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 The Rhodope Mountain is well known for its exquisite beauty, charm and the wisdom it radiates. According to the Greek mythology The Rhodope Mountain is the birthplace of Orpheus and Euridica. The mountain is composed of multitude of mountain chains and it is the greatest mountain at the territory of the Balkan Peninsula. The Rhodope Mountain is situated at Southern Europe and more specifically in the southern part of the Balkan Peninsula. Some of its territory occupies the territory of Bulgaria and the rest of it is in Northern Greece. The highest mountain chains lie in Northern part of Bulgaria, which is actually the midpoint of the mountain itself. The highest peak, Big Perelik, is at 2191 meters above sea level. This part of the Rhodope Mountain which is also known as Mid Rhodopes has for its administrative center the city of Smolyan ( a town with 31 000 inhabitants).The region is situated 250 km southeast of the capital of Bulgaria Sofia. This part of the mountains is extremely beautiful. Unlike other bigger European mountains like the Alps, for example, the mountain chains there are slanting, they smoothly unfold in all directions and the climate is not at all severe. Century-old spruce forests grow at the highest parts of the mountain and beech and pine trees occupy the lower parts. The view which opens out from the highest points of the mountain are really overwhelming. The climate there is mild. All the four seasons are normally disturbed throughout the year. The summer there is cool and calm and the average temperature is of 19 degrees. The winter is long but mild, as well, as the influence of the Mediterranean climate is greatly felt . The winds in the Rhodopes are not strong. There is snow for about 120 and 170 days a year. The snow heaps up to 1-1,5 meters at the locations where the level above the sea reaches 1000 meters. The average temperature in the winter is about 5 C under zero and the sunny days are over 60 at that time, and for the whole year the sunny days make up more than 200 which characterizes the Rhodope Mountain as one of the sunniest mountains in Europe. Having in mind all these things, together with the clean and fresh air ( as the heavy industry is not fully developed there), the mountain attracts many tourists. Winter tourism is preferred above all others by the tourists from Bulgaria and abroad. Another important factor for this kind of tourism is that the resort centers in the Rhodope Mountain are great many times cheaper than the winter resorts in Austria, Switzerland, France, Germany and other europian countries. The total length of the ski tracks in the region is around 35 km, and the length of the rope-lines is 12 km. Pamporovo, known as the pearl of the Rhodope Mountain, is the biggest ski center in Bulgaria - the length of the ski tracks there is 25 km., there are 5 lifts and 10 ski trails. The resort provides perfect conditions for winter and summer vacations in a delightful mountain atmosphere, magnificent forests and great many opportunities for entertainment. Another ski center which is smaller than Pamporovo is the city of Chepelare. It is situated at 10 km north of Pamporovo. In the region there are lots of resort villages - these are Momchilovtzi, Stoikite, Gela, Progled and the architectural reservation Shiroka Laka. The tourists can spend their summer holidays there, too, as the mountain is very beautiful in the summer. Tourist routes, mountain hostels, natural phenomena, caves, historical monuments, and architectural sights - they all attract tourists. Recently the ecological and country tourism starts developing. The local population or the Rhodopeans are modest, hard-working, hospitable and cheerful people. The folklore of the Rhodope Mountain, the singers and the musicians are famous worldwide. No heart can stay untouched once hearing an original Rhodopean song. With its marvelous countryside, authentic atmosphere, hospitable people and preserved Bulgarian spirit, the Rhodope Mountain is one of the loveliest sites in Europe. 25 July 2014

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  In The Rhodope Mountain good tourism conditions.The ski season in Pamporovo is open. The ski lifts of the resort are in operation.more>>

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