"Kardjali" Kurdzhali by hekate

Kurdzhali Travel Guide: 24 reviews and 145 photos

Kardjali is located in the very heart of the eastern Rhodope mountain, along the two banks of the Arda river, 100 km southeast of Plovdiv. 6000 years-old remains of human life as well as ample examples of the presence of Thracian, Roman, Byzantine, late-Ottoman and Bulgarian culture have been found on the territory of the town. After the town's liberation from the Ottoman rule in 1912, Kardjali became the "tobacco warehouse of the eastern Rhodopes", as some of the best quality tobaccos are grown on the special soils in the region. Landmarks of interest are the 11th-12th century Bulgarian basilica "St. John the Precursor", the Historical Museum, housed in a vast mosque-like building and containing superb collections from prehistoric ritual objects to ethnographic costumes and crafts. The two big dams on both sides of the town are excellent places for tourism, water sports and entertainment. Kardjali is the starting point for visits to the numerous rock formations in the region-the Stone Wedding and mushrooms, the Stone Forest, the Rock Widow, the Rocks at Ustra, and the medieval fortress of Perperek.

  • Last visit to Kurdzhali: Aug 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • bijo69's Profile Photo
    May 29, 2007 at 3:41 AM

    Hi Nina, coming to Bulgaria again in June and hopefully make to Kurdzhali this time. Great tips!

  • wandeljp's Profile Photo
    Mar 30, 2007 at 4:43 AM

    Weldone Nina. So you always do: nice pics and interesting useful tips. I like the 2 pics you took from the hotel area. Greats.Jean-Pierre.

  • ChristinaNest's Profile Photo
    Mar 26, 2007 at 5:25 AM

    Planning to go to this region this weekend, thanks for the info! Nadqvam se 4e si dobre i ne se prerabotvash:) do skoro

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Jun 16, 2006 at 5:27 AM

    another little corner of the country that is new to me -thanks

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    May 19, 2006 at 1:52 AM

    I've just looked up Kurdzhali on the map. I was surprised to learn that they speak Turkish in Tatoul. It looks like it is closer to Greece than Turkey, but I guess the political borders don't really say much about what the people actually speak.

  • Astrobuck's Profile Photo
    Apr 26, 2006 at 12:19 AM

    Stone Mushrooms? I think I like the hallucinogenic ones better at the other place!! I'll have to try a stone one sometime....!

  • FruitLover's Profile Photo
    Jan 7, 2006 at 10:33 AM

    Nice Kurdzhali. Thanx

  • Mikebond's Profile Photo
    Jul 26, 2005 at 11:06 AM

    A wonderful place to visit! Very beautiful photos, Nina!

  • ATXtraveler's Profile Photo
    Mar 9, 2005 at 9:18 AM

    Great page. Looking forward to seeing more of your pages... I think I have seen them all so far!

  • easyoar's Profile Photo
    Jan 22, 2005 at 9:58 AM

    It was tempting to write a pun about getting 'high' - if only in metres, on the stone mushrooms. but it looks like this joke has been made too many times already :-( Great page!


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