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Welcome to Chepelare
Chepelare is located in the beautiful Rhodopi mountains in the southern part of Bulgaria. It is located 1200 meters above sea level and the winter season here provides one of the best skiing environments in Bulgaria. The rich culture and history has made this area one of the economic and cultural centers of the Rhodopi mountains.

The capital of Bulgaria, Sofia is 230 kilometers away and the second largest city in Bulgaria, Plovdiv is just 80 kilometers from here. The world famous ski resort of Pamporovo is just 10 kilometers down the road and is one of the reasons this area has long been one of the most popular winter tourist destinations in Europe.

During the summer the beautiful Rhodopis are cool and tranquil and provide the perfect spot for relaxing, hiking, mountain biking and village tourism.

The Municipality of Chepelare has a total population of around 8964 people with 5824 in the city itself and the rest spread out amongst 11 smaller surrounding villages. It is located 230 kilometers from the capital of Bulgaria , Sofia , 80 kilometers from Plovdiv (the second largest city in Bulgaria ) and 22 kilometers from the district center of Smolyan. The average elevation of the area is 1200 meters above sea level.
The area is located in the central Rhodopi mountains by the Chepelare River . Located nearby are the municipalities of Smolyan, Lucky, Devin, Assenovgrad and Rhodopi. The territory of the municipality covers 384 square kilometers of which 73% are forests, 14% are flatlands and meadows and 11% is agricultural land. On the remaining 2% of the land are located 12 habitable places of which 10 are villages, these are: Pavelsko, Hvoina, Zaburdo, Malevo, Orehovo, Bogutevo, Ostritsa, Lilikevo, Zornitsa , and Progled along with the winter resort of Pamporovo. The ratio of the population that lives in Chepelare itself to the villages is 65:35 and thousands of tourists from across Bulgaria and abroad visit the area during the winter and summer each year.
Climate wise Chepelare is one of the sunniest cities in Bulgaria with 270 sunny days a year and an abundance of snow in the winter. The area gets between 30 and 80 centimeters of snow annually which tends to remain for 80 to 100 days. The fall is warm and dry with the spring usually coming late and the summer tends to be cool and refreshing.


Wiev of the town Chepelare ...
Chepelare has a diverse assortment of cultural sites and museums for you to visit. Take a look at the links on the left for more info and feel free to ask the staff at the hotel you stay at for assistance in visiting them.
The Bridges of Wonder

The Bridges of Wonder are some of the most famous tourist sites in the Rhodopi Mountains. They consist of a unique rock phenomenon that comprises three natural forming bridges spanning the river Aydarsko Dere. The spectacular gorge that the river forms is one of the most beautiful and breath taking sites in Bulgaria. The area around the Bridges are also excellent for hiking and camping and comfortable mountain huts for you to stay in dot the area.

Contact Address of municipality administration:
4850 Chepelare, 44B,Belomorska Str. phone. 03051/20-04; Fax 03051/34-75