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12 Best Things To Do In Bulgaria
Welcome to the beautiful and adventurous Bulgaria! Have you ever been around?
If you haven’t explored its exceptional riches yet, today is the perfect time to
make it right! You may not know this, but Bulgaria is best known for its aweinspiring landscapes and deep-rooted history. Indeed, Bulgarians are a great
example of some of the oldest nations on the planet. This definitely sounds pretty
astounding, right? Therefore, every traveler and adventurer would be simply
amazed when they get to learn more about all of its phenomenal characteristics.
Are you ready to jump into an exotic adventure across Bulgarian lands? Because
we definitely are. There are lot of things to do in Bulgaria.
1. The Black Sea beaches
Meet the Golden Bulgarian Riviera! Abundant in stunning beaches, Bulgaria is
surely the favorite spot of any beach-lover who’s presently looking for a way out
of the busy world! Besides, Bulgaria has really nice sandy beaches in general,
most of which are located in its noteworthy seaside resorts. However, there are
also other fine beaches resting amid the thick clusters of hotels which are actually
quite secluded. The best part: you will be able to find your perfect vacation spot
around here! For instance, the renowned resort of Albena is ideal for family
vacations while the Golden Fish Beach, Smokini Beach and IYC- Primorsko are
rather noisy and extremely popular camping destinations.
2. Rila Monastery
Founded in the 10th-century by St. John of the Rila, a hermit, Rila Monastery is
one of the best Bulgarian landmarks making any Bulgarian immensely proud. His
tomb became a holy site as the building was gradually transformed into a
monastic complex. The monastery was completely demolished after being
engulfed in flames in the merciless fire back in the 19th-century. Gladly, it was
rebuilt later on. Apart from the Hrelyu tower, the four chapels, the abbot’s room
and the kitchen with the unusually large utensils, you must visit the monastery
museum where Rafail’s Cross rests.
3. The Wonder Rocks
This rock phenomenon, called “The Wonderful Rocks”, may not be very popular,
but it’s definitely worth seeing. Located 4 km (2.4 mi) away from the Asparuhovo
village - the municipality of Dulgopol - the rocks resemble castle towers when
viewed from afar. Presently, if you are within the region of Varna, you should
absolutely pay a visit to this place and enjoy the magnificent combination of
curiously shaped rock formations and the water of the Tsonevo Dam Lake below
4. Seven Rila Lakes
The Seven Lakes, located in Northwestern Rila Mountain, are among the most
visited places in Bulgaria. These glacier lakes are simply extraordinary as their
specific shape has given their pretty curious names. Meet the wonderful Seven
Rila Lakes, namely “The Twin, The Eye, The Fish Lake, The Kidney, The Teardrop,
The Trefoil and The Lower Lake”. Separeva Banya, which is a village located at the
foot of the mountains, is a good starting point for an adventurous trip around
5. The Eyes of God, Prohodna Cave
This cave is a favorite location of many Bulgarians because of the two unique
openings in its ceiling that resemble human eyes that are also called “The Eyes of
God”. If it happens to rain during your visit, pay attention to the openings and
how they resemble “crying eyes”. The Prohodna Cave is located near the village of
Karlukovo, it’s free to visit, and always open for tourists and climbers.
6. Veliko Tarnovo: The Legendary City of the Tsars
The combination of the Tsarevets fortress, traditional Bulgarian food, the
craftsman workshops in the old town, the historic Samovodska Charshia (from
Turkish: market street), and the breathtaking views of the Yantra River nestled
between the hills surrounding the city, makes the Bulgarian city of Veliko Tarnovo
really unique. For the best experience, choose one of the many guest houses
located in the old town, since the atmosphere around here is simply
7. Krushuna Falls and Devetashka Cave
A little piece of paradise on Earth – that’s a suitable definition for Krushuna Falls.
They are located near the Krushuna village, Lovech municipality, in Central
Bulgaria, and are the biggest water cascade within country limits. With its
amazing nature and atmosphere, this is the perfect place for taking a whole lot of
breathtaking photos. As for the unbelievable Devetashka Cave, it was used as a
filming location for “The Expendables 2” movie as it’s also located nearby. All in
all, tourists often choose to visit both places in one day.
8. Devil's Bridge, Ardino
The so-called Devil’s Bridge, or “Dyavolski most” in Bulgarian, rests near the town
of Ardino, in the Rhodope Mountains. According to a specific legend, the bridge
was rebuilt many times since Arda River simply kept destroying it. One day, the
devil himself showed up and told the executive builder his conditions for the
bridge to remain undamaged; the bridge had to display the devil’s silhouette
without fully revealing it, and the image had to be tangible and non-material at
the same time. How crazy?!
9. Cape Kaliakra, Balgarevo
The wonderful village of Balgarevo is located in the Kavarna Municipality as it’s no
more than 12 km (7 miles) east of the town of Kavarna, aka the Rock Capital of
Bulgaria. Its clear beach line, quietness, organic atmosphere, and tranquility make
it the ideal place for a summer family vacation. In the “Morsko konche”
restaurant, being the locals’ favorite, any tourist can enjoy tasty dishes at decent
prices. If you’re more into history and culture, you should definitely visit the
Ongal History Museum, which is located at the very exit of Balgarevo when
traveling towards Kaliakra cape.
10. The splendid town of Belogradchik
Meet the renowned and awe-inspiring Belogradchik fortress, which is also famous
as “Kaleto”. Believe it or not, it’s the town’s main historical tourist attraction and
an extremely significant site in Bulgaria. Additionally, the Wonder Rocks are
simply another phenomenal group of unique rock formations perching up on the
western slope of the Balkan Mountains. The Magura Cave, which is one of the
largest caves in Bulgaria, is located 20 km (12 miles) north of Belogradchik, near
the Rabisha village as well.
There’s a whole lot of things to see and engage in once you arrive in Varna, aka
the Sea Capital of Bulgaria. North of Varna, you can find a cluster of seaside
resorts, each filled with brilliant sandy beaches: Golden Sands, St. Constantine
and Helena, Riviera, Sunny Day Complex, and the Albena resort. As for your
sightseeing tour around here, you can totally stop by the famous rock monastery
named Aladja Manastir alongside the unique attraction Pobiti Kamani (The Stone
Forest) as well.
Indeed, there’s an abundance of major cultural tourist attractions and spots to
explore in “The City of the Seven Hills”. Once called Philippopolis, the city is
famous for its ancient Roman theatre, the Roman Odeon, the Roman aqueduct,
the Roman Stadium, the archaeological complex Eirene, alongside the historical
city’s remains being so greatly preserved. Plovdiv hosts various cultural events,
fairs, and theatrical festivals year-round. For example, The “Kapana” (The Trap)
district, which is below the Old Town, is a great gathering spot for young people,
as it’s quite famous for its arty shops, bars, and trendy cafes.