The first place that we visited on day 2 is a small village called Shiroka Laka, which is a proclaimed architectural and folklore reserve. Shiroka Laka is famous for its authentic Rhodopean houses set in tiers on both banks of the local river. The old houses were designed in the characteristic architectural style of the Rhodopes by the noted local building masters.
Our next stop was an amazing natural phenomenon - The Wonder Bridges. They are formed by the erosive activity of the once larger Erkyupryia River, which transformed the marble clefts into a deep-water cave.
The larger one is 15 metres at its widest and 96 metres long, and shaped by three vaulted arches, the largest of which is 45 metres high and 40 metres wide. The river flows under the middle-sized arch.
The smaller bridge is 200 metres downstream. It is impassable to tourists, 60 metres in length, with a total height of 50 metres, 30 metres at the highest point of the arch. A third, small and inaccessible, formation follows, the entrance to a pothole where the river's waters disappear underground, reaching a sump after 3 km.
As the day before I opted for a casual comfy look, and that turned out to be a good thing since there was more climbing than what I expected. And even though it was about to rain all day, it actually was a warm late summer day, just a little bit cooler in the morning, which is normal for the beginning of September.
At the end of the day we were really tired, but that was a small price for a day like this.
I hope you'll enjoy this little review of our little roadtrip. Have you visited any of these places? And what do you think about them?