I’ve lived 24 years in Bulgaria, and yet I’ve never had the chance to visit these three cities. We were visiting some relatives in Goce Delchev, so we were close enough to them.
First, we visited Blagoevgrad. I have to admit that the trip to the city, was very nice. The nature around us, was magnificent. The sun was high in the sky and the day was hot. The fresh mountain air, however, managed to keep us cool and happy. We didn’t know much about the city and its sights, so we took a long walk on its mains street. It had cafes, restaurants, pubs and shops, on both sides of the street. I liked the big fountain in front of the Dramatic Theatre. Just a few steps from it, was the University.
The next day, we decided to go and visit Sandanski. It was a small city and yet impressive enough, to make me want to go back there again. Its main street was very long. We had some waffles and ice cream and just sat in a small shady park enjoying them. As I said, the main street was very long, and every 5o meters there was something interesting to be seen. At the beginning there was a big beautiful fountain before the library, that I found very fascinating. About 150 meters from it there were some remains and nice antique stores. We found another fountain, smaller than the previous one, in a nice park. And at the end, or as far as we walked, was another park, but it was bigger. It had playground, bridges, small river and huge alleys, where you can walk, run or ride a bike. I have to admit, I loved Sandanski.
Our last stop that day was Melnik. It is the smallest town in Bulgaria. We parked near the main street and walked around the dried up river. This town tucked away among the hills, has so much history. You can just feel it as you walk around. Small and cozy restaurants can offer you traditional bulgarian dishes and some of the finest wine in the country. There was something like a fortress at the end of the street, but we had no time to go and have a closer look. As we drove back home, I watched with fascination, how the sun was going down, leaving incredibly beautiful “marks” on the peaks around the road.