Explore the Beauty of Bulgaria

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1 The Belogradchik RocksBulgaria is a beautiful country on the western side of the Black Sea in the Balkans offering great winter sport opportunities, undiscovered resort towns, lovely beaches, nature parks, wild forests and stunning architecture. The country is located in South-eastern Europe and bordered by Romania to the north, Turkey and Greece to the south, Macedonia and Serbia to the west and the Black Sea to the east. Bulgaria is divided into the regions of Northwest Bulgaria, Southwest Bulgaria, Northern Thrace, Bulgarian Black Sea Coast and Central Northern Bulgaria. Sofia is one of the oldest cities in Europe and also the capital of Bulgaria, featuring a large number of historic landmarks, parks and cultural places.
The City of Sofia

St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

When you plan your trip to Sofia, it is important to remember that most citizens take advantage of the major national holidays and most shops and galleries are closed on the 1st, 6th and 24th of May, as well as the 6th of September.
The Vladaiska River and the Perlovska River flow through the city and the Iskar River is near eastern Sofia. The most significant districts to visit are Oborishte, Sredets, Vazrazhdane, Mladost and Vitosha. Vitosha is the area at the foot of the Vitosha Mountain, offering several mountain resorts. Vitosha Boulevard offers an array of fashion boutiques and stores. Make sure to visit the Nu Boyana Film studios, the National Historical Museum and the well-known Boyana Church.
Mladost is a modern area and home to many international and domestic companies. You can shop in Marie Louise Boulevard in Vazrazhdane district and visit the Sofia Market Hall. The Vasil Levski National Stadium and Borisova Gradina, or Gardens of Boris, are located in Sredets. Oborishte is the heart and center of the city, boasting yellow cobblestones, Viennese and Renaissance architecture and extensive green belts.
Borisova Gradina

Borisova Gradina


The City of Sofia is well-known for its many thermal and mineral springs. You can visit the thermal baths at Ulitsa Triaditsa located opposite the mosque and built between 1911 and 1913. The local people also queue up with empty bottles to fill up with warm mineral water, which they say, is delicious to drink.
Popular Tourist Attractions in Sofia
The National Museum of History in 16 Vitoshko lale Street is the largest history museum in the Balkans and boasts more than 650,000 exhibits. You can contact the museum at +359 2 955 4280. Other museums worth visiting include:
• The National Institute of Archaeology and Museum located at 2 Saborna Street – phone: +359 2 988 24 06.
• National Polytechnic Museum, 66 Opalchenska Street, phone number: +359 2 831 30 04.
• National Museum of Natural History, 1, Tzar Osvoboditel Boulevard, phone number: + 359 2 987 41 95.
• House-Museum of Ivan Vazov, situated on the corner of G. Rakovski Street and Ivan Vazov Street.
• Museum of Sport, 1A Bulgaria Boulevard. Phone: +359 2 930 07 61.
• Museum of Paleontology and Historical Geology, 15 Tzar Osvoboditel Boulevard. The museum is located inside Sofia University. Phone: +359 2 930 82 00.
• National Literature Museum, 138 G. S. Rakovski Str., floor 2. Phone: +359 2 988 24 93.
• National Agricultural Museum, 30 Suhodolska Street. Phone: +359 2 929 67 53.
• National Ecclesiastical History-Archaeological Museum, 19 Sveta Nedelya Square. Phone: +359 2 988 13 43.
National Gallery for Foreign Art

National Gallery for Foreign Art


The National Gallery for Foreign Art, 1 St. Aleksander Nevsky Square – phone: +359 2 988 4922, offers an amazing collection or African, Asian and European art. The first three halls display works of India, including paintings from the Mogul era and traditional motives. The Mogul era refers to a Muslim ruler in India in the 16th to 19th centuries. The fourth hall holds a collection of Japanese ukiyo-e prints, dating from the 18th century, and hall five features items from Benin and Ghana.
Make sure to try a katma when you get hungry. Katma is usually available with cheese, chocolate, ham or jelly. For more traditional food, you should visit the local bakeries where you can try banitsa, a Bulgarian savory cheese pie, or other pastries. Another thing not to be missed when travelling Bulgaria is the Lutenitsa, which is a red pepper, aubergine and tomato purée, normally eaten on bread.
The Restaurant situated at Petleto 2, 44 Neofit Rilski Street – phone: +359 888 805738 – offers local and Mediterranean cuisine at affordable prices. The Baаlbek Restaurant near Slaveykov Square offers fantastic Lebanese cuisine. Downstairs is take-away kebabs and falafels, and upstairs a small eat-in. Trops House is also a great place for traditional Bulgarian meals and drinks and it can be found in several locations throughout the city center.
For an evening out, you can visit the One More Bar in 12 Tsar Ivan Shishman Street and enjoy cocktails or you can explore the New Irish Bar in Hristo Belchev 6 for good food and drinks. If you would prefer a disco, then you should definitely visit Studentski grad in the southern part of the city and experience places such as Jim Beam, Stroezha, Maskat and Plazza.
Beautiful Landscapes and Sightseeing in Bulgaria
5 Balchik_Bulgaria_aerial_photo_from_the_Black_SeaThe Black Sea Coast offers beautiful landscapes and amazing sightseeing. The best way to get around the entire coast area is by bus. Cities along the Black Sea Coast include Primorsko, a stunning resort on a cape jutting out towards the Black Sea, Sarafovo, Sozopol — charming archaeological towns with traditional houses and ancient dig sites, Sunny Beach — the country’s largest beach resort with more than eight-hundred hotels in a strip along the Black Sea Coast. Varna is the country’s third largest city, primarily a beach resort with a notorious nightlife, Pomorie – small and pretty town in Southeast Bulgaria.
Aladzha Manastir just outside Varna is a beautiful monastery, which is dug in a giant rock.
Aladzha Monastery

Aladzha Monastery

Aladzha Monastery is a medieval Orthodox Christian cave monastery in northeastern Bulgaria, three kilometers west of Golden Sands beach resort and seventeen kilometers north of central Varna. The monastery caves were hewn into a twenty-five meter high vertical cliff near the upper edge of the Franga plateau on several levels. The complex also includes two small nearby catacombs.
The Balkan Mountain separates the northern region from the southern region. The mountain stretches from mount Kom near Bulgaria’s border with Serbia to the cape of Emine at Black Sea.
Rila Monastery

Rila Monastery

Rila Mountain is home to some of the most beautiful monasteries. The most famous one and a must see is the Rila Monastery. Rila is also the highest mountain in the Balkan peninsula with highest peak mount Musala. Ensure to visit the region of the seven Rila lakes, which is considered holy to the White Brotherhood and attracts pilgrims in summer and on their “Days of the New Year” in August.
The Pirin Mountain is considered as the most beautiful mountain in Bulgaria and is located in the southwestern region of the country. The mountain offers beautiful landscapes and great hiking trails with a number of tourist huts.
Entering Bulgaria
Travel from any other country (Schengen or not) to Bulgaria will result in the normal immigration checks, but travelling from another EU country you will not have to pass customs. However, if Bulgaria normally requires a visa for your nationality, this may be waived if you already have a valid Schengen visa.

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