Dear Valued Readers,
The month of May is beautiful time in Bulgaria combining spring greenness and hot weather. Those who plan their visit to Bulgaria for this summer may be interested to read about Strandja Mountain – the largest Bulgarian nature park which borders the southern Black Sea coast.
Strandja Mountain – Beautiful Variety of Nature and Culture and A Great Place to Live
The largest protected territory in Bulgaria Strandja Mountain Natural Park encloses 1161 sq km or nearly 1% of the country's territory. It starts at about 50 km south from the city of Burgas and spreads to the border with Turkey, including the southern Black Sea coast. The location of the park enclosed between the sea and the large Thracian Plain makes it unique not only for its biodiversity but also for its history and culture.
Designated a National Park in 1995 Strandja Mountain includes 4 natural reserves, 14 protected areas and 8 natural landmarks. This is the only place in Europe where one can see a million-years-old Tertiary forests.
The park is also famous for the diversity of species and for the great number of ancient archaeological monuments from which the most famous are the ruins of Thracian tombs situated near Malko Tarnovo. Today the whole territory of Strandja Mountain is part of the European ecological network Natura 2000.
Other interesting places to visit in the area are the old town of Sozopol – the most ancient town in Europe and the Ropotamo river and beautiful beaches and forests around it with the imposing Thracian stone sanctuaries.
Another unique feature of the region is the local architecture, folklore and crafts traditions. Some of the best examples are the village of Brashlyan with its unique wooden houses and the preserved old school to which one can take a jeep safari from the Black Sea resorts, the old crafts of ore mining and metal working, the traditional dances on live coals in the village of Bulgari.
The villages in the region are few and located away from each other. The most popular among them are the villages of Brashlyan, Kosti, Bulgari, Zvezdets, Brodilovo and Stoilovo. They are all hidden in the mountains with a lot of character. The distance to Burgas is between 60 and 80 km. Most of them are located 20 km to 40 km from the sea coast. The road access is good all year round as the climate in Southern Bulgaria is influenced by the proximity of the sea and the winters are mild.
The largest coastal resorts bordering Strandja Mountains are Primorsko, Lozenets, Kiten, Sinemorets and Tsarevo.
Properties for sale in the area
For budgets between EUR 10, 000 and EUR 40,000 – plots of land in regulation and houses in need of major renovation and for budgets EUR 20,000 – EUR 40,000 – 1 or 2-bedroom properties in good condition which need cosmetic works as well as ready to move in one-bed villas
For budgets between EUR 40, 000 and EUR 60,000 – ready to move in (renovated or newly built) 2-bedroom village properties
For budgets between EUR 60,000 and EUR 120,000 – ready to move in (renovated or newly built) 3+ bedroom properties
Bulgaria's GDP Dropped by 3,5% in the first quarter of 2009
Bulgaria's gross domestic product has decreased by 3,5% in the first quarter of 2009 compared to the same quarter of 2008. This is the first decrease of the GDP since the financial crisis in 1997. During the same quarter exports shrank 16,4%, imports decreased by 21% and consumption dropped by 5,6%.
It was also reported that prices of residential property in the 28 biggest cities dropped by an average of 12,4% compared to the first quarter of 2008.
Japanese Prince Akishino Opened Museum of Thracian Art
On 15 May the Japanese Prince Akishino, his wife Princess Kiko and Bulgarian President Parvanov opened a Museum of Thracian Art in the village of Alexandrovo near Haskovo. The village is known for the Thracian Tomb located close by.
The construction of the Museum of Thracian Art has been fully funded by the Japanese government which donated 3 million US dollars for it. The Museum exhibition includes a unique 6000-year-old golden Thracian treasure, a smaller model of the nearby Alexandrovo Thracian tomb from 4th century BC, and a modern center for scientific research.
Charity Car Treasure Hunt on 6th June in Hotnitsa near Veliko Turnovo
Brits and Bulgarians have organised a Charity Car Treasure Hunt to take place on 6th June 2009. The competition will start in the village of Hotnitsa near Veliko Turnovo and everyone interested is invited to book their participation in advance.
All profits will be donated to the Balvan Children's Home for children aged between 7 and 18. The Charity Car Treasure Hunt is just one of the variety of events organised by the local British society to help children from the orphanage.
Visa Cash Back Introduced by Piccalilli Supermarkets
The Bulgarian supermarket chain Piccadilly introduced for the first time in Bulgaria the service Visa Cash Back. The company has announced that all Visa card holders are now able to withdraw up to BGN 50 from shops' pay-desks using their Visa credit card.
Monthly travel guide..
Below is a link to the Jamadvice HRG Bulgaria Monthly Travel Guide. It provides useful information as well as some interesting facts from the travel industry.