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Rhodope Home Hotel - Chepelare - Bulgaria Rhodope Home Hotel - Chepelare - Bulgaria Rhodope Home Hotel - Chepelare - Bulgaria Rhodope Home Hotel - Chepelare - Bulgaria
Rhodope Home Hotel

Location:
The hotel is situated in the town of Chepelare, just a kilometre from “Mechi Chal” Ski centre.

Number of rooms:
51

Facilities in the hotel rooms:
In the rooms - mini-bar, satellite TV, bathroom with a bath-tub.
The apartments have a fully equipped kitchenette, living room with a fireplace, bedroom, telephone, TV set, mini-bar, bathroom with a bath-tub.

Facilities in the hotel:
Restaurant, lobby bar, night bar, indoor swimming pool, fitness hall and a Spa centre.

ABOUT THE RESORT
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Chepelare is a small mountain town nestled in Rhodope Mountain. It is the town with the highest altitude in Bulgaria – 1100 metres. Chepelare is situated in a picturesque area – among the two banks of Chaya River. Chepelare is a preferred winter resort thanks to its tranquillity and exceptional nature attractions. The landscape is amazing – where ever you look there are beautiful venerable spruce and  pine woods and glades. In winter time Chepelare is crowded with many winter pleasure tourists. In summer time the town is quite appropriate for mountain tourism because the place offers you the opportunity for a true holiday among unique nature and hospitality.

HISTORY:
It is considered that the nowadays Chepelare lands have been inhabited since ancient times. Urns with burnt bones testify that, as well as arrow and spear gads, various ornaments and other in the Batalski kamak vicinity. According to specialists these are Thracian finds. In the town's territory have been found Bulgarian Christian graves from 12th-14th century, but there is no certain data yet for existence of an ancient or medieval settlement on the present-day town territory.
According to the historical records first on these lands settled Belyo-Kehaya who built a house in  1705. Later on other people found their home here buying lands and becoming the masters of the valley. A settlement was formed subsequently and this is how the town of Chepelare was established. The name of the town comes from the village of Chepeli, in Gyumurdzhina (Komotini), Greece which means stormy, cold.
The villagers succeeded in defending against the attacks of the people from Kardzhali (Bulgaria). Their basic means of living were cattle-breeding and some crafts, some of the men also travelled to the Aegean Sea to work as master brick-layers and fishermen. A Roman road from Plovdiv to the Aegean Sea had passed through the Chepelare River valley. In summer time the pastures were crowded with flocks and in winter time the shepherds drove the animals to the Aegean Sea region.   
The local population showed a true heroism when in 1836 they built “St Atanas” Church and three stone towers for defending the temple.
After the unification of the Principality of Bulgaria and the then-Ottoman province of Eastern Rumelia the border to Turkey was closed. It was impossible to reach the Aegean Sea. That was a crucial moment in the history of that lands. The population was forced to destroy the majority of the cattle as well as to use forests in order to ensure pastures for the rest of the cattle. Captain Petko voivode had stayed here to protect the Bulgarian Christian population from the Sinclair mutineers. The Berlin contract made Chepelare a border settlement and many comites of the Peyo Shishmanov voivoda often passed and stayed there during the struggle for national independence of the rest of the country.
Between 1879 and 1886 over 30 000 decares of coniferous woods were destroyed in the outskirts of Chepelare. That was the largest destruction of woods in the history of Rhodope Mountain.
Today the town of Chepelare is famous as a resort town established as one during the 1930s and 1940s. It is namely the tourism that is among the basic means of living for the local population together with logging and woodworking industry.

CLIMATE:
The climate is mild continental, there are 270 sunny days during the years as a rule. The average snow cover is between 30 and 80 centimetres and it lasts for 80 - 100 days.

TOURISM FACILITIES. SKI TRACKS:
Ecologically clean nature, mountainous lay and a long winter are exclusive preconditions for ski tourism development.
The development of the tourism is helped by The Counsel of Tourism, The Association of hotel and restaurant keepers, traders in the town of Chepelare. The chalets in the municipality are held by “Studenets” Tourism Association which offers excursions, green school, marches, students' and training camps and sightseeing. There is also a complementary sports and relaxation base – shooting halls, basketball and volleyball, gymnastics and  wrestling, swimming pool.
The conditions are appropriate for acclimatization and training of sportsmen, of national and international teams, there is a potential in the town for similar activities with all the necessary equipment and  places. Putting the accent on the winter sports is well-grounded from the traditions and the present resources of the resort. There are three ski tracks with the following characteristics:
“Mechi chal” ski track is the longest track for ski Alpine sports and it is 6 kilometres long. It is situated in the end of the town, in the direction of Pamorovo. Here for the tourists is built a rope double-seat chair lift line with 800 passengers capacity per hour, and on the plateau of the last lift station by “Mechi chal” peak (1873 m) are installed mini ski-tugs for skier beginners and snowboard fans. Fans of ski running and biathlon can use the specially built track.
The tourist track is 5150 metres long, 25 metres in width, the highest peak is 1830 metres and the lowest peak - 1144.29 metres.
Ski running track - 3000 metres long, situated on 1860 metres altitude.
The total length of the ski tracks is 11 400 metres and the total area - 912 799 sq.m. serviced by a double-seat chair lift with 2 471 metres length, travel duration 17 minutes and 700 tourists capacity per hour.
There is a ski-tug and equipment for a second one has been bought. There is also a biathlon route near the town which is 5 kilometres long.

