13 Top Travel Destinations in Bulgaria

A country with delightful people, Bulgaria is one of the most beautiful country. With majestic mountains, and aqua blue seas, amazing beaches, Bulgaria boasts of the most beautiful towns. The place is a charmer allowing the tourists to visit anytime of the year. With a multitude of services, places to visit, natural and historical landmarks, there is ample one can do in this colorful country. And if you are a traveler, you will be intrigued with its rich history.

The Tsarevets Architectural and Museum Reserve is one of the most visited tourist sites in Bulgaria. Located on the hill Tsarevets, in the old part of VelikoTarnovo, these sites are a must visit on your next trip to Bulgaria. Tsarevets fortress  was restored in 1930 and completed in 1981 on the occasion of the celebrations of the 1300th anniversary of the establishment of the Bulgarian state. Today, the road to the main entrance with the large portal, the impressive walls and battle towers, including the Baldwin Tower, have been perfectly restored to everyone’s amazement. At the very top of Tsarevets is the Patriarchal Church, restored in 1981. Apart from its scale and architectural qualities, it impresses with its iconography, recreating the rise and fall of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom. Below it is the royal palace. The excavations show the foundations of 470 residential buildings, an inn, dwellings of the aristocracy, 23 temples and 4 city monasteries. The biggest attraction of Tsarevets is the night audiovisual show “Sound and Light”. The site is accessible to tourists all year round and is truly mesmerizing.

Black Sea

black sea bulgeriaBulgaria is a favorite destination in the summer for many tourists from all over the world. The Black Sea has wide beaches with fine sand, wild beaches, traditional fishing villages and numerous other attractions. Various water sports are practiced on the coast of this massive sea. For those who prefer a more comfortable holiday, there are seaside resorts dotted with hotels impressing every taste. For tourists from abroad, the most preferred destinations are Sunny Beach, Varna and Bourgas, because they offer a variety of sights, attractions, restaurants, water sports and more.

The Rila Monastery

It is also known as the Bulgarian Jerusalem and if you have not visited it yet, do not delay it further. This is a picturesque Eastern Orthodox monastery, located in the forests of Rila and is less than 2 hours drive from Sofia. The monastery is named after St. Ivan Rilski, who in the 10th century was a hermit and lived in a cave near the monastery. This is one of the most important cultural monuments for Bulgaria and is also included in the UNESCO list. This is the largest monastery in Bulgaria and was built in the distant past in 927-941 by Ivan Rilski. In 1778 the monastery “St. Ivan Rilski ”fell victim to a wildfire and was burned to the ground. When you step into the courtyard, you will be amazed by the perfect harmony of the exquisite black and white arches, the tiled roofs and the five domes rising to the sky. The monastery dates back to the distant 10th century and, as impressive as it is on the outside, it is perhaps even more impressive on the inside. Beautiful murals, a rich collection of icons and carvings, and many other preserved cultural treasures are some of the things you can see there. The Rila Monastery

Sozopol

This is one of the most beautiful cities on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. It is located on several small peninsulas in the southern part of the Burgas Bay. Sozopol is the successor of the Greek colony Apollonia and the oldest Bulgarian town. The city is divided into Old and New Town, and between them is the beautiful Sea Garden. From antiquity and through the centuries Sozopol has been a thriving trade center, fishing and wine center, as well as an important church center with many medieval monasteries. The cultural and historical past of the city, the architecture of the 18th-19th century and the annual holidays of Apollonia make Sozopol a preferred tourist destination. Sozopol

Plovdiv

This city ranks in the list of top 10 most beautiful cities in the world. This is the second largest city in Bulgaria, often called the “city under the hills” because it is built at the foot of seven syenite hills. Plovdiv is 8000 years old and is the oldest living city in Europe. It has been chosen as the European Capital of Culture for 2019. Above the center of Plovdiv rises the Old Town, famous for its Revival architectural style, with colorful charming houses from every corner. The city has preserved buildings from different eras, such as the extremely well-preserved Roman amphitheater, the Roman Odeon, many churches, monasteries and many other landmarks. In the central cobbled narrow streets in the center of Plovdiv is the notorious creative industrial district Kapana, which houses talented artists and craftsmen. Plovdiv is preferred for visiting Bulgarian cities by foreigners because of the architectural richness of the city, good restaurants and a modern pedestrian zone. Plovdiv

VelikoTarnovo

Veliko is the old capital of Bulgaria is an alluring place for both Bulgarians and foreigners. The authentic architecture and sights, as well as the large concentration of young people make the city one of the most visited cities by tourists.

VelikoTarnovo is located on the beautiful Yantra River and lies on three hills, the highest of which is Tsarevets.  Tsarevets is also the main attraction of the city, where you can see the remains of the medieval fortress, accompanied by a picturesque view over Tarnovo. VelikoTarnovo

Tarnovo is located in the central part of Bulgaria, and is a popular tourist destination for Bulgarians and foreigners. Between the 12th and 14th centuries VelikoTarnovo was the capital of the Second Bulgarian State and of the Principality of Bulgaria in the period 1878-1789. This is an extremely important tourist center, as Tarnovo hides and preserves a rich cultural and historical heritage. One of the most important landmarks for the region is the Tsarevets fortress – a medieval palace of the Bulgarian kings, who ruled from the top of the hill until their defeat by the Ottomans in 1393. When you pass through the gates of this picturesque fortress you will feel and feel the greatness of Bulgaria.

