Day trips to one or two of the destinations below simply do not do justice to this region, the most beautiful in Bulgaria. There are very few direct bus or train connections between Sofia and most of these destinations. Here, more than anywhere else, you have to hire a car, preferably with a driver, and traverse the gorgeous mountain passes and villages at your own pace. Ideally you should set aside 3 or 4 nights, though it is possible to cover the area in 2, overnighting first in Melnik, and the following night in Leshten or Kovachevitsa, before moving on to Plovdiv.
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