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The Scenic Seaside Town of Ahtopol, Bulgaria

scenic seaside town of ahtopol  Ahtopol is situated on the Bulgarian south Black sea coast 90 km south of Burgas, and 14 km from the nearest town of Tsarevo.

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Obzor, Town of the Sun

obzor beachObzor is an attractive, peaceful seaside resort with impressive, open beaches, calm, safe sea, clean mountain air and a picturesque backdrop. It lies in one of the most scenic spots on the Bulgarian Black Sea coastline, on the edge of the eastern part of the Balkan Range with the Dvoynitsa River bordering on the north. It sits calmly in a scenic bay between Cape St. Atanas in the north and the outskirts of Emona Mountain in the south. The town has been an archaeological treasure with many ceramic fragments and the remains of fortress walls having been unearthed here.

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Thessaloniki: The City of Museums

seattle of the balkansThis majestic city in Northern Greece is rooted in 3,000 years of history and the fact that it is home to one of the largest collections of museums in the Balkans is testimony to this. Not only is Thessaloníki culturally very rich, but a hive of activity and entertainment, so much so that last year the New York Times dubbed it the "Seattle of the Balkans." Anyone who visits this beautiful city will see that it pulses life with skateboarding teenagers, enthusiastic shoppers, stray dogs, beggars and old men selling a syrupy concoction called salep. Thessaloniki lies in the Greek state of Central Macedonia (not to be confused with the independent country the Republic of Macedonia). The city is home to one million people and is Greece’s second largest city after Athens. Thessaloniki can be reached via the daily night train from Istanbul, which leaves at 20.00 and arrives at 8.00. There are sleeping cars so comfort is assured!

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Vibrant Varna, the Bulgarian Summer Capital

the cathedral in varnaVarna, the summer capital of Bulgaria, is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city bursting with life. Bulgarian Royalty endorsed this notion by choosing the city for their summer residence. The Independent newspaper dubbed Varna “Europe's new funky-town, the good-time capital of Bulgaria.” It enjoys a nationwide reputation for its rock and hip-hop artists and related events such as the July Morning rock festival.

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Kyrenia, An Ancient Beauty

north cyrpus roman ruinsKyrenia known as Girne in Turkish is a stunning harbor town that lies in Northern Cyprus. The scenic port has a population of just 22,000, mainly inhabited by Turkish Cypriots and Turkish immigrants. It is also the most popular place in northern Cyprus amongst tourists. Kyrenia is the idyllic destination, with its mild climate, beautiful beaches and still sea, surrounded by the picturesque Besparmak Mountains. You can unwind in the laid back lifestyle and explore the shops; café’s or take a stroll along the promenade and watch the yachts sail on the harbor.

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