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Madara Horseman, Varna & Nesebar best of Bulgaria sea coast.


The Madara Rider or Madara Horseman is an early medieval rock relief carved of a full size horseman on the Madara Plateau east of Shumen in northeastern Bulgaria, near the village of Madara. The monument is dated in the very late 7th, or more often very early 8th century, during the reign of Bulgar Khan Tervel. The site was discovered in 1872 and is the only one of its kind in Europa. The inscription next to the Horseman dates from 705. Next to the site is the Madara Fortres and caves. The site is listed as Word Heritage.

Varna, the largest city on Bulgarian coast

Varna is a major port city and seaside resort on Bulgaria’s Black Sea, next to the famous coastal resorts of Golden Sands. Popular with the young travelers do to abundance on beach clubs and night life.

The ancient city of Nesebar

Nessebar is a small town in Burgas Province, on Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast about half way between Varna and Burgas.

The cobbled streets of the old town, which sits on a promontory, are lined with stone and wood traditional houses and antiqe ruins such as Byzantine-era fortifications and baths. Most of the houses are souvenir shops or restaurants with beautiful black sea views.

The archeological sites are all over next to ruins of the 5th-century Church of St. Sofia that include stone columns and large arched windows and the 11th-century Church of St. Stephen that houses mural paintings and richly decorated orthodox altarpiece.

Sozopol, Bulgaria

Sozopol, is an ancient seaside town located 35 km south of Burgas on the southern Bulgarian Black Sea Coast very close to Turkeys border. Today it is one of the major seaside resorts in the country, known for the Apollonia art and film festival that takes place in September.

Built on a small peninsula the old part of town is a beautiful place to enjoy a taverna and try the Bulgarian food.

Nearby beautiful beaches and small beach hotels if you want to enjoy the Black Sea.

Just photos Netherlands – Holland

Bruxelles the capital of chocolates

You thought Bruxelles is the captal of Belgium or of the European Union, it may be but to me looks like is the capital of Chocolate.

The city ia small and easy to visit walking or using the public transport.

The center of the town is a plaza with beautiful medieval buildings and small streets with lost of shops and restaurants.

Most of the shops you will see are chocolate shops so get ready to increase your blood sugar to insane levels.

Hotels are everywhere and of all kinds so accommodation is not a problem for bugets starting at 35€/night

Here are some pictures for you to enjoy

Why Split is one of the most beautiful holiday city in Europe

Split has everything you want from a seaside holiday city, beautiful beaches with clear water nearby, lots of fabulous historic places to visit, delicious food and a driving night life.

You can reach Split from major cities in Europe by air or make it a stop on your car tour of Croatia, Bosnia & Montenegro.

Split has one of the most amassing roman buildings to survive to our days, Diocletian Palace build by the Roman emperor with the same name some 1700 years a go. Today the palace is part of the city who used his walls and rooms to expend creating a one of a kind city, something you will never see in other place.

I’ve got to split by car so was easy to visit other small towns and beaches near by and if your not on a small budget i suggest you rent a car for this trip since thees a lot to see nearby and you will not regretted. Parking downtown is difficult so chose a apartment or hotel with parking that is not very far from center if you mind walking.

For accommodation i chose a 2 rooms apartment from Booking some 15 min walk from center that cost me  70 Euro/ night in high season but there are also lots of hotels and hostels for any budget.

You will find in Split a lot of restaurants open late into the night everywhere in the center and on the promenade by the sea, a budget of 20-30 Euro / person is reasonable.

For party people there are plenty of bars and clubs all over the city where you can have fun all night.

After seeing more the 500 city in Europe i can with out hesitation that Split is one of my favorites when it comes to seaside cites and I cant wait to be back. Here are some pictures of my trip:

Montenegro, a secret paradise.

Montenegro is a secret paradise, a Balkan country with rugged mountains, medieval villages and a narrow strip of beaches along its Adriatic coastline between Albania and Croatia.

