take the steps so as to not surprise a bear. also step so that wild pigs do not come looking for the food you are carrying. also if you plan to camp in the hills or mountain areas at night get a bear alarm
Trekking and walking in Rodopi and Pirin mountains.
Both are very good place to visit.
Please only don't do that through travel agencies like Penguin Travel.
Just contact local hotels and ask for guides. This will be twice cheaper and you’ll be much more welcome.
Basically, there’re following activities in those two regions:
Wild mushrooms and berries
Fishing (weekends only!)
Wild mushrooms and berries
Equipment: Bring your own equipment. Don't rely on locals. There are no shops in Rodopi and not too much in Pirin.
But if you are not too fastidious about brands, you'll probably find good and not expensive equipment in Bansko
Bulgaria has beautiful mountains and long traditions in hiking. Trails vary from easy to little bit harder, but there is no problem of high altitude even in Rila ( the highest mountain range in BG). It's little bit harder to get info on trails and cabins from the web, as not much is in english. During peak season and around holidays it's a good idea to call ahead and make a reservation, although once someone told me that nobody is sent away from a cabin in the mountain...that is,they will always,always find a way to fit you in.
Rila and Pirin are the highest mountain ranges, but Stara Planina is also very impressive and one can plan on hiking all the way from the west to the east end of Stara Planina.
Unfortunately the Bulgarian Tourism Union website, which is supposed to have a list of the huts managed by them is under construction or totally forgotten. But here is their coordinates:
Chalet Department, Bulgarian Tourist Association
1000 Sofia, 75, Vasil Levski Blvd., fl. 5
Tel.: 02 / 93 00 674, GSM: 0896 / 68 83 03
The first weblink bellow is a link for the Bulgarian National Parks official website. It has some general info, but nothing on trails or huts.
This link is to a much useful website, but unfortunately only in bulgarian. U can get to a list of lots of huts bu clicking on the interactive map they have. It doesnt hurt to check it out...may be u'll get a phone number or email, or just to see how these huts look like. May be they'll make an english version soon.
So, please ask me if u need some specific info on huts or trails...may be i'll be able to help:)
Skiing - often expensive and exclusive. Well, not in Bulgaria! If you've always wanted to try skiing but thought you couldn't afford the Alps, this might be the place for you. Bulgaria has a few ski resorts with ski schools to get you started. I visited Pamporovo and used their ski school. The instructor was extremely patient, helpful and encouraging. I am very thankful to have had such a cheerful and friendly teacher who really made a difference to my skiing.
Equipment: Hire skis, ski boots and sticks there.
Bring your own walking boots (Timberlands are ideal), thermal underclothes, ski tube socks, ski gloves, ski jacket, ski trousers/pants, woolly hat, scarf etc. Layer your clothes and have plenty of hot drinks.
Well in a few words to resume our ski resorts :
Sofia's own mountain - Vitosha is mainly a local resort it tends to get crowded on the weekends. The option of staying on the mountain is not to consider as there is nothing to do. Having accomodation in Sofia is better as the mountain is just 8km from the center of the city, But do u wanna stay in a 1,2 million town for your holiday? Plus from what I heard in the latest years due to its low altitude 2290m it is not snow guaranteed.
is our oldest ski resort, it used to be the king's recreation place. It is a purpose built resort to accomodate large amounts of package foreign tourists. And the prices are 2-3 times higher than is our local resorts, still cheap for you guys. The place has lotsa entertainment till late in the night. Watch out for the cab drivers , they will rip u off you don't need a cab anyways everything is at 10 min by foot distance. Snow guaranteed as the highest slopes are between 2000 and 2500m.
Pamporovo is about the same, the difference is that it's lower in altitude and might be suffering of lack of snow late in the season , or exactly the opposite, could be buried in snow, because of its proximity to Egeean sea and the humid air that comes from it.
Equipment: Our newest internationnaly open resort is called Bansko.It's based in a typical traditional old bulgarian mountain town , that carries the bulgarian spirit and traditions. Lots of Typical local taverns are the main entertainment. Delicious food at very reasonable prices. The mountain scenery is amazing , Pirin is considered to be our alpine type mountain. They are still building the infrastructure, as everything is brand new to suit the new orienration of the resort. I think it's still a preferred place for neighbouring serbian and russian folks, and not so much western tourists as in Borovets and Pamporovo.
For any additional questions on Bansko ask Nikya - he's there all season.
Hope that helps :))
The National and Nature parks in Bulgaria are treasures of Mother nature in our lands. High jagged mointains , glacial lakes , immaculate nature .
Great for hikes , mountain climbing , bird watching - and all those outdoor activities.
Equipment: good hiking shoes , rain coat , maps of the area ,water
Bulgaria has many good places for birdwatching. Among them are
1.Srebarna near the city of Silistra in NE Bullgaria (Srebarna is an UNESCO heritage)
2. The steppe reserve at cape Kaliakra, also in NE Bulgaria, close to the city of Kavarna.
I've seen lots of shags down at the cape and they're so interseting! Also the reserve is inhabitated by Short-toed Lark,Pied Wheatear, Stone Curlew and Calandra Lark, raptors like Long-legged Buzzard, Saker Falkon and Red-footed Falcon.
3. Atanasovsko ezero/lake near Bourgas
We bought a couple of bikes this time we went to Bulgaria, it was the best thing we could have done as we saw so much more of the country side, as we went places that cars couldnt get to. We also came across some rather large puddles that needed good negotiation!!!
Borovets, formerly known as Cham Koria (meaning pine forest in Turkish) is the oldest Bulgarian mountain resort, which dates back to 1896.
