VI. Routes: C. From Plovdiv to Burgas



      Plovdiv is a popular tourist destination in Bulgaria, so, never mind the intensive traffic in the town, many times I have seen bicyclists visiting it.

      In Internet there is a lot of information concerning Plovdiv, so I will not write here about it.

      Detail nformation for Plovdiv can be seen here:

 

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plovdiv

 

     http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/plovdiv.html

 

       https://bulgariatravel.org/en/plovdiv-city/

 

      Un the city there is a lot of bike lanes, and on the map I have shown the way to cross the city of Plovdiv by the green dashed line in order to avoid the tunnel under the hill with the Ancient Amphitheatre on it, although it is not a problem to pedal it.

     I have pointed the walking area in the Plovdiv city (the next several pics.) beginning with the walking bridge on Maritsa River by the dashed green line – use it. (DO NOT PEDAL THERE !!!,  - it is forbidden, only walk !!!)

The History Hill of the Old Town and the Ancient Amphitheatre on it.

https://bulgariatravel.org/en/ancient-roman-forum-in-plovdiv/



     Here I will show two possible routes from Plovdiv to Burgas, the distance for the both rotes is almost the same. I know that touring bicyclists prefer route A, but the next one, route B, is much better according to me and definitely safer; here there is not any traffic.

 

      The content of this Chapter includes two routes shown on the next map:

 

      - route A: it is a route including bigger cities:

       From Plovdiv to Popovitsa to Chirpan to Stara Zagora to Nova Zagora to Sliven to Karnobat to Aytos to Burgas.

      - route B: including routes without any traffic:

      From Plovdiv to Popovitsa to Parvomay to Dimitrovgrad to Simeonovgrad to Topolovgrad to Elhovo to Bolyarovo to Sredets to Burgas.

       Further I will expand the route B showing more opportunities, if you decide to ride it.


Route A

      From Plovdiv to Popovitsa to Chirpan to Stara Zagora to Nova Zagora to Sliven to Karnobat to Aytos to Burgas.     

      Bicyclists intending to visit cities along this route have to use the road E773. It is an easy for exploring area. It is almost flat, there are not any problems with

  food, water supplying and overnight accommodation.  It is pleasant for bicycling at all. July and August here is quite hot. There is a traffic along this road, especially near Stara Zagora, I can say it is not so intensive

Sector VI. C - 1

     From Plovdiv to Chirpan

      In this sector I will suggest two routes:

Route a

      From Plovdiv to Popovitsa to Milevo to Mirovo to Plodovitovo to Chirpan.

       Road profile chart from Plovdiv to Chirpan. The area here is a little bit different comparing with the one near Pazardzhik and Plovdiv. There are a lot of little rolling hills making the picture more scenic.

      The road segment from Plovdiv to Popovitsa is with intensive traffic. Never mind the road is in very nice conditions, the pedalling here is not a pleasure at all.

       To leave Plovdiv it would be better if you find the velo lane I pointed in red on the City map above.

      The traffic in the road from Plovdiv to Popovitsa is relative intensive, although it is not obvious from my photos below, never mind, I do not think it is dangerous to pedal here. The next several pictures are the

  countryside of Thracian Field east from Plovdiv toward Popovitsa. With "R" on the map above I have pointed restaurants along the road.

      Entering in Popovitsa you can find easy a nice spot near the road, I love to relax there for an afternoon.

        Usually there are no more than 5 - 6 children near the pool. Food and cool beer are available there.

      Leaving Popovitsa toward Milevo (road 66, the traffic disappears. Food is available in Milevo, Mirovo, Plodovitovo.

      The road from Plodovitovo toward Chirpan cross a little bit higher field, so back toward Rodopi Mountais a very nice view is revealed.

       And several more photos of the same area having emotional value for me from tours I have done in the years.

      Overnight accommodation is possible in Chirpan. Information for it and several photos.

http://www.guide-bulgaria.com/SE/stara_zagora/chirpan/chirpan

 

Route b

As the traffic along the road from Plovdiv to Popovitsa

 

 is with intensive traffic, the next route I suggest here avoid it completely. The route is:

     From Plovdiv (road 56) to Skutare (road 565) to Rogosh to Manole to Manolsko Konare to Shishmantsi to Belozem to Opalchenets to Orizovo to Cherna Gora (road 664) to Chirpan.

