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.
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