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Stryama River E1.jpg
A view of the Stryama
Country Bulgaria
Physical characteristics
Main source south of Vezhen Peak, Balkan Mountains
2,158 m (7,080 ft)
River mouth Maritsa River
149 m (489 ft)
42°09′33″N 24°56′08″E / 42.1592°N 24.9355°E / 42.1592; 24.9355Coordinates: 42°09′33″N 24°56′08″E / 42.1592°N 24.9355°E / 42.1592; 24.9355
Length 98.7 km (61.3 mi)[1]
Basin features
Progression MaritsaAegean Sea
Basin size 1,490 km2 (580 sq mi)[1]

The Stryama (Bulgarian: Стряма, known in Antiquity as Syrmus) is a river in southern Bulgaria, an important left tributary of the Maritsa. The river is 98.7 km long and has a drainage basin of 1,490 km².[1]

The Stryama takes it source from the Balkan Mountains under Vezhen Peak, named Kameniditsa in this section, turning east at Stryama Station to pass close to Klisura and turn southeast at Rozino entering the Karlovo Plain. It then makes a turn south at Banya, forming the Stremski prolom (Stryama Gorge) between the mountains Sashtinska and Sarnena Sredna Gora, where the Dalga Vada separates from it to later flow into the Maritsa as a separate river. Afterwards the Stryama passes a number of villages to empty into the Maritsa 15 km east of Plovdiv.