      Once finding the road 56 from Plovdiv to Skutare, you will have not any problems to reach Chirpan enjoying of the easy route without any traffic.

        Food can be found in all the villages along the road. The next several photos illustrate this beautiful plane area.

      It is worth t mention that approx a kilometer to Manole the road crosses Stryama River -

  very clean and hot water, I do not miss to camp near it for a night.

Belozem is a bigger village along the route


Sector VI. C - 2

 From Chirpan to Stara Zagora

      Comparing with the previous road segment, the road  from Chirpan to Stara Zagora is in a little bit more hilly area. Here you will enjoy again of a road without any traffic.

      In the only village Rakititsa along the route there is a little food shop and a coffee place.

     The biggest city in this part of the country is Stara Zagora. Overnight accommodation in Stara Zagora is not a problem.

 

      Links with information about the city is here:

https://bulgariatravel.org/en/stara-zagora/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stara_Zagora


Sector VI. C - 3

 From Stara Zagora to Nova Zagora

      No much to say about this beautiful flat area, I can only mention the hot summer afternoons. An easy   pedaling in the both directions. Have in mind there is not food and water along this road.

      Overnight accommodation in Nova Zagora is not a problem.  Links with information about this town is here:

 

      Links with information about this towns is here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nova_Zagora  

http://www.guide-bulgaria.com/SE/sliven/nova_zagora/nova_zagora


Sector VI. C - 4

 From Nova Zagora to Sliven

 

 

 

       This route segment is:

 

 

       From Nova Zagora to Sadievo to Kamenovo to Zlati Voyvoda to Sliven.

 

 

     The route is easy for pedaling in the both direction. Here the road cross the east most part of Sredna Gora Mountain (the hill between Sadievo and Zlati Voyvoda), I point it on the road profile chart below.

      On the top of the hill there is a little restaurant and wifi.

      On the map above I have pointed a place for relax – a little SPA resort, so called “Sliven Thermal Bath” or something like it:

https://bulgariatravel.org/en/slivenski-

mineralni-bani-dzhinovski-bani/

     There are two spots with swimming pools of thermal

 

water, a sign toward a better one of them you will see entering in the resort coming from Zlati Voevoda (the last photo below).

      I have never miss the possibility to relax here for an afternoon when I am bicycling in this area, but the places for overnight accommodation there I know are not very nice.

      Toward Burgas you can miss Sliven, hitting road 6, or visit it. Overnight accommodation in Sliven is not a problem. Information about the city can be seen here:

 

http://wikitravel.org/en/Sliven

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sliven

http://www.guide-bulgaria.com/SE/sliven/sliven/sliven

      In the north end of the town there is a chair type lift up to "Sinite Kamani Natural Park" - the Blue Stone

 

Nature Park. The view to the plane low down is great.

https://bulgariatravel.org/en/sinite-kamani-natural-park/


Sector VI. C - 5

      A very detail information concerning this sector can be found out in: Chapter VI. Routes: A. From Sofia to Burgas ,  sector VI. A - 6,  sector VI. A - 7,  sector VI. A - 8,   so here I will not give it here.




Route B

      A better route according to me from Plovdiv to the Black Seaside including Burgas is the next one:

      From Plovdiv to Popovitsa to Dimitrovgrad to Simeonovgrad to Elhovo to Sredets to Burgas.

         For this route I will show several opportunities, it is intended for bicyclists having more time and loving to visit and explore a wilder parts of the country.

Sector VI. C - 6

      As in the previous item of this chapter I have given an information for the route segment from Plovdiv to Popovitsa, I will not repeat it here again. So, on the next map I have pointed all the possible routes from Popovitsa to Simeonovgrad, I have explored all them in the years.

      Please, have in mind the traffic along E 80 is relatively intensive, so it would be better to avoid it as much as possible.

