Walk to Devils Bridge

Devils Bridge, proclaimed monument of culture during 1984, forms part of the ancient road connecting the lowlands of Thrace with the north Aegean Sea coast. It is not certain when the Dyavolski most was built, with various sources stating from the 14th to the early 17th century. The bridge, the largest and best known of its kind in the Rhodopes, is 56 m (183.7 ft) long and has three arches, but also features holes with small semicircular arches to read water level. The stunning structure has a width of 3.5 m (11.5 ft) and its main arch is 11.5 m (37.7 ft) high..

Located approximately 16km upstream from Melanya spanning the River Arda, Devils Bridge delivers a day trip in many flavours for our guests. The leisurely option starts with a spectacular drive to Ardino that offers some breathtaking photo opportunities along the way. Park up in Ardino and enjoy a coffee at one of the numerous cafes adjoining the square before driving to the bridge. For the more energetic guest, finding your way to Devils Bridge from Melanya comes in two options.

Leave the house on foot and walk the 13km along the mountain track through forgotten villages before heading down towards the river. The last few kilometres down to the bridge are not for the faint hearted so we also offer to drive guests to the closest point on the track. Experienced walkers with mountain walking experience can leave the house after an early breakfast and be back in good time for an evening meal.

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Visit Thracian stronghold Perperikon

The stone city. The earliest traces of human civilisation discovered at Perperikon are dated to the late Neolithic Period, 6th-5th millennium BC. Fragments of Neolithic pottery were found deposited in the natural crevices of the cliff. However, at this point in time Perperikon was not yet a settled village but a place of worship. Initial archaeological excavations at Perperikon revealed a site described by the ancient authors as the 'Temple of Dionysus in Mount Rhodope'. Later archaeological excavations in 1983 unearthed a considerable portion of the northern slope and one can only imagine the sight that met the eye of the ancient beholder... The mammoth rock with thousands of alters cut in its side and the magnificent shrine perched on its top.

Perperikon is located in the Eastern Rhodopes, 15 km northeast of the present-day town of Kardzhali, on a 470m high rocky hill, which is thought to have been a sacred place. The village of Gorna Krepost (Upper Castle) is located at the foot of the hill and the gold-bearing Perpereshka River flows near it. Perperikon is the largest megalith ensemble in the Balkans. It is thought that the famous sanctuary and oracular shrine dedicated to Dionysus of the Bessi was situated there. Perperikon is an archaeological day trip from Melanya and can be incorporated with a visit to the town of Kardzhali.

Archaeological finds at Perperikon

A fragment of a bronze statuette of a Thracian horseman (1st-2nd century AD), a unique silver ring dating back to the 2nd-3rd century AD with a carnelian intaglio depicting Helios, the Greek sun god, driving his quadriga, a chariot drawn by four horses. The Middle Ages has also enjoyed a multitude of splendid finds.

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