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Sopot, the birthplace of the famous writer Ivan Vazov, is a small town with a population of over 12 thousand people. It is situated at 520 meters above sea level, at the feet of the steep south slopes of Stara Planina Mountain, in the fecund Karlovo Valley, part of the legendary Vale of the Roses. Sopot’s perfect microclimate and its chairlift have made it the focal point of delta and paragliding in Bulgaria. Sopot is 5 km west of Karlovo, 136 km east of Sofia and 63 km north of Plovdiv. The town is also the point of departure for the Troyan Balkan Mountain. The chairlift, situated in the northwest part of town, will take you to 1600 meters above sea level in only 30 minutes. From the second lift station, you can reach the Nezabravka Chalet fast and easy, in only 5 minutes. The middle lift station is in the site Pochivaloto (1350 m ASL) – and is a favorite take off spot for delta and paraglider pilots. Hiking fans can take on the well-marked hiking tracks from the town of Sopot to the Nezabravka and Dobrila Chalets and the peaks of Amrabitza and Botev.

Sopot is a major junction in the sub-Balkan road and the railway track Sofia-Karlovo-Burgas, which makes the town an extremely easily reachable destination. The town is connected by bus to Karlovo and the neighboring towns and villages. The bus station is on 75 Ivan Vazov Blvd, while the railway station is a kilometer south of town. Buses to and fro Karlovo are at every half an hour during the working week and at every hour during the weekend.

  • If you are travelling from Sofia, you can take a train from Sofia Central Station directly to Sopot at 06:10, 08:40, 13:10 and 17:00 hrs or to Karlovo at 07:20, 16:05 and 22:25 hrs.
  • If you are travelling from Plovdiv, you can take a bus to Karlovo at 10:00, 11:00, 18:00, 19:00 and 20:00 hrs or a train from Plovdiv Central Railway Station to Karlovo at 7:40, 11:35, 14:00, 16:35, 18:05 and 21:00 hrs.
  • If you are travelling from Burgas (220 km south of Sopot), you can take a train for Karlovo at 5.35, 14.25 и 22:15 hrs or a train/bus to Plovdiv.
  • If you are travelling from Varna (350 km south of Sopot), you can hop on the night train to Sofia (which stops at Karlovo) at 21:55 hrs or take the train at 09:25 or 15:05. You can also get a train or a bus to Plovdiv.

A PIECE OF ADVICE If you are arriving by train, it is better to travel to Karlovo (rather than to Sopot) and take a bus from there to Sopot (5:30, 5:45, 6:30, 6:55, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, 9:00, 9:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 13:00, 13:30, 14:00, 14:30, 15:00, 15:30, 16:00, 16:30, 17:00, 17:30, 18:00, 18:30, 19:00, 19:30, 20:00, 20:30, 21:00, 21:30, 22:30, 23:00)

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All Airheads can camp at a specially designated camping zone. Don’t forget to take your tents, sleeping bags and mats, as well as clothes to keep your warm at night!
For those of you who prefer accommodation with a roof, the best choice would be the Shterev Hotel. It is located in the center of the town of Sopot, fully equipped with a restaurant for 60 and a café aperitif. The hotel is on two floors and offers 31 double rooms, 3 singles and 6 studio apartments. The prices per night are 30, 40 and 60 BGN, accordingly.
Another option for comfortable accommodation are the various Guest Houses in town.
For more information about accommodation, please feel free to contact Lyubo Georgiev at 0897 846093.