Rhodope Mountains

-Wild nature and active pursuits at the crossroads of Europe-

Home to not only amazing birdlife this natural hotspot is home to wolves and bear as well, and is a great destination for hiking, biking and kayaking. The Rhodope Mountains have a huge variety in species and habitats, and have become one of the bird watching hotspots in Europe. 

Explore the eastern Rhodope's

The Rhodope Mountains are an active nature lover's dream. A strategic location at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, coupled with the influence of the Mediterranean and a low human population density, mean the area's stunning landscapes and diverse habitats are a birdwatcher's paradise.

The entire region is a Bulgarian stronghold for the wolf, golden jackal, souslik and otter, while the brown bear has begun to return in recent years, with bear watching becoming an increasingly popular activity.

This natural hotspot is also a great destination for hiking, biking and kayaking. The opportunity to combine outdoor activities with birdwatching, nature photography and animal tracking, all set against the backdrop of a hospitable local culture and rich cuisine, make this an epic eastern European travel destination.

Based on such rich natural resources, nature-based tourism is now on the rise in the Rhodope Mountains. With enthusiastic hikers and birding fanatics pioneering the area's tourism experiences, offerings now include a range of welcoming guest houses, homestays and upmarket B&Bs.


While the sight of a soaring squadron of vultures is one of Europe‚Äôs great natural spectacles, today these magnificent birds are threatened across much of the continent. Focusing on the Rhodope Mountains rewilding area in Bulgaria, as well as a section of the Rhodope Mountains in northern Greece, the Rewilding Rhodopes foundation and partners are working to support the recovery and further expansion of the black and griffon vulture populations, mainly by improving natural prey availability, and by reducing mortality through factors such as poaching, poisoning and collisons with power lines.

"To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world."

- Freya Stark

ESC Experiences

Magical waterways, protected natural areas and abundance of wildlife await - discover dynamic species like beaver, otter, white-tailed eagle, osprey and many more.

From EURO 1450,
Seven days in the Rhodopes
A seven day tour with a focus on the exclusive wilderness of the Eastern Rhodope Mountains, combined with outdoor activities and traditional food
From EUR0 45,
Mihaela's Lake Retreat
The quintessential nature spot, this traditional but modern cottage is perched on top of the village with magnificent views of lake Studen kladenets.

Meet Mihaela

Mihaela has the vision to establish the brand of the Eastern Rhodope region as a tourist destination for eco-tourism with distinctive character and personality.

She emphasises the importance of working together, of forming partnerships and joining efforts with other businesses with the same motivation and purpose to achieve these ambitious objectives.

Mihaela has a bachelor in tourism management, is a digital marketing specialist and advisor for tourism entrepreneurs. With more than 20 years experience in the tourism filed, Mihaela is an inspiring example of how people can turn hobbies and passions into a successful business.

Mihaela Haty

Mihaela's Lake House