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News: EasyJet announces new flight connection between Sofia and Edinburgh

EasyJet just announced a new flight connection, between Sofia and Edinburgh. According to the low cost airline, it will the first direct link between the two cities. But it is a temporary one. From December 16, 2017 to April 14, 2018, these flights will be offered twice a week, on Tuesdays and Saturdays. EasyJet intends to transport some 10,000 passengers on this route, during the winter season. According to the airline, one-way rates start at 15 Euro per passenger. In June, EasyJet inaugurated its first flight to Varna, from London Gatwick. A Varna-Berlin connection was added as well. Both routes are scheduled to run during the summer season only. From Sofia, EasyJet flies to London Gatwick, London Stansted and Manchester. While its Hungarian competitor Wizz Air offers most low cost flights to and from Bulgaria, EasyJet is the second largest airline in Europe, right behind Ryanair.

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Car rental in Sofia, Bulgaria

Savoy Rent a Car is one of the leading car rental companies in Bulgaria established in 2003. Our goal is to provide our customers with high quality services at the most competitive rates. Savoy offers a wide range of vehicles. Whether you are travelling for business or pleasure, we have a vehicle to suit your needs. Our fleet contains economy, compact, mid-size, SUV, minivans and full size cars. We guarantee: - Unlimited mileage - Full insurance coverage - 24/7 customer support - Free delivery - Delivery & transfers to every point in Bulgaria

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Why visiting Bulgaria is a perfect choice

