A dream of the passionate traveler – visiting every single UNESCO World Heritage site in the list. Is it possible to achieve such a goal? Well, with almost 1100 objects around the globe it is an extremely tough task to complete even for a regular person. Even an individual possessing a significant wealth and lots of time to travel (both things rarely match anyway) will hardly accomplish such mission in the span of a lifetime.
There are 167 countries to visit and beyond the sites everyone knows like Taj Mahal, Angkor Wat, Machu Picchu and the pyramids of Egypt there are less known places a traveler can record a presence in like the Old Town during the Nessebar holidays, Engelsberg Ironworks in Denmark, Lut Desert in Iran, or the Punic Town of Kerkouane in Tunisia, to name a few. Have you heard about some of the latter? Probably not every object that was mentioned.
What is the world record?
If you want to visit the biggest possible number of UNESCO Heritage sites you need to be well prepared to know the objects and following a strict schedule. Like those two guys did achieving Guinness World Record visiting 12 objects in 24 hours. If you think of it this way, it doesn’t look sooo hard to achieve the big goal, but don’t get fooled – you need meticulous planning. And a base to stay in – you might choose some of the Nessebar hotels to stay in and visit not only the Old Town of the Black Sea resort but also attempt to make a trip to some of the nearest objects in Bulgaria. In fact, there are 10 UNESCO Heritage sites in this Balkan country. Some these places are within reach for a round trip with a car or bus in one day during your Nessebar, Bulgaria holidays – Madara Rider it only two hours away to the north and the time to reach the Kazanlak tomb to the west is about three hours.
More than three is hard to achieve in 24 hours if you have opted to go for holidays to Nessebar, Bulgaria. Every object in this country worth the visit and it is achievable for not more than four days but you need to book a room not only in some of the Nessebar hotels but also in Sofia or Plovdiv for two nights (or maybe in the famous Borovets resort in Rila mountain) to reach the UNESCO sites in the western part of the country.
Plan the mission region by region. Year after year
The example with Nessebar holidays and Bulgaria shows that a traveler who wants to visit more World Heritage sites has to think of it one step after another. Plan your travel for certain regions and areas every year – the Balkans are most famous with the legendary Greek sites that will take at least 10 days to be accomplished. Turkey might take even longer period because the country is much larger. So even that area in the corner of Europe, on the border with Asia (and beyond) is tough to cover in less than two months. Visiting Greece and Turkey for one year for two or three weeks is a good start. The next year you can go for the already mentioned holidays to Nessebar, Bulgaria and after visiting the objects within the country, you can continue to the west – Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro.
It sounds like a crazy adventure but what about Italy with 54 sites on the map? It looks like a hard challenge to visit all these places for less than five years and practically impossible for one summer. And for now, we speak about Europe – a continent with advanced infrastructure and transport links. Covering only the European UNESCO sites probably needs a lifetime. So what about the vast territory of Asia or the Americas? You have to be a billionaire or live 200 years to be able to make it.
But it’s not about the statistics
Visiting these wonderful objects of nature or culture (or mixed) is about sensing the spirit of the place. Once again, we take Nessebar holidays for example – you should visit the Old Town but also spend several days on the beach to take the best out of the vacation. Don’t miss the beauty of Salzburg in Austria but it would be even greater experience if you add a ski holiday to that adventure. It is a dream to visit Yosemite or the Grand Canyon in the USA and from any of these sites a traveler can reach the beaches of California for one day drive. You can’t be everywhere but it worths to try!
No, it’s not some over exaggerated image we try to build open the biggest seaside resort of the Bulgarian North. These were the words of a common German tourist who was sounding ecstatic about his experience during the Golden Sands holidays. Do you want to know what else did he say? “In Bulgaria, everyone is welcome and is treated nicely, while in places like Mallorca the hosts are kind only to the wealthy guests”. So far with the intrinsic Balkan rudeness, we guess.
Do they speak English or we need to learn German and/or Russian
While the elder generations in Bulgaria rarely speak fluently English, the younger professionals working in Golden Sands hotels definitely have a much better command of the speech of the United Kingdom and the USA. Yes, the resort continues to be one of the favorite destinations of the Russian travelers and for that matter, their language is to be heard all around the place. The Germans love it too as it became clear by the statement quoted in the previous paragraph. If you wonder is it possible to find the availabilities in the hotels in Golden Sands, we can assure you that it is enough to check the list of Balkan Holidays.
provided by the longest running tour operator in the region, specialized in bringing the Brit tourists to the Black Sea coast.
So is it more Russian-friendly or more-German welcoming? Don’t worry – it’s like the World Cup. It’s open for a great number of nations and people. While the team of England hardly survives for more than two weeks playing for the biggest trophy in football, a fortnight will be more than enough for you to get the best out of the Golden Sands, Bulgaria holidays.
Most of the deals last 7 days
You will find it out easily during the research of the free suits and apartments provided by the Golden Sands hotels. One week vacation represents the common term available for booking but staying for a longer period isn’t excluded. You just need to ask more specifically the tour operator and you’ll be answered back in time and given all the details you need. If your preference is to pick some all-inclusive bargain, then you shouldn’t worry about it. Package Golden Sands holidays are always present but this type of accommodation often happens to be of the highest demand. So if you get around a suit that you like, you need to act hurry because it might get gone in no time.
The North is calmer… and boring?
Not really. Even not as loud as the main competition in the country is notorious for (we site Sunny Beach), Golden Sands holidays serves well everyone who likes to put an emphasis on the nightlife. Yes, the northern part of the Bulgarian coastline is indeed calmer than the south of Stara Planina area but in Zlatni Pyasatsi as it is known in the native language there are plenty of clubs and discos open till dawn where the party lovers can have fun. The comparison to Mallorca party atmosphere can be found and it’s still not an advertisement but the words of tourists who gladly admit that they have delighted by their Golden Sands, Bulgaria holidays experience.
