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Eco-tourism and how important it is for Eastern Europe

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Eco-tourism is a commonly used word today, but just as “sustainable” people use it without putting too much sense in it.

What is Eco-tourism?

If you search for the meaning – this is what probably you will get:

  • Minimize physical, social, behavioral, and psychological impacts.
  • Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect.
  • Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts.
  • Provide direct financial benefits for conservation.
  • Generate financial benefits for both local people and private industry.
  • Deliver memorable interpretative experiences to visitors that help raise sensitivity to host countries’ political, environmental, and social climates.
  • Design, construct and operate low-impact facilities.
  • Recognize the rights and spiritual beliefs of the Indigenous People in your community and work in partnership with them to create empowerment.

 
Eco-tourism should be close to the nature and not harmful in any way. It should serve to the small local community and give possibility for development and population of areas outside the influence of big cities or resorts. It is related to the consumption of products, which are local with much higher quality, 100% ecological and help the local people survive. This is what we are aiming at in Golets. We didn`t build new houses, but renovated old ones making them livable. We also tried to do something for the environment as filtering the water we use so it can go back to the nature. We encourage our guests to visit the village and buy products as honey, cheese, milk etc. when it is available from the local people. 

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Why eco-tourism is so important for Eastern Europe?

Eco-tourism supposes moderate concentration on the whole territory of a country. Not as the big resorts. This means sustainable and equal growth for all the regions in parallel.While in the developed countries we can see clear strategies for development of all regions, this is very unlikely for Eastern Europe. Without traditions and deeper understanding of the free market economy we can see in the past 20 years developments going crazy in certain areas and other remain underpopulated and left alone without any economic strategy for revival. In Bulgaria we got the whole Black sea over-developed with too many tourists without adequate infrastructure and basically offering bad and cheap product. The same is the case with Bansko – mountain resort. So many huge hotels got built with basically no infrastructure and not enough ski facilities.

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The Balkan mountain on the other hand is famous with numerous historical and natural landmarks and still we don`t see clear strategy from the government for sustainable development of the area. Therefore the European Union programs for development of the rural areas and the conscious choice is so important. In the area there is too much poverty, unemployment and under-population.

Eco-tourism could be one of the key factors for the revival and uplift of Easter Europe. The countryside has lots to offer – it is just waiting to be discovered…

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It was so cool to have a reality show shooting and staying in Golets in December 2014. 10000 BC is a co-production of Chanel 5 and MTV UK made by The Garden Productions. We were lucky to have them for several days while they were shooting their last episode. We just loved it! So much fun and meeting so many nice people in our usually not that international environment in Golets was awesome. Sincerely, we have never imagined to have something so exceptional happen so soon after finishing the renovation of the houses.

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Mel seeing her room after the 2 months in the forest.

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Michael feeling a bit uncomfortable being back to the civilization.

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Here are the survivors after 2 months in the woods. They actually looked quite fresh…

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Gabrovo

Gabrovo is a city in central northern Bulgaria, the administrative centre of Gabrovo Province.

It is situated at the foot of the central Balkan Mountains, in the valley of the Yantra River, and is known as an international capital of humour and satire, as well as noted for its Bulgarian National Revival architecture. Gabrovo is also known as the longest city in Bulgaria, stretching over 25 km[citation needed] along the Yantra, yet reaching only 1 km (0.6 mi) in width at places. The geographic center of Bulgaria – Uzana is located near the city.

Places of interest in Gabrovo include the House of Humour and Satire and Aprilov National High School. In Gabrovo Province sites include architectural reserve Bozhentsi. Hiking is widely available in the Central Balkan National Park and in the Bulgarka Nature Park, itself home to Ethnographic Complex Etara, Dryanovo Monastery, Sokolski Monastery, Shipka Pass, and the Uzana area. For admirers of historical tourism Shipka Memorial is a must-see.

