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Short trip to Bulgaria

Hello everybody, I'm leaving for a 3-day weekend in Sofia and I'll try visiting some stuff outside the city (I rented a car). Even if the stay is short, I'd still want to try to cross the border to Macedonia (since I should have visited Skopje in May with a friend but I broke an arm so I couldn't go). Since I'll probably return to Bulgaria with my GF to see Plovdiv and Varna, it's OK to do an all-day excursion outside the country. My questions are:

Apart from Skopje, is there any notable place I should see around there?

I also thought about a Sofia / Skopje / Niš triangle, but... is it possible to cross to/from Serbia? What's the political situation with EU and stuff? Is the Ukrainian war making it less safe in any way for tourists?

Thanks everybody

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I am sure Serbia is and will be safe until the next Balkan war begins and I suspect that is many months off. The situation with Kosovo has deregulated a bit though.

With your short stay I would set up in Sofia and do day trips. Quite a lot to see within an hour or two of Sofia.

I'm not a great fan of renting cars in general, but in particular when efficiency is concerned; I would hire a guide with a car. Bulgaria is so cheap it doesn't break the bank for most people.

3 half day excursions might only cost a few hundred more than the rental and parking and you won't waste a bunch of time renting and returning the car, and being lost.

But what ever works for you.

Pavlina Docheva
Program Manager and Tour Designer
Easy Bulgaria Travel Ltd
Bulgarian Tour Operator
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