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Bulgaria: the first leg of our whirlwind tour of eight countries in four weeks

Bulgaria: 29 May – 2 June

We set ourselves a punishing schedule for June: eight countries in one month, and at the end of it, we fly off to Malawi for ten days.

Our first top was west Bulgaria and its amazing capital Sofia, where we were amazed to discover its incredible history as part of the Roman empire and one of the first major Christian cities in Europe. 

We then drove up the scenic – if full of lorries – European route 79 (E79) from Sofia into Romania, stopping overnight near Belogradcik.

Here, we offer some basic information about the two places we stayed at, as well as a few more subjective opinions.

A quick disclaimer: the prices are the ones we paid, and may not necessarily be available in the future. ‘All services included’ means you don’t have to pay any extra for electricity, wifi or showers – though almost everywhere charges extra for their washing machines.  

‘Ivan’s camperstop’, Sofia

N 42.74319, E 23.28537.

€10 per night – toilet, waste water services, fresh water and wifi included. No shower.

Grass and grass tile pitches.

A small camperstop that is essentially the back yard of the friendly and helpful owner, Ivan. There’s room for four or five motorhomes, the setting is basic, with a timber cutting facility and former garage equipment also on the site.

But the metro is less than 400 metres away, transporting you into the heart of the capital in less than 15 minutes and there are also shops nearby.

Madona Inn, Falkovets

www.hanmadona.com  

N 43.59726, E 22.77963.

€15 per night – all services included – though it wasn’t clear whether it was possible to empty grey water.

Grass.  

A smallish site attached to this hotel and restaurant in the rural north west of Bulgaria.

A party of 23 Dutch motorhomes on an organised tour had filled up the place by the time we arrived, but the owners were happy for us to stay in the restaurant car park, where we were able to hook up and use all the site facilities.

I think that parked number of vans was pushing the site’s capacity to its limits – it was jammed with campers at all angles. It was a good job they knew each other. 

We also had a lovely meal in the site’s rustic restaurant – some good local cooking, and great value for money at around five euros a head – including wine!

  • As we discovered Sofia is steeped in history, from its Roman roots through to the short-lived Communist era. Find out more here
  • Bulgaria has some fantastic beaches, but its mountains are just as beautiful. It is a country worth exploring
  • You have to try the famous Shopska salad while you are in Bulgaria. It is named after the Shoppi – the natives of Sofia.

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