The magic of visiting the Rhodope mountains | Магията на Родопите

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Winter is not the best time for travelling. You know, it’s freezing cold, it’s uncomfortable, it’s dull and grey. But one of the benefits to travel during this time of the year is to see things the other way. Last week my friends from ASTOM and I went on a weekend trip in the southern Rhodope mountains in Bulgaria. We stayed in Chepelare, close to Pamporovo – one of the biggest Bulgarian ski resorts. We travelled a lot, took photos, ate local food and had fun. Below are some of the best things about visiting this part of Bulgaria.

Зимата не е най-подходящият сезон за пътуване, особено ако не практикуваш снежни спортове. Студът и снегът го правят пък още по-трудно. Но едно от предимствата на туризма по това време на годината е, че виждаш нещата от друг ъгъл. С приятелите ми от АСТОМ миналата седмица си спретнахме уикенд пътешествие в Родопите. Отседнахме в Чепеларе, посетихме Пампорово, Смолян, снимахме, опитахме местна храна и се забавлявахме от сърце. Ето част от нещата, които правят Родопите неповторимо място.


The quietness of Chepelare
Pamporovo is an incredibly beautiful place, especially when the weather is sunny and clear but if you want to avoid the crowds and to experience something authentic, stay in Chepelare. Chepelare ski center is a quiet small village. There is also a ski slope called Mechi chal that is 3km long. Our mornings started with this view…

Спокойствието на Чепеларе
Пампорово е чудесен ски курорт, но ако искаш да избегнеш тълпите хора и да си починеш на спокойствие, препоръчвам да отседнеш в Чепеларе. Мечи чал ски писта пък не е толкова натоварена и е цели 3км дълга. Тишината ни осигуряваше спокоен сън, а всяка сутрин се будехме на тази гледка...


The effect of working in the mountains
Ever thought of changing the office view a bit? The mountain is the perfect place not only for hiking or skiing but also for finding inspiration. Fresh mountain air, quietness, and beautiful views make you more concentrated and productive. The CoWorkation camp is all packed up with fast internet, separate offices, but also an open space, conference halls, relax zone, kitchen and all the things needed for a real office setting. Just like a city office, but in the mountains. 

Ефектът от планинския офис
Сигурна съм, че офисът не ти е любимото място, но без работа не може. Планината обаче е чудесно място не само за ски или разходки, но и за вдъхновение. Чистият въздух, тишината и красивите гледки те правят по-продуктивен и съсредоточен. CoWorkation camp разполага с всичко, от което има нужда един офис – бърза интернет връзка, отделни офиси, общо помещение, конферентни зали, зона за отдих и кухня. Точно като градски офис, само че в планината.


The views from Snezhanka tower
Our trip included visiting the popular ski resort Pamporovo and the television tower. We were probably the only one on the line for the lift not carrying ski but our cameras and smiles instead. We went up to Snezhanka peak, where the ski slopes begin. The tv tower is 156 meters long and it was built in 1973. The cost for the entrance is 5 BGN and a lift takes you to the top. There is a restaurant with a panoramic view and also a balcony.

Родопите от високо
Нямаше как да пропуснем да се качим на кулата Снежанка. Може би бяхме единствените на опашката за лифта без ски, но пък с усмивки и фотоапарати. Лифтът за връх Снежанка се хваща от Студенец и струва 19 лв в двете посоки. Телевизионната кула се вижда отдалеч, дълга е 156 м и е построена през 1973 г. Входът за нея е 5 лв и до върха те качва асансьор. Горе има ресторант и балкон с панорамна гледка. Печат за връх Снежанка можеш да си вземеш както на входа, така и в панорамния ресторант. 




The local food in Smolyan
Situated in the central Rhodopes mountain, Smolyan is one of the longest Bulgarian towns. There is an old part of the city where authentic old houses from the Revival period could be seen. Another attraction in Smolyan is the planetarium A visit to Smolyan definitely has to be accompanied by local food. We tried ‘sudzhuk’, patatnik and Rhodopian klin which is similar to banitsa, but with different ingredients. The typical klin is prepared with rice, eggs and white cheese.

Специалитетите в Смолян
Разположен в централни Родопи, това е един от най-дългите градове в България. Има стара част с типични възрожденски къщурки, а сред забележителностите в Смолян се нарежда и планетариумът. Ако си там, препоръчвам да пробваш местните специалитети. Ние се спряхме на родопски суджук, пататник и родопски клин и си облизахме пръстите. Клинът може да се прави по различни начини, но нашият беше традиционен – с ориз, яйца и сирене. 


Patatnik | Пататник
Rhodopian "sudzhuk"| Родопски суджук
Rhodopian "klin" | Родопски клин

The experience of sleeping in an igloo
Back in Pamporovo, we drank wine in an igloo. Yes, you heard right, an igloo, but made of wood. You can also sleep under the stars in one of them. This igloo is warm and suited for sleeping and it is definitely an interesting experience.

Различна и интересна нощувка
Обратно в Пампорово вечерта пихме вино в дървено иглу. До нас пък имаше друго, в което може да се нощува. Докато чуваш как се пукат дървата в печката, си точно под звездите и ги виждаш. Не звучи ли готино?


The giant "mekitzas"
Leaving Smolyan and Pamporovo, we stopped at "Narechenski bani" for breakfast. We had giant "mekitzas" at “Solenoto izvorche” restaurant. "Mekitza" is a traditional Bulgarian food made of dough. It can be combined with white cheese or jam and it is a favourite breakfast for adults and kids.

