1. The Wonderful Bridges
The wonderful Bridges or Chudnite Mostove
in Bulgaria, are an amazing creation from nature, formed by the river that flows through Rhodopes, consisting of two marble-stone bridges 40 to 50 meters high. The walkway from the village of Orehovo to the village of Zabardo passes by the Wonderful Bridges.
A legend speaks of the creation of the Wonderful Bridges. Many years ago, there were a lot of shepherds in the locality of the village of Zabardo. A dragon appeared from somewhere and began to ravage their herds. For many years the shepherds suffered from the dragon’s raids. Finally, they came up with a way to outwit him. They loaded a donkey with tinder (dry substance made of wood fungus which is used for making fire from flint and steel), set it on fire and sent it against the dragon. The dragon swallowed the donkey together with the tinder which was burning slowly but surely. The dragon went crazy and desperately tried to escape, and finally found a small hole in the ground. Its huge body opened the crack. Years later, when the dragon bones decomposed, the large arched bridges remained. This way the Wonderful Bridges appeared according to the legend.
Dragon or no dragon, the bridges are a sight to be seen for sure and the beautiful nature surrounding them is perfect for the spring season. An option for accommodation is offered by the huts situated in close proximity to the sites.