Bulgaria

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E5, Kom-Emine - by Henk Nouws Bulgaria is a lovely country for long distance hikers. Most famous are Rila, Pirin and Rhodope mountain ranges. The Balkan mountains (Stara Planina) are perhaps less spectacularly high, but no less interesting in terms of flora and fauna. The European long distance trail E3, of which the Bulgarian section is known as "Kom-Emine", runs right across the Stara Planina from western border with Serbia to the Black Sea in the east. This magnificent waymarked trail, through old forests of beech and oak, passing remote huts and open grassy ridges with herds of horses running free,  will leave a lasting impression on any long distance hiker. A second European long distance trail, E4, leads across the Bulgarian Vitosha mountains south of Sofia, and there are several other well-marked long distance trails and lots of mountain huts in Bulgaria. Bringing camping gear can be handy though.

Inland Bulgaria has a temperate continental climate, with a more maritime, almost mediterranean climate along the Black Sea coast. In the mountains, July, August and September are warm and mostly dry. Nevertheless, be prepared for sudden weather changes and drops in temperature at all times, and fierce thunderstorms in particular.

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Rate 9.0 | 1 vote | No 3. in Europe
  • John P August 2018
  • Rate 9
  • Positive The Rila and Pririn mountains are terrific places for Alpine type walking, well served with waymarked paths, mountain refuges, wooded slopes and rocky mountain tops, some fun scrambling across rocks and high altitude lakes. Sofia is also a worth a visit.
  • Negative On the plains some packs of dogs could be frightening. Quality of mountain huts could be variable.
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Trails

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Books

Bol.com
Netherlands
2015
  • Bulgaria
  • Bulgaria has a history and culture as rich and diverse as its landscape. From the gold-domed churches of Sofia to the picturesque National Revival houses of Koprivshtitsa, visitors will find an eclectic mix of traditions and architecture. Add to this remote mountain monasteries, medieval fortresses and ancient rock formations, and you'll see... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2015
  • Bulgaria
  • Bulgaria has a history and culture as rich and diverse as its landscape. From the gold-domed churches of Sofia to the picturesque National Revival houses of Koprivshtitsa, visitors will find an eclectic mix of traditions and architecture. Add to this remote mountain monasteries, medieval fortresses and ancient rock formations, and you'll see... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
  • Reisgids Bulgaria - Bulgarije | Bradt Travel Guides
  • Voor vele landen net zo goed, zo niet beter dan de Planet. Beduidend soberder uitgevoerd, maar ook met veel informatie voor backpackers en met veel kaartmateriaal. Een aanrader! The Bradt Guide to Bulgaria, written by Dr Annie Kay, is the most comprehensive guide yet to this beautiful, rapidly changing, country in the far South East corner of... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Lost in the World
  • What do sacrificing sheep, the Bulgarian KGB and fish eyes floating in soup have in common?They were just a small part of the unexpected events I encountered during my 20 years traveling the world.When you add; sharing a path with Giant Monitor Lizards, a nuclear power plant outside your hotel window and passing out white envelopes filled with... Read more
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Belgium
  • Lost in the World
  • What do sacrificing sheep, the Bulgarian KGB and fish eyes floating in soup have in common?They were just a small part of the unexpected events I encountered during my 20 years traveling the world.When you add; sharing a path with Giant Monitor Lizards, a nuclear power plant outside your hotel window and passing out white envelopes filled with... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2008
  • Reisgids Bulgarien Schwarzmeerküste | Michael Müller Verlag
  • Hele goede, zeer degelijke en bijzonder complete reisgids over Bulgarije. Met zowel aandacht voor cultuur als voor praktische feiten voor het rondreizen zelf. 354 Kilometer bulgarische Schwarzmeerküste mit Stränden für jeden Geschmack, mal ausgedehnte Sandstreifen, mal intime Sandbuchten, mal zerklüftete Felsküstenpanoramen. Der Rest sind... Read more
Kompass
Germany
  • MARCO POLO Reiseführer Bulgarien
