Today we examine Gela in Bulgaria a real alternative Holiday Destination far from the maddening crowds!
If you want somewhere more remote than the Greek Islands but still crave that raw, natural beauty and an injection of early civilisation, head to neighbouring Bulgaria. In Gela, an alpine hamlet deep in the Rhodope Mountains, discover the home of Orpheus, visit ancient monasteries, cities and prehistoric caves.
WHAT TO DO IN GELA?…..
In summer, families can hike mountain trails, go horse riding, explore caves, climb the peaks or bike through the forests; whilst in the winter, there’s skiing at Pamporovo, where dozens of kilometres of downhill and cross-country tracks attract serious skiers and snowboarders.
Bulgarian mainstays are moussaka, cold cucumber and yoghurt soup, and delicious fried courgette.
ACCOMMODATION IN GELA…..
Relish the easy, rural decadence at Villa Gella, an alpine villa encircled by firs and staggering mountain scenery. Perfect for family groups, the villa has six double bedrooms, each with en suite bathroom and fireplace.
It is self-sufficient, with the chef’s making butter, cheese and yoghurt from its cows milk, collecting honey from its bees, and producing wines from its vineyard. There is an indoor pool and steam room, and on-site sports including tennis, basketball and boules. Baby monitors, games and a special kids’ tea are available on request.
HOW TO GET TO GELA IN BULGARIA…..
British Airways and Bulgarian Air fly from Heathrow to Sofia, several times a week. A range of airlines fly in to Sofia from many parts of Europe, with connections from around the world.
It’s a three-hour drive to Villa Gella from Sofia.
Hopefully this article has whet the appetite of the non beach lovers and those of you who love holidaying in the mountains. Gela is a very special resort that really is Away from the Crowds! If you would like more information or a quote on Holidays to Gela please feel free to contact me.
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