The first thing I want to tell you about Perperikon is that you need to spend a whole day there. Do not think that you will be able to take a look around in the morning and be off to Tatul at noon. It just won’t work out.
The second and not less important thing is, find yourself a tour guide. I know that it costs a little bit of extra money, but there is so much hidden history among these stones that you really do need someone to show it to you. Otherwise, you might miss the drawing of the goddess Umay without noticing it. I couldn’t find it even with the tour guide.
The friendly elderly gentleman who was guiding our group turned out to be a teacher in archaeology who was
appointed in the old days to work on probation in the near village of Dolna Krepost (Lower Fortress). When he asked the locals where the “Upper Fortress” was, they silently pointed up to the still unexcavated Perperikon hill. He showed us some faded photographs of the first expeditions, he told us some spicy details and he always stopped for a rest when we were most tired. A really good man, he was.
According to him, the name Perperikon came from the ancient word “per” which meant “stone”. In translation, it should mean something like “stone over stone”, which is, on general, the most precise definition. 8000 years ago, they used to call things with their real names.