  • Kompakte Informationen, Insider-Tipps, Erlebnistouren und digitale Extras:Entdecken Sie mit MARCO POLO das südosteuropäische Land vom höchsten Gipfel im Rila-Gebirge bis zu den langen Sandstränden an der Schwarzmeerküste - mit dem MARCO POLO Reiseführer kommen Sie sofort in Bulgarien an. Erfahren Sie, welche Highlights Sie neben den grandiosen... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Wandelgids Bulgarien - Bulgarije | Rother
  • Goede wandelgids van de bekende uitgever Rother met 50 wandelingen en trektochten in het Pirin- en Rila gebergte van Zuidwest Bulgarije. Met goede route omschrijvingen, hoogteprofielen en kaarten zijn alle routes aangegeven per moeilijkheidscategorie. Wandern in Bulgarien? Das mag exotisch anmuten, interessant und lohnend ist es auf jeden Fall.... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Walking the Woods and the Water
  • In 1933, the eighteen year old Patrick Leigh Fermor set out in a pair of hobnailed boots to chance and charm his way across Europe, like a tramp, a pilgrim or a wandering scholar. The books he later wrote about this walk, A Time of Gifts, Between the Woods and the Water, and the posthumous The Broken Road are a half-remembered, half-reimagined... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Walking the Woods and the Water
  • In 1933, the eighteen year old Patrick Leigh Fermor set out in a pair of hobnailed boots to chance and charm his way across Europe, like a tramp, a pilgrim or a wandering scholar. The books he later wrote about this walk, A Time of Gifts, Between the Woods and the Water, and the posthumous The Broken Road are a half-remembered, half-reimagined... Read more
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Kompass
Germany
  • Lonely Planets kuriose Welt
  • Die Welt ist bis in die hintersten Winkel erforscht, unbekannte Orte zu entdecken ist beinahe ein Ding der Unmöglichkeit. Tatsächlich? Nein, findet Lonely Planet und beweist, dass die Welt noch eine ganze Menge Entdeckungen bereithält: Gespenstische, schräge, geheimnisvolle oder einfach nur verlassene Orte. Dazu gehören das kommunistische... Read more
Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2017
  • Walking in Bulgaria's National Parks
  • A guidebook to 12 multi-day treks in Bulgaria's highest and wildest mountain ranges in the Pirin, Rila and Central Balkan national parks. The treks are aimed at fit, experienced mountain walkers, with steep ascents and exposed scrambles. The routes range from 7 to 61km and include a full-day ascent of Mount Vihren. Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2010
  • Walking in Bulgaria's National Parks
  • This handy guidebook contains route descriptions for 12 multi-day treks in Bulgaria's highest and wildest mountain ranges in the Pirin, Rila and Central Balkan national parks. The treks are aimed at fit, experienced mountain walkers as the routes contain steep ascents and exposed scrambles. The routes range from 7 to 61km and cover a varied terrain Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
2010
  • Walking in Bulgaria's National Parks
  • A guide to walking and trekking in Bulgaria. The routes are based in the Pirin, Rila and Central Balkan national parks that cover the three wildest and most majestic mountain regions of Bulgaria. 12 superb two to four-day routes are described including ascents of Musala and Vihren, Bulgaria's highest peaks. Each walk is broken down into day... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
2010
  • Walking in Bulgaria's National Parks
  • A guide to walking and trekking in Bulgaria. The routes are based in the Pirin, Rila and Central Balkan national parks that cover the three wildest and most majestic mountain regions of Bulgaria. 12 superb two to four-day routes are described including ascents of Musala and Vihren, Bulgaria's highest peaks. Each walk is broken down into day... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2010
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2017
  • Lonely Planet Romania & Bulgaria
  • Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisherLonely Planet Romania & Bulgaria is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Absorb the vibrant landscape by hiking the Carpathians, relax on Bulgaria's Black Sea coast, or experience the kaleidoscope... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2017
  • Lonely Planet Romania & Bulgaria
  • Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisherLonely Planet Romania & Bulgaria is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Absorb the vibrant landscape by hiking the Carpathians, relax on Bulgaria's Black Sea coast, or experience the kaleidoscope... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Romania & Bulgaria - Roemenië en Bulgarije | Lonely Planet
  • De perfecte reisgids voor zowel de georganiseerde als de zelfstandige reiziger. Naast een algemene inleiding van het land / streek vol met praktische informatie over hoe je er het beste kunt reizen: slapen, eten, vervoer, excursies ... alles kun je er in vinden. Engelstalig. Lonely Planet Romania & Bulgaria is your passport to all the most... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Pocket Guide Bulgaria - Bulgarije | Berlitz