Besides being a fabulous place for skiing it also a great starting point for hiking in Rila. Contrary to most of the people who would recommend you to go there during the winter I would advise you to pay a visit during summer time. For me there is nothing better than walk around there and feel the sun shining and the fresh air :)
If you would like to learn more about Borovets you may have a look at my Borovets page :)))
1. Asparouhov Bridge in the city of Varna
- height 52m
- to get there use the Varna city bus that goes to Asparuhovo (i'll check the line number and i'll let you know)
-if coming from downtown head for the the exit to Bourgas (bridges downtown Varna with Asparuhovo suburb)
- price 30$ /1 person; 35$ /night jump; 55$/tandem jump (offered by USIT colors travel agency)
2.Viaduct Bebresh @ Vitinia
- height 120m (the heighest on the Balkans)
- to get there from Sofia take a bus that serves the HEMUS highway; oneway bus ticket is about 3 leva
- 40km south from Sofia on highwayA2
-from 25$ ( club Adrenalin&Vertical World) to 55$/person (USIT colors)
- there are 5 viaducts: 30m.40m.50m,70m and 90m
-in Stara Planina mountain-105km east from Sofia towards Bourgas
-to get there get a "minibus" from Sofia. It's a regular bus Sofia-Pirdop_sofia,but ask the driver to drop you off @ Klisura; oneway s about 8 leva
- also can get on the train Sofia-Bourgas;it's cheaper
- 30$/person(USIT colors,these guys seem to be very pricy), but Vertical world price is 30BGN
Equipment: ADRENALIN EXTREME SPORTS CLUB @VARNA
(02) 943 47 30, (052) 606 605
GSM: 0888 954 923, 0887 317 280
--Viaduct Vitinia the meeting place is Pametnik Levski 10am
Price: 50 BGN, 40 BGN - discount for students
--Stambolov Bridge (28m) – Veliko Tarnovo – Price: 10 BGN, 6 BGN - discount for students
VERTICAL WORLD SPORTS CLUB
(088) 848 47 00, (088) 747 41 88
firstname.lastname@example.org (Doichin Boianov's email-he's the club president)
www.verticalworldbg.com - in bulgarian sorry, but in a nutshell:
---jumps are every week
--Bunovo (30m)- 20BGN
-- Klisura (62m)- 30BGN
--Rosino (24m)- 20 BGN
-- Dolno Kamarci (24m)- 20 BGN
-- Koprivshtica (27m)- 20 BGN
--They also offer cave bungee jumping (40m), price not listed
--Team jumping - 25% off the base price
--- they also have 50% discount for the second jump hehehe
SOFIAN BUNGI CLUB
(02) 945 62 29, (088) 861 19 05, (088) 897 97 54
---Klisura (80m) / Bunovo (30m) / Sofia (25m) / Vitinia (120m)
---15-30 BGN, discount for group students
---Meeting place: Universiada Hall 09:30
Preliminary registration and transport on request
For a soccer fan like me,who always asks for staduims and games,here is some info on some of the big stadiums in Bugaria.
National Stadium Vassil Levski
#38, Evlogi Georgiev Blvd., Sofia 1142
Tel: (+359 2) 988 50 30 , 865 425;
Stadium Georgi Asparoukhov -it belongs to FC LEVSKI SOFIA
Stadium Bulgarska Armiya Sofia- FC CSKA SOFIA
Dragan Tzankov blvd
Stadium Lokomotiv- FC LOKOMOTIV SOFIA
Rozhen Boulevard 23
Tel.: +359 2 378479
Stadium Neftohimik Bourgass - FC NAFTEX BOURGASS
Tel.: +359 56 800320 / 800325
Equipment: for more info on schedules go to http://novini.dir.bg/news/dir.php?d=20; unfortunately does not give an exact program for coming games,but it rather has many weblinks and is in english
when i find something usefull in english i'll post it
this one has great program but it's in bulgaria
If you are into hiking you will love Rila Mountain. The nature there impresses with its magnificent beauty and the remarkable landscapes. You will find there wide variety of plants and animals, some of them rear and threatened species.
The whole Rila mountain is studded with tourist chalets and shelters.
Places of interest
- the Seven Rila lakes
- the highest peak on the Balkan Peninsula - Musala peak (2925m.)
- Rila monastery
If you want to read more for Rila:
Check the link below or have a look at my Rila page
All along the front in Golden Sands are swimming pools for the use of anyone who wants to use them. I think you may have to buy a drink from the bar but it is a great idea for if you have a hotel with no pool you could use anyone of these. Really geared up for families, congratulations for that!!
Snowboarding at Bansko is great, when the weather is good. There is quite alot of steep terrain and It is especially good on weekdays when it is not busy or crowded.
The hill is quite new and there is a Gondola that takes you from town up to the top, which is included in your lift pass price.
Beware if you are used to only riding Groomers, the hill can be quite textured and most is ungroomed.
The wind can prevent the higher chairs from opening, and when it rains you may as well give up and head for the bars in town.
Food on the hill is very pricy by Bulgarian standards, and there is little selection if you dont eat meat.
Equipment: Snowboard hire is available, but I took my own Borad. most hotels have ski storage available.
You can get your edges sharpened for about 2 lev, but I coudn't find a place to get a decent Wax job.
Pamporvo is the smaller of Bulgaria's two major ski resorts. It has 8 chairs and t-bars and a variety of terrain. Perhaps the best point is the number of on slope cafe's where you can enjoy a brandy and hot chocolate between runs.
I also stayed here on business and was very happy with the accomodations. The fitness facilities...more
3 Musala Street, Varna, Varna, 9000, Bulgaria
Good for: Couples
this hotel is a part of famous Turkish hotel chain "Dedeman" They have many hotels in Bulgaria...more
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