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The submerged church – how the power of faith lives under the waters of Zhrebchevo dam

An old stone church appears as a beautiful apparition in the waters of Zhrebchevo dam and disappears after half a year. Six months a year, the church cannot be reached on foot, but only by water, because it lies under the waters of the dam. The magic has been going on for half a century since in 1962 the church and the houses of the former village of Zapalnya remained under the newly built Zhrebchevo dam.

Prohodna cave

The eyes of God look at us for 68 million years in the “Prohodna” cave

Prohodna Cave is one of the most famous and easily accessible caves in Bulgaria. It is located 2 km from the village of Karlukovo. It was formed about 68 million years ago as a result of karst processes in the Karlukovo region – one of the largest karst regions in Bulgaria.

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Sausage, cheese and terrine with Bulgarian truffles – the new gourmet temptation

The gastronomic adventure tour “Truffle Hunting – from the forest to gourmet dishes” is for all aristocrats at heart and adventure lovers. We present an exotic and little known for Bulgaria livelihood – truffle hunting, we also plan tastings of gourmet food with truffles.

Svilengrad Malebi

Svilengrad has been keeping the secret of the velvet malebi for a century

For a century now, a city has kept the secret of an ancient, velvety-tasting dessert – the Svilengrad “Malebi”. Today, only one family knows the secret recipe and continues its production. In the family confectionery workshop, outsiders are not allowed, and photos are not allowed, because the recipe, technology, and production facilities are part of a deeply kept secret. The participants in the gastro tour “Wine, Sakar and Svilengrad Malebi – an unexpectedly good combination!” will be dedicated to it. The tasting of Svilengrad Malebi is the focus of this journey back in time, among the depths of history, tastes, and wine.

Bulgarian black mussels – excellent taste, gentle color and sea fragrance

Black mussels are one of the most delicious and fragrant representatives of seafood. What makes them truly unique is the smooth and delicate meat, as well as the smell that brings the breath of the sea. If you want to try fresh mussels in a real fishing village, join our gastro tour “Tastes of The Black Sea Strandzha”. For reservations: ☎️0898471201 ?office@slowtours.bg

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On stuffed pumpkin with fresh veal in the “Wild Farm” of Betty and Niki near Madzharovo

The owners of the “Wild Farm” in the village of Gorno Pole Blagovesta and Nikolay Vasilevi are one of the few Bulgarian families who have decided to voluntarily replace the amenities of urban living with the tranquility provided by the village.

Their story began in 1994, when the two students of chemistry and zooengineering met, and later lived together in the almost deserted village of Gorno Pole, Madzharovo municipality. Nikolai’s grandparents are from the village, and in order to be close to them he studies part-time. Betty and Nikki, as they all call them, start with 5-6 goats and sheep. Nikolai has experience with them, as he has been grazing 300 goats on his own since the fifth grade after his grandfather’s untimely death. Thus the young family started the “Wild Farm”.

In 1996, the two decided to sell a hereditary apartment in Plovdiv so that they could expand their farm in Gorno Pole. The money was used to buy 16 cows, but unfortunately half of them died in the first month – they were unable to adapt to the microclimate of the Rhodope village. The couple decided to start breeding the local breeds Bulgarian Gray Cattle and Rhodope Shorthorn Cattle.

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Today, the farm has about 700 cows grazing under the watchful eye of a dozen Karakachan dogs, 50 beehives, 20 Karakachan sheep, 39 donkeys, four horses and a young foal. The cows of the farming couple live entirely in the forest, and Nikolai collects them only in case of danger of attack by wolves. In just one year, wolves have killed more than 40 animals. It is calmer in the spring because the four-legged predators retreat as soon as their young are born. The cows also come home from grazing when they have to give birth in order to be “away from human eyes”.

