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Bulgaria (Lonely Planet Country Guides) [Paperback]

Richard Watkins , Tom Masters
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1 Jun 2005 Lonely Planet Country Guides
Lounge on sandy Black Sea beaches, hike in the spectacular Rila Mountains and soak up Bulgaria's fascinating history in frescoed monasteries and Roman ruins. Whether you're in search of cultural riches or outdoor pursuits, this bestselling guide will inspire you to uncover all the delights of Bulgaria.
Immerse Yourself - our discerning cultural coverage includes folk festivals, lovingly restored national revival architecture and Byzantine ruins
Find Adventure - our dedicated Great Outdoors chapter describes some of Europe's best budget ski runs and where to see brown bears, wolves and over 400 species of birds
Drink Up with information on where to find the best Bulgarian wines
Get Around - over 30 detailed maps include Cyrillic for easy navigation
Sleep Tight in family guesthouses and mountain huts - reviews to suit every taste and budget

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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Jun 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1740595300
  • ISBN-13: 978-1740595308
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 13 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 694,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Fair, but don't take it as your only guide 13 Jun 2006
By Ryan Li
I visited Sofia and Plovdiv for 4 days recently, and for my purposes found this guide to be of average usefulness, nothing more. The coverage on Sofia was underwhelming; the main sights and accommodation needs are all well covered, but the recommended eating and drinking venues are rather run-of-the-mill, even lacklustre. Certainly it does not do justice to Sofia's well deserved reputation as an up-and-coming, ultra-hip metropolitan location, where in my experience there is no shortage of exceptional and perfectly affordable bars and restaurants, e.g. 10 leva for a filling and impeccable two-course "Chef's Recommendations" at Upstairs, and the amazing Vinobar which is worth visiting just to see the winelist of 300 varieties.

As for Plovdiv, the author claims that "Unless you're planning a long stay, or venturing out into the suburbs, the maps in this guidebook will be sufficient." Not so. We got lost on the hills of the old town because many of the streets were not labelled on said map.

Other curiosities, for the lack of foresight, or attention to detail, may be found. In the Bulgarian phrases section at the back, "dobur den" (the most commonly used phrase for "good day" or "hello") is missing for some unknown reason. On how to get to Simenovo from Sofia: "Minibus No 41 runs from Sofia city centre to Simeonovo (1lv)." All very well, but may I ask where in the city centre? The section on Sofia transport completely fails to mention the fact that a line of official yellow taxis exist perpetually outside the airport, so there is no real need to book a cab at the counter inside the airport as the guidebook recommends; had this been made clear to me beforehand it would have saved me some sweat on my arrival at the airport at 1:20am.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lonely Planet Rocks 16 Nov 2013
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In out opinion, the Lonely Planet guides in general are the best available for travel. We use them exclusively when we travel....
5.0 out of 5 stars I'll be using Lonely Planet guides again! 16 July 2014
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We bought a few guides to Bulgaria before travelling there this sumer. The Lonely Planet guide was the best. It's compact, to the point, and gives the country the respect and depth of subject that Bulgaria deserves.
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