The Rhodope Mountains lure visitors in all four seasons of the year. Hiking trails abound in the area including the Dospat and Smolyan lakes, the Devil’s Throat and its canyon, Mount Perelik and Mount Orpheus. Hikers have an opportunity, through guided tours with game and botany experts, to observe rich wildlife and flora, unique in Europe. Visits to the caves Devil’s Throat, Yagodinska and Uhlovitza offer challenging and memorable hikes underground. Pamporovo ski resort (the second largest in Bulgaria) with more than 50km of downhill skiing and cross-country ski runs for all levels of skiers is only 15km away. In the winter, a horse-drawn or a dog sleigh could offer an unforgettable fairy-tale experience.
An exciting way to explore the mountains and villages around Villa Gella is by bike or on horseback. A local stud farm offers rides in its paddocks and treks along mountain trails. Mountain ranges, mirror lakes and ancient woodlands are an inspiration for professional and amateur painters and photographers alike throughout the year, as the changing seasons allow for multiple takes on the same landscape. Luxurious yoga retreats are held annually.
Villa Gella can offer a prolonged stay or an overnight rest for visitors travelling from Rila and Rozhen Monasteries to Bachkovo Monastery, from the towns of Melnik and Bankso to the city of Plovdiv, for anyone exploring the Rhodope Mountains and the Thracian Valley and venturing away from Sofia and Plovdiv