      The three opportunities I will show here are  as follows:

Route a

      From Popovitsa (E 80) to Debar to Varbitsa to Gorski Izvor to Dobrich to Dimitrovgrad;

 

Route b

      From Popovitsa (E 80) to Milevo road 66) to Vinitsa to Parvomay to (unnamed road) Karadzhalovo to Skobelevo to Stalevo to Yabalnkovo to Krum to Dimitrovgrad;

       (I would recommend it only in direction from west to east; it is not signed well in the opposite direction;

 

Route c

      From Popovitsa (road 66) to Milevo to Mirovo to Plodovitovo to Chirpan (road 663) to Zetyovo to Dimitrovgrad.

      As the traffic from Plovdiv to Popovitsa is intensive, to avoid E 80 as much as possible in the end I will show again the way to avoid it from Plovdiv to Chirpan.


Sector VI. C - 6, route a

Route a

     The route is:

      From Popovitsa to Debar to Byala Reka to Varbitsa to Gorski Izvor to Dobrich to Dimitrovgrad.

      It is almost flat area including little rolling hills, the route is easy to be pedaled in the two directions.

        I know that bicyclists prefer to pedal just this route, but the only thing I will say about this route is that I do not recommend you to pedal it. The traffic here is intensive. Food and water along the road are not a problem. At Debar (the crossroad toward Parvomai - road 667) there is a hotel.
     Just after Popovitsa is the crossroad toward Burgas: road N 66 (toward Chirpan) and Haskovo E 80 (toward   BG/Turkey Border). Water and food along the road are available. Several photos of E 80 toward Gorski Izvor:
 At Debar (the crossroad toward Parvomai - road 667) there is a hotel.

      Next town is Dimitrovgrad.

      http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/dimitrovgrad/dimitrovgrad.html

 

 

 

      A way to avoid E 80 is to head toward Parvomay (road 667) at Debar and join to the route b. I do recommend it !


Sector VI. C - 6, route b

 

Route b

      Another better way to reach Parvomai is:

      From Popovitsa (road 66) to Milevo to (unnamed road)

  Vinitsa to Parvomay to (unnamed road) Karadzhalovo to Skobelevo to Stalevo to Yabalkovo to Krum to Dimitrovgrad.

Leaving Popovitsa, hit the road toward Burgas (road 66) to the first village Milevo.

      In Milevo turn right toward Vinitsa. The road is not signed, GPS device just here would be useful. From

  Milevo to Vinitsa you will pedal off road, anyway, it is not so bad and you definitely will avoid the traffic.

      The road from Milevo to Parvomay is much better, again no any traffic here. Seeing a sign without letters

   on it, it means you have reached Parvomai in the end.

    The route is down the stream of Maritsa River, It is very pleasant to be pedalled - a calm country side without any traffic.

  

      Parvomai is little town appropriate to have a coffee relax in the hot summer days - the only photo I have of the town. Information for it:

      http://www.guide-bulgaria.com/SC/plovdiv/parvomay/parvomay

 

      After Parvomai look for Karadzhalovo, the road is not signed, but it is easy to be found out; it is very calm countryside away from the main roads, without any traffic.

      The entire area is very nice to set up a tent; food and water is available in the villages along the road. Pictures are taken in the late June 2020.


Sector VI. C - 6, route c

Route c

      Another nice opportunity is to pedal toward Chirpan and after to turn toward Dimitrovgrad:

      From Popovitsa to Milevo to Mirovo to Plodovitovo to

 

Chirpan to Zetyovo to Dimitrovgrad.

      Again, there is not any traffic along this route, entire area is best for pedaling. The next several photos are the countryside between Popovitsa and Chirpan.

      As the road 663 from Chirpan to Dimitrovgrad to Simeonovgrad is just after reconstruction, it is in very nice conditions, and taking into account that there is not   any traffic here, I would suggest you to ride just this route in both directions. The next several photos are the area from Popovitsa toward Chirpan.

      The road from Plodovitovo toward Chirpan cross a little bit higher field, so back toward Rodopi Mountais a very nice view is revealed.

       And several more photos of the same area having emotional value for me from tours I have done in the years.

