Plovdiv is a great city, but there are many places around Plovdiv that are suitable for your weekend destination. Enjoy reading!
1.Eco-trail “White river”
‘’White river’’ eco-trail is located 71 km. from the city of Plovdiv, near the town of Kalofer.
It is short and easy to pass, suitable for people of all ages and for the fans of strolls or picnics. It will take you about 2 hours at a leisurely pace to get through it. During the walk, you will cross numerous wooden bridges with picturesque views and you will find informative signs about the flora and fauna around. Also, you will be able to enjoy two beautiful waterfalls along the way.
Assen’s Fortress is located 22 km. south from Plovdiv. It dates from the 5th – 4th century BC, when the Thracians built a fortification on this place. According to archaeologists, the Bulgarian fortress was built in the second half of the second half of the ninth century. Subsequently, the fortress was consecrated by the Crusaders during the Third Crusade. During the Middle Ages (in the 13th century) the Assen’s Fortress was built in today’s size during the reign of Tsar Ivan Assen II. In the period 1970-1978 its comprehensive research and conservation have begun.
3. The Wonderful bridges
You can reach the wonderful bridges in about an hour and a half. The distance from Plovdiv is 70 km. They are a rock phenomenon, a cave formed under the destructive action of river waters. Over time, parts of it collapsed, forming majestic marble bridges.
A legend tells of the creation of the Wonderful Bridges. Many years ago there were many shepherds near the village of Zabardo. It is unknown where a dragon appeared from, which began to ravage their herds. For many years, shepherds suffered from dragon raids. In the end, they figured out how to outwit him. They loaded a donkey with dust (a dry substance from a wood sponge, which is used to light a fire), set it on fire and sent it against the dragon. The dragon swallowed the donkey with the dust, which was slowly but surely heating up. The mad dragon desperately tried to escape, eventually finding a small hole in the ground. His huge body opened an enormous gap. Years later, when the dragon’s bones rotted, huge arched bridges remained. Thus, according to this legend, the Wonderful Bridges appeared.
Belintash is a rock formation, which is located about 50 km. from the city of Plovdiv.The name of the place means white stone. As a result of the specific weathering of the rock, picturesque forms were formed. It is believed that there was an ancient Thracian sanctuary of the god Sabazios – the god of the Thracian tribe Bessi. In the upper part of the rock massif there are carved two wells and many channels to them, which are filled with water, and these are part of the only traces of an ancient Thracian sanctuary.
5. The Cross Forest
Cross Forest is one of the largest Christian centers in Bulgaria, which attracts large number of pilgrims. The place is located in the Middle Rhodopes, 60 km from Plovdiv. The reason why the forest of the Cross attracts so many believers from all over the country is the legend that a part of Christ’s cross is buried here. Many legends are told about this place and all of them are connected with the cross of Christ and the miracle of healing. The are around Cross Forest is extremely beautiful and suitable for strolls.
The town of Hisarya is located in the central part of Bulgaria, 40 km north of Plovdiv. Hisarya is famous for its healing mineral waters – 16 natural mineral springs and six drilled. The city is among the oldest and most popular spa centers in Bulgaria. The climate is mild and favorable, and a remarkable phenomenon is the lack of fogs. For this reason, the city is known as one of the sunniest places in Bulgaria. The name “Hisarya” means “fortress” in Turkish. The area around Hisarya is rich in Thracian archeological monuments.
7.The Devil’s Bridge near the village of Ardino
The Devil’s Bridge (Sheitan Kupriya) is a medieval bridge on the Arda River. It is located in a picturesque gorge about 10 km northwest of the town of Ardino and about 150 km. from the city of Plovdiv. The bridge was built in the 16th century over the remains of a Roman bridge on an ancient road connecting the Aegean Sea with the Upper Thracian Plain through the Makaza Pass.