Category: First visit

Our first visit to Bulgaria was in September 2013. We did a huge tour of the country in a hire car, camping where we could. We met lots of lovely people who we had been in touch with on Facebook, who kindly showed us hospitality and answered our many questions about life in Bulgaria. You know who you are, so thank you!

Plovdiv Old Town

Day 8 Elhovo to Plovdiv

Our visit to Chris and Val marked the end of our scheduled meeting and property viewings. Our last week in Bulgaria was completely our own. We decided that we would like to revisit some areas we’d been through, but first we wanted to visit the city of Plovdiv before heading back north to Veliko Tarnovo. We had hoped to visit…


Signposting in Bulgaria is like nothing we’ve ever seen before, but the Bulgarian way is apparently common in Europe. Instead of a signpost pointing to the nearest town, and having other destinations along the way marked, signposts usually point to either Ruse, Sofia, Varna, Burgas or Istanbul. You’re expected to know which direction you want to go in.

Also, while signposts on the main roads were in Cyrillic and Latin alphabets, off the main roads they were all in Cyrillic. This made finding our way around very complicated, and led to some nifty map work from Julie, and a lot of pulling over to the side of the road while we decifered roadsigns