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Destination Guide: Gela
It may be off the beaten track to most of us, but the undiscovered idyll of Gela is a natural haven with year-round appeal. This humble village has a glorious mountain wilderness setting, and is drenched in history and culture.
The origins of this part of Bulgaria go back over 3,300 years, taking in the Thracian kingdom and Roman occupation. Now it is an important cultural centre, a wellness retreat and a botanist’s paradise. Life in Gela is wonderfully simple.
Visitors come to enjoy the delicious local food, excellent wines, and exhilarating outdoor pursuits. The scenic hills make excellent terrain for mountain biking, trekking, horse riding and winter skiing at nearby Pamporovo.
Gela is a quiet mountain community, surrounded by little villages and farms. Anyone with a taste for culture and ancient civilisations will love Gela. There are fascinating Thracian tombs to discover, along with numerous Roman and Byzantine ruins. It really is a cultural gold mine.
The region also has some first class wine producing vineyards (approximately 100km from Gela) that make a wonderful day trip from Villa Gella.
Bulgaria’s second biggest ski resort, Pamporovo, is close to Gela and offers great value and surprisingly good skiing, particularly for beginners and intermediaries.
It is a fully fledged resort with 25km of pistes and 38 km of cross country routes, good ski schools, great terrain for snowboarding, night skiing and plenty of après ski in the bars and restaurants.
Best places to eat and drink in Gela
Gela is not the kind of place where swish five star restaurants abound. However, the chef at Villa Gella will prepare delicious freshly made delicacies from the region and beyond. Try the local honey, local cheeses, and traditional pastry dishes such as filo parcels stuffed with rice, spinach, meat and cheese.
The ancient town of Plovdiv is worth a visit for its little traditional taverna-style restaurants. Of course, you could not visit this area without trying some of the award-winning Bulgarian vintage wines and locally brewed beers, which can be found at farm shops or monasteries.
Best time to visit Gela
Gela has around 280 days of sunshine a year, with mild winters, and fresh mountain breezes in the summer. The ski season runs from December through to early April.
What we love about Gela
There is something for everyone in and around Gela. Summer time offers a whole host of activities and country pursuits, and in winter the ski slopes of Pamporova beckon.
Pamporova Quick Facts:
Ski Area: Pamporova
Altitude of resort: 650m
Top lift Altitude: 1926m
Total pistes: 25km
Number of lifts: 12
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