  • Pocket Guide Berlitz is een handzaam engelstalige reisgids met bezienswaardigheden, kaartjes, hotels en restaurants. Past makkelijk in de binnenzak. Berlitz Pocket Guides: iconic style, a bestselling brand, this is the quintessential pocket-sized travel guide to Bulgaria. · Newly updated edition of Berlitz Pocket Guide Bulgaria · Over 45... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Eyewitness Travel Bulgaria - Bulgarije | Dorling Kindersley
  • Prachtig geillustreerde reisgids met o.a. 3D tekeningen, fraaie kaarten en geweldige foto’s. Daarnaast uitgebreide achtergrondbeschrijvingen. Echt om in de stemming te komen! Engelstalig. Discover this unspoiled country, from the top things to do in Sofia - such as exploring the Aleksander Nevski Memorial Church and hiking on Mount Vitosha - to... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Insight Pocket Guide Bulgaria - Bulgarije | Insight Guides
  • De pocket guide serie van Insight Guides is een zeer compacte reisgids die makkelijk in een jas- of broekzak past. Veel informatie over bezienswaardigheden, maar ook praktische zaken als vervoer, accommodaties etc. Insight Pocket Guides: ideal itineraries and top travel tips in a pocket-sized package. Now with free eBook, and a pull-out map.·... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Reisgids ANWB extra Donauroute | ANWB Media
  • Handige en overzichtelijke, kleine reisgids voor een eerste kennismaking met de vakantiebestemming of een weekendje stad. Globale uitklapkaart achterin, makkelijk binnenzakformaat. ANWB EXTRA is een compacte reisgids van de ANWB. Met deze gids heeft u een handzame reisgezel, waarmee u zich snel thuis voelt op de plaats van bestemming. In iedere... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Bulgaria Road Atlas
  • Road Atlas of Bulgaria at 1:330,000 from Domino with street plans of central Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna and Burgas, enlargements for the Black Sea coast holiday areas, plus lists of 100 best tourist sights and 169 monasteries.The atlas provides an excellent picture of the country’s topography with bright altitude colouring enhanced by relief shading... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Bulgaria (with Fishing Lakes)
  • Bulgaria at 1:540,000 on an indexed road from Domino with on the reverse enlargements of 20 fishing lakes, plus other information for anglers. All information is in Bulgarian only and all place names of the maps are in Cyrillic alphabet.The main map provides a clear picture of the country’s topography with bright altitude colouring enhanced by... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Pirin (BG) - Orvilos - Vrontou (GR) Geopsis 134
  • Pirin Mountais in south-western Bulgaria, plus Orvilos and Vrondous (Vrontou) Mountains in northern Greece on a light, waterproof and tear-resistant, contoured and GPS compatible amt at 1:50,000 from Greek publishers Geopsis, highlighting waymarked hiking trails, places of interest, etc.On one side are the Pirin Mountain in Bulgaria with... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart noordelijk Pirin gebergte - Northern Pirin | IT maps - Iskar
  • Goede duidelijke wandelkaart met een schaal van 1:25.000 van het noordelijk deel van het Pirin gebergte in Bulgarije. De kaart is gebaseerd op topografische kaarten met een opdruk van wandelroutes, hutten en andere handige informatie. Hoogtelijnen (afstand 10 m), bergen, meren en rivieren staan er goed voor navigatie; de beschrijvingen en... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart zuidelijk Pirin gebergte - southern Pirin | IT maps - Iskar
  • Goede duidelijke wandelkaart met een schaal van 1:25.000 van het zuidelijke deel van het Pirin gebergte. De kaart is gebaseerd op topografische kaarten met een opdruk van wandelroutes, hutten en andere handige informatie. Hoogtelijnen (afstand 10 m), bergen, meren en rivieren staan er goed voor navigatie; de beschrijvingen en plaatsnamen zijn... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Vitosha - Verila
  • Street Atlas of Sofia with its outer suburbs and satellite districts at 1:12,000, with a topographic map of the Vitosha massif at 1:50,000 and a 4-page English language to the capital. The city’s tram, trolleybus and bus lines are shown with stops and line numbers. One way streets are marked, plus car parks, locations of petrol stations and car... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart Vitosha - Verila | IT maps - Iskar
