PAPHOS

Paphos is a coastal town in the southwestern part of Cyprus. In the past, its two parts were called Old Paphos and New Paphos. At present, only the new part is populated.

According to mythology, Paphos is the hometown of Greek goddess of love Aphrodite. Many sites in the city are related to the goddess's name. The best known among them are the Aphrodite Rocks, the  Temple of Aphrodite in Kouklia village, the Baths of Aphrodite and the Fountain of Love. The name of the city is derived from the name of the daughter of Aphrodite and Pygmalion, called Paphos.

 

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NICE

Nice is a city in Southeast France, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. The city is an important tourist center at the Mediterranean Sea.

The main square "Massena" built in 1835 can be seen at the city center. The old district of the city is to the east of it, the so-called Old Nice, famous for its narrow curved streets and numerous restaurants where you can taste the specialties of the local cuisine. 

 

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MALAGA

Málaga is a city in southern Spain. It is the second largest city in Andalusia and a big seaport.

It is located on the Mediterranean coast, part of the Costa del Sol and surrounded by mountains. The climate is mild and the average annual temperature is 19°C.

Malaga is known as the birthplace of painter Pablo Picasso. If you want to explore the entire city, you will need several days – for going to the beach, for a walk in the mountains, for the architectural monuments, for the museums and for the local cuisine.

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LJUBLJANA

Ljubljana is the main cultural, administrative, economic and financial centre of Slovenia.

In its place there was a Roman settlement called Emona, which was under the raids of various Hunnic tribes. The city is located in the central part of the country, near the outflow of the Ljubljanica River into the Sava River.

It is obligatory for tourists to have a walk along the promenade of Ljubljanica River. Within several metres from the river, in the ideal center, one of the most famous old temples can be seen – the Franciscan Church of the Annunciation. In front of it there is another attraction in the city – the famous "Three Bridges".

 

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LISBON

Lisbon is the capital and the largest city of Portugal. It is located at the mouth of Tagus River where it flows into the Atlantic Ocean. Portugal is called "The End of Europe" not only because of its geographic location but also because of its overall atmosphere - its look is inspired by its overseas colonies rather than by its European neighbours. Only a small part of Lisbon's many sights include:

The Alfama district – the oldest and most picturesque district in Lisbon, where you can see the Lisbon Cathedral (Santa Maria Maior de Lisboa or Sé de Lisboa); the Castle of St. George perched atop the highest hill and Largo das Portas do Sol Terrace, where you can admire the beautiful views of the city and the river.

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BAKU

Baku is the capital of Azerbaijan and its largest city, as well as an ancient city and a rich cultural centre. It is a meeting point between Europe and Asia, Western and Eastern culture, tradition and modernity.

The country has long enjoyed the glory of a modern Muslim community where a library, theatre and opera has been opened for the first time.

Contemporary Baku is a city with developed infrastructure and a large industrial centre increasingly becoming a symbol of daring and modern Eastern architecture.

 

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Bristol

Called “the city of smiling people, free spirits and endless night life”, Bristol is located about 200 km to the west of London. Its population is over 400 thousand people. For those who want to escape from the crowded streets of London but prefer metropolitan atmosphere, that city combines everything together – medieval architecture, narrow cobbled streets in its old part, high-quality education and magnificent green parks. It is not a coincidence that Bristol was chosen for Europe’s Green Capital 2015 because of the efforts and investments made in environmental protection.

Bristol Airport is located 13 km south of city centre.  As of January 2016, the destination can be reached via direct flights from Sofia.

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Cologne

Located on both sides of the Rhine River, Cologne is considered to be one of the oldest cities in Germany. Roman heritage is presented in the Roman – Germanic Museum that provides information about the history of Romans along the Rhine River. Middle Ages are incorporated in the city gates, the city chamber, and the archeological zone. The City Museum of Cologne displays exhibits from the Middle Ages until today.

Cologne/Bonn Airport is located in the city of Cologne, about 15 km from city centre and 16 km from the city of Bonn. The airport is a hub where many low-cost air carriers operate flights – more than 30 airlines provide services from the airport to more than 100 destinations all over the world.

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Bari

Located at the Adriatic shore, Bari is the main city of Puglia region. It is the second most significant economic centre in South Italy after Naples; nevertheless there are no big industrial enterprises there. Commercial, transport and tourism sectors are in the centre of city’s economy. Puglia region is the largest producer of agricultural goods in Italy (olive oil and wine mainly). Fish industry is also well developed.

The international airport in the city is named after Pope John Paul II – Karol Wojtyła. The direct flights from Sofia to Bari provide passengers with the opportunity to see the beauty of the city that is known among Bulgarian tourists mainly as a stop on the Igoumentisa – Bari ferry route. The city is charming and it definitely has a lot to offer to keen adventurers.

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NAPLES

Naples is the central city in the Campania region famous for some of the most picturesque and beautiful beaches in Italy. The city is impressive not only with its variety of geographic peculiarities – proximity to the sea, at the foot of Vesuvius volcano, as well as near to the famous island of Capri, but with it centuries-old history and culture as well.

With the launch of the direct flights Sofia – Naples since the end of July this destination also became easy accessible. The aircraft lands at Cappadocia Airport, the largest one in South Italy and located at 6 km from Naples. By shuttle bus you can reach the city centre and the railway station.

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Munich/ Memmingen

As of 26 July 2015, passengers at Sofia Airport can fly to Munich, Memmingen with Wizz Air airline.

If you decide to stay in the small town of Memmingen, you will have the chance to feel the medieval spirit of Germany. There you can see the best preserved magnificent castles, palaces, fortresses and town walls in the country.

In 1525 in Memmingen was written the first declaration of human rights in Europe, hence its moto “the town of human rights”. You can find there many churches, galleries and museums. You can enjoy the traditional cuisine in the cozy atmosphere of local restaurants.

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Geneva

Geneva is a major administrative centre of the canton of the same name located in South-West Switzerland. It is the third biggest city in the country with population of 185 000 people. According to the quality of life, Geneva ranks among the leading cities in the world. It is a seat of international and non-governmental organizations and referred to as the “Peace Capital”. The official language is French, but English, Russian, Portuguese, Arabic and Spanish are spoken as well. The currency is the Swiss Frank (CHF). Currency can be exchanged in banks, post offices and rail stations.

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