Mirena Hotel

Blvd Maria Luisa 64, Plovdiv, 4000, Bulgaria
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Hiking

by Voyager_nz

Any one knows a nice place for easy hiking and also accessible by public transportation.
Must be close to Plovdiv or V.tarnavo that I planed to visit.
Thank you

Re: Hiking

by alan1972

From Plovdiv a nice day trip is to the town of Asenovgrad, accessible by frequent buses and trains from Plovdiv, and only half an hour away. On the south side of the town is the entrance to a narrow valley. Overlooking the valley is a fortress and a church, and there are various other small chapels dotted around the hillsides. A nice place for some easy walking.

You could also get a bus to Bachkovo monastery, which is an interesting place in itself, and I belive also has some nice hiking nearby, although I didn't have time to explore them when I visited.

There is good hiking further south in the Rhodope Mountains, but to make it worth going there you'd probably need to stay a couple of nights rather than just a day trip from Plovdiv.

From Veliko Tarnovo there is a nice short hike over a plateau to the Preobrazhenski (Transfiguration) Monastery. The walk is signposted as an "Eco Trail" from the Varosh district of Veliko Tarnovo itself.

Re: Hiking

by Voyager_nz

Thank you,
and how to get to Bachkovo monastery from Plovdiv?

Re: Hiking

by alan1972

There are buses between Plovdiv and Bachkovo - not as many as go to Asenovgrad, but enough for a daytrip. Bachkovo is not the final destination, they are more likely to show up on a timetable as heading to Smolyan or Pamporovo.

Plovdiv has several bus stations. When I was last there a couple of years ago, the buses to Bachkovo left from the "Rhodope" station, on the opposite side of the train tracks from the city centre, near a large Billa supermarket.

Re: Hiking

by Voyager_nz

Thank you.
I am taking notes.

Travel Tips for Plovdiv

Visit ancient EVMOLPIA. This...

by kalenderov

Visit ancient EVMOLPIA. This is a place where the Traks were living thousands years ago (more than 3000). Unfortunately, on the rocks there's a graffit 'F**K NATO' which is not so nice but also has to be seen :-)

Modern Town

by ger4444

Next to the old town Plovdiv has many sights to explore in the modern town. I would like to suggest a walk. As in the the old town route, you start at the ploshtat Dzhumaya – thus, this walk is fine to combine with the old town walk. Take a look at the Dzumaya mosque. Go along the Rayko Daskalov, turn to the right at Han Kubrat street where you see the Imaret Mosque. Go back to Rayko Daskalov, cross the street and you find on the other side at the Saedinenie square the Archeological museum. Turn to the right in the Shesti Septemvri street and then to the left into the Ruski street. Enter the park on your right hand where you see an open air theatre and where you can climb up the hill to the monument of the Sovjet Army (Alyosha statue). Take any path that go down the hill again to the Ruski boulevard and continue this street to the Gladston street where you turn left and immideately again turn right at the Avksentiy Veleshki, where the Opera house is located and where on the left hand the public garden is to be found. This park is nexto the pl. Tsentralen, where it is time to have a break and a drink. At the north of this square you can see the Roman Forum. Go then into the K. Alexander street (the mainstreet) pass by the Stambolov square, go ahead the main street and then, at the left hand there is a staircase upto the Sahat Tepe, where you find the old clocktower. Go down hill again where you see at your left hand the Masalitinov Theater, turn to the left into the mainstreet again. Follow the street to the Roman Theatre and you arrive again at the ploshtat Zhumaya.

Pumpkin Pie and Tikvenik

by johngayton

In late Autumn and early Winter the pumpkins are harvested by the truckload. These are in such abundance that they almost give them away - in fact maybe they do as there didn't seem to be anyone selling these ones, nor was there any price displayed.

The two main Bulgarian delicacies using pumpkins are the traditional Pumpkin Pie (pic2) and Tikvenik (pic3). Here's a couple of traditional recipes:

Pumpkin Pie

Ingredients: 8 ounces sweet shortcrust pastry, 1 pound peeled and diced pumpkin, 2 eggs, 4 ounces sugar, half a teaspoon ground ginger, half a teaspoon ground cinnamon, quarter pint double cream OR evaporated milk.

Method: Preheat oven to medium high. Boil pumpkin in water until just starting to soften. Meanwhile line a suitable greased baking tin with the pastry. Mix the eggs, cream, sugar and spices. Drain pumpkin and allow to cool and dry a little before adding to pastry. Pour egg mix over and bake for about 40 minutes until set. Allow to cool and then chill before cutting and serving. This should be tooth-rottingly sweet!

Tikvenik

Ingredients: 1 pack filo pastry, 1 and a half pounds peeled and diced pumpkin, 1 cup sugar, 2 ounces chopped walnuts, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 4 ounces melted butter.

Method: Preheat oven to medium high. Boil pumpkin in water until soft. Drain and mash pumpkin and mix with sugar, walnuts and cinnamon. Lightly grease a suitable size baking tin and start with two layers of pastry brushed with butter. Then a layer of the pumkin mix then two more layers of buttered pastry. Continue layering until the last layer of pastry. Brush again with butter and bake for about 30 minutes until golden. Sprinkle with caster sugar and serve hot.

Carry Tissue Paper with yourself everywhere

by MZK

Many bathrooms in Bulgaria do not have toilet paper available and sometimes you have to buy it from a "bathroom attendant", but to be on the safe side bring your own. Other times you might need to use your tissues in stead of napkins, which are not always available at cheap cafes and snack places.

Get out into the mountains!

by bijo69

If you're staying in Plovdiv for a bit longer don't miss to visit the Rhodopi mountains. There are some nice & easy hikes you can do from Bachkovo, just about 30km from the city.
Besides lovely pastures you can visit some caves & waterfalls.

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