The meander near the town of Madzharovo

... from Katerina in Get to know Bulgaria! Visits 163 18 July, 2022

The Arda River springs from the Rhodope Mountains, Ardin peak, and flows into the Maritsa River on Greek territory. It has very impressive and unique meanders (bends of the river bed in the form of a horseshoe). The most easily accessible is the meander near the town of Madzharovo, where the water makes a 180-degree scenic turn. It is also marked on Google Maps so that you can see its exact location below. It is located between Madzharovo and Borislavtsi and it is definitely worth admiring its view.

The other interesting thing is that this part of the Eastern Rhodopes is located one of the two colonies of the griffon vulture in Bulgaria. While I was taking pictures, I was able to see about 10 vultures circling above us. I was a little worried about how I was going to land the drone I was filming with because they had circled it, but it must have been for a brief curiosity as they then stepped back and let me fly as I pleased.

If you are interested, the town of Madzharovo offers organized vulture and other bird watching, as well as rafting and kayaking on the Arda River. And during the summer heat, people use the place for the beach.

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