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Asparuhovo is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Varna. It is located in the southern part of the city and has a population of 27,252 people. Asparuhovo and the smaller close-situated neighbourhood of Galata are the only neighbourhoods of Varna which are located south of the two channels, which connect the Black Sea with the Varna Lake.
Asparuhovo is connected with the rest of Varna through the bridge of Asparuhovo. With a length of 2050 meters and a height of 50 meters, it is one of the largest bridges in the Balkans. Because of the geography of Asparuhovo, the bridge plays the role of an incredibly important transport link with the rest of the city.
Asparuhovo is one of the most low-lying parts of Varna. Near the park and near the canal practically the neighborhood rises just about a meter above sea level. However, to the south is situated the plateau of Avren and therefore the altitude of the neighborhood increases sharply. The streets are getting steeper and steeper, and the residential blocks and houses situated on the slopes offer a beautiful panoramic view of Varna.
Asparuhovo is a very attractive place to invest in a real estate because the property prices in this neighborhood are some of the lowest in Varna, no matter if you are searching for a houses or an apartment. Another advantage is that the neighbourhood offers almost all the necessary facilities so that practically you don’t need to travel constantly to the city center. There are market, shopping center, several primary and secondary schools, hospital, numerous restaurants, banks and shops.
Asparuhovo is one of the few neighborhoods in Varna that are located on the beach. The neighborhood boasts one of the largest beaches in the city. The sand is bright, and the coast offers a beautiful view toward the rest of Varna. The only thing that separates the residential buildings of Asparuhovo from the beautiful sandy beach is the vast park of Asparuhovo. It is the second largest urban park in Varna after the Sea Garden. The park is planted with various types of deciduous trees. Pleasant promenade with numerous benches runs along the canal. This is a favourite place for local residents to enjoy a pleasant afternoon walk. Under the shadow of the large trees has a number of small cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy the fresh breeze and sea air.
Galata is a district of Varna. It one of two districts located in the southern part of the city (the other one is Asparuhovo). With only 2030 inhabitants, it is the least populated quarter in Varna. It is famous for its specific geographical location. The neighbourhood is situated close to the Galata Cape and is one of the highest lying areas in Varna. Although it is next to the beach, some parts of Galata are situated at an altitude of over 160 meters!
Unlike most districts of Varna, Galata is built up almost entirely of houses, most of which have relatively large yards. The properties in Galata are quite attractive to foreign buyers because of the breathtaking view, which reveals toward the city. Another reason for the great interest in Galata are the rapidly rising prices in the area. Some of the smaller houses are offered at prices of about € 70-80,000, while the larger and more luxury properties may exceed €200,000. Apartments in the area of Galata are a great rarity, but their prices vary widely with the lowest starting from about €30-35,000 for a small apartment and reaching up to about €70,000 or even more for large and luxury apartments.
Galata has two beaches. However, they are less easily accessible compared to the beaches in the rest of the city. The first one is situated on the north side of the district and offers a beautiful panoramic view of the bay. This beach is relatively small and narrow and is situated under the steep, almost vertical coastal slopes. The beach is wild, with relatively shallow sea waters and underwater pieces of rocks. This place is generally known only to locals and doesn’t enjoy a great popularity among newcomers, although the nice panorama. The other beach is located in the eastern part of Galata, outside the bay of Varna. It is very attractive and spacious, with a nice stripe of fine golden sands. It can be reached by a long shaded path and stairs that descends through the dense vegetation of tall trees. The beginning of the trail is just over 100 meters above sea level. Getting to the beach can be a bit tiring but worth it. In warmer years the beach season is between late May and late September, sometimes shorter.
Galata is one of the most remote districts in Varna. For this reason, if you live or stay here, you have to think about the transport options. The first one is to have your own transport and the second is to use the bus number 17A. Buses run daily in small intervals and are practical for daily usage. The distance from the center of Galata to the city center (to the Cathedral) is about 10 km and the distance to the resort of St. Constantine and Elena is 19 km. The route passes through the district of Asparuhovo and the bridge of Asparuhovo.
