Bulgaria is mostly known as a small Eastern European country, but its beauty and cultural heritage make up for its size.
Bulgaria’s Eastern border is made up entirely of its Black Sea cost, which makes it the perfect summer holiday destination. Beautiful pristine beaches, as well as luxury ones, with access to bars and massage lounges, can be found from one side of the coast to the other.
The Bulgarian seaside also has a lot of historic sights to be seen, as a lot of the modern towns there originate from Ancient Greek cities – Varna (Odessos), Burgas (Pyrgus), Sozopol (Apollonia), Nesebar (Mesembria). Nesebar, in particular, stands out with its magnificent fortress and old Greek ruins.
Just a few miles from Nesebar, you can find Sunny Beach – one of the most popular seaside resorts among young people in Bulgaria and the rest of Europe. It’s the place where you go to have fun – there are hundreds of bars and clubs, a lot of them playing the typical Bulgarian pop-folk music called “Chalga”, which gives the whole experience an exotic vibe. If you go to Nesebar to explore history and culture, be prepared for something completely different if you plan to visit Sunny Beach.
The country is also famous for its beautiful mountains and protected parks, which preserve thousands of rare animals and plants. All of them are free for visitors and local councils offer organised trips around the areas.
The Balkan Mountains run horizontally through the middle of the country and it’s the perfect place for trekking. There are also the Pirin and Rila mountains, which have some of the highest peaks in the country. Both are popular climbing destinations. Tour guides and group treks are offered at the many tourist points around.
For those who love to ski in the winter, Bulgarian mountains offer excellent ski resorts – Pamporovo, Borovets and Chepelare are just a few. You can go skiing during the day and then have a traditional Bulgarian dinner, accompanied by the popular Shopska salad and a glass of rakia – the most common alcoholic drink in the country.
There is also an abundance of fascinating caves – the Snejanka cave, the Magura cave and the Ledenica cave, which have been forming for millions of years and stun with their captivating diversity and beauty.
In the middle of Bulgaria lies Plovdiv – the second oldest town in Europe. It has been home to many civilisations – Thracians, Persians, Greeks, Romans and later Bulgarians. This city lies on seven hills – giving it a unique landscape to be explored.
It is most famous for it’s Roman ruins – there is the beautiful Roman Theatre – which is still used for plays and concerts. It lays in the middle of the Old Town, which gives a unique atmosphere with its cobblestone streets and vintage houses.
If you are interested in art, there are many museums and galleries around the Old Town with famous paintings both from Bulgarian and foreign artists.
Near the Old Town lies the “Trap” – an area famous for its alternative artistry and range of small independent shops and bars. It is the perfect place for hipsters and people interested in alternative culture.
A few miles away from Plovdiv you can find the Kazanlak Thracian Tomb – one of the most well preserved ancient tombs in Europe. It dates back to the 4th Century BCE and is unique with its paintings and carvings.
There is a lot to be explored in Bulgaria, even though it is
a small country. The cultural heritage and the abundance of natural treasures makes it a fascinating travel destination.