Thinking about visiting Bulgaria? Think no more. Here are some visual reasons to persuade you.
Bulgaria is a relatively small country in Southeastern Europe (the Balkans). Its neighbors are Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Romania and the shining Black Sea.
Bulgaria features a lot of variety in terrain. The plains of the Danube River are in the north, the southwest is home to the highest mountains in Southeastern Europe and the Black Sea coast in the east is full of sandy beaches.
The Danube Plain is a fertile region of rolling hills and verdant meadows.
The southwest is a place of high mountain peaks like Kutelo in Pirin here…
… as well as spiritual Orthodox monasteries like the Rila Monastery, a 1000 years old.
The Rila Mountains, which at 2925 metres are the highest in the country, include the gorgeous Seven Rila Lakes.
To the east in the Upper Thracian Lowlands you will discover Plovdiv. One of Bulgaria’s largest cities, Plovdiv is famous for its charming Old Town with cobblestone streets and colourful houses.
At the highest point of the Old Town is the Roman Theatre of Plovdiv. It is still used for music performances and theatre plays today, just like it was during the time of Roman Emperor Trajan.
Just south of Plovdiv begin the Rhodope Mountains. The little town of Asenovgrad is nested in their foothills with its medieval castle and scenically-located church from the 12th century.
Going further east will finally get you to the seaside. This is the gorgeous town of Nesebar, connected to the mainland via a narrow spit of land. Nesebar features unique churches and picturesque old houses to stroll among.
Varna, Bulgaria’s Seaside Capital, is the home of the intricate palace Euxinograd, today used as a government residence.
North of Varna is Kaliakra, a scenic cape featuring a ruined fortress and a charming chapel.
Ruse on the Danube River is perhaps the Bulgarian city with the most beautiful urban architecture. Hundreds of houses and public buildings in the Baroque and Neoclassical styles have given Ruse the nickname “Little Vienna”.
At the medieval capital Veliko Tarnovo, explore Tsarevets, the huge towering castle of the Bulgarian tsars.
South in the Balkan Mountains (Stara Planina), hike to the highest waterfall in Southeastern Europe, Raysko Praskalo.
Deep in the northwest at Belogradchik, rock formations and human-made defenses unite to create an impenetrable bulwark.
The capital Sofia is bustling with life and entertainment. Its nightlife is absolutely astonishing, and there’s a lot to see too…
… from an ancient rotunda…
… to gorgeous mountain vistas just an hour from the city in its very own mountain, Vitosha!
Bulgarian cuisine is southern, mildly spicy and absolutely delicious!
And the traditional fruit brandy rakia is an experience on its own…
… while Bulgarian wine is already famous the world over!
Enjoy your time in beautiful Bulgaria! As traditional, we welcome you with bread and salt!
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author: Todor Bozhinov through worldreporter