History:

The area around Gabrovo, inhabited since the Neolithic, gained economic importance after Veliko Tarnovo became capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire in the 12th century. Craftsmanship and trade prospered due to the proximity to both the capital and the Balkan passes. Medieval Gabrovo was a small pass village of about 100 houses.

According to the most widespread legend, Gabrovo was founded by a young blacksmith called Racho, close to whose fireplace a hornbeam (gabar in Bulgarian) rose, so the settlement acquired its name.

After the Ottoman invasion of the Balkans in the 14th century, the demographic position of Gabrovo changed significantly, as it was the only settlement in a considerably large geographic area and an attractive place for Bulgarians fleeing from the conquered capital and neighbouring fortresses. It turned from a village into a small town (palanka) and began to develop as an economic, cultural and spiritual centre.

Bulgarian Orthodox Theophany Crucession in Gabrovo. The priests are going to throw a wooden cross in the Yantra. Believers will then jump into the icy waters to “save” the cross.

During Ottoman rule, the rich tradesmen spent plenty of resources for the small town’s public planning. The first Bulgarian secular school, the Aprilov National High School, was founded in Gabrovo in 1835 with the aid of Vasil Aprilov and Nikolay Palauzov. Gabrovo was officially proclaimed a town by the Ottoman authority in May 1860. In the 1870s Felix Kanitz said that Gabrovo is “a big workshop” and that it is a “city that lives from the water,” referring to widely used water power. The glory of the goods of Gabrovo became known throughout the Ottoman Empire, and beyond that, in Bucharest even nowadays there is a street named “Gabroveni”.

Shortly before and after the Liberation of Bulgaria in 1878, Gabrovo developed as a centre of industry on the basis of its economic traditions. Joint-stock companies emerged, factories were constructed and connections to the large stock exchanges were created, prompting some to label the city “The BulgarianManchester”.

The Bulgarian National Revival church of Gabrovo, an architectural monument.

It is hard not to notice that this is the longest city in Bulgaria. With the amazing 28 km (17 mi) (this is a lot for Bulgaria, the Capital Sofia is only 21 km (13 mi) long), Gabrovo represent the past, the “now” and the future of the country. Recently the city won one of the biggest prices in the biggest National survey for “The best living city in Bulgaria” – Gabrovo won the “Greenest (Eco) city” and became 2nd in the readers contest. For more information you can see – dariknews.bg. Also Gabrovo is the city with most monumental statues – more than 14 000. The “city” also has an opportunity for business development. The Gabrovo Municipality Agenda says that Gabrovo has an BB+ credit raiting.

 

Lovech

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The city of Lovech is located in northern Bulgaria 150 km from Sofia. The city has a population of roughly 38,000. The climate is temperate and continental, with hot summers and cold winters. The average temperature in January is 1.5 degrees below 0 Centigrade and during July it is 23 degrees Centigrade.

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Lovech is one of the oldest settled places in Bulgaria. The city is built on the remains of the Thracian settlement Melta and the Roman city Presidium. The Hisarya Fortress was built during the First Bulgarian Empire (681-1018 CE). When the peace treaty between Bulgaria and Byzantium was signed here, it marked the beginning of the Second Bulgarian Empire and the end of Byzantine rule over Bulgaria that had lasted two centuries.
The Hisarya Fortress above Lovech is one of the last remaining Ottoman citadels. Culture and agriculture continued to flourish in Lovech during Ottoman rule. By the 17th century, the city had developed into one of the country’s most important commercial centers, and traders from Lovech journeyed far beyond the boundaries of the Ottoman Empire.

The Vasil Levski Ethnographic Complex and Residence Museum is located in Lovech’s Old Town, The Varosha Quarter. Lovech is famous as the site of the efforts made by Vasil Levski (1837-1873), who dedicated his life to freeing Bulgaria from the Ottomans. The narrow, cobbled streets of The Varosha Quarter help create an authentic atmosphere carrying visitors back to those 19th century days. At the Old Town’s highest point, near the remains of the Hisarya Fortress, there is a monument to Levski.

