Trigrad Travel Guide

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Trigrad Things to Do

  • Devil's Throat cave

    The abyss cave Devil's Throat is situated 1,3 km to the north of the village of Trigrad on the right side of the main road. The waters of Trigrad River through a succession of waterfalls, the highest of which is 42 m - the biggest underground waterfalls on the Balkans, flow into the biggest cave hall of Devil's throat. The thundering waterfalls are...

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  • The Devil's Throat Cave

    The Devil's Throat Cave (Peshtera Diavolskoto Garlo) is an abyss cave, formed as a result of the collapse of earth layers. To make the cave accesible for tourists an artificial tunnel long150m was dugged into the rock. Going trough the tunnel you will reach an impressive cavern, the guide told us that it is as big as the Alexander Nevski Cathedral...

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  • Yagodina Cave (Yagodinska Peshtera)

    The Yagodina Cave (Yagodinska Peshtera), is an established attraction, with 45-minute tours covering 1km of the 10km labyrinth, the largest cave-system in Bulgaria. Tours are conducted on the hour. Minimal numbers for a group is 10 persons, and the limit is 50 persons. The cave is being serviced by the Rhodopeia Tourist Club.There is an opportunity...

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  • Haramiiska Cave (Haramiiska Peshtera)

    "The first traces of human precense in the region are from the late phase of the Old Stone Age – 20 – 15 000 B.C. During the Neolith the local population seeked shelter in the caves.The Haramiiska Cave is one of the caves in the region confrming the Neolithic culture (4000 – 3600 B.C.) and the uper layers – the Halstat culture related to the...

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  • The Devil’s Throat Cave

    The Devil’s Throat Cave is one of the main attractions in Trigrad, situated 1,3 km to the north of the village. It has been formed as a result of massive tectonic activities. To access the cave you should go through a 150- meter artificially dug tunnel. Far before reaching the heart of the cave you hear the roaring of the Trigrad River which...

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  • Walking around the village

    The Muslim and Christian culture and traditions go hand in hand in the village. So, it is not surprising that you can see a Christian church and a Muslim mosque build side by side.

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  • The Mystery

    Local people will tell you that any objects swept into the cave are never seen again. They even made an experiment by dyeing the water in red and wait for it to go out after passing through the cave. No colored water appeared.

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  • The Legend and The Devil’s Throat Cave

    There are many legends related to this place. One of which is telling about Orfpheus- the god of music, who went down into the underground kingdom of Hades to save his beloved Evridika. Nowadays, you will find the silhouette of Orpheus with his harp carved on a slab– stone. People put coin on this place making a wish.

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  • Trigdrad´s Gorge

    The Gorge is a phenomenal natural karst formation with 250- meters high walls on both sides of the road. In the beginning, the distance between the two walls is about 300 m, but reaches about 100 m in the north.

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  • Salamander in Trigrad

    I was very lucky to find this Salamander after the rain has stopped. He didn't ran away, was standing there as petrified and let me all the time to take pictures and film him with my cam.This is an adult one I think as it was pretty big.

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  • Trigrad gorge

    The Trigrad Gorge - A narrow Canyon between marble walls , raising at places at a height of 350mit's the only way I.ve seen to Trigrad,so you can't miss it - through the imposant walls of the Trigrad canyon the tiny road is climbing and weaving, entering the rocks through a tunnel at times...The walls are rising on your sides so high that you just...

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  • Things to do around Trigrad

    1. The Trigrad Gorge - A narrow Canyon between marble walls , raising at places at a height of 350m2 ."Devil's Throat" cave - The name comes from the shape of the entrance, that ressembles a devil's head and from the thunder of the cascading waters of the Trigrad river falling from 42m of altitude.At the end of the abyss, the river crosses a huge...

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  • Chairite

    Chairite is a protected area where you will find natural landslide lakes formed by melting glaciers during the Ice Age. They are surrounded by over 2000 decare of vast meadows.The origin of the name of the lakes is Turkish. It comes from the word “chair”, meaning “vast meadow”.The place is peaceful, quite and amazingly beautiful. I walked around...