The calves in the “Wild Farm” suckle until 6 months of age, after which they are weaned from the mother. Female calves remain for offspring. Farmers raise the animals mainly for meat, which they first export to Italy and Albania, and then sell in organic stores on the domestic market. Both organic honey here and beef have a certificate of origin and content. A real phenomenon from the animal world can be freely observed on the farm – the Egyptian vulture, which has disappeared several times over the years as a species and even today is still considered critically endangered. Farmers say rare birds are seen landing in the lowlands, where they feed on their animal feces.

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“The more orange it is, the sweeter it is. Here is a harrow in August, but I have had pumpkins for a year and a month. You ask me how I keep them for so long? They are very simple – they are not fertilized “, shares the farmer. The recipe is simple – remove the lid of the pumpkin and carve it. It is stuffed with stewed beef, leeks, or onions (naturally picked from the yard) and a little mountain savory. It is necessary to bake for at least 3 hours.

Another meal of Betty is a regular casserole with beef, potatoes, and old beans of over 100 years old variety, which is also grown on-site on the farm. The owners serve Merlot or Pamid wine with delicious homemade dishes. The owners of the “Wild Farm” produce it here on-site, without yeast and sulfur, during natural, wild fermentation.

Another attraction that the “Wild Farm” offers visitors is riding Eric and White – tame horses that also live under the roof of the farm, catching a wild cow with a lasso, or kayaking on the breathtaking meanders of the Arda River. The program includes activities such as washing river sand for gold or a mountain expedition in search of amethysts, jaspers, agates, and any other minerals that nature is rich in here.

With a smile on their faces, Blagovesta and Nikolai Vasilevi say that they owe absolutely everything they have achieved with the “Wild Farm” to themselves and their work. Only a few years ago, they hired workers. But their greatest wealth is their four children – three daughters and one son.

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Due to the exoticism, diversity, and surrounding wildlife, the “Wild Farm” is visited by many tourists – both foreigners and Bulgarians. Starting from scratch, after more than 20 years of hard work, Betty and Nikolay Vasilevi managed to open 6 guest rooms, comfortably furnished in a typical Rhodope style.

At the idea of ​​a foreign guest, the farmers are involved in a project for sustainable development of the Eastern Rhodopes. With their “Wild Farm” they perfectly combine organic production, wildlife, and ecotourism. Some parts of the interior are authentic. In the former barn, which has now been turned into a dining room, there are interesting holes in the walls. These are the so-called “frogs” or the place where hens in the past laid their eggs.

The dishes served to tourists are prepared entirely by Betty according to traditional local recipes. One of the most delicious dishes served here for breakfast is her famous “gyozlemi”, as well as “blachko” – sweet pie. Other specialties are pie with rabbit, rice, or bulgur, chicken with “katmi”, but as the best dish, Blagovesta defines the stuffed pumpkin with beef.

The romantic island of Saint Anastasia smells of herbs in the bay of Burgas

St. Anastasia Island is the most romantic place in the Burgas Bay, shrouded in mystery, pirate stories, and the scent of herbs and medicinal herbs. Visiting the island by boat is part of our gastro tour “Tastes of The Black Sea Strandzha”.

Veleka river

Veleka – the magical river with character under Via Pontica

Veleka is the longest river in Strandzha. It springs in Turkey and enters its homeland through beautiful gorges. It is 140 km long and is often described as a “lush river with character”. It calms down only in its last 8 km and you can even enjoy it by boat or canoe.

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The magical power and beauty of the Bulgarian saffron

In the last few years, a lot of Bulgarian farmers started to grow the autumn crocus, from which the saffron is extracted. Thus some of them, especially those who live in the Rhodopean mountain, try to replace the traditional growing of tobacco. Others just try to diversify their production and to find new opportunities. But do you know the main benefits of saffron and why it is among the most expensive spices in the world?

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The culinary masterpieces of the Rhodope cuisine

The authentic taste of the local Bulgarian dishes is sought after by tourists and visitors to the Rhodopes mountain. For many people culinary traditions as a reason for their visit. The Rhodopes are a mystical place where, in addition to enjoying unique nature, magical views, listening to myths and legends about human destinies and stories, you can find your secret place of rest and unforgettable vacation.