Travel is one of the best presents. It boosts us with energy, makes us see the world with new eyes, provokes us to try new experiences, to meet new friends, to try new tastes.
Travel makes us feel more alive and more real, more human.
Sadly, in the rush of the everyday life we are having difficulties to find time for a long or a short trip.
Happily, Bulgaria is one of the places where it is easy to find a place for an escape from the everyday life. In this country, there is everything. In its majestic mountains you can do treks, ski or indulge in a lazy relaxation by the swimming pool of some good hotel. The sea abounds with beaches, fun, resorts – and sun.
Traditional towns and villages dot the country, the perfect spots to sink in the atmosphere of times long gone and to enjoy traditional cuisine prepared of delicious home-made products. The archaeological heritage is amazing and a growing number of places offer opportunities for wine tourism. Let's not forget the spa treasures of the country – Bulgaria is a land of hundreds of mineral springs with varying temperature and composition that bring you health and pleasure from the spa procedures.
Bulgaria's cross-road location makes it as well suitable for a short trip in the near abroad. A travel to Greece, that asks from other Europeans a flight or long hours of driving, is much easier and pleasant when your starting point is Bulgaria.
On the following pages we offer you a selection of places to visit by all means during your next trip in 2016.
Ruskovets Resort: Sky, spa and leisure
A wonderful combination of nature, spa and mineral water, combined with comfort and opportunities to practice different sports in all seasons of the year: you will find these all in Ruskovets Resort (Dobrinishte, 1 Neznaen Voin St, phone: 0889 129 090, www.ruskovets.com). Dobrinishte, in Bulgaria's south-west, is famed for its hot mineral springs, and Ruskovets Resort makes the most of it in its aim to offer you a holiday to remember. The resort blends elegance, artistry and the implementation of a number of green ideas, and traditional regional architectural forms are skilfully combined with artistic façades and modern interiors. The local springs have temperature of between 30 and 43ºC, and help in healing of musculoskeletal, skin, neurological, gynaecological and other health problems.
Park Hotel Stara Zagora: Luxury and bliss
Situated among a park on the bank of the Zagorka Lake, the five-star Park Hotel Stara Zagora (Stara Zagora, 50 Han Asparuh St, phone: 042 985 555, www.hotelstarazagora.eu) is a place that radiates tranquility: with its nature and its stylish luxury, with its impeccable service. In the hotel complex you will find a variety of comfortable and luxurious rooms, SPA centre, café and piano bar, and the menu of the Orpheida restaurant abounds with craftily made gourmet specialities from the Bulgarian and European cuisine. In the spa centre, Bedek, the guests enjoy a swimming pool, an excellently equipped gym, as well as sauna, a steam and a Turkish bath. The professional masseurs at Bedek offer classical and relaxing massages, sports massage, massage for pregnant women, massage with warm stones, with massage oils and essences, and much more. Whatever you chose, the effect will be complete pleasure for the body and the senses, and tranquility and new energy for the soul.
Mediterranean Palace: Thessaloniki is yours
Greece's second city is an excellent place for a quick vacation by the sea, specifically during the cold months – in Thessaloniki you will find pleasantly warm weather, great food and enough sites of interest to fill several days. If you have high requirements for the hotel you'll be staying in, then choose Mediterranean Palace (Thessaloniki, 3 Salaminos St; www.mediterranean-palace.gr). No matter how big your desires are, the hotel will satisfy them all. Each of the elegant rooms and apartments are furnished in discreet luxury, with gorgeous furniture and fabrics, and the guests have amenities like free 24/7 parking. The heart of the city, with the Ladadika neighbourhood, the central shopping streets and the promenade is nearby, but you are strongly advised not to miss the hotel's restaurant, Diplomatico. Its emblematic blend of gourmet cuisine and impeccable service make it a preferred place in Thessaloniki and one of the things in the city that will leave a strong memory from your trip.
Interhotel Sandanski: Spa delights all year round