Welcome to Bulgaria. Easily accessible from all corners of the world. Especially from within Europe, Bulgaria is just a few hours away at most! There’s the low-cost airlines now, that connect the capital Sofia with many other West-European cities. WizzAir now even has an inland flight to Varna, on the coast. Then there’s Ryanair connecting Sofia and Plovdiv, the second largest city, to other countries. These flights are affordable, for sure outside the high season. Train connections between the Balkan countries are available, just not between Bulgaria and Macedonia directly. There’s good bus transport between all countries and cities so you shouldn’t experience any trouble getting into Bulgaria.   Bulgaria is quite easy to navigate as well. Especially so when you hire a rental car. Even though traffic in the Bulgarian capital might seem daunting at first, once you get behind the wheel you will certainly be fine! Once you’re out of the city, you will find that most roads are quiet and you can drive at a leisurely pace. The roads are pretty much open to go wherever you wish. And, there are endless itineraries! The signs are both in Cyrillic as well as in Latin script. You can easily download an offline area map on your phone. Or take GPS. Still, should you find yourself lost, you can always ask the people! They will go out of their way to help you find your destination. That’s surely a good reason to visit Bulgaria, its people!   Asen's Fortress Ovech Fortress Koprivshtitsa   They then, after many generations, came to inhabit the Thracian and Slavic areas of what is now Bulgaria. It is surprising to many but the Cyrillic script is actually from Bulgaria. In the First Bulgarian Empire (681–1018), the ancient Bulgarian capital Pliska had the Preslav Literary School. It was founded in 885. There, the script was developed and named after the brothers Saints Cyril and Methodius. They created the Glagolitic alphabet earlier on, which then formed the basis of the Cyrillic alphabet, together with the Greek Uncial script. Uncial script is written entirely in capital letters and it was used to write in both Greek and Latin. The Cyrillic script spread in the form of literature and became known as Old Church Slavonic, which is now extinct. Regional varieties, especially spoken, resulted in the differences we have in Slavic languages today. Still, many countries in Eastern Europe, as far as into Asia, use the Cyrillic alphabet.   The Wonderful Bridges Stara Planina Mountain Zheravna   Needless to say, a good reason to visit Bulgaria is the country’s tremendous history. Bulgaria holds an important position in Europe. Bulgaria is truly on the crossroads between West and East, on the border of the European Union. Surrounded by countries with completely different people, cultures and languages. The country was home to so many tribes over the past thousands of years - and was under Ottoman rule for over five hundred years as well. Many left their footsteps on the Bulgarian soil, yet the national identity always remained. It is fascinating to just imagine the fact that Bulgarian culture, folklore and literature survived strong suppression for hundreds of years. The Bulgarian soul has known hardship and yet it still thrives. People realize the historical wealth they have – the golden treasures found in for example Varna and Panagyurishte, as well as many other Thracian remains found all over the country. Most major cities in the country have a historical museum where you can see many findings. In Sofia, the Archaeological Museum in the center as well as on the southern ring road have the most varied displays.   Literary geniuses such as Ivan Vazov and national heroes like Vasil Levski and Hristo Botev are still honoured until today, many historical figures even have national holidays devoted to them. Century-old monasteries are dotted all over the country, as well as remains of ancient fortresses that can be visited. For example, the fortress above Lovech city or Ovech fortress in Provadia town. Most importantly, in terms of history, the stories of the people, that tell of battles that have taken place which are largely unheard of in history classes in other countries. Battles that have been responsible for the shaping of Europe as we see today. If you are interested in history, you should not have a dull moment in Bulgaria. And if history is not what you’re exactly interested in, it will still overwhelm you. Bulgaria’s history will drag you along, you feel it in every city and village and in every street.   Lovech Karlovo Chavcha Waterfall   You see history in the layers of architecture in central Sofia, where ancient churches are facing socialist structures and modern, glass-faced buildings. The Boyana church on the outskirts of Sofia, or the Rila monastery at just 170 kilometres from the capital. The Roman theatre of Plovdiv, which is one of the best preserved theatres worldwide! It’s from the First Century so two thousands years old, and still leaves spectators in awe. If you’re in Bulgaria in summer, you might just be in luck and attend an open-air show, which will make you feel like you’re part of the setting, in this city that had its first inhabitants in the 6th millennium BC! You’ll find a completely different atmosphere wandering through Zheravna, where the streets are lined with over two hundred wooden houses from the Bulgarian National Revival period (18th and 19th century). All just fascinating!   Bulgaria boasts several types of landscapes on a small territory. Steep mountains, green hills, deep canyons and endless sunflower fields. The beaches and pine forests, the cliffs and many rock formations. Bulgaria truly has a lot to offer. Nature is safe and yet it is wild – you can truly get lost in the endless forests. If you'd cross Bulgaria, the main thing you notice is how much nature the country has. It's everywhere – almost each town is surrounded by forests that you can just walk into. Also, much of the nature remains freely accessible so you won't come across any fences holding you back. The number of marked trails you can follow is increasing quickly. You can truly feel like a free man in Bulgaria – endless possibilities for exploration such as hiking, riding bikes and for thrill-seekers, how about paragliding?   The Roman theatre of Plovdiv Rila Monastery Boyana Church   There's large mountain huts, where hikers can spend the night and gaze at the stars. Or, enjoy the hot mineral water sources at for example Banya and Hisarya near Karlovo, in central Bulgaria. Get a luxurious spa treatment – feel completely regenerated after a mud bath or wine-thermal therapy. Or, how does a wellness body therapy with natural rose oil sound? Options are endless and in few places around the world is wellness as accessible as in Bulgaria. Combine your wellness retreat with some nature and history – the Sredna Gora mountains are just southwest of the Karlovo region. Koprivshtitsa town is one of the country’s main sights. It played a major role in the country’s National Uprising against the Ottoman occupation. Still, typical Bulgarian architecture can be admired and some truly good Bulgarian dishes should be tasted! Koprivshtitsa regularly hosts famous folklore festivals, when the town is dressed up in traditional clothing and people dance through the streets.   Then there’s Karlovo itself, the birthplace of national hero Vasil Levski as well as an access point to the Stara Planina mountains and the Rose Valley. The area, cultivated fore many centuries, produces world-famous Bulgarian rose oil and perfumes. Did you know 85% from the world’s rose oil production has roses from this valley? Make sure to visit the Suchurum waterfall right next to Karlovo, or how about tasting a good Bulgarian wine in the old town, which managed to keep the spirit of the Bulgarian National Revival? From Karlovo, you could head south to Plovdiv – one of Europe’s oldest cities – or Asenovgrad with Asen’s fortress and the Chudnite Mostove natural bridges a bit farther into the Rhodope mountains. Then, visit towns at the foot of these mountains, such as Krichim. Or, head for the Rila Mountains - Kostenets with its Chavcha waterfall or the ski resort Borovets are on your way back to Sofia – so make sure to do some hiking as well. Borovets, in the middle of green forests, is popular for hiking but you could always come back to ski as well – you will then again get a completely different view of Bulgaria. In short, Bulgaria has it all. We haven’t even discussed the seaside yet! Either way, we will develop an itinerary with you. Go wherever the road and your senses might take you! Read more fantastic stories about Bulgaria: https://www.leondeleeuw.net/travel-bulgaria by Leon de Leeuw Website: https://www.leondeleeuw.net/ Youtube: Visit  

