Mountain Bike Tour Rhodopi

Mountain bike tour - Bulgaria

Experience a real mountain bike adventure in the heart of the Rodopi Mountains with this unique bike tour that covers a great part of the Western and Middle regions. Witness the breathtaking beauty of the changing landscapes and natural wonders as you cycle up and down on remote roads, forest paths, and stunning rock formations. Discover the rich natural world, wild rivers, beautiful dams, majestic coniferous forests, deep gorges, and picturesque pastures and meadows. Meet local people and immerse yourself in the traditional Rodopi village lifestyle with plenty of cheerful and funny encounters along the way.

Distance: 211 km
Ascent: 5,110 m
Descent: 5,250 m
Max. elevation: 2,084 m

from 15-05-2024 to 15-10-2024
8 days
750 euro
Open for booking

Day 1. Sofia. Arrival at Sofia airport and transfer to our hotel.

Day 2. Beglika dam - Shiroka poliana dam - Borino Transfer to Beglika dam at 1500m. Biking from the picturesque region of Beglika dam to Borino village. The route starts on an asphalt road, passes near the east shores of the dam and continues on a dirt road to Shiroka polyana dam. From there you bike downstream Cherni dol river, pass near Orpheus hut and finish at Borino village for overnight.

Day 3. Yagodina cave - Trigrad Today we start biking on the mountain fields around Borino village to the small picturesque Chala village. From there we go downhill on nice isolated dirt roads to the deep valley of Bunovska river. Once in the Buinovo gorge we stop for lunch and visit of the stunning Yagodina cave. From there we hit the asphalt road climbing steeply to the quiet Yagodina village. We continue on nice dirt roads among great meadows, coniferous forests and reach the western cliffs of the majestic Trigrad gorge from where we go downhill to one of the most famous villages in Rodopi mountains – Trigrad. Overnight in cozy family hotel.

Day 4. Trigrad - Mugla - Gela After breakfast we visit the Devil’s throat cave (with one of the highest underground waterfalls in Europe). Then we hit the steep macadam road climbing on the eastern rocky slopes of Trigrad valley up to big meadows with nice views. We continue biking in the open fields then go down to a macadam road through an artificial rock bridge and reach the peaceful region of Chairski lakes. After lunch and rest we star ascending reaching the big meadows of Kartala area. From there we enjoy a nice downhill ride on dirt road or steep path to the remote village of Mugla famous for its preserved way of live and culture. Then we continue to Gela where we will overnight in a family guesthouse with homemade specialties for dinner.

Day 5. Gela - Pamporovo After breakfast we start biking uphill towards the Prevala pass passing through Kasaka neighbourhood among vast meadows with sheep herds. From there we get on the so called panoramic road to Pamporovo. It is a nice macadam/dirt road that goes along the nortern slopes of the highest massifs of Rodopi mountains – Perelik. We reach another pass on an asphalt road and continue on a forest dirt road to Pamporovo resort, where you stay in a hotel for overnight.

Day 6. Rozhen - Chepelare The biking starts from Pamporovo on a dirt road in direction to the famous historic place Rozhen, also famous for the Rozhen Folklore festival. From there you continue uphill on an asphalt road to a mountain pass and Momina voda protected area. Then we follow a ridge on a dirt road among meadows and coniferous forests up to about 1800m followed by a downhill ride (1000m vertical drop) in a river valley above Bogutevo village. Short transfer brings you to the beautiful Chepelare where we stay overnight.

Day 7. Deaf stones - Miraculous bridges - Plovdiv Today we start with an ascent on nice dirt roads to Izgrev hut and then the main ridge of Chernatitsa ridge (1900m). We will pass by the mystic meadows and rock formations of “Deaf stones” and then ascend to The Miraculous bridges rock phenomena. After a short walk we continue with the downhill ride all the way to the main road to Plovdiv where the supporting vehicle will take us for a drive to Plovdiv with a stop at the Bachkovo monastery. We stay in a guesthouse in the old town of Plovdiv.

Day 8. Departure Transfer to Sofia airport for departure

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