Bulgaria Travel Guide

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Bulgaria is a relatively under-rated traveling destination, located in Southern Europe, with a land surface of 110, 994 square kilometers and a population of 7.2 million people, as per 2015’s census.

What makes Bulgaria a very interesting place to be in this summer is the country’s absolutely spectacular natural beauty, i.e. its golden beaches, the majestic mountains and lively cities. All these “features” if I may use the word are the reason for which thousands and thousands of tourists from Western Europe are flocking in Bulgaria year after year, especially youngsters, because besides its outstanding scenery, Bulgaria offers incredibly low prices on its tourist resorts.

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Keep in mind that since it adhered to the European Union, Bulgaria changed dramatically in the last decade, and I mean that in a good way. Many of the country’s tourist resorts and even cities are undergoing a re-construction boom/frenzy, as companies and private buyers from the Western Europe are beginning to invest heavily in Bulgaria, drawn by the cheap real estate prices and the outstanding landscapes.

As a consequence of that, Bulgaria’s ski resorts and awesome beaches are developing at a very fast pace, from year to year almost, and they’re luring increasing numbers of visitors away from established (read more expensive) European destinations, thanks to Bulgaria’s low priced plane tickets and accommodation features.

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Bulgaria’s cities are also booming, shrugging off their old communist era image, becoming very attractive and vibrant, offering great infrastructure, excellent shopping opportunities and a vivid night life. Contrasting heavily with the urban scenery, Bulgaria’s old villages and towns still retain their authentic (as in rural) Bulgarian spirit and the country’s well known hospitality.

Now, let’s see about thing to see and do while visiting Bulgaria, shall we?

If you want to chill out, there’s no better place than Bulgaria’s ancient spas, where you can rest your bones and relax in one of the country’s numerous mineral-water spas (all natural, of course). These spas’s curative properties have been known and appreciated for centuries, as medieval tourist resorts were built around mineral water springs since like forever, and today you can enjoy top spas and hotel on the Black Sea coasts.

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Five miles from Plovdiv, a small Bulgarian city, you can pay a visit to Batchkovo monastery, founded way back in the eleventh century and harboring rare orthodox icons, frescoes, ancient manuscripts and even old coins. The monastery has a long and tumultuous history, being around since the times of ancient Thrace and it is home for beautiful gold-made Thracian artifacts.

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Also, you can visit the medieval town of Belogradchik , which rest peacefully near the Balkan Mountains in the north west of the country.  The Belogradchik’s main attractions are represented by the Magura Cave, the medieval fortress (impeccably preserved) and the Belogradchik rocks, which are actually a Natural Landmark, making for bizarrely shaped and vividly colored rock formations.

Biking tours, mountain climbing and hiking can be arranged during your visit in Bulgaria, as the country provides excellent trails for mountain biking enthusiasts, spectacular rock-formations and the whole nine yards.

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Bulgaria also has wonderful national parks, where you can go back to nature and stroll the country’s incredible limestone rock formations and pine forests, places like Bailusheva, Raiskoto Praskalo and Rila National Park.

Varna is another place where you can experience ancient Roman Thermae, being a true relic of the Roman’s conquest legacy in Bulgaria, offering absolutely magnificent Roman-era baths for the intrepid tourist.

Rila Monastery makes for a vast collection of wood-carvings, murals, bibles and old weapons, 75 miles from Sofia, the country’s main city and capital.

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Sofia’s architecture is absolutely astounding, as it makes for a dazzling melange of Roman, Greek, Byzantine and even Turkish influences/styles. The country is very rich in culture and while here you can imbibe yourself in history, visiting museums, opera houses and art galleries.

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The food in Bulgaria is another reason for visiting the country, being hearty and good if you’re not a vegan off course. Specialties include pork and veal meat served with mushrooms and onions, cold soups made from walnuts, cucumber and yogurts, salad starters with cucumbers, tomatoes, white cheese and peppers, minced meat rolls incredibly spicy and cabbage leaves stuffed with pork/veal meat. Regional drinks include heavy white/red wines, coffee and liquors (mastika).

To visit Bulgaria, you’ll only require a passport if you’re not from an EU country or an ID card.

 

 

 

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2 Responses to “Bulgaria Travel Guide”

  1. tefltravelling Says:

    Nice post with some really stunning photos.

  2. risabuzatova Says:

    The Bulgaria Ministry of Tourism definitely owes you one. Well said and lovely photos.

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