Hello all, i am planning a trip to Istanbul, the turkish coast, and ending in Bulgaria. Unfortunately i do not have much time to explore Bulgaria, and must be very selective. I have heard nothing but wonderful things about Plovdiv and Veliko Tarnovo, but if forced to choose, which would be a more interesting, exciting destination? What would be the plusses and minuses of both?
Also, does the Black Sea coast warrant a visit? I am from Miami, Florida, so beach resorts are not my thing, but i have read mixed reviews about the more cosmopolitan Varna, and the ancient towns of Nesebar and Sozopol. Any experiences would be very appreciated!
Lastly, what about Sofia? Again, i have read mixed reviews, some say Sofia is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city that should not be missed when visiting Bulgaria, while others say its one of the least rewarding cities in the Country. Please let me know your opinions! Thanks!
Ive only been to Varna and thought it was crap! totaly resort town. dont go
I can't help you for the big cities,but you must absolutely go to the Rila natural park in the center.I have seen nearly all Bulgaria,and though it is beautiful everywhere,this park is the most beautiful part,fantastic hiking,amazing landscapes,and wild wild wild!!!!
Forget the beach if you are from miami,even if "sunny beach" is fantastic,I guess you have the same there...
Get ready for a travel into the past,people don't have cars but ride horses!
U'll have good time!!!!!!
Thanks both of you!
Jeff, were you in Varna proper? Or in one of the many resorts outside the city?
Odysseas, what might be a good city/town/village from which to start the exploration of the Rila National Park?
There are some villages around the area,but if you want to prepare properly,there is "Samakov" about 20 km north west from an entry.It's quite a city,you'll find anything you want.Then you should stay a few days there in hiking,there are some cottages.Take a map before to go,though,I didn't,and had some funny stories...For I know,u can find this map in any big city...but check this...
I was in DOWNTOWN Varna! it was crap - the hostel was nice but i managed to actually find a bar that didnt serve beer! In all my 30 years I have never known that such a bar would exist. Its amazing what u find when u travel
Nessebar is nice, good for arriving around noon, having a look around, maybe buy some art and dine out and either leave in the evening or in the morning.
jeffG is right about Varna. Most of the cities along the coast are resort towns, made even worse by the fact that they were concructed with all the ugly charme and socialist chic typical for the Eastern Bloc in the 1980's. I was there in 1996 and the best thing you could say about our hotel was that by staying in it you didn't have to look at it.