      Overnight accommodation is possible in Chirpan. Information for it and several photos.

      http://www.guide-bulgaria.com/SE/stara_zagora/chirpan/chirpan

     Before finishing this route in Dimitrovgrad, I'd like to show here one more opportunity, which is intended to   bicyclists wanting to avoid the heavy traffic from Plovdiv to Popovitsa.

         The route is:

      From Plovdiv (road 56) to Skutare (road 565 )to Rogosh to Manole to Manolsko Konare to Shishmantsi to Belozem to Opalchenets to Orizovo to Cherna Gora to (road 664) Chirpan.

        Once finding the road 56 from Plovdiv to Skutare, you will have not any problems to reach Chirpan enjoying of the easy route without any traffic.  Food can be found in all the villages along the road. The next several photos illustrate this area.
      It is worth t mention that approx a kilometer to Manole the road crosses Stryama River - very clean   and hot water, I do not miss to camp near it for a night.
Belozem is a bigger village along the route.
      The road segment from Chirpan toward Dimitrovgrad is very nice to be pedalled. The road 663 was renovated   2020, it is in very nice conditions and there is not any traffic along the road.

The next several photos illustrate this beautiful field.

Zetyovo is a bigger village along the road, food shops are available in it.

      An several words about the route segment from Dimitrovgrat to Simeonovgrad. The road 663 is after renovation (2020), it is in very nice conditions and there is not traffic. In this sector no any variants.  After

  climbing of no big hill after Dimitrovgrad, it follows a pleasant riding down the stream of Maritsa River to Simeonovgrad. Food is available in villages along the road. The pedalling in the both directions here is a pleasure at all.
 I pedalled this road many times, the area is beautiful to camp in the wilderness.

      The next little town is Simeonovgrad, I am not sure if overnight accommodation is available in it. No much to

 

say about it:

http://www.guide

-bulgaria.com/SC/haskovo/simeonovgrad/simeonovgrad


Route B

Sector VI. C - 7

From Simeonovgrad to Topolovgrad

      As it can be seen from the map above, more opportunities are available in this sector:

Routes a & b:

From Simeonovgrad toward Topolovgrad;

Routes a & b & c:   

From Simeonovgrad toward Elhovo to Bolyarovo to Sredets to Burgas;

 

Route d:

From Simeonovgrad toward Tamarino to Sredets to Burgas.

 

      For more detail description I will increase the scale, parting Sector VI. C - 7 into two sub sectors.

 

Sector VI. C - 7. a

Sector VI. C - 7. a

Route a

      The only things I can say about this road segment is that pedaling here is a great pleasure. It is the area of Sakar Mountain, not high mountain. The route is:

       From Simeonovgrad (road 554) to Svirkovo (road 7604) to Ovcharovo to Bogomil (road 76) to Branitsa to Cherepovo to Balgarska Polyana to Hlyabovo to Topolovgrad.
      Yes, the climbing here is relatively longer comparing with the other routes in this sector, but the hills are not steep. From the road profile chart is obvious that the climbing is 480 meters difference in the altitudes for a   distance of more than 35 kilometers. A nice advantage is that here there is not any traffic. Another advantage is that route is away from the large zone of mining along the next route (route b).

      Six - seven kilometers after Simeonovgrad there is a nice water spring with beautiful cool water. This spot is the

  best place to relax in the hot summer afternoons - in this area the summer afternoons are really hot.

      I do not remember well, but I think food shops are available in the villages along the road. For Cherepovo I am sure, I supplied with food just before setting up

  my tent upper in the mountain (in Balgarska Polyana and Hliabovo food shops are available too).

     An interesting place just before Hlyabovo is Dolmen called "Nachovi Chairi". It is the biggest one saved in Bulgaria. If my information is true, there were more than

 

600 such objects in Bulgaria, unfortunately almost all of them were destroyed by treasure hunters. 

https://bulgariatravel.org/en/the-dolmens/

      Very little information for Topolovgrad is available here:

http://www.guide

-bulgaria.com/SC/haskovo/topolovgrad/topolovgrad

        I am not sure if overnight accommodation is possible in the little town, but there is a nice coffee place in the shade and free wi fi. Near it in Google can be seen several such places. 

