Rhodope Mountains

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

Home to nature and abundant wildlife, the Rhodopes is an explorers dream. The opportunity to combined activities like hiking, mountain biking and kayaking with bird watching, nature photography and animal tracking making this an amazing destination of choice.

Due to its location at the crossroads between the European and Asian continent and the impact of the Mediterranean, the pristine landscapes and the variety of habitats here in combination with the relatively small human disturbance, has become one of the bird watching hotspots in Europe.

The whole region is a stronghold within Bulgaria for wolf, jackal, souslik and otter. The brown bear has begun to recolonise the Rhodopes in recent years and bear watching is already becoming a bookable tourism offer in the area.

Inline with community development, sustainable eco tourism is on the rise and with enthusiastic hikers and birding fanatics pioneering the areas tourism offerings, the increased appeal of tourism experiences now include guest houses, homestays and some rather luxurious B&B's.

Its an epic destination filled with adventure and completed with local charm, traditional cooking and a world of activities. 

"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