Sleep like a monk and rise at dawn to see Rila Monastery's frescoes in the early morning rays Say dobur den to cats lounging in the old-world side streets of Veliko Tarnovo Clamber up Belogradchik's majestic rocks and explore the defensive bunkers of the Roman Kaleto Fortress Lay down your towel at the best Black Sea beaches for swimming, partying or relaxing
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Two expert authors, 80 days of in-country research, 35 detailed maps New chapter on Bulgarian wine Content updated daily: visit lonelyplanet.com for up-to-the-minute reviews, updates and traveller suggestions
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If you need a guidebook to visit Bulgaria, this is not the book you should buy. Major mistakes in history, cities descriptions and biased commentaries make this guide useless for people who travel the first time to the country. Travelers will learn that there is an impressive Roman castle in Vidin, or search for prehistoric constructions around the Belogradchik rocks. Tough task, since the Vidin Castle is Medieval and the Belogradchick rocks don't have any prehistoric construction preserved. You will learn that by October all Black Sea resorts have closed, which is totally false. There are endless possibilities to stay on the Black Sea coast during October, for less money and huge discounts, and many of the hotels (all 4 and 5 star hotels, for example) are open year around. In Nessebar, UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will search for Roman ruins (again, is everything that Lonely Planet see in Bulgaria "Roman"?), where surrounded by Byzantine Churches and medieval Revival...
As a very old timer with Lonely Planet Guidebooks, I have observed a turn in them from "survival guides" to more general to almost vague guides. It is not clear to whom these guides are intended. This one although recently updated lacks much basic information about places, times, prices etc. As was written by a former reviewer:" If you need a guidebook to visit Bulgaria, this is not the book you should buy". We recently returned from an 8 day trek in the mountain areas covering the Rila, Pirin and Rhodopi ranges. Many of the places we visited are not mentioned at all in the guide and those that are have very limited discriptions. I reccomend trying the Rough Guide.
I spent 2 weeks driving around Bulgaria in October 2009. I used this guide exclusively for accomodations and frequently for restaurants. I found it accurate and discerning. It led us to a number of unique and excellent hotels and with no losers. The restaurants it recommended were good choices. The description of the Bulgarian cities, travel sites, and history was good, helpful, and accurate. A good buy all around. Doug Van Vlear
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