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Black Sea Coast

The Black Sea Coast winds its way from Bulgaria's northern border with Romania all the way down to Turkey in the south, forming a large number of deep sandy bays along the way. The vast majority of international travellers will arrive at one ot the two airports serving the coast - Varna in the north and Burgas in the south. The Balcan Rahge provides a phisical divide almost halfway the area in two. Much of the nortern section is backed by towering limestone cliffs and blanketed with huge swathes of the Baltata Forest. After Varna, between Albena and Balchik, the coast veers sharply east, tailing off into the sharp finger of land that is Kaliakra Cape. Most visitors to this section of coast will fly into Varna's Airport. There you can rent a car and explore all cost attractions. Just notrh of the city is a trio resorts Riviera, Golden Sands and Albena, attractinglarge numbers tourists. The Southern Black Sea Coast starts from Cape Emine, just south of Obzor the wide sandy beaches stretching all the way down to Bulgaria's border with Turkey. Inland, among rolling hills traditional rural life is barely affected by the international tourism nearby. Burgas is the main city on the Soutern Black Sea Coast. Sunny Beach and neighbouring St Vlas and Nessebar are major attractions, while Sozopol, further south, though popular with with visitors retains the feel of a fishing village with a traditional wooden houses and ancient churches. Most visitior stay at on of many beach resorts, and there are plenty to choose from, from big and brash Sunny Beach to the more refined St Vlas with its up-market holiday apartaments and shiny new marina. 

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Rila Monastery

  The UNESCO-listed Rila Monastery an outstanding example of Bulgarian National Revival-period architecture, can be seen on very rushed day trip from Sofia, thogh a far more leisurely visit is recommendet, with tours departing from Borovets, bansko and Blagoevgrad almost every day of the year. Despite its fame, size and importance, the origins of the monastery - whish sits at an altitude of 1,147 meters - are unclear. St. John of Rila - to whom the monastery is now dedicated, and whose relics exhibits - is widely thoght sacred exhibits - s widely thought to have founded Rila in the 10th centyry. The present day complex is considered by many to be the country's national treasure, and symbol. Most of it dates from 1833-47, when generous donations from Bulgaria's newly confident families, in the full flush of the National Revival, funded its repair after the 1833 fire. The sheer size of the complex - from the exterior the monastery looks like a medieval fortress - is impresive, but it is the interior that makes this monastery so outstanding. Once iside the eye is drawn immediately to the most spectacular of the monastery buildings, the Church of the Virgin Birth with its distinctive neo-Byzantine stripes, five brightly-comoured domes, sublime porticos and high colonnades. The church was designed by architect Pavel Ivanovic, and build between 1834 and 1837. The frescoes inside were added in 1847 by Zahari Zograf. Less gruesome exhibits in the church include the 12th-century icon of the Virgin, paraded around the monastery on Assumption Day (15 August) but usually kept under lock and key and opened only for large tour groups. The monastery also offers the most basic of accomodation in its dormitories. There are several exellent hikes in the immediate vicinity, including one to the Cave of St John of Rila, where St. John lived for most of his life. The cave is northeast of the monastery, and can be reached in about an hour.

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NEWS: Wizz Air starts Sofia-Varna route

Hungarian low-cost carrier Wizz air will resume its flights between Sofia and Varna on March 26, 2017. The company started its flight programme in the middle of July 2008 and stopped it in November 2010. Tickets can now be bought online and prices start at BGN 19.99 per basic fare. Wizz Air resumes the flights against the background of a large-scale flight initiative of low-cost carrier Ryanair including flights from Sofia to 21.

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