Where you can relax in the summer in Bulgaria
Between Sochi and Nice.
Before my next vacation, I thought: where you can relax in the summer in Bulgaria? In the sense, in which city, in which resort? Has stopped the choice on Albena. I admit honestly: it was not her rich past that became the main reason for buying a trip to Albena. Simply, as one friend of mine said, spending an annual vacation in Bulgaria, flying - no longer than in our Sochi, the service is a little worse than in Nice, and the prices are much lower. All this suited me very well ...
Albena is a resort, and only a resort. If in summer its hotels are overcrowded, and a 4-kilometer beach strip hardly accommodates everyone, then from the beginning of September the town gradually empties. Tourists are less and less, even some hotels and cafes are closed. But for me, dreaming of a break from people, it was an ideal option. In addition, the sea remained calm and warm, the sun - gentle, non-burning. It seems that nothing more in life is necessary: to lie on a gentle golden sand, not thinking about anything, and listen to the splashing of waves ...
And yet, even such grace in a fewdays gets boring. Bored with riding around the city in a mini-train, brushing off the barkers who are persuading people to take pictures of retro-photos in old Bulgarian clothes, chatting with smiling ladies at a beach cafe. By the way, there is practically no language barrier in this country - almost everyone here speaks Russian, English or German. It is also useful to talk with compatriots. Neighbors on the hotel - patrons of the Bulgarian resorts - enlightened me about the "where and how, how much".
Whom where to go.
So, located to the south of Albena resortthe town of Golden Sands is somewhat like the Crimea: the same pine and spruce groves, mountains. But for young people this is not a problem. Quite close to this resort is the club village "Riviera", consisting of 6 hotels. There are not so many Russians here, unlike the other complex - "St. Constantine and Elena. " This quiet corner in the past was a favorite holiday destination for Bulgarian kings and nobles. Then here rested government officials and ministers. Resort "St. Konstantin and Elena "is famous for its healing mineral springs and thermal waters.
For entertainment and noisy nightlife, you cango to Sunny Beach, which is similar to our Sochi. The terrain, unlike the Golden Sands, without slides and steep slopes. The climate, however, is hotter. The beach at this resort is amazingly sloping, the sea is shallow, which is good for children. For the special ecological qualities Sunny Beach has repeatedly received the prestigious Blue Flag.
South of this resort, on a small picturesquepeninsula, Nessebar has been for many centuries - an ancient city-museum, the old part of which is under the protection of UNESCO. You need to visit it - to admire the local churches, to buy souvenirs or just to drink coffee. However, like another charming ancient town, Sozopol. And to the south of Nessebar - just a few kilometers - the village of Ravda with cheap family hotels, taverns and children's camps.
My dear one ...
All this useful information I took note,but its excursion program started from Varna. Fortunately, it is very close to Albena, besides it is possible to combine a shopping trip with a visit to museums. This city is one of the oldest in Europe: it dates from the sixth century. BC. It hides an ancient history, to this day surprising specialists. When excavating the Varna necropolis, it was discovered a golden treasure, which belonged to an unknown ancient people, who lived here long before the Thracians. Maybe, of course, I'm a bad patriot, but in Plevna. released in the XIX century with the help of Russian weapons, did not go: it hurts a hot day. But a little later I joined a rather long excursion to Plovdiv, where the ancient fragments of the amphitheater of Philip II of Macedon, who conquered the city in 342, are still preserved. Now the theater is restored, various performances are arranged in it, but on the day of our arrival there was nothing. But we admired the oldest in Europe watch tower, mosques of the times of Turkish rule "Imaret" and "Jumaya". In general, more than 200 buildings of Old Plovdiv are declared historical monuments. Even just sitting in a cafe on its medieval streets is a real pleasure. No wonder there are so many artists who are attracted by the cozy atmosphere of these places.
In the last week of my holiday, I managedgo to the cape Kaliakra, where the ancient fortress is located, and to Aladzhu - a monastery carved into the rock. And my neighbors at the hotel were persuaded to go with them to the nature preserve Pobiti Kamen. Absolutely amazing place - a real forest of stone columns six meters high and the most bizarre forms. And all this is created by nature itself. For such a fantastic sight, it was not a pity to have stolen a day at the beach ...
Martenitsy with a scent of roses.
