About a week and a half in Bulgaria
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Apr 29, 2011 5:40 PM Last Post By: stars_inyourcof...
Apr 14, 2011 7:16 PM
About a week and a half in BulgariaHi folks,
I'll be coming down to Bulgaria after about two weeks in Romania in June. I'll probably stay about three days or so in Sofia, and I was wondering what would be your suggestions as to where to go next. I want to spend some time on the seaside, but I also wish to see a less touristy side of the country. Any recommendations would be appreciated.
I would be moving on to Skopje afterward...
Apr 14, 2011 11:32 PM
1Since you're coming from Bucharest I'd stop in Veliko Tarnovo for at least a day or two. Its not exactly on the less-touristy side, but it's still worth seeing.
Apr 15, 2011 7:04 AM
2Good advice from #1 -- that's an excellent stop, and it makes complete sense to stop there enroute from Romania.
Another piece of advice: If you are intent to visit the Black Sea Coast, I would do it before heading to Sofia. So you could either go Bucharest-(change in Rousse)-Varna Area-Veliko Tarnovo-Sofia, or go Bucharest-Veliko Tarnovo-Varna-Sofia.
If you had a couple of extra days, a stop in Plovdiv would be worthwhile. Or you could do some day trips from Sofia to Koprivshitsa or the Rila Monastery (or even Plovdiv).
The point of that route is to not have you backtrack back and forth across Bulgaria. Ending in Sofia will allow you to catch one of several daily buses bound for Skopje.
Apr 17, 2011 11:54 AM
3Hi, for a less touristy place I could recommend some of the small towns and villages on the outskirts of Rila mountain. Velingrad is a spa centre, very pleasant small town, Yundola is a small village up in the mountains from Velingrad and you can by some locally made jams, forest fruits picked the same day etc. If you are coming from Plovdiv to Sofia then Belovo and Kostenetz are on your way. These places are nice and quiet, completely off the beaten tourist track where you can get a taste of the real Bulgarian way of life.
Apr 17, 2011 6:51 PM
4Not sure if you'll have a car or not. If not Veliko Tarnovo and Koprivshtitsa are both cool towns en route from teh coast to Sofia but they are quite touristy.
I loved the small Bulgarian towns in the south we worked our way from Sofia straight south and the through the mtns hitting up Blagoevgrad (great ped mall - university town), Sandanski, Melnik (only tourists), Dospat (beautiful lake), Devin (cool spa town), before heading north to Plovdiv. Plovdiv was a cool city but personally I enjoyed the small towns more - every town had a great square that was great for sitting back sipping a beer and taking in the culture.
Have a great trip!
Apr 18, 2011 11:51 AM
5Near Devin there are two very interesting caves - Iagodina ( called after the village next to which is situated ) and Diavolsko garlo ( in english - "Devil's throat", called that way due to the steep and deep entrance ).
Near Iagodina village, there is the "air platform" Orlovo oko ( eagle's eye ) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tj0bvKYdkX8
Edited by: kalata
Apr 29, 2011 5:40 PM
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