Near the magnetic Sozopol is Ropotamo Reserve, which is a must for nature lovers. It stretches over an area of 5,000 hectares. The reserve is noted for its rare combination of sea, river and swamp together in such a small area. Ropotamo is renowned for its stunning scenery, interesting rock formations, beautiful beaches and sand dunes.
For the first time in 1940. woodland around Ropotamo are declared protected, and in 1992. protected area expands and creates the preserve. The reserve provides habitat for a great variety of species, so do not forget your cameras. Marshy areas and rich feeding grounds are great opportunities for nesting birds of 226 species. Sand dunes and rocky areas are place that can meet many types of reptiles such as Hermann’s tortoise. The reserve found a home over 50 species of mammals, including deer, wild cats, foxes, deer, jackals, otters and colonies of bats in caves. In Ropotamo live and over 14 species of fish. In addition to a rich diversity of wildlife, the reserve offers over 600 species of plants. Wooded areas along the river banks are mostly deciduous, can be seen ash, maple, elm, hornbeam, oak, beech, willow, ivy, Thracian tulip, spring snowflake. Within the Ropotamo Arkoutino which grow beautiful white water lilies and water beautiful yellow roses. Marsh is a valuable reserve as deposits of white water lilies are wild, untouched by human hand.
The reserve can be seen and interesting rock formations “Lion head” and “Happy Rock”. A curious part of the reserve is the island of St. Thomas, or called Snake Island. It is attractive to feral opuntsii cacti, which were planted on the island in the 30s of last century.
To preserve the natural resources of the reserve is prohibited any human activity, an exception is made for his security and visits for scientific purposes. Arrivals were allowed only water and pre-marked hiking trails. Visitors are able to enjoy the lovely, virginal prorida by boat from the dock to the mouth Ropotamo her walk lasts approximately one hour, during which the herons fly over the tourists, but the mouth of the river you can see water turtles. The boat passes and curious rock formations around the “Lion head” and “Happy Rock”. Besides water route along the river are separated and hiking – Trail bridge over the swamp Arkutino path to the Gulf of St. Paraskeva, path to the highest dune in the Balkans.