Огромните мекици
В Нареченски бани по пътя от Чепеларе към Пловдив има едно заведение, в което приготвят огромни мекици. Адски вкусни са, а пък айранът им е с вкуса на млякото от едно време. За да си го припомниш, не ти трябват хипстърии, а просто да се отбиеш в „Соленото изворче“. 


The homemade production
Every trip ends with something you take home. Driving from Chepelare, on the way we noticed locals who were selling honey and jam, homemade yoghurt, “sudzhuk”, mountain herbs and souvenirs from the region. Don't hesitate to stop and buy a jar of honey directly from the producer.

Домашното производство
Всяко пътуване завършва с нещо за спомен. По пътя от Чепеларе забелязахме местни да продават мед, домашно кисело мляко, суджуци, пакетчета с билки и сувенирчета от района. Не се чуди дали да спреш и да си купиш нещо. В повечето случаи е много по-добро от това в магазина.


These are some of the cool things typical for this part of Bulgaria. Winter is just a season and you shouldn't be afraid to plan a trip when it's cold. The Rhodopes will fascinate you, so enjoy their beauty and don't forget to come back in the summer. 

Това са само част от нещата, заради които си заслужава пътуване до тази част на България. Зимата е просто сезон, затова не се отказвай да пътуваш. Родопите пък са истинска магия, затова наслади им се и не забравяй да се върнеш и през лятото. 


The magic of visiting the Rhodope mountains | Магията на Родопите The magic of visiting the Rhodope mountains | Магията на Родопите Reviewed by Stanislava E. on 2/19/2017 Rating: 5

24 comments:

  1. Hello Stanislava,
    Wonderful post with beautiful pictures !
    Thanks for sharing .
    Love the homemade production !
    Enjoy your week!
    xx
    http://helenamybeauty.over-blog.com/

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    1. Glad you like this post, Helena! Homemade production is always the best. Enjoy your week too!

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  2. Страхотни снимки, направо се пренесох за момент и аз там! :) А за "клин" за пръв път чувам и задължително ще го пробвам при първа възможност!

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    1. Благодаря! И аз не бях пробвала досега. Като баница е, само че с ориз. :)

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  3. Oh wow, sounds like you had a brilliant time and you made the best out of the lousy winter. LOL! I really need to visit a ski resort, hopefully in the next couple of years. I don't ski but I would love to learn how to.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Yes, we had so much fun! We didn't ski either, but there were many things to visit and see.

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  4. While it's true that winter isn't the most ideal season for traveling, it seems like certain trips like this really make the most of the season. Sany, your visit Rhodope mountains looks like it was such a fun adventure and an incredible way to experience the beauty of winter. The views of the snow covered tress are just beautiful. Hope you've been well my friend!

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    1. Thank you Rowena. This trip was so much fun, and yes, winter in this part of Bulgaria is beautiful!

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  5. The views from the top are amazing! Looks like you had a fantastic time.

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  6. Hello Sany! The only thing I can say is BREATHTAKING! U have no idea how I feel by looking at the pics, make me want to travel to that side of Bulgaria right now, how amazing! And I want to sleep in an igloo under the stars too, so dreamy!:) Hugs Sany! xo

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    1. I've said it many times, and I will say it again - you are always welcome to come and visit me. Yes, sleeping in an igloo must be a cool experience. Thank you for your kind words, Lilli!

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  7. Wow, wow, wow! I'm amazed by these terrific photos, Sany and I felt the same like Lilli did - I'd love to visit this place, Rhodope mountains are brilliant! What's more, sleeping in wood igloo was for sure interesting experience, what's more, the views from Snezhanka tower are breathtaking, almost surrealistic :) When it comes the food, Patatnik reminds me Polish potato pancakes, ha;P
    Hope you're having lovely evening, dear friend :)

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    1. Hehe, thank you Ivonne. I can feel your excitement looking at these photos. Yes, the views from Snezhanka tower are breathtaking indeed. I am not surprised there is something similar to Patatnik in Poland. :)

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  8. Rhodope Mountains are beautiful in winter. Great pictures . Well done .

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  9. Caring cameras and smiles! I like that :) Oh, I missed your Bulgarian magic! :) I absolutely enjoyed every part of this post. The photos are breathtaking and the views are spectacular! I wish I could close my eyes and appear there. Even working in that office space sounds cool :D PERFECT! <3

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    1. Thanks, Tijana. I am really happy you liked this post and the photos.

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  10. This looks like an absolutely amazing place to visit and the views are stunning! I am a terrible skier but I have always wanted to go on a skiing holiday just to see the beautiful snowy mountains like these :) x

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    1. I started snowboarding 2 years ago and winter became my favourite season, snowy mountains became my favourite place! It's absolutely magical!

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  11. Zdravei Sany!

    Pamporovo is so stunning. This is such an amazing trip you had.

    Ot tezi prekrasni snimki mi se priqdoha mekici :) Please send me one or two hahah

    Lek den ❤ Radi

    www.fashionradi.com

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    1. Zdravey, Radi! I agree that Pamporovo is a stunning place. Мекиците винаги са добра идея. Пращам ти мислено няколко :)

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  12. I feel like winter is the ideal time for travels hehehehe. Especially when there's such a nice dusting of snow. Of course this is coming from an Aussie who never experiences it so it's always going to look so dreamy to me.

    Sxx
    www.daringcoco.com

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    1. Hah, not in Bulgaria though. It's cold and snowy most of the time.

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