The Third International Conference on Zoology, Zoonoses and Epidemiology will be held in Hissar, Bulgaria from October 21th to 23rd 2019.
Accommodation of the participants, registration, scientific work and conference dinner will take place at the SPA Hotel “Hissar” (http://hotelhissar.com).
The town of Hissar is situated in the central part of Bulgaria, in the southern folds of the Sredna Gora Mountains. It is 42 km north of Plovdiv and 167 km east of Sofia, close to the Valley of Roses.
Hissar is popular with its mineral springs with healing water that has been prized for many centuries from antiquity to the present days. The first information about the town date from 4-3 century BC. During the age of the Roman Empire, the town, called Augusta, was a wealthy healing center. Over the years the settlers here were Thracians, Romans, Slavs, Bulgarians, all attracted by the unique combination of mineral springs, climate, natural resources, local flora and fauna. Many Roman ruins are still visible everywhere – public buildings, a small amphitheater, the foundations of very old churches, as well as the best preserved Roman fortress in Bulgaria.
There are 22 mineral springs in Hissar – 16 natural and 6 deeply drilled, with different physical-chemical indexes and temperature that varies between 41º and 52º C. The mineral water is light, clear, colorless, and tasty. It is slightly mineralized, hypo- and hyper-thermal, with a predominance of hydrocarbonic, sodium, sulphate and fluorine ions, as well as substantial amounts of radioactive gas.
Today Hissar is a world-famous spa resort that offers all facilities for balneotherapy – thermotherapy, electrotherapy, kinesthetic therapy, many different kinds of baths, etc.
You can get to Hissar by bus from Plovdiv.
Arrivals at Sofia Airport
- Terminal 2
Use Sofia Metro to get to the Central Bus Station downtown for a transfer to Plovdiv. The Metro station at Sofia Airport is located in the eastern part of Terminal. You can reach it by following the floor markings in blue at the public area. Be careful as you will have to change trains from Line 1 to Line 2 at Serdika Metro Station. The metro trains operate from 5:30 to midnight on weekdays and weekends/holidays. Single ride ticket price is 1.60 BGN / 0.82 EUR. The ticket is valid for the entire metro network so you can use the same ticket for transfer to Line 2. Tickets can be purchased from the cashier desks in the Metro station or from ticket machines. Ticket machines for metro tickets are located at Sofia Airport Metro Station. The ticket machines accept Bulgarian banknotes and coins, and one of them accepts credit cards as well.
- Terminal 1
Get to Terminal 2 and then use the Sofia Metro (see above). Sofia Airport provides direct transportation between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 without any intermediate stops on the route. Buses marked as shuttle buses operate daily at 15-minute intervals from 05:00 a.m. until 11:00 p. m. Transportation is free of charge. Shuttle bus stops in front of both terminals are marked with signs and road markings. For additional information or requests for transportation outside operating hours from 05:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., please contact: + 359 2 937 2211/12//13 or Airport and Tourist Information Desks located in the public areas of Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.
Taxi – the service is available at both terminals. The distance from the Sofia Airport to the Central Bus Station is about 15 km and you can get there in 30 minutes for about 20 BGN / 10 EUR.
Rent a car – Avis/Choice rent a car/Sixt/Eurocar and others are available at both airport terminals.
There are regular buses from Sofia to Plovdiv. More information: http://www.centralnaavtogara.bg/
Arrivals at Plovdiv Airport
Use a taxi to get to Bus Station Yug at Plovdiv downtown for about 30 BGN / 15 EUR.
From Plovdiv to Hissar
There are up to ten buses to Hissar between 6:20am and 19:30pm, leaving from the Bus Station Yug (47 Hristo Botev Bulevard)(http://hebrosbus.com/bg/pages/avtogara–yug-.226/).