Yagodinska Cave - My Pamporovo - Official Tourist Portal

Friday 19 Apr 2024
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Yagodinska Cave

Yagodinska cave is 10 km long and is arranged over three floors, of which only the third (the lowest) is cultivated and electrified. There is an 1100 meter long path especially made for the tourists. The entrance and exit to this floor are artificially dug tunnels, respectively 150 and 80 meters long.

The natural entrance of the cave leads to the first floor, where an ancient dwelling was found, inhabited around the IVth millennium BC. The findings suggest that it was home to skilled craftsmen, potters. The clay was extracted from the interior of the cave and from the bed of the river Buinovska. The vessels were fired in clay ovens. The inhabitants were forced to leave their homes after the collapse caused by an earthquake.

The cave is unique with its countless stalactites, stalagmites, "curtains", "leopard skins" (differently colored layers of rock), cave pearls and etc. It has a constant temperature of 6 ° C and humidity of 92%.

Some of the internal layouts of the cave resemble Santa Claus, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Our Lady of Vladimir, Pizho and Penda, shapes of animals and fantasy figures.

Here at New Years Eve, near a Christmas tree that stays fresh for several years, cavers celebrate the New Year. Nearly 200 weddings have been held in the same hall.

A one-lane asphalt road, through a gorge, can be used to get to the cave. It can also be reached through a two-hour hike from the nearby village of Trigrad.

There are more than 200 caves in the region. In this region there are more than 200 caves. 18 of which were discovered in the year 2000, during the traditional expedition of the cavers.

Yagodinska cave is one of The Hundred tourist sites of the Bulgarian Tourist Union.

The cave is open to visitors all year round from 9:00 to 17:00.

Entering is due every hour, the last entry is at 16:15. During the winter the cave dwelling is not open to visitors.

Due to the tremendous length of underground galleries in Yagodinska cave, it is one of the most important sites for the conservation of bat populations in the region.

Six of the types of bats found in the cave are of a priority to conserve among the European bats. They are the greater and the lesser horseshoe along with four Myotis species: the large, eared, Bechstein and the tricolor. During the summer months the natural entrance is most significant for the bats in the cave. In the period between the 15th of August and the 30th of September, the cave becomes the important place for the bats' autumn aggregation. By this time around the entrance congregate numerous males and females of about 9-10 species of bats every night. During the winter, the cave becomes home to mainly the greater and lesser horseshoe bats and, on a seldom occasion, other types of bats.



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