At a distance of only ten kilometers outside the suburbs of Sofia or nearly 30 km southwest of the capital city center is located the small town of Pernik. This seemingly ordinary and gray industrial town with a population of 79,736 people is actually home to one of the most exciting events during the winter season in this part of Europe.
Surva Festival, which is the largest of its kind on the Balkan Peninsula, is an ancient Bulgarian folklore tradition involving young men, bachelors. The ritual includes traditional folklore dances in the streets of Pernik. The participants wear creepy masks to scare away the evil and to attract health and fertility. Disguised in this way, the participants, better known as mummers, visit random houses in the town.
Though the mummer’s tradition is very old, the festival is officially held for the first time in 1966, and in 1985 received the status of an international festival. Today the participants come from different countries in Europe, Africa and Asia. The festival of mummers is traditionally held during the last weekend of January, but over the years it has started at different dates ranging from January 15 to February 4.
Besides the town itself, this tradition is very popular also in the surrounding villages, and the costumes of the participants are just spectacular. According to the National Geographic Magazine, Pernik and its Mummer Festival "Surva" are among the 15 most exciting winter routes in the world for 2014. Furthermore, there is a real chance for the festival to be added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list.
Pernik has a temperate climate with hot summers and cold winters. Summers last from June to September, and the average temperature is quite high, reaching over 28°C in the shade in August. Although sometimes harsh, winters are not very long here. Usually in the middle of the winter season, at the time when the festival is held, the weather in Pernik is quite cold. In some years there is a thick snow cover but other years are dry and rather mild. However, the temperatures are usually between (-5) and 3°C.
Among the landmarks of Pernik are the Palace of Culture (opened on February 10, 1957), the Museum of Mining (Pernik is a popular mining town in Bulgaria), the church of St. Ivan Rilski (patron of the town), the monastery of St. Panteleimon (located 2 km from the town) and the early ninth century medieval fortress Krakra.
The vicinity of Pernik is very beautiful. The city is surrounded by not very high mountains, which are covered with dense deciduous and coniferous forests. Amidst the lush vegetation you can find some calm and pleasant hiking and walking trails that can take you to clear mountain streams and quiet ponds. Apart from the mountains, much of the area of Pernik is occupied also by fertile and picturesque farmlands.
Limassol District is one of the six districts that form together the island of Cyprus. It occupies the southernmost part of the island and is bordered by the districts of Paphos, Larnaca, Nicosia and Akrotiri, British military enclave on the southern coast of the island. As of 2011, the population of the area is about 235.036 people. The capital city of the district is Limassol, which is the second largest city on the island after Nicosia and is also the leading business center in Cyprus.
The district encompasses the coastal flat and hilly parts in the South of the island as well as significant parts of the famous Troodos Mountains. In the low-lying areas grows typical Mediterranean vegetation, mainly dry-loving grasses and bushes, and the mountains are covered by dense coniferous forests. Although the beaches of Limassol somewhat inferior to those in the districts of Paphos and Famagusta, the coastline is dotted with some really wonderful places. Some of the beaches are covered with small oval pebbles and offer typical Mediterranean experience, while others are covered with fine sand ranging in color from golden to deep brown.
Limassol District is dotted with ancient sights and numerous monuments of Byzantine times. There is a number of ancient amphitheaters and ruins of castles and fortresses in the vicinity. Calm and quiet mountain villages with preserved culture and traditions as well as beautiful chapels and churches are nestled into the Troodos Mountains. The pearl of the area is of course the city of Limassol, which is considered the most modern city on the island.
