Category: Towns and Cities

The story of the yellow cobbled streets of Sofia centre

The yellow brick roads in the centre of Sofia are a cultural heritage for sure. Now a new law is to be voted in the Bulgarian parliament that would make it mandatory for every Bulgarian to declare any item in his possession which is more than 100 years old against a tax of 5 Leva. Imagine one having a huge old collection of books on the shelf.

Sofia (Bulgaria) – the History of Europe

A must see video for all travelers to Sofia hosted by Terry Randall.

Sofia the Capital

Sofia

Sofia is the capital and largest city of Bulgaria. It is located in the western part of country at the foot of the mountain Vitosha, and is the administrative, cultural, and industrial center of the country. Sofia got its present name in the 14th century after the name of St.Sofia Church, which means wisdom in Greek. On 3rd April 1879 the town became a capital.

The history of Sofia dates back to the 7th century BC. Sofia was originally a Thracian settlement called Serdica, named after the Thracian tribe of Serdi. Read more

Dobrinishte

Dobrinishte ski mapDobrinishte is 165 km away from Sofia and only 6 km south of the famous ski resort Bansko. It is situated in the foot of Pirin mountain at 850 m above the sea level and is both ski and spa resort.

Dobrinishte has been known since Roman times because of its mineral water. There are 17 hot mineral springs popular for their curative effect and several hotels with facilities for spa therapy.

Very close to Dobrinishte, up in the Pirin mountain are the Gotze Delchev chalet (1412m altitude) and Bezbog chalet (2236m ) which are connected with 3.7 km chair lift. There is the longest alpine ski run – more than 4 km but it is not so steep andDobrinishte ski slope suitable also for beginners.

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Kulinoto

Kulinoto Kulinoto is a site in the northern part of Pirin Mountain around 160 km away from Sofia, between the town of Razlog and the famous winter resort Bansko. It is situated at the Kulina river, 1400 meters above the sea level.

Kulinoto  is not so well known but its a beautiful place, satisfactory facilities for winter sport and affordable prices make it a preferable place for recreation of the local people. There is a ski run with total length of 1300 m and two drag lifts.

The snow usually lasts until mid March. Close to the run you can find a nice tea-room offering nosy tea and “greyana rakia” /warm brandy/ as well as well equipped ski-wardrobe which will satisfy all your requirements.

There are plans for development of Kulinoto into a real and popular ski resort by extending initially the existing ski run and installing a chair lift and further by making new ski runs, improving the infra-structure and building of proper accommodation facilities.