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Sakar Hills Camping, Biser, SE Bulgaria

Barry and Margaret Williamson
November 2014

Our Experience: This campsite was developed and is owned and managed by the Jeffes family: Martin, Shirley and their son Matt. In the summer of 2008, we followed a three-month circuit of Turkey with a three-month stay at Sakar Hills: the components of a perfect journey. On other journeys, we returned in 2009 and 2010, and called in more recently for a shorter visit in autumn 2014. All this is a strong recommendation in itself.

Comments from other Campers: The overwhelming opinion is that this is an oasis of comfort and relaxation. It is particularly welcome (and welcoming) after camping in Bulgaria, Greece or Turkey! Much appreciated are the quality of the 'facilities' and the competence and warmth of the owner/managers, a combination rarely found in eastern and southern Europe.

Opening Dates: The campsite is generally open from April to October, during which time Matt lives on the premises. Contact Matt or Martin for information on whether limited facilities may be available outside the season.

Prices: In 2014, the rate was 14 per night for a couple with a motorhome/caravan, including electricity, good water and hot showers. Campers with a tent benefit from a lower rate of 10 per night. Check with Matt or Martin for special rates for a long-term stay and for storage facilities.

Location: See the map below. In the far south-eastern corner of Bulgaria, it is very well placed for travellers entering or leaving Turkey or Greece, with border crossings to both countries just beyond the nearby town of Svilengrad. The campsite lies on the edge of the village of Biser, off the old main road between Harmanli to the north-west and Lyubimets and Svilengrad to the south-east.

Co-ordinates: N 41 52' 13.22"  E 25 59' 29.23"

Getting There: It's about 1,600 miles (2560 km) from Calais to Biser on the shortest route via Germany, Austria, Croatia and Serbia. There are, of course, many other ways to getting there! See, for example, our roundabout northerly route in the autumn of 2014.

See the map below for the final few miles.

Travelling south-east towards Turkey or Greece on road number 8, follow signs into Harmanli. In the town do not join the new motorway (A4) for Svilengrad but continue on road No 8. Leaving town, look out for the campsite sign indicating a left turn before the river bridge. Follow the old main road under the bridge and then bear left at the next campsite sign. Continue for 8 km, looking out for a campsite sign on the right for the road towards Biser. Cross the railway line and the campsite entrance is the big white house on the right just before the village of Biser.

Travelling north-west from Turkey on the A4 motorway, turn off at the exit for Lyubimets. Travelling north-west from Greece on road No 8, continue through Lyubimets. Follow road No 8 out of Lyubimets for 10 km, then take the first left (with campsite sign) into Biser. Cross the railway line and the campsite entrance is the big white house on the right just before the village of Biser.

Facilities: 20 level pitches for tents, caravans or motorhomes. Barbecue and undercover sitting/eating area, electric hook-ups with European sockets, drinking water taps on pitches, private cubicles each with free hot shower, basin and WC, hot water to washing up sinks, chemical toilet disposal, washing machine, free wi-fi internet. Dogs permitted on a lead.

Local Amenities: A short walk into Biser village for a shop, bar or simple restaurant. In Harmanli (about 11 km away) there is swimming and tennis, as well as more shops, supermarkets (Billa and Lidl), Saturday market, post office, bank ATM, restaurants, etc. Information and directions from the ever-helpful Jeffes family.

Wine: This is Bulgaria's prime wine-producing area and the campsite owners sell their own label red wine, an excellent 'Sakar Hills' Merlot, selected from a top class local winery. A bottle or six makes a good souvenir of your stay.

Istanbul: Given the problems of driving and parking in Istanbul, some campers prefer to leave their motorhome or caravan at Sakar Hills and take an express coach from Harmanli. More details from Matt or Martin.

Edirne: Similarly, the magnificent ancient Roman/Ottoman city of Edirne, just over the border in Turkey, can be visited from here. Quite a few people, including us, have had very bad experiences on the campsite in Edirne (Grand Omur) and we would say that it is best avoided.

Address: Sakar Hills Camping, 2 Georgi Rakovski Street, Biser, Harmanli, Bulgaria 6470 

Website: www.sakar-hills.com.  Email:

Telephone: Martin Jeffes +359 8855 04338. Matt Jeffes +359 8872 21380.

Getting to the Campsite: the final few miles