Corfu, also called Kerkyra, is located in the Ionian Sea and belongs to the Ionian Islands. It is the northwestern-most Greek island, and with an area of 593 square kilometers is the seventh largest in the country. It is located closer to Albania than to Greece and is about 103 km off the coast of the province of Lecce in Italy. They call Corfu “the most British of all Greek islands”. With a total population of 102.071 people, the island is home to more than 10,000 British settlers as well as a steadily increasing number of other nationalities such as Germans, Scandinavians, Russians and others. It is estimated that the total number of foreigners living on the island is about 30,000. This creates a unique multicultural and cosmopolitan environment. In general a large number of foreigners lives in all parts of Corfu, but their number is biggest in the northern part of the island.
The best time for tourism in Corfu is early summer (May and June) and late summer (September and October). This part of the year is preferable, since temperatures are higher than 23°C but usually lower than 28°C. In addition, these months are recommended if you wish to avoid the huge crowds of tourists.
The beach season of Corfu lasts six months. It begins in early May and continues until the end of October. At the end of the season you will find warmer sea waters but higher rainfalls.
From May to October are required light summer clothes. However, do not forget to wear also a jacket or an anorak just for in case. Usually the island of Corfu gets a lot of rain in comparison with the rest of Greece. Sometimes these sudden and abundant precipitations are responsible for the relatively cooler summer afternoons in comparison with the Aegean islands for example. This applies for the entire summer season but especially for the months of May and October. From November to April the weather conditions in Corfu do not change a lot, so if you are planning to travel during the winter season a jacket and a sweater are the first thing to put in your suitcase. Also, it is a good idea to have some tshirt near at hand, because temperatures sometimes can rise up to about 20°C.
The fastest and easiest way to get to Corfu, especially during the summer season, is to take some of the regular or charter flights that connect the Greek island with various destination from all across Europe. Another alternative is to fly to Athens and then with a direct domestic flight to Corfu. A few times a week there are flights to and from Thessaloniki.
If you choose to travel by bus from Athens to Corfu, it will take you about seven hours from Athens to Igoumenitsa. Then you will have to travel by ferry about an hour and a half to the island of Corfu. This alternative is a bit exhausting, but on the other hand, the bus-lines and ferries are quite regular.
Another way to get to Corfu is by ferry from Italy, from cities such as Ancona and Bari. Ferries usually travel about 2-3 times a week.
"Channel of Love" is the most famous beach of Corfu. Known for its aquamarine water and golden sand, it is situated in the village of Sidari, in the North of the island. The place attracts a large number of young people, who come here not only for the beach itself but also to take picture and to enjoy the scenic view. The narrow cove surrounded by steep limestone rocks actually really resembles a channel. "Channel of Love" is not the only lovely beach on the outskirts of Sidari. The vicinity offers a vast choice of fantastic must visit beaches with fine sand and clear waters.
If you love white sandy beaches and crystal clear turquoise Caribbean-like sea waters, then you should head towards the small village Paleokastritsa, which is comfortably nestled on the west coast of Corfu. The settlement is known for the most beautiful beaches on the island. The resort village offers several coves with calm and clear marine waters and lush vegetation reaching the coast itself.
If you are looking for some idyllic and quiet beach, you can take to the Avlaki beach. It is located in a quiet area on the northeastern coast of Corfu, not far from the coast of Albania. Compared to other beaches in Corfu, Avlaki is less visited and is the best choice if you are looking for some solitude. It is covered with oval pebbles, and the sea water is very clear.
Another alternative to Avlaki is the beach of Kerasia. It is located not far from Avlaki, in northeastern Corfu, and offers beautiful views toward the coast of Albania. The beach is famous for its pureness and transparent seawaters. Fed by regular rainfalls, the lush Mediterranean vegetation reaches the coast itself.
If you want to find a large golden beach like these in Southern California, you do not need to go to the United States. Paralia Marathias is exactly what you are looking for. This beach is quite large, so you will find a lot of space for you and your friends even in the busiest tourist season. Paralia Marathias is located in the southwestern part of the island, about a kilometer from the small village of Marathias.
