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Devetashka Cave: Astounding must-see place in Bulgaria

We left Veliko Tarnovo behind, heading to Sofia, Bulgaria‘s capital. However, on the way there, we had to make one stop — we simply had to visit Devetashka Cave!

A friend who was living in Sofia at the time had told us how interesting Devetashka Cave is. Afterwards, our own Internet searches returned some astonishing images. The latter managed to convince us that Devetashka Cave is a must-see since we were in Bulgaria.

Want to explore the cave? Well, there’s quick travel guide at the end of the article, with information on how to get there, what the tickets cost, plus some other details. And until then, I guess the following photos will have to do!



Devetashka Cave interior vegetation and ceiling openings

Devetashka Cave: What’s so great about it?

Getting to it isn’t very charming, because it takes quite a long time. But once you do get there, you feel like you’re on a movie set, it seems absolutely surreal. There are these large openings in the ceiling, there’s a small river, and so much green, so much vegetation everywhere!

I’m used to caves being still and quiet, the silence broken only by a few drops of water falling every now and then.

But this is something entirely different: it’s full of life, from bats to plants, to the flying, chirping swallows present everywhere. And the openings towards the sky bathe everything in natural light, letting you take in all the vivid colours around you.

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Images © Ana Maria Gavrilă

This is one of my favorite places in Bulgaria, and probably the most beautiful cave I’ve seen. I even returned to visit Devetashka Cave!



What about you?

What is the most wonderful cave you’ve discovered so far or would love to explore in the future?


Quick travel guide for Devetashka Cave

Devetashka Peshtera or Деветашката пещера in Bulgarian.
Large karst cave around 15 km northeast of Lovech and 2 km away from the village of Devetaki.

Tickets cost 3 leva for adults (around €1.50) and 2 leva for students (around €1.00).

Address: Devetaki 5555 | See on map
Tel. 596-868-8212


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13 thoughts on “Devetashka Cave: Astounding must-see place in Bulgaria

  1. Lauren says:

    I’ve not been to Bulgaria, but I certainly didn’t know it for its caves and nature. This looks incredible! I’m not really a cave person (the small spaces aren’t appealing haha), but this one looks so beautiful with the bright light shining through and the massive size! The coolest caves I have visited were in Halong Bay, Vietnam.

  2. Marya says:

    This is such a stunning cave! I’m not quite familiar with Bulgaria in general except for Dimitar Berbatov and Victor Krum 😛 , definitely clueless about the country so it’s amazing to know that they’ve got such beautiful caves and nature. 🙂

    I also heard that Bulgaria tends to be cheaper than most European countries. It sounds intriguing to visit the country after all, hopefully one day I’ll get a chance to do so. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  3. Yukti says:

    I never knew that Bulgaria has such kinds of caves. I would love to see how natural light peeps through small opening of these caves. Are they open in snow time also?

  4. Jithin says:

    Defenitely Devetashka is a must visit place in Bulgaria. I would love to visit in on my next trip there. Very informative post. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Punita Malhotra says:

    I would love the swallows, but not so much the bats ? Caves can be mysterious and surreal. This one reminds me of some that we have been into. It also reminds me of one in Western India that I am really keen to visit.

  6. Renata says:

    I’ve been to a couple of caves but this one really looks unusual. Besides the Sofia and the Ballaton, I haven’t heard much about Bulgaria as a travel destination. Probably totally worth visiting?!

    • Mirela (The Travel Bunny) says:

      Not even Balaton, that’s in Hungary 🙂
      Bulgaria has become popular in the region for its affordable all-inclusive options at the seaside. There, besides relaxing, one can visit Balchik with its beautiful botanic garden, next to Queen Mary’s castle on the shore. By the sea, you also have Cape Kaliakra and Tyulenovo (where you can dive from the cliffs or do some scuba diving).
      Another cool cave us Orlova Chuka, and the guide there is amazing! (We actually revisited Devetashka last year in a day trip with Orlova Chuka, Krushuna Falls and Lovech. Beautiful sights, in all these places.)
      For hikers, Musala peak should prove interesting.
      And then there are also Veliko Tarnovo, Plovdiv, and Rila, which are also must-sees in Bulgaria.
      So yes, totally worth visiting! 🙂

  7. Rashmi and Chalukya says:

    The Devetashka Cave looks magnificent reminds us of the Aare Gorge that we visited in Switzerland. It must have been an amazing experience walking through cave exploring the vegetation and the rock structures. We are yet to make it to Bulgaria will definitely try to visit Devetashka Cave.

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