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Bradt Travel Guide: Bulgaria

Travel Guide

Series: Bradt Travel Guides

By: Annie Kay (Author)

304 pages, colour photos, maps

Bradt Travel Guides

Paperback | Jun 2015 | Edition: 2 | #222065 | ISBN-13: 9781841629377
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About this book

This new edition from expert author Annie Kay has been thoroughly updated throughout and includes full information about the new Metro system in Sofia, as well as photographs and information about new archaeological discoveries and newly opened attractions. It also covers the previously "closed" island, St. Anastasia and offers information about medical and dental tourism, and luxury spa holidays. Tourism has grown steadily to Bulgaria following its accession to the EU in 2007 and the country is increasingly accessible. Popular for natural history tours, it is also working hard to grow its reputation for wineries and vineyards with wine routes for drivers and organized wine tours becoming increasingly popular.


Contents

Introduction

PART ONE GENERAL INFORMATION 1

Chapter 1 Background Information 3
Geography and climate 3, Natural history and
conservation 3, Archaeology 13, Brief chronology 14,
History 15, Government and politics 20, Economy 21,
People 22, Language 23, Religion 24, Education 27,
Culture 27

Chapter 2 Practical Information 33
When to visit 33, Suggested itineraries 34, Tourist
offices 38, Maps 39, Tour operators 39, Activity
holidays 40, Visas and entry regulations 43, Embassies 43,
Getting there and away 44, Health 46, Safety 47,
Toilets 48, What to take 48, Money 48, Getting around 50,
Accommodation 52, Eating and drinking 53, Shopping 59,
Arts and entertainment 60, Sport 60, Photography 60,
Media and communications 60, Business in Bulgaria 61,
Buying property in Bulgaria 64, Social etiquette 68, Giving
something back 68

PART TWO THE GUIDE 71

Chapter 3 Sofia 73
History 73, Getting around 74, Tourist information 77,
Where to stay 77, Where to eat 80, Entertainment and
nightlife 82, Shopping 82, Useful contacts and
information 83, What to see 84

Chapter 4 The Southwest 97
In the Rila Mountains 97, Blagoevgrad 106, Bansko 107,
The far south 118, Gotse Delchev and nearby 125,
Around Kyustendil 130

Chapter 5 The Northwest 133
Iskur Gorge 133, Vratsa 135, Vratsa to Vidin 139,
Vidin 145

Chapter 6 Central Stara Planina and the Danube Plain 149
Towards Stara Planina 149, Pleven 151, Lovech 152,
Troyan 153, Around Troyan 155, Gabrovo 157, Around
Gabrovo 158, Veliko Turnovo 164, Around Veliko
Turnovo 171, East towards Veliki Preslav 174, Veliki
Preslav 175, Shumen 176, Around Shumen 178, The
Ludogorie 179, On the Danube 181, Ruse 183, Around
Ruse 187

Chapter 7 The Valley of the Roses and Sredna Gora 191
Sredna Gora 191, East towards Kazanluk 198,
Kazanluk 201, Stara Zagora 204, Nova Zagora 208,
Sliven 209, Yambol 211, Around Yambol 213

Chapter 8 Plovdiv, the Rhodopes and the Thracian Plain 217
The old road from Sofia to Plovdiv 217, Plovdiv 218,
Into the Rhodope Mountains 227, Pamporovo 230,
Around Pamporovo 232, Smolyan 233, North and west
of Smolyan 234, South from Smolyan 240, Smolyan to
Kurdzhali 241, Kurdzhali 243, East of Kurdzhali 245,
Haskovo to Svilengrad 247

Chapter 9 Strandzha, the Black Sea Coast and Dobrudzha 251
In the Strandzha Mountains 251, The southern
coast 256, Sozopol 258, Burgas 259, North of Burgas 262,
Sunny Beach 266, From Sunny Beach to Varna 266,
Varna 266, The coast north of Varna 271, Balchik 272,
Kavarna 273, North of Kavarna 273, North of
Kaliakra 274, Dobrudzha 275

Appendix 1 Language 279
Appendix 2 Glossary 287
Appendix 3 Further Information 289
Index 294


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Biography

Annie Kay has organised the British-Bulgarian Friendship Society's special-interest programme since 1996. She has written articles on the country for various newspapers and magazines.

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