I’ve been in, and through, Bulgaria many times. I even have a business based in Plovdiv, but I’ve never really spent much time in Bulgaria. Plovdiv is also very convenient as a stop before you cross over to / from Turkey, and after that, if coming back from Turkey, I would usually head for Sofia, then exit the country again.
At the moment I’m in-between Covid vaccine shots which I’m getting in Plovdiv, and whilst waiting I decided this weekend to venture out to the South Western parts, around Bansko – and I’m so glad I did! The roads there already promised a very different landscape than what I’m used to seeing in Bulgaria.
Just before I set off I got a new set of wheels for the motorhome, this time going for ones with proper grip, the BF Goodrich All Terrain’s – and they look very smart!
I met up with a German couple (on insta as “oskarunterwegs2019”) who has a beast of a an overland vehicle, and they too are loving the countryside areas around Bansko.
It became very green and rural, and climbed higher and higher, cooling down a lot from the very hot Plovdiv.
Bansko itself was a big surprise – it’s pretty much a rather big skiing village, and there are thousands of apartments in classic Alpine style.
I have a good friend who currently lives here, and it was great to see him – we had an impromptu barbeque using the bike rack, as it was quite windy but behind the motorhome it was nicely sheltered.
After Bansko I was heading to a camping spot near a lake but drove past the “Thermal Camping Velingrad” and after reading about it online (apparently won a top prize last year), I decided to give it a try. It’s a very tidy campsite with super showers and other facilities, including of course, a range of sauna’s, steamrooms and outdoor heated pools, and still great spots along the mountain trails to walk Olli.
Time to treat myself for a few days!