Under Communism, this was a "closed" town and access to it was prohibited as it was perilously close to the
border with capitalist Greece. In a way, its remoteness and inaccessibility did something positive for it: the town
eschewed the fate that befell similar Bulgarian settlements that were either rendered derelict as a result of the
collapse of planned economy or were rapidly turned into concrete tourist complexes of the sort seen on the Black
Now it advertises itself as the only Bulgarian "private open-air ethnographic museum." A nearby ostrich farm is
a major attraction for kids, and a newly-opened border crossing with Greece makes the journey from southern
Bulgaria to the Aegean invitingly short.
Where in Bulgaria are you?
Email your answers by 30 May 2011 to
and you can win a weekend for two at the Yastrebets hotel, Borovets, where you will experience the ultimate holiday. The winner will be selected in a draw*.
OUR LUCKY WINNER
Alexander Schleih from Germany answered correctly the
question of our Where in Bulgaria Are You? quiz: the hill,
seen on the photo is Dzhendem Tepe, or Hell Hill, in Plovdiv.
Alexander wins a weekend for two at Yastrebets Hotel & Spa,
Borovets. He moved to Bulgaria in 2009 to become a German
language teacher at a Bulgarian foreign language high
school in Blagoevgrad. He came across the Vagabond website
recently and found it "quite appealing", so he subscribed to
the magazine. Alexander and his girlfriend like the Black Sea
coast when it’s off-season, but their favourite city in Bulgaria
is Plovdiv – a great place for sightseeing, strolling around and
*Winners of competitions produced by Vagabond, Bulgaria's English Monthly, are selected in a draw. The decisions are final and correspondence will not be entered into. Prizes may be collected in person at the editorial offices in Sofia or shipped anywhere in Bulgaria postage-free. Postal charges will apply for shipments abroad. For customs reasons we are unable to ship alcoholic beverages abroad. Any customs or other duties levied on shipments abroad will be the responsibility of the addressee. Prize winners will be interviewed and featured in the magazine, unless they have specifically indicated otherwise.
70 years ago, on 10 March 1943, Bulgaria's pro-Nazi government decided to defy Berlin and halt the deportation of Bulgaria's 50.000 Jews. This was down to the actions of one man - Dimitar Peshev. Just two years later he faced Communist justice and found himself on trial for his life. His niece Kaluda Kiradjieva remembers