Ropotamo is a reserve with a great variety of interesting and unique natural sites – the firth of Ropotamo, Lake Arkutino, dense forests, which in this latitude are very rare, various rock formations, wetlands, ponds and others. You can make a boat trip along the river and back, where you will see many beautiful places, strange rock formations and also in good weather will enjoy the view of many turtles perched on food or resting on rocks and riparian plants.
Primorsko: The Lion Head and Valchanovo Kale
The Lion Head is a rock formation composed of syenite blocks and is declared a natural landmark. It dates back to 65-70 million years, rises 80 m above the river Ropotamo in a section where the main asphalt road Sozopol – Primorsko runs parallel to the river. It is very popular as it can be seen by the passing cars on the road. The Lion Head is within the boundaries of the Ropotamo Natural Reserve and one can reach it following any of the eco-trails designated for tourist purposes. The place attracts tourists because of the beautiful forest nature, panoramic views of the surroundings of the reserve, as well as the opportunity to see sites of archaeological significance. There has been an ancient town here since the Early Iron Age and its fortress has been used until the 19th century, when it was named Valchanovo Kale.
Located 2 km from Sozopol, it is a majestic building decorated on the outside with brass ornaments hanging on the stone walls and wrapped in thick ivy at the back of the castle. The towers are decorated with copper and brass. There are statues, beautiful carved wooden lanterns, stone birds and mermaids in the garden. You can enter the mansion through a large stone gate. Follows an arch, a replica of Hadrian’s Gate in Istanbul, and behind it there is a garden with a lake where swans swim. The atmosphere carries a message from the time of the knights.
Island of St. Thomas
Island of St. Thomas, known as Snake Island derived its name from the many gray water snakes that live and feed on fish in water around it. This is the only place in Bulgaria, where you can see wild cactus. Many rumors spread about the area, many legends associated with its history of local repent. The most interesting of them connected St. Thomas, witn an old haunt of sea pirates. Here they kept their wealth and treasures seized by innocent people.
Lake Water Lilies
Valley water lilies or otherwise – Arkutino is swampy lake with a typical dense character. It was declared a natural reserve. In the waters are growing beautiful water lilies , and over it rises Mount fortress where there are traces of a Thracian fortress. Pool is separated from sea by sand dunes. Furthermore, water lily, which grows in the swamp, another attractive plant species sand lily, which grows near the beach.
Sozopol – the town where were found the relics of St. John the Baptist! This is the oldest city on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. Here you can visit the Architectural and Archaeological Reserve Old Sozopol, many fortresses and Thracian burial mounds, ancient cemeteries, churches and many other historical sites of world importance.
Beglik Tash – the Bulgarian Stonehenge
Only 3 km northeast of Primorsko, on the ridge of Cape Maslen, or where Strandzha Mountain surrounds the sea coast, the megalithic Thracian rock sanctuary “Beglik Tash” is hidden. It is the largest imprint left by the Thracians on our southern Black Sea coast, discovered only in 2003. Beglik Tash /translation from Turkish – tax stone; beglik – tax, tash – stone/ is compared with and called the “Bulgarian Stonehenge” not only because it represents specifically arranged stones in a circle on a rock surface, but also because of the functions it is believed to have performed, namely – sundial, calendar and temple. Archaeologists suggest that it was created around the XIV century BC and functioned until the IV century. Another reason why scholars believe that the Thracian sanctuary was magical, and perhaps still hides its magic, is its location next to the ancient city of Ranuli. Although the Valkov Egrek site has been explored since its discovery to this day, archaeologists have not yet uncovered the entire mysticism called Beglik Tash.
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