Mursalica, Rodopi (Western Rhodopes).
Near the border to Greece.
From Pazardžik follow road 37 south 84km to Dospat. Turn east to Tešel 12km. Turn south to Jagodina 5km. South-west of Jagodina, on the right valley slope of Buynovska river. At the village Dospat.
Summer daily 9-17, last tour 16.
Winter after appointment.
Tours every hour, depending on demand, minimum 10 Persons,
|Guided tours:||L=1,700m, D=45min. V=51.000/a|
Iagodina Cave, Tel: +359-30419-200.
Sergei Genchev, Tel: +359-30419-263.
|As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
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Iagoda is the Bulgarian word for strawberry, so this cave, although named after the nearby town Iagodina, may also be called Strawberry cave. Ягодинска пещера (Iagodinska Peštera) has seven levels and is the third longest cave of Bulgaria. With a temperature of only 6°C it is also rather cold.
This is a real show cave, with well built paths, electric light and an artificial tunnel into the cave. The natural entrance is 30m above the tunnel. The cave is famous for various extraordinary speleothems, but unfortunately only the names of the speleothems are mentioned. They are called Santa Claus, Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, Virgin Mary and her newborn child, the Elephant, and the Crocodiles. Pizho and Penda are named after two characters from a famous Bulgarian legend.
One hall is called the New Year's hall, as the local caving club has a party here every year at New Years Day. Ten minutes walk from the cave entrance is a natural entrance portal of the cave system, where Paleolithic remains were discovered.
The road from Jagodina to Iagodinska Peštera goes through the picturesque Буйновско ждрело (Buynovsko gorge). A famous sight are the Iagodina Rock Bridges, natural bridges formed by karst processes. There is a cave nearby, which is used for spelunking tours, called Haramijska Dupka cave.