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Surrounding areas of Devin

22 km to the south-east is the Village of Shiroka Luka Architectural and Ethnographic Reserve (refer to the Rhodope Mountains related chapter herein). Only 8 km away from the town, in this same direction, are the Bedenski Mineral Baths - all the buses to Shiroka Luka, Smolyan and Pamporovo have stops there.

30 km south of Devin one can see a cluster of miracles of the Rhodope Mountain. Against the flow of the Vucha River one can reach the place where its two springs merge - Trigradska and Bouinovska Rivers. For million of years the two rivers had cut out some fantastic canyons, each of them garnished by a magnificent cave. The right tributary (viewed along the flow of the river) is the Trigradska River, which had deeply cut in the marble rocks the famous Тrigrad Gorge, several kilometres long. Before entering it, the river falls into the Dyavolskoto Gurlo (Devils Throat) - a fantastic cave, where, along the following 7000 metres, the water forms some 18 waterfalls and passing through the enormous Roaring Hall exits into the canyon. This miracle of nature is electrified and can be visited against a symbolic fee.

1.5 km south of the town is the Trigradski Skali Chalet (Tridrad Rocks) and one can make a reservation at Tourist Association in Devin. Visitors can use the regular bus line from Devin to the village of Trigrad, which has a bus stop close to the chalet.

The other river, the Bouinovska, had created not the less beautiful Bouynovsko Gorge, and a little far above it, close to the cross-section to the village of Yagodina is the Yagodinska Cave, famous for its unique shapes - cave pearls and stony roses. The cave is electrified. For this tour one can use the regular buses from Devin to the village of Yagodina. Within a 2-hour walk from the town of Devin against the flow of Devin River one can reach the ruins of the Kaoursko Kale - an old, inaccessible Bulgarian fortress (built in 8th-10th century), which remained unconquered for entire 40 days in the battles with the Ottoman invaders. From the kale the path goes along the entire gorge (15 km) passing close to the Minaretash - a vertical rock on the left bank of the river, with a diameter at its basement of 30 meters and some 150 meters height, and reaches the famous Кemerov Bridge. There are some fisheries and premises, and along the road passing there one can reach the village of Borino or climb up the marked track to the Orpheus Chalet (about 2 hours).

Devin serves as a starting point to other marked hiking tracks in the Velish-Videnish sub-part of the Western Rhodopes (refer to the Rhodope Mountains related chapter herein).

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