avtogari.info     Regular buses from SOFIA / PLOVDIV to Eastern Rhodopes are offered by several buss companies: Marieta with 3 daily buses from and to Sofia. From Sofia – 11:00,...

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...

Krumovgrad

Krumovgrad is a small Eastern Rhodopean town with  approximately 5000 inhabitants. The surrounding landscape  is picturesque and exotic. The area is rich in nature and offers various  cultural highlights.  Krumovgrad is situated in  between Kardzhali and Ivaylovgrad along...

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...

Biodiversity - links

The return of the neophron Red Data Book of the Republic of Bulgaria Natura 2000 Rewilding Europe Bulgarian Biodiversity Portal The Bulgarian flora online Flora bulgarica Birds in Bulgaria Parks in Bulgaria European greenbelt BlueLink information network Bat Research And Conservation...

Eastern Rhodopes Tourist Map

The latest and most detailed up to now tourist map for the Eastern Rhodopes has been elaborated in 2011 by Bulgarian and Dutch experts of the New Thracian gold project.  The map presents all attractions of the Eastern Rhodopes fully covering ten municipalities - Kardzhali, Ardino,...

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...

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...

Rural Easter in the Eastern Rhodopes

Wellness house “Planinski izgled” (Mountain View) Village of Yabalkovets Date:  13 – 16 April 2012 Wellness House "Planinski izgled" is located in the village of Yabulkovets, 20 minutes drive from Kardzhali towards the town of Ardino. It offers double rooms with...

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...

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...

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...

Restoration of fallow deer population

New Thracian Gold, the National Hunting and Fishing Association - Union of Hunters and Fishermen in Bulgaria, Hunting and Fishing Association "Sokol"- Krumovgrad and the Society of the Hunters and Fisherman of Kardzhali work on a joint project for the restoration of the fallow deer population in...

GPS tracks

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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...