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Perperikon, Kardzhali Province

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the only planet
Norwich, UK75 contributions
It is a must see
Aug 2020 • Friends
This is a great place where you can see archaeological evidence from 4 different cultural periods and civilizations.
The tickets are really reasonably priced and you can easily spend 2 hours there.
A good tip is to buy a map for the place as it shows everything that is uncovered so far with explanation.
There are lots of places for rest.
Keep in mind that you need hats, lots of water and comfortable shoes.
Not suitable for wheelchair users.
Written August 4, 2020
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Denista Stoyanova
Sofia, Bulgaria33 contributions
Peaceful place
Jul 2019 • Family
Stunning stones, interesting history and awesome view from the top of the hill.
There is a road which leads to the top. It’s not a hard road. I recommend you to visit it. 2 hours minimum are needed to take a walk everywhere in the village.
Written March 10, 2020
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Pankova
Sofia270 contributions
Beware: Maps are inadequate
Aug 2019
There are archaeological diggings taking place and the maps they sell you at the stalls are inadequate - you will probably be better off booking a lecture.
At the middle stall is an archaeologist that actually participated in the diggings.
Written August 15, 2019
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Otmar G
Feldkirch, Austria412 contributions
An archaeological highlight
Apr 2019 • Couples
It's about a one-hour walk up to the site and back, so you should be reasonably fit and able to climb some stairs and walk on rocks, if you are out for the full monty. However, the path is paved and the stairs are very safe, so you can get fairly close even if you don't go all the way to the top. It is a fantastic place spanning the times from the megalithic era to the Romans, from religious and cult-related parts to war-related Roman walls and towers. Most impressive is the cistern at the rocky top of the mountain.
Written April 23, 2019
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Beauty
Feb 2019 • Family
It was great, I was fascinated by beauty.
We were staying at Haskovo Mineral Baths (hotel Bulgaria - we combined beach, pool, walked one night in a nice restaurant in Haskovo, etc.).
We had previously agreed to have a tour guide waiting for us (there were many groups and we wanted to make sure there was someone to tell us around); the lap is long and the walking is pretty (necessarily wear comfortable shoes); our tour ended 14:00.
Written April 7, 2019
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reise-tanta-di
Lafayette, CA2,323 contributions
Probably a sacred place in the past
Sep 2018 • Business
Perperikon is not for everybody. It is a relatively long walk uphill to the site or a short-cut up a steep staircase. Located on a high rocky hill (470m) it was probably a sacred place. But once the visitors have reached the site they can investigate the remains of an ancient Thracian city. Human activities in the area dates back to 5000 BC. On the hill site archaeologists have uncovered the remains of a large multi-story palace, a fortress with 2.8m thick walls, numerous temples and residents. Everywhere you turn there is something interesting and different. The view from the top includes beautiful mountains in the far horizons and Perpereshka River below. Perperikon is the largest megalithic complex in the Balkan. The complex have been destroyed and rebuilt numerous times. While we visited in September 2018 the visitors center consisted of a ticket office and a few stalls selling tourist stuff. But a new and multi-million euro tourist center is in the works. I am happy I visited the site, but it was an exhausting visit.
Written December 3, 2018
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Happiness30348978554
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The bathroom nightmare
Nov 2018 • Friends
One of the worst things about Bulgarian tourist destinations such as Perperikon is that they charge insufficient amount of money for the place to be checked out. The 3 BGN per person doesn't include a guide, you need to pay additional money for that, and without a guide all you will see is stones. The money that they have acquired over the years were obviously spent on unnecessary things, such as bigger cabin for the office where you pay the toll... Of course, there are no actual bathrooms but there are plenty of souvenir pavilions with overpriced things. I know because I've seen those things at twice less prices. You will spend no less than an hour and a half going up and looking around. The only toilet you will find there is an Eco one down at the parking-lot. These same Eco toilets were there in 2005, the maintenance of which is completely non existent. If you decide to go to Perperikon, you should consider it like going into surgery: do not drink and eat from the day before. Gods and goddesses should be summoned to help the poor women who are on their monthly period. I just experienced my fair share of this kind of a nightmare there. I had to wait to go to the town because I simply could not subject myself to such a traumatic experience as to going into those places of Dante's 9th circle of hell, they call toilets for tourists there.... I highly advice against you to go there under these conditions: If you have drank water in the past 3 hours, if you have eaten in the past 8 hours, and especially if you are on your period! Think:surgery. Enjoy!
Written November 2, 2018
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Euhenio B
London, UK38 contributions
The european Machu Picchu
Jul 2018 • Family
This is very ancient centre of Minoan civilization. The EU recently put in around 3M EUR to development of tourism infrastructure here. Now it is easily accessible by road from Kardzhali, around 8 miles. Good and rather large parking, but better come early, after lunch its overcrowded! 40 min walk to the remains of the city, whete legendary Orpheus was born. Has ancient altar of Dyonisus. Huge family value, worth visiting if you are in Bulgaria.
Written October 14, 2018
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Audronė Š
Vilnius, Lithuania32 contributions
We call it the mountain of lightning :))
May 2018 • Couples
We visited in the rainy evening so we were almost the only ones on the mountain. The climb was long, about 1 hour as we've stopped to enjoy the views. When we got on top and watched the sunset... oh boy. This is the view to remember. We can say that this was the best place we've visited in Bulgaria. Maybe it left such an impression after the hit of lighting extremely near us. It was terrifying and exciting at the same time to see the power of nature as after that our hair were electrified ant the mountain roared. JUST WOW.
Written May 26, 2018
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Twigsley
Ottawa, Canada18 contributions
Just Stunning!
Oct 2017 • Couples
You'll need to either rent a car or jump on a tour to get here, but it's definitely worth the effort. This was the highlight of my trip to Bulgaria. 8000+ years of history free for roaming at your will. We spent about 2 hours at the site exploring it. There is a fairly steep climb to Perperikon, and then the site itself requires climbing. Definitely bring water and good walking shoes. Unfortunately the site would not be friendly to anyone with mobility issues. There is an option to hire a guide to take you around the site, we opted not to do that but bought a detailed map and pamphlet at the entrance to guide us through instead. I recommend doing one or the other, or with your own map, as the historical relevance is quite important to fully appreciate what you're experiencing.
Written October 28, 2017
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