Sector VI. C - 7. a

Route b

The route is: From Simeonovgrad to Kalugerovo to

 

Pyasachevo to Galabovo to Obruchiste to Mednikarevo to Iskritsa to Madrets to Orlov Dol to Topolovgrad.

    I prefer this route when I am back from Burgas to Plovdiv. Next several photos are the countryside from   Simeonovgrad to Galabovo. I can mention that here the traffic is a little more intensive, I think it is not dangerous.

       Overnight accommodation in Galabovo is available (the first photo below). Very little information for Galabovo can be seen here:

 

http://www.guide-bulgaria.com/SE/stara_zagora/galabovo

 

      Three photos from Galabovo:

      Next photos illustrate the countryside from Galabovo to Madrets. The entire area is nice for camping in the wilderness. Food and water can be found in the small villages along the road. There are 3 - 4 rolling hills here,  

but the pedalling is not hard at all.

      The area between Galabovo and Madrets is a zone of coal mining, 3 big steam electricity plants are in exploitation here giving more than 40% of the electricity in the country.

      The next several photos illustrate the beautiful countryside: From Madrets to Orlov Dol to Hlyabovo to Topolovgrad.

I pedalled it last time summer '19. Again it is very nice

 

route, a road without any traffic which was reconstructed soon as well.  I do not remember if in Orlov Dol there was a food shop, but I remember it is a dry area, so bring water with you. In Hlyabovo food is available.


Sector VI. C - 7. a

Route c

      This route miss Topolovgrad, it connect Simeonovgrad and Elhovo, in the map above is visible only a part of it (to Skalitsa). I the next sector I will continue with it.

 

     As in the previous item (the route 2) I have shown the road profile chart from Simeonovgrad to Madrets, next I show only the road segment from Madrets to Elhovo. The route is:

      From Simeonovgrad to Galabovo to Madrets to Polski Gradets to Matsa to Ovchi Kladenets to Skalitsa.

      The road profile chart shows this hilly area. A longer hill here is from Skalitsa toward General Toshevo. The pedaling is not hard at all, although summer   afternoons here are quite hot. In all the villages along the road food and water are available.

Sector VI. C - 7

From Simeonovgrad to Topolovgrad

 

Sector VI. C - 7. b

Sector VI. C - 7. b:

Route c

      Of first here I will finish with the route c from the previous item. We followed the route from Simeonovgrad  

 

to Skalitsa; now, in this sector it is finishing in Elhovo:

      From Skalitsa to General Toshevo to Golyam Manastir to Malak Manastir to Pchela to Izgrev to Elhovo.

     Here are located so called Monastery Hills, climbing here is approx 150 meters. The next several photos,   taken in the early June '20, shows the area from Elhovo toward Madrest.
Food and water are available in the villages along the road.

Sector VI. C - 7. b

     In the sector VI. C - 7. a it was shown that at Hlyabovo both routes a and b are joining, so the next route toward Elhovo is:

 

Routes a & b

      From Topolovgrad to Knyazhevo to Elhovo (+ route c) to Dobrich to Zlatinitsa to Bolyarovo.

     Next several photos show the countryside from Topolovgrad to Elhovo. The second photo below shows the view toward Monastery Hills, we explored in the

 

previous item, from Sakar Mountain. The road is very nice, no any traffic. Food and water are available in Knyazhevo, if you enter in it.

      The next several pictures are illustrate the road N7, just after Knyazhevo toward Elhovo. The traffic here

   is intensive, although it can not be seen from the photos.

       Very little information about Elhovo is available here:

       https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elhovo 

       http://www.guide-bulgaria.com/SE/yambol/elhovo/elhovo

      In the sector VI. C - 7. b it is seeing that all the routes a, b and c are joining at Elhovo, so the next route toward

 

Bolyarovo is: Routes a & b & c

From Elhovo to Dobrich to Zlatinitsa to Bolyarovo.

           The road is in very nice condition, no traffic here. Bring food with you if necessary, in Zlatinitsa there is not a food shop.

      Overnight accommodation in Bolyarovo can not be find easy; I know a private guest home, which is not labeled well, maybe you will find a native here speaking English.

