The beauty of the Buynovo Gorge may  be appreciated from “a bird’s-eye view”, thanks to the creative ideas of the local tourist association which may be reached by off road rip with jeep. They have constructed what they call ‘The Eagle’s Eye’, a metal platform built on the precipitous cliff face of the ‘Saint Iliya’ Peak at a height of 1,563 meters, with an  impressive view of the entire surround area.


This is one of the most famous and most-visited caves in Bulgaria. Its galleries extend to a length of 8,501 meters, which makes it the 4th longest cave in Bulgaria and the longest in the Rhodope. The temperature in the cave is between 6 and 8 degrees year round, and  humidity is more than 90% (as in most caves). Beautiful examples of almost all kinds of cave formations can be seen there, but the cave pearls are the most impressive one. They have been formed as the real pearls are – a  grain of sand, splashed in the water and embraces in calcite for many years long.


The cave’s entrance resembles a devil’s head, and down its throat rushes a massive waterfall that from ancient times has captivated imaginations and given birth to numerous legends. The most popular of them is that Orpheus descended down this orifice to the subterranean kingdom of Hades, to seek his lost love Eurydice.