They promise that the frequent summer storms and daily heavy rains are behind us, so we look forward to the sea. In a separate text we described how you can get there quickly and easily from the city under the hills, and today we give you an alternative for tours if you want to diversify the trip.
Stara Zagora, Ayazmo Park and Zagorka Lake
Stara Zagora is less than an hour away from Plovdiv on the highway, but offers interesting opportunities for relaxation and you can take advantage of a little movement or a snack in the middle of the city oasis.
One of the options to visit is Ayazmo Park, whose official name is Metropolitan Methodius Kusev. Walking along the alleys, visitors can reach the St. Theodore Tyrone chapel, to stop in the Hall of Laughter - a hall with curved mirrors, or to go through the zoo (author's note: Currently, the zoo is closed for renovation under European program).
In case you feel like food and want to enjoy something delicious, different from what is offered at gas stations and fast food restaurants, our next suggestion is to stop at one of the other parks in the city - Bedechka. There is the artificial lake Zagorka, and on one of its shores there is a hotel-restaurant where you can relax with a view. An enviable number of ducks swim in the lake, for which there are even specially placed wooden houses on the surface of the water. There are two playgrounds nearby for children, and when they get tired of games you can get on a hydrobike or a boat with them. The alley around the lake is wide enough for runners, cyclists and mothers with prams.
Sliven, the area of the Blue Stones
The Blue Stones is a name that has become emblematic of the town of Sliven. This is the name of the rock massif rising in the immediate vicinity of the town. The natural park announced in 1980 is named after it. It has 6 natural landmarks. Halkata (the Ring) is one of the most famous.
An asphalt road facilitates access and you can easily and quickly reach most of the area by car. An open chairlift takes about 20 minutes to take tourists to the high part, and the upper lift station is in the area of Karandila, a famous mountain resort for this part of the country.
7 km from Yambol is the only large preserved Thracian ancient town in Bulgaria - the Ancient Kabile. It had a unique chance to be preserved to this day, unlike Seuthopolis, which remained under the Koprinka Dam or the other large Thracian city - Philippopolis, on which a modern city was built. This allows Kabile to be almost fully explored and easily accessible to tourists. The architectural remains are impressive, most of them have been preserved and restored. It is characteristic of the site that it gives a unique opportunity for a kind of time travel with "stops": Prehistory, Thracian era, Hellenistic period, Roman era, Early Middle Ages.
Access to the Thracian and ancient city of Kabile Archaeological Reserve is extremely easy. Located next to the Trakia Motorway - 280 km from Sofia and 76 km from Burgas, Kabile is the only archeological site in Bulgaria that has its own road junction to the highway.