 

      Information for Bolyarovo:

http://www.guide-bulgaria.com/SE/yambol/bolyarovo/bolyarovo

      Free wi fi is available in the coffee in the center of Bolyarovo.


Sector VI. C - 7. b

Sector VI. C - 7. b: Route d

 

I will continue with the last opportunity in this region:

 

Route d

      From Skalitsa to Miladinovtsi to Krumovo to General Inzovo to Tenevo to Simeonovo to Saransko to Tamarino.  

The road crosses not deep valley of Tundzha River (at Tenevo).

The road from Krumovo to Miladinovtsi is not signed well.

      The road from Tenevo to Simeonovo to Saransko to Tamarino, more than 20 kilometers, is up the hill. It is not so steep, but it looks endless and it is really tough to pedal there in the hot summer days, no any shade. Temperatures between 11 am and 6 - 7 pm to be 35 - 38,

  often even 40 deg C are normal here in the summer days. Maybe it is because I use thus route usually in the back direction, in the late summer, when I am already finishing my summer touring. Bring water with you.

      A nice spot is available in the next village, Tamarino. There you can find a motel & restaurant and very nice swimming pool. 


 

 

 

Sector VI. C - 8

From Bolyarovo to Sredets

 

 

      In this sector I will describe routes a & b & c and route d toward Sredets, where all they are joining.

 

 

 

      Routes a & b & c

      From Bolyarovo to Golyamo Krushevo to Sredets.

 

      It is very pleasant for pedaling road segment, after the fields, now the area is hilly, there is also a nice wood covering a segment of the road as well as the road is in very nice condition. After Bolyarovo you will enter in Strandhza Mountain. The climbing here is not so much, nature is saved, the scenery is perfect. On the map I have shown a spot with restaurant and water spring (the point 908 on the map above).

      Most of this area is Strahdzha Nature Park. It is the largest protected area on the territory of Bulgaria that

 

 stretches over 1161 sq km. It was declared a protected area by virtue of Ordinance No. RD350 of 14 July 2000. It is located in the southeastern part of country, its southern border coincides with the Bulgarian sovereign border with Turkey, and it spreads as far as the Black Sea Coast to the east. The Nature Park lies on the territory of Strandzha Mountain which spreads in both Bulgaria and Turkey. More information for it can be seen here:

     https://bulgariatravel.org/en/strandzha-nature-park/

Six, seven kms east from Bolyarovo there is a water spring, just at the crossroad toward St. Karadzhovo.

      Never mind I pedalled this road many times, I do not remember if food was available in Golyamo Krushevo.

  usually I have some meals in Bolyarovo and I know at the highest point of this route segment there is a restaurant. 

      After Golyamo Krushevo the road enter in Strandzha mountain. The road is in very nice condition, hills are not steep, a shade is available as well.

      At the crossroad with  road 908 on the map above there is a water spring and a restaurant. It is a very nice spot to relax for a while.

      Once reaching the highest point, it follows 20 kilometers downhill pedaling toward Sredets. In the back direction the route is not hard too.

      Route d

      From Tamarino to Voynika to Zornitsa to Sredets.

    In the previous item I finished route d in Tamarino, mentioning the motel & restaurant and very nice   swimming pool, a place appropriate to spend a night, or relax in the hot summer day.  

      The next several photos are towards Zornitsa. As the road segment from Tamarino toward Sredets was not maintained well for a long time, drivers definitely avoid it, which makes pedalling there very pleasant and save. No

  any traffic here. The area is almost flat with no high rolling hills. In the hot summer days pedalling here is a little tough. Food and water is available in the villages along the road.
The same point, countryside in August and early June.
Several more photos at the same area taken in the beginning of September, '20

     Overnight accommodation is available in Sredets - just before enter in it coming from Zornitsa. Information for

Sredets:            http://www.guide-bulgaria.com/se/bourgas/sredets/sredets


 

 

 

 

Sector VI. C - 9

From Sredets to Burgas

 

 

 

Route a

      It is road 79 from Sredets to Burgas.

 

 

 

      The traffic from Sredets to Burgas is relatively intensive, but the road is well maintained and wide.

