Nikopol Route

Prevna
Advanced
  • Level - advanced
  • Total vertical climb - 490 m
  • Duration - 2 days
  • Distance - 126 km
  • Surface - paved
  • Bicycle type - MTB

The Route Route is the Border Point Turnu Magurele - Nicopole - Cerkovita - Somovit - Dolni Vit - Milkovita - Guleant - Komarevo - Podem - Pobeda - Dolna Mitropolia - Opanet - Plevna - Grivita - Koilovi - Mecika - Asenovo - Debovo - Muselievo - Jernov - Nicopole

It is a cross-border route for advanced, where we will pass a 126 km distance, divided by 2 days, with a night of accommodation in Plevna.

The route departs from the border point of Turnu Magurele, we pass by ferry to Nicopolis. From here our route follows the 34 national road along the Danube, passing through Cerkovita. From this village we leave the national road 34 and enter the national road 11. In the village of Somovit, we leave the Danube and we take the 11 national road southwards to reach the village of Guleant. Between the villages Dolni Vit and Milkoviţa is the protected area Cherveniat briag.

From Guleant we pedal 35 km towards Plevna, on road 118 and then on E83, passing through Komarevo - Podem - Pobeda - Dolna Mitropolia and Opanet.

At Plevna we overnight and we rest and the next day we leave with fresh forces and pedal to Griviţa village, where we start to climb back to Nicopole on the national road 34. The route takes us right by the lake Mecika along the river Mechkul. The national road 34 extends along the Danube to the west and leads us to the end of the Nicopolis route.

Touristic objectives in area

Kailaka, Plevna protected area

"Kailaka" Park is located south of the Plevna city center. At the initiative of General Ivan Vinarov, it was declared a protected area. The park enjoys a fauna and flora rich in many species of animals and protected plants.

Kailaka Park is located in the purslane karst valley, and covers an area of ​​approximately 10,000 hectares.

The natural canyon of the river hosts a diverse flora and fauna, with unique plants for Bulgaria and the Balkans, as well as many birds and mammals included in the Red Book of Bulgaria.

In this area lived prehistoric animals and other creatures millions of years ago, and in the largest of the limestone cliffs, fossil organisms of ancient aquatic life are still visible.

Kailaka Park offers a unique combination of hiking, recreation and entertainment opportunities. Steep stones, with heights above 40 to 50 meters, are excellent for climbing. There are ponds and dams, pedal boats and boats, swimming pools, hotels, bars, cafes, restaurants, discos, playgrounds, tennis courts, zoo and a unique restaurant built entirely in a cave.

The park is also a summer theater for the town of Pleven and there is also the Wine Museum in Bulgaria.

At the entrance of the park lie the ruins of the ancient city Storgozia. There are 3 small dams (including the historical name "Totlebenov ax") and artificial ponds.

The cave museum of wine, Plevna

The Plevna Wine Museum is located in a cave in Kaylaka Park, next to the "Totlebenov val" dam.

It was opened in 2008 as a joint project of a team of Bulgarian and French architects, designers and oenologists.

The museum exhibition comprises over 7,000 old bottles and over 6,000 modern wine bottles, barrels, containers and tools of different ages used for preparing, spicing, serving and consuming wine.

At the Plevna Wine Museum, visitors will receive useful information and tips in the form of lectures by specialists and will have the opportunity (at extra cost) to try some of the wines here.

The address of the Wine Museum is Kailaka National Park, "Totlebenov val" 1, Plevna.

Totleben dam, Totleben

The Totleben Dam is located next to the Totleben village and near the town of Plevna. Its altitude is about 90 meters. The dam was mainly fishing for beetle and perch. As a place to navigate, we chose the location on the south-eastern side of the lake, which is easily accessible and overlooks the entire lake.

Fountain "Elia" (Syutliyka), Nicopole

Elia is the name of the fountain in the city of Nicopolis, registered as a monument of culture. The old name of the fountain is Syutliyka.

It is located in the southern part of the city, 1 km from the Danube. This is an ancient Roman sarcophagus with a Latin inscription - Elia's epitaph, the early deceased wife of the Roman magistrate Fronton.

The inscription is dated by historians at 160-181. Later, most likely during the Ottoman domination, the sarcophagus is turned into a well. The inscription on the sarcophagus caught the attention of the French archaeologist Dijardin. He remained very impressed with her and translated the inscription into French, leaving her own fountain.

Currently, the Elia fountain operates with spring water.

Victory Monument, Nicopole

On the eastern hill above Nicopolis stands the Victory Monument commemorating the 1,300 Russian and Romanian soldiers who fell during the liberation of Bulgaria in 1877.

This monument was built in 1906 and offers beautiful views of the Danube River.

The Old Bridge over the Vit River, Plevna

The events during the Bulgarian Revolutionary Revolution and the Russian-Turkish War from 1877-1878 occupy a special place in the rich history of Plevna.

It was a moment of economic progress, an intense development of urban and rural infrastructure, a flourishing of cultural and educational activities, active participation in ecclesiastical riots and the war on national liberation.

