Lake Batak & Around

Rhodope mountainsInstead of doing the same route home from the Devin area, we decided to cut across the mountains and go to Dospat and head north from there up to Lake Batak. Many years ago Lake Batak had been mooted as a possible area of development, with plans to expand the very small ski area and I was keen to see, what if anything, had happened.

The journey across the Rhodopes from around Yagodina to Dospat was stunning. We arrived in Dospat at around 10am, ready to find a place for a coffee and some breakfast. We found a little cafe down a backstreet and bought some pastries and drinks and then drove on to the edge of the lake. It is much less developed than many other places with just a few campsites and fishing boats and fish nurseries.

Dospat Lake

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then we continued up north through the hills, leaving the Smoylan district and entering the Pazardjik region. Along the way we came to Shiroka Polyana lake, where there were small old communist type accommodation and camping around the lake.

Shiroka Polyana lake
Shiroka Polyana lake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Further on we hit the edge of Golyam Beglik lake and crossed over the dam at the far end. A little further on we came across Beglika lake, where again there was some wild camping and it was a very pretty place.

Beglika lake
Beglika lake
Golyam Beglik lake
Golyam Beglik lake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lake Batak ski areaThe road then dropped down towards the Pazardjik and Plovdiv flatter areas and just at the bottom there is Lake Batak. There is some development here, as though far more was going to be done and then it petered out. There are some new houses and hotels and quite a few abandoned ones. We drove around for ages trying to find the “ski area”, presuming it would be on the higher slope above the area of Tsigov Chark but found nothing except holiday homes. Then we drove down to the actual lake (Batak) and along the shore and suddenly saw a large unfinished development with an old ski lift right by the side of it. However, while we were taking a look around and taking photos, a security guard came out and chased us away. It seems this was going to be the ‘new ski area’. There is apparently one small ski run here but whether this was it or not, we could not tell.

Lake Batak We had a nice meal at the restaurant on the water’s edge and watched people put their motor boats into the lake. The area is popular for water sports and fishing. It is a pretty area, but has a rather abandoned, un-cared for feel about it in many ways.

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