Plana Travel Guide

  • A zebra butterfly
    A zebra butterfly
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  • A walk in the flower carpets
    A walk in the flower carpets
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  • Horse in Jeleznitsa
    Horse in Jeleznitsa
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Plana Things to Do

  • A zebra butterfly

    A zebra butterflyI was trying to catch that buddy in flight as It had beautiful wings. But than it landed on a leaf and showed all its magnificence.

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  • Goats in Jeleznitsa

    Goats in JeleznitsaThese goats were walking on the road with their babies. Herds are usually guarded by dogs that are in charge of keeping them together and scaring away strangers.Watch out as some dogs react quite agressively on tourists walking by.Goat white cheese is so tasty, try it if you get the chance.

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  • Mr Charming Prince

    Mr Charming Prince Don't you think that he is just missing the crown to look like the prince from the tale?Should I give him a kiss to see what comes out ?

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  • Jeleznitsa village

    Jeleznitsa village is situated 20km south of Sofia on the ridges of Plana mountain at 900m above sea level. In the village surroundings were found 10 mineral springs, but most of them are difficult to access and their use is limited. The water from the main spring ,1km away from Jeleznitsa is with a tempreature of 28-32 degrees celsius and can be...

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  • A walk in the flower carpets

    A walk in the flower carpets Taking a walk in the full of flowers fields is good for your soul. You don't need any special skills, just pick something to drink, eat and a sheet or blanket to sit on and go have a picnic, listen to the birds singing , inhale all the fresh aroma from the flowers and herbs.

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  • Walk through the Jeleznitza river

    Walk through the Jeleznitza riverAs I said , the high debit of the river in June 2005 took away the bridges,so the only way to cross it is to take your shoes off and walk through the river.Brrrrrrrrrrrrr....the water is Icy - good for your blood circulation.

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  • Thym - Thymus Serpyllum

    Vitosha is full of fields for cattle breeding that have good herbs if you know how to reckognize them.They give the air the special aroma of all mixed together.This one for example - Thymus Serpyllum - is used both for its healing purposes and as spice. Italians add it alot to pizzas , but you can drink it in the form of tea when you have a cold an...

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  • A potato plantation in the outskirts of...

    A potato plantation in the outskirts of JeleznitzaI've seen the locals working on the fields, keeping everything in order.

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  • Wild plum trees

    Wild plum fruits are still green and acid in June. They are good to be eaten when they turn yellow or red, depending on the variety. Watch out when you pick them from the tree,the branches have thorns.

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  • Horse in Jeleznitsa

    Horses are a common sight around the villages at the foothills of the mountain. They are still used to pull carts,as the only fuel they need is green grass and water.

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  • Jeleznitsa river

    Jeleznitsa river runs through a forest deep into a narrow valley. The landscape is lovely , but make sure you have good hiking shoes to follow the water path. The rainshowers that dropped in june 2005 in the area made the level of the water raise tremendously and all bridges were taken away. So if you wanna cross it , you need to walk into the cold...

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  • Wild Strawberries

    Wild StrawberriesYummy ,yummy - these are the flowers and the fruits of the wild strawberry. There is plenty in Vitosha , just watch in your feet because the tricky things are hiding under the leaves. They are absolutely delicious!!!!Herbs book says that the leaves are good in infusion by stomach problems, diahrea and can substitute chinese tea.

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Plana Warnings and Dangers

  • The Road to Jeleznitza / june 2005

    The Road to Jeleznitza is terrilble from what I've seen. The asphalt has been put with no foundations and the rainshowers that dropped recently and the water running from the mountain had dug out huge holes in it.Absolutely innapropriate to drive a car here , unless it's a jeep.

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  • Signs are in Cyrilic

    Signs are in BulgarianThe same problem as in Sofia - Signs are in Cirilic if existing at all.As a general rule ,don't rely on signs for orientation. First of all I've seen very few of them - take a good map of the area and a compass. Ah follow the trails . Sooner or later you will end up somewhere.

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