LOCATION:
The town of Chepelare is situated in 250 km from Sofia, 80 km from Plovdiv and in 22 km from the regional centre Smolyan. The town is in close proximity (9 km) to the internationally famous resort complex Pamporovo.

TRANSPORT:
How can you reach Chepelare?
By bus:
The only transport to Chepelare is buses. There are regular bus lines from Plovdiv, Asenovgrad, Sofia, Smolyan, Pamporovo, Devin, Shiroka laka and other smaller settlements. The bus station is situated on the left bank of the river (Chaya St).
 
ATTRACTIONS:
The town of Chepelare itself is considered as an ethnographic and folklore reserve. The local people are well-known for their craftsmanship of carpets, fleecy rugs, etc., checkered with beautiful folklore motifs and ornaments.
There is a remarkable museum collection of skis and the ski sport at the community centre in the town.

SPORTS ACTIVITIES:
“Chepelare” Sports Centre welcomes tourists in 2008 with almost 20 km ski tracks and ski routes. One of the main tracks in the centre is for advanced skiers (the “red” track) with 3250 metres length. It is equipped with the most modern in Bulgaria snow-making system.
There is also a “green” ski track for middle advanced skiers with nearly 6 km length, as well as some shorter tracks with various difficulty. A “red difficult” track is built for skiers and snowboarders with deep snow cover and 1,2 km length.
There is a free wireless Internet connection in each ski track. Thus mountain lovers and skiers and  snowboarders will be able to surf on the net from their laptop or mobile phone during the skiing breaks or in the near-by cafes and restaurants. 
Skilled and highly-qualified ski trainers will help you improve your ski ability so you can truly enjoy skiing and snowboarding.


RESTAURANTS AND NIIGHT LIFE:
You will find various restaurants in the resort town for every person's taste and mood, offering contemporary and traditional cuisine, as well as tempting local specialities. Here are some restaurants:
- “Siniya han” Restaurant & Hotel, on the Plovdiv – Pamporovo road, tel.: +359 3053 2144; +359 896 725 207;
- “Savov” Restaurant & Hotel, 7 “Vasil Dechev“ St; tel.: +359 3051 2036; +359 888 577 883;
- “Shoki” Restaurant – garden, 70 “24th May“ St; tel.: +359 3051 3343; +359 887 444 004;
- “Yola” Restaurant, 2A “Murdzhovska“ St; tel.: +359 3051 21 46;+359 885 231 238;
- “Martin” Restaurant, “?. Madzharov“ St; tel.: +359 3051 2194; +359 888 553 967;
- “Agarta” Restaurant, 2 “Bor“ St; tel.: +359 3051 4408; +359 886 680 713.
Night places:
- Discotheque in “Chepelare Grand Hotel”, 4A “Dicho Petrov“ St; tel.: +359 3051 33 77;
- Discotheque in “Borika” Hotel, 53 “V. Gadzhurov“ St; tel.: + 359 309 57 501.

HEALTH & BALNEOLOGY:
You will find various vacation possibilities in the town and the region while taking advantage of the spa procedures in hotels such as:
- “Rodopski dom” Ski & Spa Hotel“, 4*;
- “Borika“ Hotel, 4 *.

EXCURSIONS AND SIGHSEEING AROUND THE RESORT REGION:
The nature attractions in this region include the famous Chudni mostove (Wonderful Bridges), also known as Er Kyupriya. They comprise three natural bridges upon the small river of Aydarsko dere. Together they become a unique Rhodope phenomenon. Near Pamporovo is Momchilovski dol (Momchil's gorge) reserve – black-pine wood, protected vicinities of Dalboki dol, Smolyanski ezera, Nevyastata (Turlata), venerable woods, landslide lakes and rock formations.
There are also archaeological finds in Chepelare district as well – three medieval necropolises, next to one of them is found a medieval settlement. Among the attractions in the town of Chepelare are the churches “St Atanas” and “St Deva Maria”, as well as the observatory. It is located in 15 km from the resort on Mechi chal peak.
A very good developed net of various thematic routes is created, with different difficulty and different type of passages (by cars, by bicycles, horse riding), going to appropriate sites. The relaxation, tourism and sports places in the territory of the municipality are gathered in Chepelare and Pamporovo.
The following tourist routes go through the region: Plovdiv – Asenovgrad – Chepelare – Pamporovo – Smolyanski ezera (Smolyan's Lakes) – Golyam Perelik peak and pedestrian route to the Izgrev chalet passing Assenets on the ridge to Mechi chal peak. Part of the tourist routes go through an old Roman path. Through the south-west slopes of Mechi chal peak passes the ridge tourist route Pamporovo – Izgrev chalet.
In this area you will find various possibilities for organized tourism activities for young people and children. Chepelare is a preferred place for team-building activities.
The rock formations and the caves together with the Museum of Rhodope Karsts make this region a cave exploration centre. This is the only museum with such exposition on the Balkan Peninsula, with total area of 870 sq.m. and 9400 exhibits. Its establishment has been preceded by the formation of a Speleology Club in the town  which explored the caves in the Rhodope Mountain and helped in laying out Yagodinska cave, Uhlovitsa and Dyavolskoto garlo (The Devil's Throat). The museum has four sections – "Mineralogy, geology and petrography", "Geomorphology – surface karst, underground karst”, "Biospeleology" and "Cave archaeology".


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