Buynovo Gorge

Buynovo Gorge, a Bulgarian balcony road

Buynovo Gorge road is located in the Rhodope Mountains, north of the village of Buynovo (Borino municipality), on both sides of the Buynovska River which is a tributary of the Vacha River, Bulgaria. It is recommended that beginner riders avoid this road. There are sheer drops virtually along the entire route and enough hairpins to make a whirling dervish dizzy. 

The road through the gorges is asphalted and extremely narrow. Chains or snow tyres can be required anytime. The Buynovo Gorge is the longest gorge in Bulgaria. It is located between the villages of Yagodina and Teshel. At the end of the gorge is situated one of the most beautiful caves in Bulgaria - Yagodinska cave. The drive is definitely worth it. There are many excellent photo opportunities here. Don’t forget your camera! It is the longest cave in the Rhodope Mountains at 8,051 meters, of which roughly 1½ kilometers is open to tourists. Near The Yagodina is the beautiful Sanchov Cave, with its many sinter lakes filled with cave pearls. However, tourists can only visit this cave with proper equipment and accompanied by a guide.

The road is in dreadful condition and requires strong nerves to negotiate it. It’s a paved road that winds along the base of the cliffs. It is a one-lane road with traffic in both directions, not suitable for oversized vehicles or impatient drivers. Some sections of the road are totally impassable for 2 cars at the same time. The narrowest point of the gorge is called Vuclhi Skok (wolf jump). At this spot, the cliffs from the two sides of the gorge almost touch each other at height of three to four m above the road.

The road is difficult and it’s a nightmare in the wet or dark (or both) and the experience of using this road is very impressive. The Buynovo gorge was named natural landmark in 1972. The Buynovo gorge is an amazingly beautiful natural sight, created by the rough mountainous waters that have cut the limestone rocks.


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