Ropotamo Reserve – information and map of hiking trails

Ropotamo Reserve and its surroundings are famous for its wild nature, rugged relief, various natural landmarks, rocky seashores, beach, dunes and swamps. It is located in close proximity to the town of Primorsko, Bulgaria.

On the attached below map, the boundary of Ropotamo reserve is marked with a red line. The protected areas “Beglik Tash – Ropotamo” and “Rock formations, the fjords and the seal’s cave in the area of Cape “Maslen Nos” are located close to it.

MAP OF ROUTES IN ROPOTAMO RESERVE  AND ENVIRONMENT

The hiking trails that cross the area according to the attached above map are:

1.A main asphalt road that enters the protected areas round the Ropotamo Reserve. Starts from the North beach of Primorsko and passes by the deserted Pearl residence. The car travel is permitted on this road.

2.A road on a rough terrain, leading to Cape “Maslen nos”, passing by the bays Kondrus, Mirius and Paliura.The road is not asphalted, so if you intend to go by car, it is recommended to be off-road.

3.An exit for the Thracian sanctuary Beglik Tash.

4.A hiking trail from Beglik Tash to the bay “St. Paraskeva”

5. A short hiking trail to the bay “St. Paraskeva”.

6. A hiking trail to the mouth of the Ropotamo River.

7. A hiking trail leads to the rock formation “Lion’s Head” and the ancient fortress “Valchanovo Kale” (“The Valchan’s fortress” in translation)

8. A hiking trail to the mouth of the Ropotamo River, along Cape Kaya, starting from the sand dunes of Arkutino Bay. At the start of this route you can watch out the water lilies at the Arkutino marsh.

9. A hiking trail leading to the Cape “Maslen nos”, starting from Beglik Tash.

10. A walk way to the “Veselata skala” (“Merry Rock” in translation) for panoramic views of the Ropotamo River

Another interesting site in the Ropotamo Reserve is Cape Korakya.
Fishermen and divers often visit its marine waters . Unfortunatelly it can be only watched from the sea, for the reason that there are not allowed paths that reaching it.

Short information about the Ropotamo Reserve

This area became reserve in 1940 for the preservation of the dense forests growing along the banks of the Ropotamo River. In 1975 it was declared as a Ramsar site with an area of ​​97 ha and in 2003 the area was extended to 5500 ha. It includes the Arkutino marsh, The “Zmiiski” island (“Snake” Island in translation) and the remarkable rock formations – “The Lion’s Head” (turned into a logo of the Reserve – look at the title picture), “Veselata skala” (“The merry rock” in translation), thracian cliffs Beglik Tash and others.

The area was inhabited since the Early Iron Age by the Thracians – XV century before the New Age, followed by the Hellenes, Romans, Bulgarians. Remnants of their lifestyle could still be seen: “Valchanovo Kale” (The Valchan’s fortress), the sanctuary Beglik Tash, the “St. Paraskeva” chucrh, fortress walls at the harbors, ceramics found in underwater exploration and now located in the museum of Primorsko.

Ropotamo Reserve is a habitat for 50 species of mammals, including red deer, deer, mouflon, roe deer, wild boar, jackal, fox, bats, otter, etc. There are also over 260 species of birds among which the heron, duck, cormorant, little ringed plover (Charadrius dubius), pelican, sea eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla), Semicollared flycatcher  (Ficedula semitorquata). From here is passes the eastern European migratory route of the birds – Via Pontica .

Among the reptiles here are Greek tortoise (Testudo graeca) , hermann’s tortoise (Testudo hermanni ),   montpellier snake   (Malpolon monspessulanus),  european ratsnake  (Zamenis situla), viper (Vipera ammodytes) and several types of lizards.

Watch the film The Magic of Ropotamo and learn more about the reserve and the protected species. The film is created by RIEW – Burgas (Regional Inspection Environment and Waters-Burgas) and has very good operator work and panoramic views from above. Could be watched with English subtitles from here.

If you are planning a longer stay in the area, it is a good idea to choose Primorsko as a city for staying. It has many hotels and lodgings, and can offer many entertainments to diversify your holliday  at the sea.

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