What bothers the western travelers the most is the distance to the Black Sea coast. Eastern Europe isn’t really far away actually and with the high intensity of flights operating from Great Britain to Varna all summer long the trip wouldn’t take that long. And Golden Sands is located only a half-hour away from the main airport in the northern part of the Bulgarian coastline.
Learning the basics and the fineness in skiing has made Borovets Bulgaria’s most demanded winter resort for that reason.
Being like this for ages, the tradition has started to gather a new strength in the recent years after the oldest vacation village in the country has been moving slowly for some time and needed to invest time and assets to catch up with the pace of Bansko and Pamporovo. The mentioned places form the top 3 of the country’s snow sports centers and expectedly attract most of the local people and foreign visitors arriving during the months of freezing temperatures to be taught how to run down the white hills.
The stats of the Bulgarian ski federation show that about 350 kids participated in this year edition of the “Learn to ski” program in Borovets ski resort alone. A greater number of children included in the program that runs for 10 years now already has been shown only for Vitosha – the mountain next to the capital and biggest city Sofia. Out of the free agenda on the hills of Borovets, Bulgaria has one of the most popular venues on the Balkans booked specifically for its notoriously outstanding ski schools.
The oldest winter resort in the country gained worldwide recognition for the quality of skiing and snowboarding training so quickly, that for a while a shortage of tutors occurred in the area. But that issue was handled speedily too and now Borovets ski resort provides the greatest snow sports lesson money can buy. If you don’t believe such claim, just check it for yourself to make sure that it’s more than an advertisement.
The fun isn’t only on the slopes of Borovets – Bulgaria attracts with the nightlife.
Feeling great on the runs during the day might make you feel tired when the sun goes down. But what if you have more energy and will to continue the party after dinner? Borovets ski holidays has a plenty to offer to everyone who likes to combine daytime sports with the bash in the dark hours. Some of the bars and clubs in the most traditional winter vacation village work almost until dawn and the prices are a lot cheaper than for places of that kind in the western snow complexes.
Well, being a first-timer on the runs partying all night every night wouldn’t help to learn faster and add to the skiing skills. So prioritizing on the main agenda of the Borovets holidays will bring you closer to satisfaction. You might want to just try what is like to ride in the snow on two sticks without caring too much about learning. In this case, you don’t even have to embark on the lift since Hotel Rila, for example, has the piste of the rookie’s type next to it. Actually, in Borovets, Bulgaria the first steps of the ski tuition are made in the main resort area. But with the quality of snow sports schools it wouldn’t take long before you go higher.
Which Bulgarian resort wins for a better choice during the winter holidays
Plenty of rankings are available when it comes to talking about the cheapest winter resorts in Europe. And Bulgaria makes it to Top 10 or even Top 5 on every occasion – mostly thanks to the fame of Bansko and Pamporovo. Both places gained fame for being among the most affordable choices for holidays in the snow with an average expense of less than 100 British pounds per day. Sounds like a deal, isn’t it? But which resort to choose from these two if you’re positive to spend a week or more on the slopes of Bulgaria.
Compared to the oldest resort in the country – Borovets, both lose the competition since Bansko and Pamporovo happen to be situated at a much greater distance from Sofia. Landing at the biggest airport in Bulgaria, you have to be prepared for approximately three hours long ride and not all of it on the highway. Shuttle buses operate from Sofia to both winter centers and if you have booked a room and a flight, it’s rather likely to be offered transportation too. The Pamporovo advantage is the proximity to Plovdiv – the second biggest city in the country has a tiny airport with a limited number of planes landing there on regular basis. But speaking of the snowy season, there are many charter flights reaching there every week. Pamporovo 1, Bansko 0.
Slopes and snow
Bansko is the Bulgarian Number One ski resort for a reason – the Pirin mountain area comes up with the biggest combined length of slopes. That 75 km of pistes represent the snowy mileage to beat in the country. And Pamporovo has set the goal to make it by merging with the nearby Mechi Chal resort but for now still gets nowhere near than two-thirds of the tracks in Bansko. Another drawback sets the Rhodopi mountain place behind – the snow melts faster there, especially if the winter happens to be mild. The altitude of slopes in Bansko is higher and the season. The price of the lift pass in Pamporovo is slightly lower but not enough to compensate. Though this one might be counted for two, let’s get it even. Bansko equalizes.
Having the knees-up
In fact, both places are in huge demand when it comes to parties of young people, especially students. But since Bansko has been a town ages before being a resort – the same do not apply to Pamporovo, unsurprisingly more points go to the Pirin mountain jewel. You can go on Bansko for skiing and enjoy the nightlife – bars, and discos work long after midnight, the local pubs with their exceptional food also run till late in the evening. Bansko 2, Pamporovo 1.
Family packs and discounts for the children
Although Bansko provides the biggest number of the “Free Logo” hotels among the top 3 Bulgarian ski resort, Pamporovo seems to be more welcoming for a family hols. In terms of lift passes the Rhodopi mountain expense is lower than the equivalent payment to use the cabin and hit the slopes in Pirin if you go on the snow with your kin. Pamporovo beats the competition by offering family cards for a more flexible duration – from 3 to 9 days, while Bansko put only season tickets for mummy, daddy and a kid on the menu. Two all.
Places to stay
More in Bansko and cheaper in Pamporovo to sum it in a sentence. The difference in the pricing isn’t huge though and the Rhodopi gets packed up faster just because the hotels there are less. The choice in Banko is bigger and actually, there is a whole spectrum of options regarding the fare. You can check it here (www.balkanholidays.co.uk) if you don’t believe it. Bansko scores the winner in the extra-time.