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Forest Walks and Places of Interest Melanya mountain accommodation Visit Devils Bridge by foot, bike or by car Perperikon is one of many historical places

Explore wonderful forest walks from your mountain retreat

On arriving at Melanya, the true benefits of the location at Lyubino are obvious. Perfect for forest walks. Almost 360 degree panoramic views across the Eastern Rhodope Mountains deliver a number of choices for local forest walks that require no pre-planning.

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on the balcony while deciding your preferred direction. The mountain tracks weave in and out of pine and broadleaf forests offering a true mix of fauna and flora together with some spectacular views. The local forest walks come in all shapes and sizes. A number of short strolls offer spur of the moment exploration of Lyubino. Climb to the highest point in upper Lyubino, where on a clear day one can see the mast at Pamporovo ski resort... or discover some of the easy local tracks dotted with drinking points from which you can enjoy clear fresh Rhodope Mountain spring water.

Many of the forest walks that start from Melanya will consume a day, whether you decide to take the track to Devils Bridge or head cross country to the waterfalls on the small River Arda. Melanya offers a great mix of local short walks with more involved independent days out for the more experienced mountain walker. Add these numerous local mountain holiday excursions to the wealth of day trips available for walking or sightseeing and you will soon find yourself spoilt for choice. A forest walk for every day of your holiday.

Forest walks and places of interest at your own pace
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There are many places of Interest to visit during your mountain holiday

Devils Bridge, the largest and best known of its kind in the Rhodopes, is 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 of the forest walk 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, walk to devils bridge through the forest and and be back for supper or alternatively be dropped off or collected by car in Ardino.

The ancient Thracian city of Perperikon which became a Roman Palace and Fortress 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. Leisurely walks are available. 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 a short drive from Melanya and can be incorporated with a visit to the town of Kardzhali.

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