Getting There: Stara Zagora

Society | November 8, 2002, Friday // 00:00

City of straight streets and limes

A city of straight streets and lime trees Stara Zagora is a prime tourist destination not least because of its speedy and diverse links. It is situated in southern Bulgaria and is a strategic crossroad between the east and the west, the north and the south. The fastest and most comfortable way to get to Stara Zagora from the capital Sofia is to by a bus. Private companies offer regular services every day. Busses depart from Sofia central station every half an hour and stop at Stara Zagora, very often on their way to other towns. It takes no more than three hours to reach Stara Zagora by bus, about an hour less than by train, but the ticket is two times more expensive.

Once you reach Stara Zagora, the first thing that strikes most visitors are the lively sidewalk cafes and leafy boulevards. And this is something the town is well known for, along with its parks and gardens. Until recently Stara Zagora also boasted one of the most impressive Operas on the Balkans. Unfortunately all you can see now are the remains of what used to be an imposing building before flames engulfed it several years ago. The rich cultural traditions and the spirit of the contemporary artists however still maintain an artistic atmosphere. This is the atmosphere that has always gone together with this town, well known also as the city of poets.

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