Bulgaria: The Bradt Travel Guide by Annie KayBulgaria: The Bradt Travel Guide by Annie Kay

Bulgaria: The Bradt Travel Guide

byAnnie Kay

Paperback | August 7, 2015

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Fully updated for this second edition, Annie Kay's Bulgaria combines detailed background information with tips on the best hotels and mehanas. Bulgaria has a history and culture as rich and diverse as its landscape. From the gold-domed churches of Sofia to the picturesque National Revival houses of Koprivshtitsa, visitors will find an eclectic mix of traditions and architecture. Add to this remote mountain monasteries, medieval fortresses and ancient rock formations, and you'll see that there are opportunities to delve into this country's past at every turn. Whether hiking through the Rila Mountains in search of a brown bear or simply strolling around Nesebur's harbour, be sure to take this guide with you.
Annie Kay first visited Bulgaria in 1974 and has been a regular visitor ever since. Her favourite places have always been Sofia and Koprivshtitsa. Since 1996 she has organized the British-Bulgarian Society's special interest tours on themes such as birds, butterflies and moths, wild flowers, folklore and culture, and as a result knows ...
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Title:Bulgaria: The Bradt Travel GuideFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.45 × 5.41 × 0.62 inPublished:August 7, 2015Publisher:Bradt Travel GuidesLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1841629375

ISBN - 13:9781841629377

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Introduction vi PART ONE GENERAL INFORMATION 1 Chapter 1 Background Information 3Geography 3, Climate 3, Natural history and conservation 3, Archaeology 12, Brief chronology 14, History 15, Government and politics 21, Economy 22, People 23, Language 24, Religion 25, Education 28, Culture 28 Chapter 2 Practical Information 35When to visit 35, Suggested itineraries 35, Tourist offices 38, Maps 39, Tour operators 39, Activity and special-interest holidays 41, Visas and entry regulations 43, Embassies 44, Getting there and away 45, Health 47, Safety 48, Women travellers 49, Gay travellers 49, Travellers with a disability 49, Toilets 49, What to take 50, Money 50, Getting around 51, Accommodation 55, Eating and drinking 56, Shopping 63, Arts and entertainment 63, Sport 65, Photography 66, Media and communications 66, Business in Bulgaria 67, Buying property in Bulgaria 68, Cultural etiquette 70, Travelling positively 70 PART TWO THE GUIDE 73 Chapter 3 Sofia 75History 75, Getting there and away 77, Getting around 77, Tourist information 82, Where to stay 83, Where to eat and drink 84, Entertainment and nightlife 85, Shopping 86, Other practicalities 87, What to see and do 88 Chapter 4 The Southwest 103In the Rila Mountains 103, Blagoevgrad 113, Bansko 115, The far south 122, Gotse Delchev and nearby 129, Around Kyustendil 134 Chapter 5 The Northwest 139Iskur Gorge 139, Vratsa 140, Vratsa to Vidin 144, Vidin 150 Chapter 6 Central Stara Planina and the Danube Plain 155 Towards Stara Planina 155, Pleven 157, Lovech 159, Troyan 160, Around Troyan 162, Gabrovo 163, Around Gabrovo 165, Veliko Turnovo 171, Around Veliko Turnovo 177, East towards Veliki Preslav 182, Veliki Preslav 183, Shumen 184, Around Shumen 186, The Ludogorie 187, On the Danube 189, Ruse 191, Around Ruse 195 Chapter 7 The Valley of the Roses and Sredna Gora 197 Sredna Gora 197, East towards Kazanluk 206, Kazanluk 210, Stara Zagora 214, Nova Zagora 216, Sliven 218, Yambol 219, Around Yambol 221 Chapter 8 Plovdiv, the Rhodopes and the Thracian Plain 225 The old road from Sofia to Plovdiv 225, Plovdiv 227, Into the Rhodope Mountains 235, Pamporovo 239, Around Pamporovo 241, Smolyan 241, North and west of Smolyan 243, South from Smolyan 250, Smolyan to Kurdzhali 250, Kurdzhali 252, East of Kurdzhali 254, Haskovo to Svilengrad 257 Chapter 9 Strandzha, the Black Sea Coast and Dobrudzha 263 In the Strandzha Mountains 263, The southern coast 267, Sozopol 269, Burgas 271, North of Burgas 274, Sunny Beach 278, From Sunny Beach to Varna 278, Varna 279, The coast north of Varna 283, Balchik 284, Kavarna 285, North of Kavarna 286, North of Kaliakra 287, Dobrudzha 288 Appendix 1 Language 291 Appendix 2 Glossary 299 Appendix 3 Further Information 301