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All the quotes are from my LonelyPlanet: Bulgaria: Camping in the wild (ie outside a camping ground) is technically prohibited but normally accepted if you’re discreet and, most impor tantly, do not build wood fires (which attract attention and damage the environment). Greece: Free (wild) camping is illegal, but the law is not always ...


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Well at 6400km for 28 days, that's around 250km a day (allow extra for finding hotels, seeing sights, etc). That's a LOT of driving. In 2005, I did a trip around South Africa, where we drove 7100km in 23 days. We had some long days (800km) and many shorter days, and it was doable, but wow we did get a bit tired of the car ;) At that rate, the 13 cities ...


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To say that there are mineral water springs in Bulgaria is somewhat of an understatement. According to Wikipedia, there are 225 sites with flow rate of more than 5000 l/s. Most hot springs are in Southern Bulgaria, south of Stara Planina, particularly in west Rodopi mountain, as well as Struma and Mesta valleys. Note that these are somewhat difficult to ...


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One option is Trianastar(BG). There is a daily bus in 16:00 from Bucharest(Filaret), 22:00 in Sofia. One way ticket costs 52 BGN (26 EUR), return ticket costs 82 BGN (41 EUR)


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From observations, there are even more petrol stations in Bulgaria than in, for example, Sweden. The main reason is that the market is not as consolidated as in other countries, and among a handful of prominent gas station chains (Petrol, Shell, Lukoil, OMV, etc.) there are also a number of local gas stations as well. Gas stations are also spread out in the ...


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If hiking interests you, I'd recommend the Rhodope mountains in Bulgaria -- there are a lot of popular tourist trails between the mountain refuges. The mountain is virtually uninhabited (there are a few large-ish towns and small villages), so if you are tired of civilization, this might be something to consider. Depending on your interests, you can choose ...


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we have been doing a bit of a eastern Europe camping, in our old merc camper, Croatia its illegal, especially near the coast and the national parks, but if you get away from the touristy areas, and camp then its generally ok, met a couple from germany who got a fine and moved on, but they were not far from the national park, and the locals there want the ...


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I have camped in Montenegro in the mountains without any problems. I have also heard a second-hand story of a group of tourists camping in the Durmitor National Park and being approached by rangers in the evening. They told them to move to another place a few hounded meters away to have a better view on the valley :)


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At least in Bulgaria -- hardly. July and August, and sometimes early September are traditionally reserved for summer holidays, but people rarely are away for more than a few weeks. Businesses continue to function as usual -- industry, banks, institutions, etc., even with reduced productivity, and of course all tourist attractions are in full swing. The last ...


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Yes, you can - but they want to see a justification why you're not applying from within your home country. The justification can be as simple as "I'm living in this country (please see attached copy of my residence permit)".


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In Montenegro: UNESCO-protected Kotor Old Town, Ostrog Monastery, Cetinje (Historical Capital), Skadar Lake. If you have enough time, it would be nice to see some mountains too: Zabljak, Durmitor, as well as Biogradska gora. If you'd like to take part in night life than Budva is very good and while you're there, you could visit Budva Old Town. Also Maximus ...


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In Bosnia, must sees are Sarajevo (2/3 days should be enough), and Mostar (1 day).


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Well I can recommend the Transylvanian mountains in Romania. Bucharest you'll likely go through (the capital) but I found it a bit dull and oppressive. Head out to Brasov in the mountains, a fantastic town, and with lots to do in the mountains all around, from Bran Castle (marketed as Dracula's castle), a mountain fortress and more. And if you're lucky, ...


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I've been wild camping a couple of times in Macedonia and Kosovo and I've never had any problems. Your only real concerns are the small packs of Sharpinina dogs that roam the forests/mountains at night.


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Since i couldn't find any conclusive information on the rumor that splitting the trip from Bucharest to Sofia makes it cheaper i decided to do some empirical research so here goes: Direct train from Bucharest(from Bucharest Nord) to Sofia costs 140 ROM (35euros) lei and there are few departures per day, 12:55, 23:55 that i am aware of. Direct bus costs 52 ...


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You can indeed take the train. However it cannot be booked online. According to the Man in Seat 61, the price is 25-30 GBP. Source: http://www.seat61.com/Bulgaria.htm


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Firstly let clarify we live in a camper so we are not talking about setting tents. About the legality I honestly don't know. But we have experience a few countries. Now of the ones mentioned: Bulgaria, Serbia and Greece. None of those presented us any Problems. The only country in the balkans we know for sure to be illegal, is Croatia. However we still ...


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We live in a VW T3, that means we are wild camper full time, we have been in Bulgaria for at least two weeks now. We had the police come to us one night, I had a huge fire, they simply drove to me turn on the light inside their car so I’d know it was them, wave me good bye and left, I felt like they were just trying to make sure I felt save, it was the most ...


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Some friends and I road-tripped from Ljubljana to Athens in 2011 and we wild-camped the entire way. Albania you can really camp anywhere, Croatia you should be a little more careful, and I'd say Slovenia is in between. We didn't camp in Montenegro but I think it seemed pretty relaxed, similar to Albania. In Croatia it was probably the hardest, cos we were ...


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I'm from bulgaria.I don't know is the free camping permitted,but it's verrrrryyyyy popular in Bulgaria.Most of the young people do it at all the time when the weather is good.We also live on some beaches on Black sea like Irakli,Karadere and many others it's full of people who live there on tents for 3-4-5 months!!!We also did it in the mountains during the ...


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In Bosnia, besides Sarajevo and Mostar, there is Pocitelj, Kravice waterall, Hutovo Blato, even Stolac (all Herzegovina is very lovely).



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