 

 

      Several photos from this area - a spring of fresh water just after Sredets and my camp place next to it. At Debelt just next to the road there is a restaurant.

      Entering in Meden Rudnik Suburb you will see a bike lane, pedalling along it you will reach the Line Station in Burgas and the Sea Garden.

      Pedalling further toward Burgas, from the left id the Lake of Burgas. Information for it:

      https://bulgariatravel.org/en/lake-burgas/

Route b

      And the last opportunity I will mention here is the road surrounding Mandra Dam from the south (road 7908). August '17 I explored this area, but I do not

 

believe I will do it again: there are a lot of biting flies, they are terrible up the hill, when the velocity is not higher than 15-16 km/hour. The road in the saved area is in poor conditions.

      Food and water are available in Dimchevo. Information for Mandra Dam and Reserve "Poda":

 

http://burgaslakes.org/en/Mandra_Poda_complex-c99

http://www.bulgariatravel.org/article/details/177

Several photos of this area.

      Burgas is a big Bulgarian town at the sea coast. I love its Sea Garden. Information for Burgas:

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burgas

http://www.guide-bulgaria.com/SE/bourgas/bourgas/bourgas

        Some of my tours finish in Burgas, and I go back home by a train; at Burgas rail Station is very convenient to load bikes on the train, it is there an hour to its departing,  Several photos from Burgas and its Sea Garden:


      

 

Toward Burgas Airport

 

      Entering in Burgas (Meden Rudnik Suburb) from Sredets you will see a velo lane at your right. It will lead you to Burgas Line Station, Burgas Port, Burgas Sea Garden and Sarafovo where is Burgas Airport. (There is a nice velo line system in the town, unfortunately I can not find a nice velo lane map).

      If you arrive late in the evening or leave the town early in the morning by a plane, you can find  hotel next to Burgas Airport in Sarafovo, placed 5 min walking to the airport.

 

 

      The Map in left shows the way you van reach Sarafovo from Burgas. No problem to use the motor road, but the traffic there is crazy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      The next 3 photos are the velo lane next to the beach toward Sarafovo.

      Leaving the velo lane, you will climb toward Sarafovo - you can not be wrong, a lot of bicyclists permanently pedal this distance. Sarafovo is in front of you.

        In the back direction, you have to enter in Sarafovo and in its center you have to turn right. Soon you will be in the field, away in front of you will see Burgas.

      On the map above I have pointed the nice area for camping in the wilderness. Many times I camped there -

  on the beach, near the old military bunker or in the field next to Atanasovsko Lake.

      For the back route from Burgas to Plovdiv, I recommend  the route:

      From Burgas to Sredets to Tamarino to Skalitsa to Madrets to Simeonovgrad to Dimitrovgrad to Popovitsa to Plovdiv.




 

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      I will expand a little my description including here routes toward the south part of the Black Seaside toward Tsarevo, Primorsko and Sozopol avoiding the traffic; No problem to reach Burgas from this points.

 

      On the map in left I have shown possible routes to reach different points at the seaside, next routes are for more adventurous bicyclists. the next route is a by pass from road 79 (from Bolyarovo toward Burgas) to road E 87 (from Burgas to Border Checkpoint Malko Tarnovo - BG / Turkey Border).

 

The distance from point A to point B

      It is very nice road in Strandzha Mountain, all that area is a wood, nobody travel here. The road is labeled in Point A (road 79); it is in a poor condition but still very nice for pedaling. Bring food and water and food with you. Have in mind that Varovik Vill. is almost leaved. Have a spray against dogs !!!

 

     The careful readers have remembered that at the point A (on the map above) is placed a restaurant. If you head to the right (the first photo below - toward Malko Tarnovo), after 40 kilometers you will be on the road E 87 (Point B).

      The road is signed well, no way to be wrong here. More photos of this beautify area.

      Seventeen kilometer after the crossroad (point A) you will see a nice tap of drinkable water (the only one to Vizitsa), it is the best place to wash all the equipment, refresh and relax for a while.

      The entire area is a National Reserve, everywhere you will see labels pointing the specific specimens in it.