Already having an idea of the prices in the shops of Albenaand Varna, during excursions to small resort towns, I quickly realized that it is better to buy souvenirs in them. There are more original products and they are cheaper. I terribly liked the so-called martenits, which are called the national symbol of Bulgaria. It's kind of like a little thread doll. At one time only red and white threads were used for their manufacture, but now the martensis is made in multicolored, decorated with beads or beads. In ancient times, it was believed that the martensis protects a person from the evil eye and diseases. And in some places with their help predicted the future, so they called "fortune-tellers". These lovely little things are inexpensive, and I bought them for three of my friends. Although they are not very faithful, they still will not hurt the amulets ... Of course, no one comes from Bulgaria without a wooden case with a capsule of rose oil inside. These traditional souvenirs are here at every turn, and it's simply impossible not to buy a couple. To me, the aroma of pink perfume seems a bit sugary, but the cream based on rose oil liked it. Local masters are very good at working with copper and silver, original dishes and jewelry made of these metals are an excellent memory of the trip. In addition, the prices for them are quite reasonable. Like fabrics, and linen clothes - a couple of pretty things I bought quite inexpensively. But about the skin I can not say: the Turkish is not an example of quality. In general, any consumer goods in Bulgaria is not worth buying: we have more choice, the prices are the same, and even lower.
Tasty, right up to tears!
Due to the fact that I had a lot of trips,I was mentally happy that I took the ticket only "with breakfast." There are no problems to eat in Bulgaria. It is especially pleasant to have a meal in local taverns - furs, which are decorated in a folk style and where national dishes are served. These "catering points" are usually located in the basement rooms, in which "live music" plays. True, as the Bulgarians themselves say, they know how to bring tourists to tears. He took a bite of a mouth-watering pepper, and everything burns inside, like a flame raging. So you have to be careful. But, even with the most pampered stomach, you will not remain hungry.
You can have a snack with a traditional salad - shopor meshed (tomatoes with cucumbers and at the request of the cheese), Russian (Olivier), Italian, or offer more vegetable snacks of three or four kinds. Usually the portions are not very large, so it makes sense to add a cold "present" - a handle, or a cocktail of ham, a mushroom cocktail, a dry sausage "lukanku", tomatoes stuffed with mushrooms or cheese. After the sun on the beach of any tourist will be very pleased with the cold Bulgarian soup "tarator" (finely chopped cucumbers, dill, garlic and walnuts are flooded with diluted Bulgarian "mule"). Bulgaria is famous for its firewoods (a piece of roasted meat on a grate) and kebabs (fried oblong cutlets from minced meat). Fruit juices are good here, coffee, both Turkish and espresso, is sold everywhere, often with juice. In heat, quenching thirst "Aryan" - a refreshing drink made of water and sour milk.
But the "raki" - fruit vodka, which is soproud Bulgarians, I did not try: I bought some souvenir bottles as a gift to men. And then after consulting with people who know her well. They explained: the best rakia is grape. The cherry, apple, apricot, peach and pear are also pleasant.
To drink food Bulgarians offer on the principle: white wine to fish, and red wine to meat, and rakia to everything. They often violate these rules themselves. It is then accepted to drink red wine in months, in the name of which there is a letter "p", and in the rest - white. That's why in the summer in hot weather cold white wine is drunk.
Almost not abroad.
I must say that in any Bulgarian resortalmost on the first day there are friends among the hotel or cafeteria. True, they are not always local: many Bulgarians come to the seaside towns for work in summer. It is enough to visit the same store, cafe or bar a couple of times, you will be remembered and then will be greeted as an old friend. Involuntarily noted that the people here are very enterprising. A young, pretty ice-maker Peter immediately told me that he was studying at a dentist in Plovdiv, and in Albena he was earning his studies in the summer. To him, in my opinion, the girls from all over the town went for a cold delicacy girls. Although this guy was the most expensive. But for every customer, a good-natured smile was ready for a talkative ice-cream man. He always chatted cheerfully and promised to exchange dollars at the most favorable rate at any time of the day or night. Past Stefan - barkers in a cozy restaurant on the beach - it was simply impossible to pass: he will necessarily sit you down for the best table, advise what to choose from the menu, then he will ask if he liked it, and if you are not in a hurry, he will also "talk for life" . Girls-saleswomen are also almost all friendly, and the elderly maids in the hotel are caring. And this goodwill is very touching and uplifting. Once we joked: "A hen is not a bird, Bulgaria is not a foreign country". Feels like everything is still left ... But is it bad to feel relaxed at home? In the end, it is possible, having rested in the summer in Bulgaria, to spend a winter vacation somewhere else ...
In order not to get into a mess.
■ Remember the word "mente" - this is what everyone calls fake, including alcohol, in Bulgaria. In shops and on trays it is better not to buy rakiyu and wines cheaper than 200 leva.
■ During the conversation, the gestures of the Bulgarians differ from those adopted by us. So, if a person agrees with you, he shakes his head negatively, and when he objects or says "no", he will nod in the affirmative.
■ If you have left unused Bulgarian money - the left, exchange it before departure: import and export of national currency from the country is prohibited.