One of the famous beaches of Corfu is Ermones Beach. It is located in the central part of the west coast of the island, at the foot of covered with dense vegetation steep hills. The beach is covered with pebbles and light sand. Besides the main beach, in the area there are a few smaller and difficult to access coves suitable for people seeking peace and quiet.
It is important to know that sunbathing without a swimsuit is not allowed in Corfu!
Corfu has a subtropical Mediterranean climate. Winters are short and mild, with temperatures of around 14°C during the day in January and February. Winter nights are cold with temperatures of around 5 - 7°C. Summers are warm and sunny. The beach season lasts about 6 months on average, from early May to late October. With temperatures of at least 32°C in the shade, August is the warmest month of the year. Summer nights are very pleasant with temperatures around 18 - 20°C. Unlike most islands in the Mediterranean Sea, Corfu typically has a very humid climate with plenty of rainfalls throughout the year, especially in autumn and winter. This is the reason for the lush vegetation that covers the Greek island. The period between early June and late August brings drier weather, but even then occasional sudden rainfalls are possible. In Corfu it snows practically every winter but only in the highest mountains. Frost and snow are an exceptional rarity along the coast.
If you want to visit all the sights of Corfu, it would take some time because they are not one or two. If you have to choose a place to start from, then the capital of the island, Corfu Town, is a good opportunity. Here you will find the lovely Spianada Square, which is considered to be the most emblematic spot on the island, and the Palace of St Michael and St George, which today houses the Asian Art Museum. Enjoy a nice walk on the street Liston, which is known for its beautiful old French style buildings with tall columns and arches. After the walk you can have some rest in any of the numerous charming cafes and restaurants. It would be great to enjoy a cup of coffee or a portion of grilled fish while relaxing surrounded with other tourists from all over the world. Among the biggest attractions of Corfu is the Achilleion Palace. It was built in the late 19th century to serve as a summer residence of the Empress of Austria. Another major attraction of the Greek island is Paleo Frourio, an old fortress from the 6th century. The fortress was reinforced by the Venetians to protect the town form the attacks of the Ottoman Empire. Do not miss to visit also the Mon Repos Palace, built in the 19th century as a residence of the British commissioner.
With its fantastic landscapes, Corfu is a popular destination among nature lovers from all over the world. During the middle ages, the island was often called "The Garden of Eden."
Corfu is a mountainous island, and the highest point reaches 906 meters above sea level in Mount Pantokrator. The island is covered with dense forests of coniferous and deciduous trees, olive and citrus groves, date palms, cypresses, figs and other subtropical plants.
Lush vegetation reaches the lovely coastline of Corfu, which is famous for its paradise coves and fantastic beaches with white or golden sand and crystal clear sapphire or aquamarine waters. The forests, which cover most of the island, provide a refuge to the rich local fauna.
The island is home to a great variety of species of small mammals such as ferrets, moles, hedgehogs, bats and many others as well as approximately 150 different species of birds, including a wide variety of waterfowl, which inhabit the marshes of the island.
There are a number of lovely towns which every tourist should visit. Undoubtedly, the most attractive are Kerkyra, the capital of the island of Corfu (or also known as Corfu Town), and Paleokastritsa. Corfu Town is located on the west coast and is a vibrant and colorful place with typical European atmosphere - narrow streets, old buildings, beautiful gardens and welcoming squares. Paleokastritsa itself is a lovely resort town offering an amazing scenery and the most stunning beaches on the island.
Corfu was a possession of the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, France, Britain and some of the great Italian city-states such as Venice and Naples, but unlike the rest of Greece, the island has never been part of the Ottoman Empire.
For this reason, here you will find unparalleled palette of cultures and traditions mixed with the incredibly rich Greek culture. However, in contrast with the rest of the Balkans, there are no traces of Ottoman influence on the island of Corfu.
Walking down the streets of any of the local towns, you will see a real masterpiece between Greek and Italian lifestyle mixed with nuances of fine French architecture and British cosmopolitan spirit. Talking about the British cultural influence, Corfu Town is the place to find the only cricket playground on the island.