You will love Bulgaria. I recommend the Rila Mountains and Rila Monastry , also Pirin and Bansko further south. I am in love with that part of the world.
In bulgaria watch out for speed traps - they have lovely new main roads and they were supplied with new speed guns as well. No major hassle you pay fine as you leave but not best way to meet local police.
If you are heading that way I suggest you visit romania. Amazing country, the people have huge hearts. Makes a nice variation on doing a circuit - and if time is limited spend more time there. I promise you will fall in love with the country. It is special.
I recommend Trnsylvania, Brasov, the Carpathians www.clcp.ro
, Trans Fargasian Highway. If you want to just cut through south west romania then this good too Danube amazing in south, nr carrensebes a really bike freindly area, beautiful scenery and accomodation availible linked with a sustainable tourism and off road motorcylce project that works! now a good small scale tourism network in mountains. www.enduromania.ro
it is very cheap and the money you spend makes a real difference locally.
And on return route through Hungary call in at budapest ace city and best place to stay www.bikercamp.hu
- a real garden of eden and amazing host zolst 20% discount if on 2 wheels.
Anyone wanting advice on region feel free to ring me 07939 135064 - serbia is cool too. Novi Sad is bike city - in the old way.Amazing welcome from local crew. I can give you some contacts if you wish.
Go there and have fun - seriously I am not on commision from Balkan tourist board but that area is so special and forget any horror stories you hear - I dropped a large note in Sighisoaria (well worth visit Viscri -transylvanian saxon villages as well -nr Rupea) and 3 people spent an hour looking for me to return it! bearing mind average wage £50 a month! that wouldnt happen in uk.
I could go on for hours...in fact i am back in Romania on weds by plane this time! Oh probally good you are taking wife - shecan look after your heart - i travelled solo and lost mine there! Girls are so beautiful...
feel free to make contact - have loads of good accom to recommend - spent 6 weeks in 2002 in region. Happy to share info
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