Rock phenomena around the town of Smolyan
Nevyastata (The Bride)
The rock massif is part of the unique natural landscape, rising high above the left bank of Cherna river. The name of the cliff-guardian of the city is associated with many legends. According to one of them a girl from Smolyan that belonged to one of Karadzha voyvoda’s brigands was forced to become a woman of the local Turkish ruler. She agreed but her last will before the wedding was to see her birth place from the rock. She struggled away from her guards and jumped from the high rock. Since then people call this rock Nevyastata (The Bride).
In ancient times there have been a thracian sanctuary on the top of the rock.
Orlova skala (Eagles Rock)
It is another interesting rock rising south from the town of Smolyan, at the foot of Izvorets (Kaynadina) peak. Its name is connected with the eagles nesting on the inaccessible slopes that can be seen even today. The rock is considerably high and one can enjoy the unique view to the peak of Snezhanka, Smolyan waterfall, Smolyan lakes and Nevyastata.
Chervenata skala (The Red Rock)
People also call it “The Great Wall”. It is a huge rhyolite block higher than 100 meters. Origin of its name is connected with many legends, too. But it is logical to assume that in the morning at sunrise, the Sun empurples it. For this reason it is called “The Red Rock”. Common sight in the area are the herds of wild goats grazing peacefully on the inaccessible slopes.
It is a cliff phenomenon that worths a visit. View from the top is amazing. Under your feet lays the valley and the neighbouring ridges and hills.
Orfeevi skali (Orpheus rocks)
Legend says that Orpheus sat here drawing inspiration for his songs from the beautiful nature and the panoramic view that reveals from the top. Down under your feet flash the crystal clear water of the Smolyan lakes, lying stepwise towards Smolyan.