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Wonderful Bridges, Tsirikova Tsarkva Peak & the Hidden Canyon | Hiking in the Rhodope Mountains
The Marvelous Bridges or Wonderful Bridges (in Bulgarian "Chudnite Mostove") is a natural rock phenomenon situated at 1,450 meters (4,760 ft) above sea level at the foot of Persenk Peak in the Rhodope Mountains in Bulgaria.
The Wonderful Bridges are one of the 100 National Touristic Sites of Bulgaria. The area around is great for hiking and outdoor activities. One of the most adventurous zip-line in Bulgaria is also located there. The 240 meters long zip-line takes those who dare to step at the edge of the upper bridge on a speed line all the way under the big arch (video)
The Wonderful Bridges are located about 80 km south from Plovdiv and 45 km away from Pamporovo.
The majestic stone arches we see today were once a cave the ceiling of which collapsed due to earthquakes and erosion form the river that left behind the beautiful bridges.
Both bridges are fully accessible. You can walk on top of them and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Rhodope Mountains (the largest bridge stands 45 meters high and is 100 meters in length) and then explore the underneath part to get a full view of the beauty and scale of this natural wonder.
After exploring the rock formation we will continue to another natural phenomenon- the hidden canyon below Tsirikova Tsarkva Peak. The narrow canyon is something you won't expect to see there. Completely hidden from view it is an amazing surprise that will awaken your adventurous spirit. After carefully descending into it we will have a short walk through the narrow canyon where in many places you can touch both walls with arms outstretched. During June and July the engendered Orpheus flowers can be observed growing out of the rock faces.
Hiking trip to the Wonderful Bridges, Tsirikova Tsarkva Peak and the Hidden Canyon
All year round (depending on the weather).
Departure and Return Point:
This trip can be organized from Plovdiv, Pamporovo and Smolyan area.
Starting from 19 euros per person (for 4 persons group).
Transport, if needed, is charged based on the total kilometers of the trip at 0,35 euro cents per kilometer.
Please contact us for a price quotation through the form below specifying your transportation needs and the starting point of the trip- Plovdiv, Pamporovo, Smolyan etc.
What is Included?
Local English/Spanish/Bulgarian-speaking guide(s).
What is Not Included?
Transport. If needed, transport is charged separately at 0.35 euro cents per kilometer.
Food, drinks and other personal expenses. Zip-line fee etc.
Duration, Difficulty and Elevation plot:
Tour duration time: about 6-7 hours.
Difficulty Level: Moderate. *Getting below the rock arches at Wonderful Bridges and into the Hidden Canyon is via steep and slippery path, therefore proper footwear is required.
You may bring packed lunch (sandwich) and a snack. There is a hut operating a small restaurant at the site of Wonderful Bridges, which serves soups, omelets, skara (grilled meatballs), and some local Rhodope mountain food. Please bring a big bottle of water.
What to Bring:
• Clothes and footwear suitable for hiking (ideally hiking boots). We recommend that you dress in layers and that your jacket, trousers and footwear are waterproof. In summertime, please consider wearing a hat and bringing along sunscreen. The sun is strong in the mountains!
• Water (at least 1 liter)
• Packed snack for lunch/picnic outdoors
• Cash for personal use