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Arda River Meanders

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Discover the stunning Zavoya (The Turn) meander of the Arda River, also known as the Horseshoe bend of Kardjali Dam, located between Star Chitak and Ribarci villages. Several tributaries of the dam, including the Arda River on the left and the Berkovitsa River on the proper, form this awe-inspiring U-shaped bend. This meander is located 125 km south of Plovdiv, and it will take circa two hours and fifteen minutes to reach it from there.

What are the Arda meanders?

Meanders are nature’s way of creating stunningly beautiful twists and turn in rivers, painting breathtaking pictures with their flowing waters against the surrounding landscape. Arda River, the largest river in the Eastern Rhodopes, forms over five meanders, each one unique and awe-inspiring. The term “meander” comes from the name of the Büyük Menderes River, known as Meander in ancient Greek, located on the Anatolian Peninsula in Turkey. The Arda River’s meanders are a natural wonder, a testament to the beauty and power of nature, and a reminder of the incredible diversity of our planet. Exploring these meanders is a journey through time and space, a chance to witness the great forces of nature that have shaped our world.

If you are visiting, don’t miss the chance to explore the remains of the Patmos fortress on the opposite rocky peninsula. To get there, follow the road from Ardino to Kardjali and turn right towards Borovitsa village. Be sure to drive slowly and watch for cows along the way. The location is accessible year-round and suitable for visiting with kids, so plan your visit to this natural wonder today.

A mere hour’s travel from the mesmerizing Arda River Meanders, visitors can encounter the architectural wonder of the Devil’s Bridge, a destination rich in history and shrouded in captivating folklore that is well worth the visit.

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