        Never mind this area is a Reserve, the camp in the wilderness is possible. Don't be afraid by the jackals weep in the night.

       Next I will give several routes to reach different points at Black Seaside avoiding the traffic. 

      Route a

      From Point B to Vizitsa to Kondolovo to Balgari to Izgrev to Tsarevo.

     Point B (E87) is easy to be recognized, E 87 it is an international road from Turkey to Bulgaria. Never mind it is an international road, mo many people use it, there is   not any traffic. E87 is appropriate to pedal toward Burgas as well. The next photos are the place for leaving the road 908 and signs toward Vizitsa (road 907) and Tsarevo.

The next three photos are the countryside toward Vizitsa along the local road 907.

Have in mind that in Vizitsa you will find nether food nor coffee, at least a tap of drinkable water is available.

      The next little village is Kondolovo. Entering in it, near the road you will see a little restaurant called "The last bullet" , which owner is the local major. He is very friendly man;

        Next to it is his home, a little chapel, spring of fresh water and a meadow, where you can set up your tent. He told me, that bicyclists are camping regularly at this nice spot. Soon there will be a shower too. 
Toward Izgrev and Tsarevo.

      Tsarevo was not one of my favorite places, but I see that the last years it was improved considerably, and now it is not so bad place. There is a lovely lane along the sea

 

with nice coffee places to relax there enjoying of the view. Information and several photos from Tsarevofor Tsarevo:

https://bulgariatravel.org/en/tsarevo/

      A nice beach is south from Tsarevo, the place is named Nestinarka. Next several photos are the road toward Nestinarka Beach and the beach itself.


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      Route b

      The next route is for more adventurous bicyclists loving off road: it is from Vizitsa to Pismenovo - off road.

      From Point B to Vizitsa to Pismenovo to Primorsko.

      Pismenovo is a bigger village, summer time people use it as a base for relax so food, water, even overnight accommodation is available in it. 

      Primorsko is a popular resort due to its very nice beaches. Always is possible to find out overnight accommodation here. Information for Primorsko:

 

https://bulgariatravel.org/en/primorsko/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primorsko

http://www.beachbulgaria.com/primorsko/

The next several photos are the beach placed north from Primorsko - one of the best beaches among our seaside.


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      Route c

      Another approach to Primorsko is the road E87:

      From Point A to Vizitsa to Krushevets to Novo Panichareci to Yasna Polyana to Primorsko.

      The entire road segment is very nice for pedalling especially in this direction. Food and water are available in Krushevets and Yasna Polyana.

The next several photos are the countryside toward Novo Panicharevo, Yasna Polyana and Primorsko.

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Route d

What about the last opportunity I have shown here:

      From Point A to Vizitsa to Krushevets to Novo Panicharevo to Yasna Polyana to Veselie to Ravadinovo to Sozopol.

        It is very appropriate to reach Sozopol in the tourist season, here there is not any traffic. The road segment from Yasna Polyana to Sozopol is one of no much ones I have never pedalled.

      Sozopol is an ancient town and it is worth spending an afternoon walking the area, relaxing, and having a beer or coffee. A lot of information for Sozopol is

 

available here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sozopol

https://bulgariatravel.org/en/sozopol/

http://www.beachbulgaria.com/sozopol/

      Entering in the old part of Sozopol, you will see a church holding relics of John the Baptist. They were discovered several years ago during archaeological excavations of the ancient Byzantine church remains under the authority of a prominent Bulgarian Professor and Archaeologist. Two independent tests of the bones were carried out in Universities of London and Copenhagen. DNA analysis showed that these were the bones of  a human - a man who lived in the Levant at the

 

beginning of the new era. More information for it can be seen here:

 

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2015/02/22/st-john-the-baptist

-relics-found-in-bulgarias-sozopol-could-be-authentic-oxford

-archaeology-dating-expert-finds/

 

http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/europe/08/12/

bulgaria.john.baptist.relics/index.html

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beheading_of_St._John_the_Baptist

Mere photos from Sozopol. I love to have a cup of coffee here, but that's all. I do not love overcrowded areas.


 

In the Chapter IV. Bicycling along Black sea side you can see a lot for Black Seaside.

 



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