18 Breathtakingly Beautiful Places You Won’t Believe Are In Bulgaria

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Baba Vida Fortress

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Vacha dam

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Burgas

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Veliko Tarnovo

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Vitosha Street – Sofia

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Seven Rila lakes

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Vasilashki lakes in Pirin Mountain

Pirin Mountain

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Black Sea

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Sinemorets Bay

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Devil’s Bridge

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Rhodope mountain

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Tsarevets at night

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Castle Of Ravadinovo

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Beautiful Bulgaria

Dispatches Detours: ‘I don’t know any city in Europe that can compete with Sofia’

сфHow cool is Sofia? Let’s just say this … after traveling nearly constantly and living around the world from France to South Korea, my sister Marjorie is not easily impressed.

So to my amazement, when I called in July to ask her how things were going during her 3-week stay in Sofia, Bulgaria, she raved! All superlatives! Има още

Svoge

b72612_be8dd16ad7ea46acb9698424375d6c0cNorth of Sofia stretches the Iskar gorge, a canyon formed by thousands of years of erosion and river Iskar’s force. The Iskar gorge makes excellent destination to take a break from city life in the capital and retreat in nature for a while. Svoge, being center of this region, makes a perfect base to explore the surrounding area.

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Sofia

b72612_45283b4100814192afd66b5b37644247My first visit to Sofia was by train from Bucharest, in 2012. I still remember the nature I passed before reaching the capital. Having been in Sofia for just a day, my curiosity was triggered to discover more. I never expected to live in Sofia only two years later. While still in the Netherlands, I wanted to pursue a new challenge and move abroad. Sofia attracted me because it is relatively calm – not too small and not too large.

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The Blocks of Sofia

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Just like many cities, Sofia has its fair share of large apartment blocks. These kinds of blocks are an integral part of many Bulgarian and foreign cities; all the way from Berlin to Vladivostok in Russia. Many blocks seem virtually identical but country-specific differences can be seen in their design. In Sofia, residential blocks are found in many areas and house a large part of the city’s residents. Each block looks the same to an outsider but if you look closer or go inside, they have a whole life of their own.

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Sofia

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My first visit to Sofia was by train from Bucharest, in 2012. I still remember the nature I passed before reaching the capital. Having been in Sofia for just a day, my curiosity was triggered to discover more. I never expected to live in Sofia only two years later. While still in the Netherlands, I wanted to pursue a new challenge and move abroad. Sofia attracted me because it is relatively calm – not too small and not too large.

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Bulgarian capital shows Roman past to modern tourists

Bulgaria hopes to draw tourists intrigued by ancient tombs, mosaics and sewage systems later this year, thanks to engineers excavating a new line for the Sofia metro who stumbled across a street of prime real estate – from the 4th century AD.

Beneath modern Sofia lie the remains of Serdica, a lively, cosmopolitan city where Constantine the Great, the first Christian Roman emperor, lived for a year while looking for a new capital for his empire.

City officials plan to put an array of Roman remains on display in the next month, from bath houses to mosaics and tombs, and hope this will attract foreign tourists and help revive the Balkan nation’s struggling economy. Има още