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Live in Bulgaria, Romania, or Macedonia? Planning a trip there in the near future? If so, getlokal.ro is worth checking out for reviews for restaurants, theaters, and various other attractions.
Not quite a startup per se, but the initiative by New Europe Directories, the company has recently came out with the news that it has begun partnership with the Romanian site transporturban.ro to provide information regarding various public transportation options.
One thing that I immediately noticed about the service is that each of the three sections (for Bulgaria, Romania, and Macedonia) are available in the native language and in English (that’s handy for the international travelers).
Users can read reviews not only about theaters and restaurants, but can also find information on interesting events, which seems to set this site apart from typical rating-services. On the site for each of the three countries, there is a series of videos in which a hostess travels around to different sites and offers tips regarding interesting things to do. Unfortunately the videos are in the local language, so it’s not entirely useful for English-speaking readers, but it seems to be worth checking out for locals.
Finally, the service is available via a mobile app. It’s available in the App Store and the Google Play store.
Coverage of the cities within the target market is pretty broad. In Romania, the site offers reviews for Bresov, Bucharest, Cluj, Constanta, and Iasi. Bulgaria there are reviews for attractions and restaurants for Burgas, Varna, Veliko Tarnovo, Plovdiv, Ruse, and Sofia. Finally, users in Macedonia have Bitola, Veles, Kumanovo, Ohrid, Prilep, Skopje, and Tetovo. In all three countries, users who intend to visit cities not listed will seemingly have to look elsewhere for information regarding theaters, parks, etc.
Yelp made headlines over the summer when it went and acquired Qype, a Hamburg-based site which essentially acts a major review-site for all of western Europe. Qype’s only presence in Eastern Europe was its site in Poland, but Yelp certainly has the name recognition to establish itself as a major European player.
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