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“Beautiful woods and rivers”

Strandja Nature Park
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Reviewed 15 September 2013

This is a lovely area of Bulgaria, easily accessible from Burgas and Sozopol. We found a Bulgarian who took us in his car around a scenic route (charging only 50 lev plus petrol) and we visited Thracian and Roman tombs, a village with 18th and 19th century traditional houses, and a fishery. We had a very good lunch at a fish farm and then went for a walk through the most beautiful woods, crossing the river by stepping stones and a wooden plank.

Some of the roads in Strandja are very bad, which can be hard on your car's suspension and tyres.

If you go, it's a good idea to take your passport in case you want to go near the Turkish border. We were stopped by border police who checked our identity. The situation in Syria has meant that some refugees who went to Turkey try to get into the EU via Bulgaria, so they are extra vigilant.

3  Thank margaret h
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Reviewed 2 June 2013

As our hobby is photographing butterflies and birds, we decided to try Bulgaria. After coming across 'visit strandja ' website, I contacted Anja who proceeded to organize our holiday for us. She was so helpful, answering every question I had.
She arranged a rental car from the airport, and the bed and breakfast accommodation thought out the week. The pack she had sent us included the maps and all detailed directions to get us from one place to another, and any walks we may choose to do on the way.
We went on May 20th, a little early for butterflies, but still captured some lovely pictures,especially the fritillaries.The birds are difficult to see,but it was a joy to hear the nightingales every stop we made.

The villages we stayed in were very interesting, where the locals spoke to us in Bulgarian, and we spoke in English, but somehow we got by! The accommodation was very good, and we also had our evening meals provided by the guesthouse.
On our last day we drove back up to the lakes at Burgas to spend the day with a bird guide, arranged by Anja. It was a very enjoyable day,a good end to a very interesting week. We had been blessed with lovely weather,sunny and around max 28c.
If you enjoy nature, then visit Strandja.We are a retired couple.

4  Thank JaninaT
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Reviewed 25 July 2010

During July 2010 we visited Strandja Nature Park through a tailored, ‘green’ holiday package organised by Anja and Dave at VisitStrandja. The result was 12 fantastic days spent exploring the small villages and towns, tranquil forests and rugged coastline of the Black Sea that Strandja has to offer.

Put quite simply, Strandja is stunning. The main draw for us were the opportunities for seeing wildlife, and we weren’t disappointed. Butterflies coming out of our ears….reptiles galore.…fields that literally come to life with grasshoppers when you walk into them….watching bats swooping over sand dunes to the loudest chorus of frog song you’ve ever heard! It’s also pretty impressive when the commonest birds you’re hearing are nightingales….

As well as providing detailed information and walking maps for every place we visited, Anja and Dave accompanied us on several trips, providing us with more local insight into the history, wildlife and culture of the area. Many of the places highlighted were off the beaten track, which we wouldn’t have found otherwise. They even took us to meet a local beekeeper!

The accommodation provided was also great, particularly at the inland villages where we stayed in small guesthouses. It was great to be able to support small local businesses, in return for which we got genuine hospitality and delicious home-made Bulgarian cuisine.

The level of information and support both before and during the trip was above and beyond what you would expect from most tourism operators. All the logistics were taken care of (even weather updates!), leaving us free to worry about what to look at next.

Well organised and ethically-motivated, we’d strongly recommend using VisitStrandja for a wildlife holiday in Bulgaria.

11  Thank Antony_and_Julie
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Reviewed 21 June 2016
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