Welcome to Rodopi Mountains
The ski resorts of Pamporovo and Chepelare, and spa town Devin receive a healthy supply of foreign visitors. But outside these areas, the region remains one of Bulgaria's wildest. In this expanse of majestic, thickly packed conifer forests, nearly 300 bird species have been spotted, as well as brown bears, wild goats and wolves. The Rodopi Mountains are exceptionally rich in wildflowers, including indigenous violets, tulips and the unique silivriak – a fragile flower said to have sprung up from the blood of Orpheus, the semidivine father of music, after he was torn to pieces by the frenzied bacchantes.