Landmarks

Roman Bridge

You can find the Roman bridge 2 km southeast from Contessa.Family Hotel. It is 60 meters long, 4 meters wide and 10 meters high.

Crooked fountain

The name of the river is not gven by accident - Old River. In its valley a main Roman road went on once.

Interesting are the surroundings of the village Stevrek (from Stavros (mean. “cross” in greek, where you can see well preserved bridge remainings from X century, built after Roman model, the region was inhabited in Medieval Bulgaria, close above the village of Stara Rechka is situated the natural phenomenon "crooked fountain, the river bed made of stone.

"Crooked fountain” is located about 50 meters away from the Old River. It is carved natural limestone, 4 meters high and is shaped in the form of an arch.

Rope Hanging Bridges Constantine stronghold, the Roman fortress, numerous waterfalls, the Monastery above the crooked fountain.

For keen fishermen:

River features: The water is very shallow, sometimes not running and swampy areas full of green weeds are generated.

In some places the rocky-bottomed river bed has become slippery "moss" covered. At certain places the height of of water vegetation exceeds 1 m.

In larger aquatic plots called "clearings" 20 x 20 centimeters each, the vegetation height bulks to 2 meters and more.

The water is clear with a slightly yellow-greenish color. In places the river is covered with reeds.

Along the river alternatingly change open meadows and overhanging trees.

The river is varies in forms and turnings - islands, straits, underwater reefs and peninsulas. Pebble river bed goes in some placed to deep muddy.

Numerous fallen trees.


 
Flying insects: Flies - several species, all type of small beetles, butterflies and flocks of some small midgets head of a pin–sized hovering over the water at sunset.

Fish: Basically - mullet. Small – swarm in shoals in the “clearings”. Large – at typical places - deep reefs, and in some of the “clearings”. Accidental and at unusual places - the shallow waters close to river spills ... and river banks. Among the sunken tree branches, bushes and roots.

Tackles: It is recommended a fish reel, light class. For example 2.40-2.60, class 3-5. At deep river spills you could use higher class and longer fish rods. Type - 0:14 to 0:16.

Flies: Size 14 to 10 hooks. Fish swallowed almost every bait, but slightly pretentious, especially towards the end of the day.

Results: Countless fish catch of medium and small size. For larger catch - look for a specific place. It is desirable to seek early in the morning. Around noon, the larger are seen, but not easy to be caught. At night they sink and hide and catching is out of question. You can try and schemes with wet flies, because at pulling in the upper water layer a very powerful stroke was provoked with a aftermath strike from the depths. Fish are not scared, despite the attacks of locals. The river is a tough catch due to its various landscape outlines.

Recommendations for a successful fishing: fishing rule - early in the morning. Knowledge on the river relief outlines. Searching areas with fresh water. Casting the fish line – unexpectedly hidden in the shadows, rootstocks, "clearings" One casting - one catch. In such difficult terrain it is very seldom to hit twice - the fish simply disappear. Exception - change of the fly - from a "flip flop" type to - fine trout one .. and even after a while

It is recommended to cover a larger area - just because the river is with very low banks and the fish is unevenly distributed. There are areas with only small fish, as well as those with one to two, three bigger ones .. After catching the first you certainly lose the chance on the second. And the third ...

If you are taking a rest from fishing during the day – let it be somewhere 17:30 to 18:30 pm, the time when the chances for a great catch are very poor.