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Infrastructure Projects

infrastructure changes continueBulgaria is continuing apace with infrastructure projects across the country. The majority of these projects are being funded via financing from the EU structural funds. The Transport Operational Programme 2007 to 2013, aimed to subsidise key projects to upgrade Bulgaria's roads and railways, is one of the ways the country will access finance. This programme includes more than a dozen projects and has a budget of over two billion euros.

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Out and About around Vidin

the rocks of belogradchik bulgariaThe town of Kula is 32 kms to the west of Vidin and just 13kms from the Serbian border. At the start of the 20th Century people from the area of Teteven (central Bulgaria, Stara Planina mountain range) came to settle in Kula. It is believed that they came from the village named Golyam Izvor and strangely enough not far from Kula in Serbia itself there is also a village with the same name, most of whose inhabitants also speak Bulgarian!

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Win or Lose?

snowboarding pamporovo bulgariaIt's certainly true to say that two out of three of Bulgaria's ski resorts have tended to lean heavily on the UK / Irish markets in recent years. Borovets and Pamporovo sees these two nationalities making up the vast majority of foreign visitors. Bansko seems to have spread its wings slightly more and it sees a mix of nationals including many Russians and Greeks. The latter now doubt due to its proximity to Bansko.

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Bag a Bulgarian Ski Bargain

cheap bulgarian ski breaksWith sterling at a record low against the euro, Balkan Holidays is urging skiers to ski out of the eurozone and bag a Bulgarian bargain this festive season.

Prices currently lead in at £204 per person for a seven night holiday, departing from Newcastle on 25th January 2009.

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City and Ski

city and ski break in bulgariaVitosha mountain is on the edge of the Bulgarian capital, Sofia. Whilst Vitosha's reputation doesn't match up to the big Bulgarian ski resorts, being so close to Sofia makes it ideal for hassle-free skiing during the day and the vibrant night-life of the capital in the evenings. An easy and popular getaway with foreigners and Bulgarians.

Sofia has the rare luxury of having a ski resort on its doorstep, just 15 minutes from the city and close to the airport. Being so well located both tourists and local Sofia residents are to be found on its slopes.

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Checking Out the Kyustendil Region

beautiful kyustendilTucked away in the scenic, lush countryside, at the base of the wonderful Osogovo Mountain, Kyustendil enthralls visitors with its innate beauty and ancient history. This is an area where the springtime brings an array of colour from the fertile green valleys in their carpet of colourful wild flowers to the rich array of fruit orchards. For the visitor it offers year round entertainment from relaxing spa treatments at one of 40 mineral springs to hiking and skiing in the nearby mountains as well as a wealth of cultural sites.

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Backpacking with a Twist

working on a farm bulgariaWWOOF stands for Willing Workers On Organic Farms. It is an international organization with branches all over the world set up to bring together farmers and people who wand to live and work on an organic farm. I had heard of wwoofing through a friend of mine who had worked on a farm in Australia and I decided to try it out for myself on a recent trip to Bulgaria. The idea is that you work for food and board (usually half a day, it depends on the arrangements you make with your host) and live with the family.

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Climb Every Mountain

on top of the worldNot all of us are agile enough to scale rock faces and hack our way through walls of ice, but for those who want to try their hands at extreme sports then Bulgaria offers a vast range of mountain faces large enough to challenge the most daring of climbers.  A climbing holiday can be taken at any time of the year and can be combined with sightseeing or other sports like skiing and hiking. There are so many beautiful locations in Bulgaria ideal for climbing – from the Rila and Vitosha Mountains to the Sredna Gora, Rhodopes and Balkan ranges. If you are a novice to this sport there are several clubs, which offer tuition and instruction. The Bulgarian Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (BCMF) can provide you with information detailing organisations and destinations guaranteed to enhance your mountaineering holiday.

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Bulgaria Tourism and Travel

winter ski in bulgariaUnless one has been cocooned in an underground bunker for the past six months, one can’t but have been swept along by the tide of economic doom and gloom that is rapidly turning into a Tsunami. If economic stability and prosperity is aided and abetted by people’s confidence, then the media has been doing a pretty good job in ensuring that people’s confidence be tested to the limit in the economic sphere. One can't but wonder that if the world's media had not fanned the flames and helped create such a frenzy, would we now be in such a state of fear as we seem to be?

 

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Exploring Beyond Koprivshtitsa

koprivshtitsaKoprivshtitsa will keep visitors enchanted for a long time with its colourful houses and interesting historic background, but beyond this town there are many other treasures nestled into the foothills of the Sredna Gora Mountains and for those who are prepared to venture further afield, a trip to the capital just over 100 km away is well worth the effort if only to see the famous Panagyurishte Gold from this region.

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