The first time we saw pictures from the Eyes of God cave we didn’t even realize it’s located in Bulgaria. Luckily, it is. And the best part: it’s only about an hour drive from Sofia!
How to get to the “Eyes of God” (Prohodna) Cave?
To our knowledge there is no bus, nor any shuttle service that can take you there, so you will have to use a car. If you don’t have your own vehicle, you can always use a rent-a-car service and we strongly recommend Val & Kar. We have been using them for over a year and a half already and they never failed us! The car that took us to the Eyes of God cave this time was this wonderful Renault, which is a magnificent choice for a group of up to 5 people.
Once you get to the sign you see on the picture above, there are additional 300m. until the entrance of the cave. You can park literally in front of it, but we suggest sparing the last 100 meters to your car and walking. It’s an easy walk passing next to a swamp but if you try driving there your car may get stuck.
Inside the Eyes of God cave (official name Prohodna Cave)
Warning! When you are getting ready to visit the cave, make sure you’re wearing comfy, waterproof shoes with a very good grip! It’s muddy and slippery inside and I strongly advise having a second pair of shoes that you can change into afterwards.
The “Eyes of God” is nothing like a traditional cave. With an extremely tall ceiling it reminded us more of a catholic cathedral built to make you feel like a tiny little piece of this amazing world. Entering is extremely easy and you’ll be mind-blown by the beauty that will surround you right away. Just take a look at these:
The Eyes of God cave is a karst cave with 2 entrances, the second of which is nowadays used for bungee jumps. I have heard people say that this is the best place for your first jump, so if you’re interested, check this site (unfortunately it’s only in Bulgarian, but you can always use a translator like this one).
The jumps are performed on the smaller entrance of the cave and it’s hard to say which one is more beautiful. Take a look:
Inside the Eyes of God cave
There is definitely something magical about this cave and I can’t describe it with words. It’s with no doubt a must-see and no wonder so many Hollywood movies chose to include scenes from this particular location. When you enter the cave and take your short walk between the large and the small entrance take a while to admire the incredible works of art which mother nature has engraved in the walls of the cave.
When you reach the “Eyes of God” stop and take a second to look at them. Prior to visiting the cave we read quite some blog posts about it and honestly thought that people were exaggerating when they wrote about the connection with the skies they felt looking up at the “eyes”. After seeing it up close I have to admit they were right. Simply looking up does generate an emotion, the intensity of which can’t (and perhaps shouldn’t) be described with words. And it isn’t just about the beauty:
And last, but not least. As you leave the cave, don’t forget to look up. Here’s why: