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Out and About around Vidin - to see and do


Lom
The town of Lom with around 29,000 inhabitants and 56 kms south east of Vidin, is set on the bank of the Danube at the estuary with the Lom River. It is the second most important port on the Danube after Rousse.

Lom’s inhabitants are spread amongst the inevitable apartment blocks and houses, ranging from the small town centre buildings to the grandiose old houses, set on the hills overlooking the town and river, and reminiscent of it's more splendid past.

Lom is a major trade centre ,with it’s port being second only in importance on the Danube to Rousse, and housing a large customs point. It has good links to Sofia, other large towns and cities in Bulgaria, and through to Greece via its rail and bus links and the good highway connection through to Sofia.


The town is lively and bustling with many young people frequenting the pavement cafes and bars, dancing the night away in the new discotheque and buying their clothes, shoes and electrical items, mobile phones, CD’s etc from the many shops in the town. There is also a good middleaged and older population, giving the town a truly settled family feel with a friendly and open disposition to the visitor.


The town is built around the large central square with it's large monuments and splendid old buildings, some of which need to be brought back into a good state of repair, but one can still see how beautiful the original architecture truly was.

There is also a large daily bazaar selling all sorts of garden produce, meat, clothing, shoes, accessories, plants etc which comes alive on a Saturday and is bursting with throngs of people.

The amenities are all set close to the central square and easily accessible, so it is not far to walk to find the banks, post office, police station, hospital, lawyers offices, hairdressers and the like while browsing through the many shops. Although English is not widely spoken, anyone who can speak a little, is always anxious to help in any way they can, and all the local tradespeople are friendly and helpful.
There are several good hotels and restaurants to visit, many with live music in the evenings and of course the river with it's stunning views across to Romania, good fishing, water sports and swimming.

A nice town to visit and spend some time, the face of which is changing and improving on a daily basis, as the flower beds are planted, new seating installed all around the public areas and new wide pedestrian areas created.

Things to see and do
The Town Museum of History  is actually housed in the interesting old town hall.

The Beach - this is a 500 m. long stretch of pebbled beach on the bank of the Danube and about 3 kms from the centre of town
Preserved remains of the ancient fortress of Almus

Borunska Church
Surrounded by many pretty villages, and mountains in the not too distant area, beautiful lakes and fertile land full of sunflowers in the summer, a real little undiscovered gem in this corner of Bulgaria.

Magura Caves
This is one of the most beautiful caves in Bulgaria. It is hollowed out in the Rabisha Hill and is one of the largest in the country. The galleries exceed 2,000 meters and consist of a main gallery with three side branches. The halls are enormous, each one over 200m long, more than 50m wide and over 20 m high.

Champagne Magura - the area offers favourable climatic conditions which are similar to those of the Champagne region of France. The Magura caves provide the steady temperatures and humidity required to make champagne-like wines ... and in one part of the caves these naturally fizzy wines are produced

Rabisha Lake
The largest inland lake in Bulgaria and up to 40m deep. The lake offers excellent conditions for windsurfing and swimming. Also attractive to fishermen with carp and sheet-fish to be found.

Along the Danube
This splendid wide river offers wonderful opportunities for sport, fishing, water sports and just pure relaxation.

There is a big water tourist base in Vidin where you can start lovely river excursions. The Orlyaka recreation area is located just 4kms southwest of the town on the river and certainly worth a visit if you have children. Bozhuritsa is another recreation area, 18kms from Vidin. It has a small dam and is set in a forest environment with swimming, rowing and fishing, along with beautiful forest walks. If you can’t face the eco treks, you can always take a gentle outing on a horse and cart.

Rastaria is the name of an ancient Roman town, set close to the village of Archar which is 27kms to the south east of Vidin. Worth a visit to see the ancient ruins.