Bulgaria Needs Tourist Information Signs*
Screenshot from sakar-hills.com
We run a tourist camp-site in the south-east of Bulgaria, close to the Turkish and Greek borders, and only 1 km from the E80, the main road from western Europe to Turkey.
The Roads Infrastructure Agency, in Haskovo, have, several times refused to let us put up the internationally-recognised road signs for Camp-sites, in our opinion, in violation of the Treaty of Vienna.
They tell us it is against the law for us to put up these signs, and, when we do, without their permission, they get taken away.
We get scores of visitors who come from western Europe each year, usually with the intention of passing through Bulgaria as quickly as possible on their way to Turkey, or further east, who find, to their surprise, that Bulgaria is really a friendly and safe place, and these people often want to explore the country around us, visiting places like Perperikon.
But it is a sad fact that there is virtually no tourist information available, or road signs they can use.
For Bulgaria to climb out of the immense hole it's in will first require a major change of thinking by those in authority.
It is also questionable whether we would like the place as much as now, if and when the changes do come.
Sakar Hills Camping
*An expat opinion derived from the Expats.bg Forum thread on the "Keys to the Bulgarian Economy"