In the morning we head from Plovdiv towards the Wonderful bridges situated at 1450 m. a. s. l. in the heart of the lovely Rhodope Mountains. This unique nature phenomenon. consists of two rocky bridges (height of 45 m) over a small river. The marble bridges were formed by the erosive activity of the once high-water river. The outstanding bridges are also on the list of the 100 national tourist sites in Bulgaria.
The Trigrad Gorge is a 7-kilometer defile north of the village Trigrad, beneath towering marble cliffs cut over millions of years by the Trigrad River. The gorge was declared a protected reserve in 1963.In places the cliffs are some 300 meters apart, but in a considerable portion of the gorge, for some 2-3 km, they are only separated by about 100 meters. On the western side of the gorge the cliffs rise roughly 180 meters, while on the east they are 300-350 meters high.These gargantuan dimensions place the gorge third among all such geological formations in Bulgaria. The road to Trigrad winds along the river that in places pours from the rocks. The Trigrad River disappears into the earth at the entrance to The Devil’s Throat Cave, only to reappear some 530 meters below in a different cave. The Devil’s Throat Cave is a favorite tourist destination and one of the country’s most impressive developed caves, in part because of its huge waterfall fed by the river – a 42-meter drop.
You start 9.00 A.M. After 1 hour and 20 minutes you arrive at Wonderful Bridges. You explore the area on foot for about 1 hour. You can have the lunch there.Then you are back in the car and drive to Trigrad Gorge for about 1 hour and 40 minutes. You explore the area on foot (Trigrad Gorge & Devils Throat Cave ) for about 2 and a half hours. You drive back to Plovdiv for 2 hours.