The Bay of Kotor, resembling a fjord, is dotted with coastal churches and fortified towns such as Kotor and Herceg Novi. Durmitor National Park, home to bears and wolves, encompasses limestone peaks, glacial lakes and 1,300m-deep Tara River Canyon.

The city of Budva is the place to be on the Montenegro cost. The city hosts a fancy marina full of luxury yachts and a medieval fort with narrow streets full of souvenir shops. Lots of restaurants and small hotels and apartments for rent make the place very tourist friendly.

The beaches are mostly made of small stones so the water is very clear and clean but you need beach shoos to fell comfortable.

Costs are high in season (mid Jun to mid September) as reach Yacht owners and Nord Europeans flood the little country so expect to spend 75 Euro / day or more.

Best to visit as part of your Balkan car tour ( Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia)

Safety: Very Good

Cost: High

ATM coverage: Good

Currency exchange: YES

Local transportation: Decent

Hotels: Good

Mobile networks / WiFi: Good

Roads: Good

International transport: Decent

People attitude to tourists: Good


Here are some pictures from my trip:


Macedonia & Skopje ( FYROM )

Macedonia & Skopje,

Macedonia is probably the most exotic and poor place in Europe, a landlocked small Balkan nation of mountains, lakes and ancient towns with Islamic, ottoman and European architecture.

The capital of Macedonia is Skopje, is known for its sprawling Old Bazaar quarter and historic buildings turned museums, including the National Gallery of Macedonia, housed in a 15th-century Turkish bath complex. The southern city Ohrid, on a lake of the same name, has a medieval townscape and a recently restored hilltop castle.

The place feels more like middle east because of Islamic influence that is present at every step, the traditional food is of oriental origin too.

The country is safe to visit but is not a touristic destination however once there is quite a lot to see and since the country is not so big is easy to do everything in 2-3 days. Accommodation options are abundant and for all budgets, local food is cheep and testy, you will spend some 50 Euro a day for mid range accommodation and food.

Best to visit as part of your Balkan car tour ( Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Serbia)

Safety: Good

Cost: Medium Low

ATM coverage: Good

Currency exchange: YES

Local transportation: Decent

Hotels: Good

Mobile networks / WiFi: Good

Roads: Good

International transport: Decent

People attitude to tourists: Decent


Here are some pictures from my trip:

Dubrovnik the gem

Dubrovnik is the gem of Croatia, a medieval city incredibly well preserved on the Adriatic Sea coast. Dubrovnik is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the Mediterranean Sea,  the city looks and feels just like 1000 years a go and probably only shops and people change.

Being a important touristic hot spot expect crowded places and congestion when arriving and on the narrow streets and at must see places, siting at restaurants can be hard to find at lunch and diner time.

If you come by car from other city you will have to park outside old town, parking may be full if you arrive late in season so expect to walls 1-2 km from parking place. Summer is very hot in Croatia and more in Dubrovnik so be prepared for 35 C or more.

There are many beautiful small streets and corners in Dubrovnik and finding them is a adventure, fells like a labyrinth so a map and knowing what you want to see can save you lost of time and make the visit more enjoyable.

Have a look at this pictures to get a favor of Dubrovnik.

Timisoara is nice for a city break or more!

Timisoara is nice for a city brake or more!

Timisoara is one of the best city’s to visit in Romania, easy accessible by low cost flights from many European country’s ( Italy, Germany, UK, France, Spain, Belgium ) the city is going to be the European capital of culture in 2021.

The city is vivid and full of young beautiful people as Timisoara si one of the major university hubs of Romania. There are lost of small accessible hotels and hostel and food in student places is very cheep at some 4-6 euro/person.

Extravagant night life in the student clubs and bars with alcohol at 1/6 of the price in most other European city’s is a big plus. A beer is in most places some 1.5 Euro and a cocktail some 3 euro.

Walking is the best option to explore the city as the center is not that big and if needed taxis will set you back only 3-4 euro / trip