The main part of the city's economy was occupied by cattle farming, agriculture, viticulture, traditional crafts such as leather processing and dyeing, as well as the sale of cereals and cattle.

The city is located in the central kaza area of ​​the Ruse.

The construction of the bridge is linked to the Mithad project - an active and ambitious governor of the bloodshed.

The project provided for the development of a road network in the province of Dunavski as an important step for the development of commerce, communications and freight and passenger transport.

With the construction of the road network, Plevna was connected - via the main roads - to Ruse, Sofia, Lovech, Svishtov, Nicopole and other wilayah administrative centers.

The Bulgarian National Complex of Renaissance, Plevna

The Renaissance Complex is the last place in Plevna where the architecture of the Renaissance period has been preserved.

It is located right in the center of Plevna.

An interesting thing about the complex is that instead of exposing the history museum exhibitions, the locals and visitors of the city are welcomed with authentic interior decorations and a traditional Bulgarian cuisine in the taverns of the complex.

Drama Theater Ivan Radoev, Plevna

The drama theater Ivan Radoev, founded in 1919, is located in the center of the pedestrian zone.

Since the foundation, the theater has played an important role in the cultural life of Plevna and Bulgaria.

The Plevna Theater was founded 84 years ago, but its beginnings have to be traced back to a period of time - during the National Revival, as early as 1869, when the people whose "enthusiasm" and the fervor of culture revived the citizens of the city ​​Plevna used to stage "The Long Suffering of Genoveva" in the classrooms of St. Nicholas School.

„Megdana” Traditional Bulgarian Restaurant

Address: Plevna, Doyran str. 158

Phone: 00359 878 797 974

„Cantonata” Pizzeria

Address: Plevna, Emil Dimitrov street no. 54

Phone: 00359 879 820 320

Balkan Hotel

Address: Plevna, Ruse street no. 85

Telephone: +359 878 78 09 61

City Hotel

Address: Plevna, str. Stoyan Zaimov nr. 2

Phone: 00359 64 830 800

Ferry Restaurant, Nikopol

Address: 34, 5940 Nicopolis

Gold Hotel, Nikopol

Address: 5480, 5940 Nikopol, Bulgaria

Phone: +359 88 469 9948

Devetashka Cave - one of the most spectacular tourist attractions in Bulgaria

Bulgaria is a country with beautiful caves, even among the most beautiful in Europe if we refer to the sublime appearance of the Devetashka cave.

Devetashka is a karst cave located about 7 km west of Letnita and 15 km northeast of Loveci, near the village of Devetaki, on the east bank of the Osam River in Bulgaria. The cave was inhabited by prehistoric people. Currently it hosts a colony of almost 30,000 bats.

Devetashka, the cave of impressive dimensions, is also known by the local names of Oknata or Maarata and is distinguished by its special shape, which includes 7 holes of different sizes in the ceiling of the cave.

It is currently part of a public park that also includes a waterfall. Formed by the dissolution of soluble rocks, the cave contains sinkholes, an underground river, numerous streams, stalactites, stalagmites and majestic domes. The entrance is 35 m wide and 30 m high. The cave widens after 40 m, forming a spacious room with an area of ​​2,400 m² and a height of 60 m. Several openings in the ceiling allow natural light to enter the interior.

Discovered in 1921, excavations began in 1950 and revealed continuous human occupation since the Paleolithic. The oldest traces of human presence date back to the Middle Paleolithic, about 70,000 years ago. Also here was discovered a rich source of objects from the Neolithic period 6,000 - 4,000 BC.

Devetashka Cave hosts specimens of 15 species of bats, and during the breeding season (in June and July), it is closed, precisely to protect the colonies of bats and their breeding process.

Devetashka can be visited from 8:00 to 20:00, (except June and July), and the access ticket costs 3 levs / person.

 

Location

If you go from Bucharest to Devetashka, you will have a distance of 212 kilometers, so a journey of almost 3 and a half hours. From Ruse there are 136 kilometers to Devetashka, you will pass through Aleksandrovo and you will stop in the vicinity of Devetaki village in Loveci commune.

The cave is located about two kilometers from the village of Devetaki. It is accessible from the National Road 301 through an unpaved road of about 400 meters and a concrete bridge.

 

What to visit near Devetashka

If you are planning to explore the surroundings of Devetashka Cave, there are a number of attractions you can consider.

Krushuna Waterfalls are 16 kilometers from Devetashka and are among the main tourist attractions in the area. You will find parking nearby, but also terraces and other facilities, and to reach the beautiful waterfalls, you must follow the red route.

Stalbitsata Cave can be visited after about 35 minutes from Devetashka. It can be accessed in one way, namely a fairly generous row of steps that descends into its only gallery. The cave is very beautiful and has at its end a rock where you can see really special formations, but you must benefit of sun light, as the cave is not artificially lit and the only source of light is through the access point.

The city of Lovech is about a 20 km drive from Devetashka, being one of the places where you could spend a night before heading to other attractions in this area of ​​Bulgaria. You can visit the Lovech Fortress, but also the Covered Bridge or the Zoo.

UE RO GOV BG GOV INTERREG