Varna

Varna is the third largest city in the country and the largest resort on our Black Sea coast. An interesting fact is that the oldest gold treasure in the world was discovered here , dating from 4200 – 4600 BC. The artifacts can be seen in the Varna Archaeological Museum, as well as in the National History Museum in Sofia. Varna has something for every taste – sandy beaches, lively bars and discos, beautiful gardens, many restaurants and shops, and various activities, such as boat trips. Varna

Belogradchik Rocks

Located in the Western Fore-Balkans, Belogradchik Rocks are rock figures up to 200 meters high. Most of the rocks have fantastic shapes and are intertwined in interesting legends. They often bear the names of people and objects they resemble. In 2009, Belogradchik Rocks was nominated for one of the new seven wonders of the world because of its bizarre formations. The view there is so picturesque and unique that it is reminiscent of a fairy tale decor.They are located in the Western Fore-Balkans, in the Vidin region. The rocks are among the favorite attractions of many who have been lucky and able to visit them. The view from above is a breathtaking experience – vast mountain peaks, green forests and amazing views. The formation of the rocks began about 230 million years ago, during the Permian period, and to this day they do not stop changing. Belogradchik Rocks

Koprivshtitsa

Koprivshtitsa is located in Western Bulgaria, 110 km from Sofia and 90 km. from Plovdiv in a mountainous region in a picturesque valley along the river Topolnitsa. Walking through the narrow streets of the city, you will feel as if you are in the great times when the proto-Bulgarians bravely fought for their freedom. In Koprivshtitsa you will find many cultural monuments, houses-museums and you will see rich collections of ancient weapons, agricultural tools, costumes, jewelry and paintings. This is an extremely charming city, which has preserved its medieval buildings and carries the energy of a bygone era.  Koprivshtitsa

Nessebar

This is one of the oldest cities in Europe and originated more than 3200 years ago as a Thracian settlement. The city consists of an old and a new part and is often called the “Pearl of the Black Sea”. In ancient times it was inhabited by various peoples and tribes – such as Greeks, Byzantines, Romans, Crusaders and Ottomans. The cobbled streets of Nessebar will take you to the remains of about 40 brick churches dating back to the 5th century. The city is also recognized by UNESCO as part of the world cultural heritage. Neighboring to the north, less than 10 km, is one of the most popular Bulgarian and popular resorts among foreign tourists, namely Sunny Beach. If you ask me, Nessebar is a much better choice. Like Sozopol, Nessebar boasts a beautiful ancient town . If you are looking for a place, you have the opportunity not only to tan on the beach, but also to visit interesting historical landmarks, consider Nessebar for your next vacation. nessebar

Melnik

Melnik is located in a picturesque mountain area in the southwestern foothills of Pirin Mountain. This is the smallest Bulgarian town, but at the expense of the richest in wine cellars. In addition to the cellars, the city has preserved its authentic houses from a time. Walking down the main street will only take a few minutes, but you can enjoy days of cute houses and taverns. The Melnik Pyramids and the Rozhen Monastery are nearby and well worth a visit. Melnik, bulgaria

The Seven Rila Lakes

The area consists of 7 beautiful glacial mountain lakes located between 2,100 and 2,500 meters above sea level.  The hike along the main path takes about 2.5 – 3 hours to reach the highest lake, and the level of difficulty is relatively easy. This is one of the main tourist attractions in Bulgaria, a group of glacial lakes located high in the Rila Mountains. The best time to visit the lakes is in summer, although due to the height it is possible that the lakes are frozen in June. The seven Rila lakes are one of the hundred national tourist sites and are the most visited lake group in Bulgaria. The name of each of the Rila lakes reflects the visual feature of the respective lake. The legend of the Seven Rila Lakes tells that they were formed from the tears of a giant woman who cried for her lover. The road to the lakes is long and difficult, you need to have food and water, but once you get there, you will realize that it was really worthwhile to get to this magnetic panorama.The Seven Rila Lakes

Bansko

We continue with one of the most famous places in Bulgaria for winter sports fans, namely Bansko. In fact, here you will find the longest ski slope in the whole country. Bansko offers excellent conditions for skiing and snowboarding, but if you are not a fan of it, you can enjoy a walk around the Old Town, pamper yourself with a spa vacation, or just bring pleasure to your palate in one of the traditional Bulgarian restaurants.Bansko

Pamporovo

The other popular ski resort is Pamporovo, which is extremely suitable for Bansko for families with children, as well as for complete beginners in winter sports. In winters, Pamporovo usually boasts of sunny and mild weather, and snowfall lasts significantly longer, making it the perfect winter destination for honeymooners, families and friends alike.

Pamporovo

 

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