Devetashka Cave: Amazing 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 Bulgaria!

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


Devetashka Cave ceiling openings

Devetashka Cave: What’s so great about this Bulgarian Cave?

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 in Pestera Deveteshka Bulgaria, it seems absolutely surreal. There are these large openings in the ceiling, there’s a small river, and so much green, so much cave vegetation everywhere!

I’m used to caves being still and quiet, where the silence is 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 colors around you.

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

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Cave Devetashka in Bulgaria, as seen on our Balkan road trip

How do you get to Devetashka cave?

Lovech is easily accessible from Sofia by bus from the Central Bus Station. After that, getting to the Bulgaria Devetashka cave gets difficult. You could take the Lovech-Levski line to Doyrentsi or Aleksandrovo to this cave in Bulgaria. However, you will very certainly have to go along the main road, which is rather risky.

Devetashka Peshtera (Деветашка пещера or Деветашката пещера in Bulgarian)
Large karst cave around 15 km northeast of Lovech and 2 km away from the village of Devetaki. That’s why it’s also known as Devetaki Cave Bulgaria, too.
Tickets cost 3 leva for adults and 2 leva for students.
Address: Devetaki Bulgaria 5555 | See on map
Tel. 596-868-8212


Guess where was the cave in Expendables 2?

Worldwide FX breaks down the VFX for the cave collapse sequence in The Expendables 2 (2010). The Devetashka Cave was the largest synthetic environment in the movie The Expendables, and it had to be digitally reconstructed due to environmental concerns about filming explosions in the genuine cave. Devetashka Cave is truly unique in the world!


Recommended tours to visit Pestera Devetashka Bulgaria


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