I have visited the Stone Mushroom phenomenon near Beli Plast village several times already and but I still had not seen the Stone Wedding. This time, during my trip around the area of Kardzhali dam, I managed to get to this landmark in time. The stone wedding is a natural phenomenon, located near the town of Kardzhali, 1 km from the village of Zimzelen.
Utrota Cave (the womb cave) is a cult Thracian complex located on the road along Borovitsa River, near the village of Ilinitsa. This is a landmark that when you get there and see it with your own eyes you immediately understand where its name comes from. The cave is a slit in the rocks with the form of a female sexual organ (uterus or womb).
Some time ago when I first was part of an organized phototrip that took place in the region of Kardzhali, I was fascinated by the nature in this area. The combination of cultural sights and natural diversity make it a paradise for photographers. At the beginning of the summer I took several trips along the Borovitsa River - from the Borovitsa Dam and the village of Bezvodno al the way to the Kardzhali Dam.
This year I also decided to visit the event that has gained so much popularity in recent years. It turned out that the Men's Horo in Kalofer is one of the most visited events I've ever been. The city was full of people wishing to see the Ice Horo, and there was not even a place to park your car. I'm used to getting up early for such events and photoshoots, and although I was there at 6:45 am., I was one of the last to arrive. Back on the road from Plovdiv I realized that I was quite late because of the traffic jam all the way to Kalofer.
The opening of Plovdiv 2019 - European Capital of Culture was filled with controversy and the mood of the people was on both ends of the spectrum, but still, in my opinion the show and the accompanying program were interesting and worth seeing.
The highest waterfall in the Rhodope Mountains is 35 km away from the city of Plovdiv and 5 km away from Bachkovo, which allows for escape from the summer heat and take a wonderful weekend walk. The beginning of the trail to the Slivodolsko padalo waterfall is just after the first tunnel after Bachkovo. Parking is difficult because there is very little room in the ramp after the tunnel. There are also several parking spaces at the entrance of the fishpond across the street.