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  • Magicheskoto ezero (The Magic Lake)

    On of The Chairi's Lakes (Chairski ezera) is called the Blue lake. Because it looks like a mysterious fairy tale lake, some of the local people call it also Magicheskoto ezero (The Magic Lake). It is told to be a home of beautiful wood-nymphs, who enchant the shepherds with their melodic songs and marvelous dances :)

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  • Buinovo's Gorge (Buinovsko Jdrelo)

    Soon after the dviation at the village of Teshel the rocks narrow over the Buinovo river (a tributary of Vacha river) forming an impressive gorge. At places its marble walls reach 350 m. in height. The length of the gorge is about 7 km. Its most interesting and beautiful part is in the north, where the distance between the cliffs is barely several...

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Trigrad Transportation

  • How to get to Chairite

    This is how I did it. I asked around the village how can I get to Chairite and I was told that it is too far away to walk (about 40 km to get there and come back). So, as an alternative you have horse-back riding (I never did it, so I decided not to experiment with this) or a ride on a Russian Jeep. I picked the jeep. Some people go there with...

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  • Bus from Devin to Kesten via Trigrad

    A bus leaves from the bus terminal in the town of Devin each evening at 17:30. It leaves by the southeast road and travels south, stopping at the villages of Nastan, Grohotno and Gyovren before arriving in Trigrad at about 18:50. The bus then continues its way south, stopping at Zhrebevo before arriving at its destination, Kesten. The fare for the...

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  • okay, TRABANT is not the best...

    okay, TRABANT is not the best transportation you can find here... There are better ways to travel :-)

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Trigrad Shopping

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    by hekate Written Sep 30, 2004

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    The locals claim that the herb is having the same effect as Viagra. It works for men only.

    Can not say yet. I will give to a friend of mine to try it and tell me if it works. I promise to post the feedback here :)))

    What to pay: I bought what you see on the picture for 2 leva (EUR 1).

    Mursalski chai - Mursala tea

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Trigrad Local Customs

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    by desert_princess Updated May 15, 2005

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    The orthodox church in Trigrad was the only church I saw on my trip through the Middle Rhodopas. Every Village we crossed was equipped with a mosque.As I tried to visit the church,I've been told by a local police officer that they open the church only twice a year - on christmas and easter. I was happy to find out that the locals speak bulgarian with each other , differing from the population in the Eastern Rhodopas where they were all speaking turkish.
    You can see the Mosque tower in the backgroung...

    Chapel in TRigrad
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Trigrad Warnings and Dangers

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    by hekate Written Sep 18, 2004

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    Fly agaric (Chervena muhomorka) or if you prefer the Latin version - Amanita muscaria.

    This mushroom looks beautiful but it is poisonous and hallucinogenic.

    I took this picture in the Chairite protected area but this is not the only place in Bulgaria where you can find it.

    Amanita muscaria

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Trigrad Off The Beaten Path

  • The road to Yagodina

    What you see on the picture is not a crack in the rock, it is the road to a small village in Western Rhodope Mountains not far from the Bulgarian-Greek border.It is scary to look at it during the summer. I do not want to imagine what it is like to drive there during the winter season. Especially having in mind that the road is covered with holes....

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  • Vacha Dam (ex-name Antonivanovtsi Dam)

    Vacha Dam is situated in south Bulgaria, Rhodopes Mountains, Devin municipality. It is located near to road from Krichim to Devin. Altitude 680 m above sea level. In the past it was called Antonivanovtsi Dam, named after a group of communist activists :) After the fall of the communist regime, in 1999 it gained its new name. I was told that the...

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    by hekate Updated Oct 5, 2004

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    Favorite thing: If you are looking for fancy hotel in Trigrad you will not find one.

    What you will find is guest houses. People rent out rooms to visitors. You stay in their house, enjoy their hospitality and pay peanuts. The rooms are plain, clean and comfortable.

    If you do not have a reservation in Trigrad, you can hang around the village square or in the pubs. Locals will approach you and offer accommodation.

    Have in mind that the place could be quite crowded during the weekends since people from all over Bulgaria are coming.

    Typical house in Trigrad :)
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