The Rhodope Mountain is the third mountain of the Rila-Rhodope massif. It cover a significant territory in the south part of the country. Its topography is not as alpine as Rila’s and Pirin’s, and unlike them, the Rhodope mountains didn’t freeze during the last ice age. 11 peaks with height of over 2,000 meters rise in the Rhodope mountain. The highest of them is peak Golyam Perelik (2,191 meters).
Some of the most beautiful and famous Bulgarian caves are located in this mountain - Snezhanka, Yagodinska, Uhlovitsa, Lepenitsa, Devil’s Throat and Haramiiska caves. The relief of the Rhodope mountain is lower in their eastern part, and the higher peaks are located in the western part of the mountain. Two major winter resorts - Pamporovo and Chepelare, are also located in these mountains. The Rhodope Mountain also offers two large spa resorts - Velingrad and Devin.
A significant part of Bulgaria's hydro power resources is located in the western areas of the range. There are a number of hydro-cascades and dams used for electricity production, irrigation and as tourist destinations. In Greece there are also the HPPs of Thisavros and Platanovrysi. The Rhodopes have a rich cultural heritage including ancient Thracian sites such as Perperikon, Tatul and Belintash, and medieval castles, churches, monasteries and picturesque villages with traditional Bulgarian architecture from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Are you visiting Bulgaria and you are fan of hiking? Bulgaria is surrounded by more than 40 mountains and has everything to offer for any taste!