Flying in to Sofia, Bulgaria in September for a round-trip. Everything else is up in the air. I'm thinking:

Flying in to Sofia, Bulgaria in September for a round-trip. Everything else is up in the air. I'm thinking:
>Sofia
>Istanbul
>Thessaloniki

Considering stopping in Plovdiv or a Greek island. I have 2 weeks, which I usually like to keep between 2/3 places to visit. Any recommendations in these cities or maybe an alternate route to take from Sofia? Possibly Serbia and Romania?

  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Option 2

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I have not been so I can't recommend places. Please post about your trip here during/after with what's good, and what's not.

      I'm guessing you're renting a car based on this. Another post here a while ago showed some cool roadways in Kosovo. Worth looking into IMO

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Sarajevo is a lot nicer than Belgrade IMO. Belgrade is OK, and it’s supposed to be an excellent nightlife city, but there are prettier and more interesting old bits in Sarajevo.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Sarajevo is the worst city I've ever been to

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I'm from Sofia, so ask away frienderino. I was recently at Prehodna cave as well. It's cooler in person! I've attached a route I'd do, because I know this region well and taking the Bansko detour opens your view to 2 distinct mountain ranges Pirin and Rila (highest peak on the Balkans) with some interesting sights there as well (Rila Monastery). As well as Rhodope mountains on the Bulgarian/Greek border crossing.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Been to Bulgaria last year. I recommend Rila too! I liked Plovdiv a lot more than Sofia. Also one of my favorite spots in Bulgaria was the Belogradchik fortress in the northwestern part of the country. The city is lifeless as fuck, but the fortress was beautiful.

      Also we had a great time at the Trigrad Gorge. Felt like some real life Mario Kart driving through there.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Hmmm, so I should see Plovdiv, what were the reasons you enjoyed it more than Sofia???

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I'd really have to rent a car then, eh. I want to do this by bus.

      Any must have food? Where would you recommend staying? Uber, grab, busses or cabs? Lastly, should I spend a day in Plovdiv or skip it?

      Thanks friend, if you want to have a beer or go on a hike, let me know! I want to do a trail on Vitosha

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >I'd really have to rent a car then, eh. I want to do this by bus.
        You could do bus as well, but you'll lose time and accrue frustration. Better get a car.
        >Any must have food?
        Banitza, white cheese filled salty pastry. Sometimes called b-you-rek. Shopska salad.
        >Where would you recommend staying?
        City centre.
        >Uber, grab, busses or cabs?
        Pub transportation. Use google maps, which works with our lines, for Sofia at least. Use your credit/debit card on all public transportation, fares max out at $2/day.
        >Lastly, should I spend a day in Plovdiv or skip it?
        Plovdiv is a must in my opinion. You have to climb all the hills, there's something interesting on top of each one.
        >Thanks friend, if you want to have a beer or go on a hike, let me know! I want to do a trail on Vitosha
        Up for a walk in the park any time, bruv.

        Hmmm, so I should see Plovdiv, what were the reasons you enjoyed it more than Sofia???

        Plovdiv feels like a small town and feels younger, yet its the 2nd biggest. That's likely what the appeal is. Its not as dense, much more vertical, historical heritage is richer. Sofia is a contemporary administrative capital and that does come with some cool 19th century architecture, but it's only important if you care about that stuff.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Awesome! Thanks for the advice. I have a friend from Sofia as well, excited to experience your culture. I am definitely going to Plovdiv. Me and my friend are planning to visit God's Eyes as well, which is pretty exciting.

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    enjoy the fruits

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