Top 7 Things to do in Kardzhali Province, Bulgaria

August 26, 2017 Elouise Mccaul

Kardzhali Province in Bulgaria, from Europe region, is best know for Ancient Ruins. Discover best things to do in Kardzhali Province with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
Restaurants in Kardzhali Province

10 miles from the town of Kurdzhali, Bulgaria
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4.5 based on 63 reviews

Perperikon

Reviewed By StellaDimova - Sofia, Bulgaria

You have to see it to believe it. This is a great, magical old Thracian city with rich history and beautiful surroundings. The persistent work of archeologists pays off and new discoveries are being revealed literally every year. Last year's find is the base of an entire basilica built by the Romans. Hire a guide and they will take you through centuries of stories related to the place and will reveal to you its incredible energy. Overall very enriching experience. Tours available both in Bulgarian, and in English. Highly recommended!!!

2. The Stone Mushrooms

Beli Plast Village, Bulgaria
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4 based on 25 reviews

The Stone Mushrooms

Reviewed By Nevin97 - Haskovo Province, Bulgaria

Charcoal Raduil had four daughters - one of the other more beautiful. Lived in the fortress of Perperikon. One sunny morning, making off with their buckets and headed for the water outside the city walls. Suddenly, on the hill behind the river saw a great horde of invaders. Raced gone into the castle. Started hot, but uneven battle. People ran for their lives who where found. Many men were killed and many women - captured. Among them were daughters of Raduil.
Ordained them to the driver of the horde, astride a horse race near the river nearby - look at them and allocate most beautiful for yourself and others to sell for slaves. As she approached, rage gripped the hearts of girls. In aggregate grabbed what people find - trees, stones and began to throw the rider.
Frightened horse standing on its hind legs and unsuspecting rider fell to the ground. Four girls rushed towards him and tore him. Then plunged into the nearby forest.
Soon closest driver - his friend Omura - be's recovery, he took off chasing girls. At sunset he caught up swinging a scimitar and beheaded the first of them. Speechless! Once touched the ground, it became suddenly a stone sponge. He swung and swished two other sisters. The same was repeated. Omura scared, get off the horse, but before he had hit the head of the last girl, herself turned to stone. Terrible, he jumped on his horse and started to walk away, but the first step turned into black rock. People today call the lonely rock near the mushrooms "Karatepe."

3. The Petrified Wedding

Near Zimzelen, Kardzhali 6600, Bulgaria
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5 based on 14 reviews

The Petrified Wedding

Reviewed By DanSSwing - Stuttgart, Germany

Stone Wedding is about a one-hour hike, mostly on paved roads, from the Kardzhali bus station. I haven't seen any decent directions to it so I'll give them here. From the large traffic circle in front of the bus station, look to your 10 o'clock and start walking up Belomorski Blvd. After almost a kilometer, turn right on General Vladimir Stoichev Street. This will take you uphill and out into the Mountains. Shortly after you cross a bridge, the road will split. You can get to Stone Wedding from either direction. Continuing straight is the easiest and will approach the formation from the bottom. This trail-head is clearly marked from the road and will go down into some trees then weave around the west side of the rock formation and give you some easy paths up the rocks to get better views of it. If you were to turn left when the road splits, it would eventually curve right but you'd want a smartphone with loaded map and GPS to help navigate you to the site from there because I didn't see any directions on that road. If you go in rainy weather, be aware that some clumps of mud may look exactly like rocks, so be careful before committing to a step.

4. Thracian sanctuary

Near Tatul Village, Tatul, Bulgaria
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5 based on 11 reviews

Thracian sanctuary

Reviewed By niki101 - London, United Kingdom

This is an absolutely amazing place to go to. After visiting Perperikon (another ancient Thracian sacred place only 42 km away from here), we came to this complex and were stunned by what we saw.
The easiest way to get there is by car. There is a car park where you can leave the car and then a small alleyway takes you to the sanctuary. The village of Tatul itself is a quiet place with a population of 189 people only. We met two local men; one of them was sweeping the street that leads to the Thracian complex.
This sanctuary that reveals to your eyes is one of the most imposing megalithic monuments discovered on the territory of Bulgaria, and as such, one of the unique monuments in Europe.
The sanctuary is a massive rock structure and its top is a truncated pyramid. There are two tombs hewn into the rock on the top of the hill and eight stairs in the rock that lead to them. The Tatul Sanctuary existed as early as 15-16 BC. The main part was constructed in the Late Bronze Age (between the 7th and 9th century BC).
Besides being a sacrificial sanctuary, Tatul was probably a site for observation of the Sun. The Thracians were known for their extensive knowledge of astronomy. According to the Greek chroniclers, the Thracian priests knew 500 stars by their names and synchronized their calendar with the movement of the heavenly bodies.
The place is also called The Sanctuary of Orpheus, the legendary Thracian singer and musician. Legend has it that this is the tomb of Orpheus.
While sitting on the rocks you get the feeling the place is sacred and blessed. It is of great historical significance and it is one of those places in the world that makes us think about the people who inhabited those lands for centuries before us.
The place also makes us admire the technical advancement with which these civilizations built these facilities which remain strong and stable for millennia. There is one special event that happens once a year during the winter solstice: this is the consistent passage of a sunbeam through a particular gap in the rocks.
We left the place not only with many memories taken with our camera. We also felt spiritualized.

5. Thracian Sanctuary at Tatul Village

To the South-East of the Town Kardzhali 35 km | for reference: 2.6 km south of Tatul, look for Sanctuary signs, Momchilgrad 6835, Bulgaria +359 36 317 841
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4.5 based on 8 reviews

Thracian Sanctuary at Tatul Village

Reviewed By diti2005 - Washington DC, District of Columbia

Archaeologists suggest that Thracians used Tatul to perform various religious rituals. The Great Orpheus, the legendary Thracian singer, musician, poet and creator of Orphism might have been buried here.
Dated around 4000-3000 BC, the site appears aligned to the rising of the winter solstice and the setting of the summer solstice, similar to the Temple of Karnak in Egypt. One theory suggests that the Thracians apparently inherited vacated sanctuaries built by a forgotten ancient civilization.
For further information: "The Forgotten Civilization", Bulgarian National TV documentary about the international expedition of Prof. Anna Raduncheva (author of Prehistoric Art In Bulgaria From The Fifth To The Second Millennium BC), Geologist Robert Schoch, Egyptologist Robert Bauval and NASA Astrophysicist Dr. Thomas Brophy.

6. St. John the Baptist

Kardzhali, Bulgaria
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4.5 based on 7 reviews

St. John the Baptist

Reviewed By Jan2665 - Bleiswijk

The foundation and lower parts of this church were found by incidence, after it had been buried for centuries. Now it is reconstructed completely and offers a beautiful and serene interior.

7. Regional History Museum Kardjali

Republicanska str. Kardzhali Bulgaria 4, Kardzhali 6600, Bulgaria
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5 based on 2 reviews

Regional History Museum Kardjali

Reviewed By Christian G - Sofia, Bulgaria

The museum is a discovery by itself. Situated in an impressive old building with enormous exhibition of ancient and Thracian times artefacts, definitely worth a visit.
You can see the original stone altar from Perpericon and many other interesting old things.
Parking is free and close to the museum.
My advice is to visit the museum before you start your tourist visit of the region.

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