Off-road adventures on the green meadows of the Rhodopes

If you are a soul-adventurer and want to enjoy the Rhodope Mountains outside of the traditional routes, get yourself an off-road trip. With 4×4 jeeps, you can easily and pleasantly reach some of the most beautiful places and sights near Smolyan and Pamporovo and discover the secrets of the mountain that remain hidden until a local guide shows them.

Off-road adventures Rhodopes

Routes from which you can choose in the vicinity are at least 20, and the cost for the experience is fully accessible –  20-25 leva per person /approximately 10-13 euro/, according to the chosen option and the duration. For example, for a 3-4 hour excursion organized by Smolyan 4×4 from Smolyan to Pamporovo and back you will pay 80 or 90 leva /approximately 40-45 euro/,  for renting a 4-seater jeep. The price depends on which route you choose.

Off-road adventures Rhodopes

The one passes through the Smolyan Lakes, through one of the ski slopes of Pamporovo, Snezhanka Peak and the TV Tower, the center of Pamporovo, Menchov Chukar, the old road to the village of Levochevo and the White Stone. Naturally, you will have time to enjoy landscapes, take photos and visit the sights on the route. If you decide you can order a lunch to wait for you on a sheltered forest meadow, paying for it extra according to the menu. For example, barbecue with fresh salad, drinks, and homemade desserts is about 20 leva per person /approximately 10 euro/.

Off-road adventures Rhodopes

You can rent adventure cars to the Orpheus rocks, with the price of the voyage in the 4-seat cars at the same price – 80-90 leva. The trail passes along beautiful views along the forest roads, the dam of Pamporovo, part of the hiking trail and century-old spruce forest. Next, to the most beautiful panorama, you have to walk about 10 minutes. So you can enjoy the stunning views of the Smolyan Lakes, the Perelik peak, and the Kaynidian Ridge. As with any other excursion, you can order a delicious meal in nature.

Off-road adventures Rhodopes

The routes include a trip to the stunningly beautiful village of Stoikite and the chapels above it. Or a voyage to the birthplace of the Thracian singer Orpheus – the village of Gela. If you choose this route you will see a Thracian fortress, the Basilica and you will breathe fresh air at the foot of Perelik peak. The prices of these excursions, as well as the rest, are in the range of 80-100 leva /approximately 40-50 euro/,  for a 4-seat off-road vehicle and a driver.

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Off-road adventures Rhodopes

Interesting and exotic and the route to Shiroka Luka, which passes through the virgin forests on the ridge of Mechi Chal to the villages of Kukuvica and Varbovo. If you want to visit the monument of the liberator of the Rhodopes, Colonel Sarafimov, you will pass through the place of Varadil near the village of Fatovo. You can also choose the route to Rozhen Observatory and Rozhen meadows.

Off-road adventures Rhodopes

If you are in love with the blue-green magic of the mountain lakes, choose the route to Haidushki meadows. It passes through Rozhen meadows, the Kartola area, Momchil yunak hut and several beautiful lakes. There is a rest on Haidushki meadows with lunch and returning back on another route. With the jeeps of “Smolyan 4×4”, you can reach one of the holiest places in Bulgaria – Krastova Gora or to the uplifting peak Perelik.

Off-road adventures Rhodopes

If you choose to get to the beginning of the eco-path Canyon of Waterfalls, you will certainly not regret it. First of all, you will save the most bothersome and boring part of the route at the beginning of which you have to climb a road with broken stones to reach the green coolness of the forest and the dozens of waterfalls in it. While the Jeep is right down to the most enjoyable part of the route. For a waterfall tour, leave between 2 and 4 hours, according to your physical training and the desire to take pictures. The return is either from the same place or from the highest part of the route – the way to Perelik peak.

Off-road adventures Rhodopes

If you ask someone from Smolyan, he will surely tell you not to miss the panorama of the Momchil fortress. But with the jeeps, you will not only visit but also have an unforgettable experience along the way. Another favorite offer is the route to Gorna Arda. The trail has very steep slopes and climbs, it passes through Smolyan and goes all the way to the ridge of the Adrina river bed and the Cherna River to the border with Greece. There is also an option for extending the route and visiting one of the most beautiful, accessible but less familiar caves Uhlovitsa.

Off-road adventures Rhodopes

Next, to the cave, there is a separate route, which includes the fortress Kaleto and again manages one of the most beautiful places in the Rhodope Mountains – the Ardino valley. Another trip will take you to Snezhanka Peak and Smolyan Lakes. If you want to get to the grave of Rufinka, your passage will pass through the villages of Kremene, Nadarska Cave, and Kiselchov Waterfall. For the lovers of panoramic views is the route to the Red Rock. And for those who love discovering the most hidden places on the mountain the route to the unique village of Mugla, Chaireska Lakes, Mursalitsa, and Trigrad. And the best thing about all with pets is that you can pick them up with you at the time.You can view photos and get more information about the adventures at https://www.facebook.com/offroadwalk1/ .

Off-road adventures Rhodopes
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