The city’s and region’s past is preserved in the city’s history museum.

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The symbol of Lovech is the covered bridge that spans the Osam River, connecting the old and new quarters. It was built in 1872-1874 by one of the era’s best-known master builders, Kolyu Ficheto. Today there are many shops on the bridge selling souvenirs.

In The Varosha Quarter there is an art gallery in the Sveta Nedelya (Holy Sunday) Church, with frescoes painted in 1873. The church was declared a cultural landmark in Protocol â„– 7 of the National Society for the Preservation of Culture on November 11, 1999.

The Bash Bunar Park is situated on the Osam River. Its steep banks are dotted with caves of various sizes. Bones and implements from the Paleolithic Age and the Bronze Age were discovered in two of the caves – The Vasil Levski Cave and The Tabashkata Cave. The park is a fine place for strolling and relaxation.

Stratesh Hill is another popular location for walks in Lovech. The hill has been developed as a park, and the city’s zoo is located there.

There are also two monuments on Stratesh Hill that honor those who died during the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1888.

Location

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Welcome to our Family Bed&Breakfast Guest house in the middle of tha Balkan mountain chain.

Golets is a small village close to several bigger cities - Troyan, Lovech, Gabrovo. It is 120 km far from Sofia and it takes around 1 hour 30 min to get there.

Golets complex has four houses. Each house is equipped with bathrooms&toilets, kitchen, heating, air-conditioners and lounge areas.

 

 

 

 

Events

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We offer the management and organization of the following events:

Team Buildings

Presentations

Birthdays

Anniversaries

Weddings

Art Exhibition

Music gatherings

Photography/ painting weekends

Other Celebrations

We have a chef and enthusiastic staff that can fulfill for you the perfect gathering in the nature. If you are interested in having your event in Golets, please contact us.

Activities

We have various activities to offer to our guests:

Hiking

Waterfall:

Caves:

Villages:

Mountain Biking

Mountain bike track

Mountain bike park

Volleyball

Mini skate-park 

Mini snow-park

Bird-watching

Gardening & Farming

Fishing&Hunting

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Sustainability

Farming

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In GoLets we have our own fruits and vegetables, which are 100% organic with no fertilizers. We have vegetable garden and you can go pick the vegetables for your own salad. Or do some gardening if you have the passion for it. We have milk distributed by the local people, which is also 100% organic with no preservaties or additives. The eggs are also supplied by the local community and their happily living chickens, which walk around the village.

Our vegtable gaden: Carrots, Onion, Tomatoes, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Peppers, Beams, Zucchini, Aubergines, Parsley, Dill, Peas etc.

Our fruit trees: Applea trees, Pear trees, Mulberry trees, Nut trees, Cherry trees, Medlar tree etc.

We also have various local herbs&tees.

Cuisine

We will offer to you the possibility to taste some of the local Bulgarian traditional food. There are amazing recepies typical for the Balkan region. Here are some of them:

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Shopska Salata (Shop is the lad living around Sofia and Salata is Salad)

Mish Mash (Bulgarian omlette – tomatoes, peppers, onion, feta cheese, eggs and fresh spices)

Lozovi sarmi (Stuffed Grape Leaves)

Bob (Beam soup)

Leshta (Traditional Lentil Soup)

Vegetable soup (Mushroom, Potatoes, Pumpkin etc…)

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Banitsa (Mixture of whisked eggs and pieces of cheese between filo pastry)

Bread Bakering (We have a bread machine so you can bake your own bread with the flavours you love)

Fishing&Hunting

We have our own pond and a small river crossing our plot, where we have fresh water fish. And if you are into fishing you can go finishing from the bridge.

We are mostly vegetable lovers and encourage you to have a healthy and light diet during your stay, but in case you are more into meat we can arrange for you good meat delivered from the region.

There is a hunting season during the autumn and a group that goes hunting in the area. You need certification to do this and some additional info.

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