the rhodopes, Plovdiv
The rocky plateau which rises 50 m up is an unusual and beautiful place,near the village of Sini Vruh 30 km in Plovdiv region. The plateau is strange and majestic because of its remarkable terraced niches, stony reservoirs, unusual system of canals, strange rocky rings, ancient staircase, mystic stony sphinx. Arriving at this place,you can see a human profile that is easily discerned from the south. According to one of the famous legends, this is the guard of the unique phenomenon-Belintash. The sacred rock is distinguished with marble palaces, temples and tombs.
The name "Belintash" could be translated either as "the Stone of Knowledge" or "the Rock of War". It is believed that Belintash is the Bulgarian Stonehenge. It is told that Belintash is a tribal sanctuary of the Thracian tribe Bessie or a place where the ancient library with wisdom of Ancient Thracians is hidden. People really believe that Belintash is the place of great treasures or a sample of an ancient unique observatory.
If you're staying in Plovdiv for a bit longer don't miss to visit the Rhodopi mountains. There are some nice & easy hikes you can do from Bachkovo, just about 30km from the city.
Besides lovely pastures you can visit some caves & waterfalls.
The Rhodope mountains are not famous only for the international skiing resort Pamporovo. There are also a lot of small resorts, or rather villages with some hotels. In the old days almost every factory, plant, organization, etc. had holiday centres in several locations for their employees. This way employees got cheap or even free vacations in the mountains, at the sea-side and at spa centres. Nowadays some big governmental companies still have such, and the rest have been sold. They aren't really hotels, some are quite basic, with many beds in a room and one bathroom per floor, and others have something like hotel rooms. I mostly stayed at such places when on school camps.
I visited this area many times as a child. The last time I was a student and I stayed at the Bulgarian Railways (BDZ) centre near Studenets, south of Plovdiv. I took a short holiday with a boyfriend in December 1997. There were some ski facilities there, but no ski rental so we spent most of the time hiking, snowball fights, and building snowmen. In the evenings we drank and played cards with the few other people staying there. There was no transport all the way to the hotel so we had to walk for a few kilometres from the bus stop. So if you like a gate away from the tourist crowds in the big resorts, these small centes in the Rhodopes are perfect.
The opening of monument in Shiroka Luka vilage. noon new infos well that was during a trip to Pamporovo resort and on the way back we decided to take an other road to Plovdiv and by chance happened to be there couse the road was stoped of this event .. you may see there a bulgarian national dres/ the singer-lady/ and that musican / the pipe/ there was the mayor of the vilage also and alot of militarys they opened the monument....
Pamporovo is just an hour on the bus, it the second ski resort in Bulgaria, with nice slopes and big hotels. In the summer time it is very nice aswell with lot of hiking tracks and very clean air.
The only downside is that the prices go sky high because most skiers there are tourist.
One of the wells of Belentash. Some people think that here there were the most important temples of the ancient traks