ALTERNATIVE TOURISM IN CENTRAL BULGARIA
TRADITIONAL CUISINE IN BULGARIA
The local cuisine is very seasonal. Since many villages are quite remote and far from the big supermarkets – the people have preserved the traditions of growing their vegetables and fruits as well as taking care of limited number of chicken, sheep, goats and cows – providing eggs and milk for different dairy products.Home made Bulgarian yogurt, butter or cheese is not a luxury and can easily be found on the small local markets or offered from a friendly neighbour. To celebrate the importance of the food and the gratitude to the nature providing it – Bulgarians have some seasonal Food Festivals, which offer unique gastronomic and cultural experience.
TREKKING IN THE MOUNTAIN
The Balkan Mountains is a perfect place for walking with more than 400 km of trails. Stara Planina (which is the other name of the Balkan Mountains) offers variety of options to explore – dive in the fresh water rivers, enjoy the majestic Vidimsko Praskalo waterfalls or take one of the adventurous and challenging hiking trails leading to the highest spot of the mountain – Botev Peak (2376 m). Once you reach some of the peaks – the stunning panorama view will make all your muscles pain and effort worth it. Pleven hut (only an hour of hiking) gives the opportunity to blend with many local tourist enthusiasts and share a cup of delicious herbal tea.
EXPLORING THE RURAL VILLAGES AND LOCAL AREA
The Bulgarian village went through numerous transformations – from being the centre and the driver of the economy to becoming an abandoned ghost area. Nowadays the busy corporate life made people crave the peace and purity of the village atmosphere and life is being brought back to many forgotten places. In the heart of Central Balkan these small villages are still telling the stories of the people who lived there, they keep the culture, traditions and kindness of the locals. Something hard describing and worth experiencing.