  • Goede duidelijke wandelkaart met een schaal van 1:25.000 van het Vitosha - Verila gebergte in Bulgarije, inclusief de Vitosha 100 km trail. De kaart is gebaseerd op topografische kaarten met een opdruk van wandelroutes, hutten en andere handige informatie. Hoogtelijnen (afstand 10 m), bergen, meren en rivieren staan er goed voor navigatie; de... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Strandzha Mountains: Burgas to the Turkish Border Domino Map
  • Strandzha Mountains in the south-eastern corner of Bulgaria between Burgas to the Turkish border on a contoured and GPS compatible map from Domino showing local hiking trails and highlighting various interesting sites, with three more detailed enlargements at 1:25,000. Most place names are in both Latin and Cyrillic alphabet; map legend... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart Strandzha - Bulgarije | Domino
  • Strandzha Mountains in the south-eastern corner of Bulgaria between Burgas to the Turkish border on a contoured and GPS compatible map from Domino showing local hiking trails and highlighting various interesting sites, with three more detailed enlargements at 1:25,000. Most place names are in both Latin and Cyrillic alphabet; map legend... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart Sredna Gora - Bulgarije | Domino
  • Pirin Mountains at 1:50,000 on a large, double-sided, contoured map with GPS waypoints for shelters and chalets, peaks, etc. and highlighting hiking routes. Topography is shown by contours at 40m intervals with additional relief shading and graphics and colouring for sandstone stacks, single rocks over 5m high, marshlands and different types of... Read more
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Netherlands
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Kompass
Germany
  • MARCO POLO Länderkarte Bulgarien 1:800 000
  • Für die große Fahrt und kleine Abstecher. Die MARCO POLO Länderkarten bestechen durch eine leicht lesbare Kartografie, in der durchgängig landschaftlich schöne Strecken und Orte markiert sind. Schon in der, im Kartendeckel befindlichen, ausklappbaren Übersichtskarte sind die schönsten Orte mit Marco Polo Highlight-Sternen´´, sowie gelben oder... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Pirin Mountains Domino
  • Pirin Mountains at 1:50,000 on a large, double-sided, contoured map with GPS waypoints for shelters and chalets, peaks, etc. and highlighting hiking routes. Topography is shown by contours at 40m intervals with additional relief shading and graphics and colouring for sandstone stacks, single rocks over 5m high, marshlands and different types of... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 6 Pirin gebergte | Domino
  • Pirin Mountains at 1:50,000 on a large, double-sided, contoured map with GPS waypoints for shelters and chalets, peaks, etc. and highlighting hiking routes. Topography is shown by contours at 40m intervals with additional relief shading and graphics and colouring for sandstone stacks, single rocks over 5m high, marshlands and different types of... Read more
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Walking holidays

Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Bulgarije - Nationale Parken
  • Wandelvakantie naar drie van de meest ongerepte natuurparken van de Balkan. Eerst bezoek je het Central Balkan National Park met zijn bloemenrijke bergkammen en uitgestrekte bossen waar wolven en beren nog vrij ronddwalen. Daarna wacht, na een cultureel intermezzo in het stadje Koprivshtitsa, het ruige hooggebergte van het Rila National Park.... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Bulgarije - Vogelreis
  • Een vogelreis naar het hart van de Balkan: Bulgarije. Met een groot aantal Nationale Parken vol zeldzame soorten behoort Bulgarije tot een van de Europese topbestemmingen voor vogelaars. De bijzondere maskerklauwier, de spectaculaire maar zeldzame keizerarend en de withalsvliegenvanger; ze houden zich allemaal schuil in het schitterende... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Bulgarije - Rila
  • Op sneeuwschoenen door het Rilagebergte, in het zuidwesten van Bulgarije. Een onderdompeling, niet alleen in de natuur van de hoogste bergen van Zuidoost-Europa, maar ook in de rijke Bulgaarse cultuur. De Engelstalige lokale gids leidt op deskundige wijze de verrassende sneeuwwandeltochten door het ruige gebergte. Hij laat je op unieke wijze... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Bulgarije - Rila gebergte
  • Ervaar de grote schoonheid van natuur en cultuur in Bulgarije. Beklim het Rila gebergte,een Nationaal Park. Lunch aan een van de stille bergmeren en loop door de eeuwenoude oerbossen. Vergaap je aan de bijzondere pracht van de fresco’s in het Rila klooster, hoog op de lijst van Unesco’s werelderfgoed. Overnacht in een vriendelijk pension met... Read more
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