Kardzhali, Bulgaria

Kardzhali is a small city in southern Bulgaria, at the banks of the Arda river, surrounded by two reservoirs and the foothills of the Eastern Rhodopes. The nature, however, is not the only sight to see.

These lands were at the crossroads of history since the Neolithic times, and there are plenty of material evidences left all around the city. Some are few millennia old, like the ancient city of Perperikon. There are a few recent creations, like the 103 meters high wall of the reservoir just on the city’s edge, or the longest in Bulgaria rope bridge in the Lisitzité village. There are natural curiosities, made by the nature itself. Those are a million years old.

Google and OpenStreetMap know very little about the region. As soon as you walk a kilometre away from a village the maps turn almost entirely grey. Terra Incognita begins. But it just adds more fun into otherwise ordinary hiking.

Bulair bridge
Bulair bridge
The view on the hotel Arpezos
The view on the hotel Arpezos
Industrial landscape
Tourists
Tourists return from the Monyak castle
The rocks above the river Arda
The rocks above the river Arda
A boat at the dried up river bank
Kardzhali skyline
City skyline
Studen kladenetz rezervoir
Studen Kladenetz rezervoir next to the Shiroko Polé village
Railway tracks
Cows

The rope bridge over the reservoir

The rope bridge to the Lisitzite village
The rope bridge to the Lisitzité village
The rope bridge to the Lisitzite village
Steel ropes
The rope bridge to the Lisitzite village

Monyak (Mneakos) castle

Cows
Monyak (Mneakos) castle
Monyak (Mneakos) castle
Monyak (Mneakos) castle
Monyak (Mneakos) castle

“Stone Wedding” rock formation next to the Zimzelen village

Stone wedding rock formation
“Stone Wedding” rock formation
Stone wedding rock formation
Stone wedding rock formation
Stone wedding rock formation
Zimzelen - Sipey road
Zimzelen - Sipey road

Perperikon

The Perperikon hill
The Perperikon hill from the nearby field
Perperikon
Ancient city of Perperikon
Perperikon
Perperikon
Perperikon
Perperikon