10 Incredible Places You Wont Believe Are Actually In Bulgaria
Can you believe it? Probably not until you see it for yourselves, so youll just have to take our word for it. Bulgaria offers so much to see and do that it would take a lifetime to explore.
An overview of the best places to visit in Bulgaria.
1 . Euxinograd Palace
The construction of the Euxinograd Palace started in 1882. It was designed by the Viennese architect Ruppelmeyer. In that year the Bulgarian Prince Alexander Battenberg accepted as a present from the Council of senior clergy at the Greek Bishopric the monastery Saint Dimitar with all its fields, vineyards and buildings. Later the prince expanded the estate to its present-day boundaries, some 8 km north of Varna, sprawling on 80 hectares. The palace was first named Sandrovo (after the name of its owner Alexander Battenberg Sandro) but in 1983, at the request of Princess Maria Louisa, wife of the new Bulgarian Tsar Ferdinand, the estate was given a new name Euxinograd which means a “hospitable town”
2. Belogradchik Rocks
The Belogradchik Fortress is situated at a distance of 1.5 km from the town of Belgradchik among the renowned Belogradchik rocks.
The fortress has existed since Roman times. In 1st – 3rd century AD the Romans built roads in the new provinces of the empire on the Balkan peninsula, as well as fortresses to guard them.
The mission of the Belogradchik Fortress was to control the road from the town of Ratsiaria (near the today’s village of Archar in the region of Vidin). The Romans constructed the highest part of the fortress, called The Citadel.
There are remains of another fortress at a distance of a few meters from it – Latin Stronghold, which served as an assisting fortification.
3. Krushuna Waterfalls
The Krushùna Falls are a karst cascade located near the village of Krushùna, some 34 km from the historical town of Lovech in north-central Bulgaria. The falls, located in an area known as Maarata, are the biggest travertine cascade in the country, unique with its picturesque scenery, lush vegetation, numerous round-shaped terraces and small natural pools with mineral water.
The main waterfall is about 20 m high and it splits into several smaller ones along its way down the soft limestone rocks. There is a path that allows visitors to go up the river and get to the spring of the waterfall hidden in a cave. Along the way there are steps and bridges so that one can get the best views of the cascades, pools and mossy rocks.
4. The Wonderful Bridges
The Wonderful Bridges is a rock phenomenon also known as the The Rock Bridges. It is situated in the karst valley of the river Erkyupriya in the West Rhodope mountain on 1450 above the sea level, at the foot of Golyam Persenk peak (2091). The rock phenomenon is situated at a distance of 80 km south from Plovdiv, 35 km north-west from Chepelare and only 5 km north-west from the village of Zabardo. The bridges were declared a natural landmark by Decree of the Council of Ministers No 4941 of 18.07.1949.
The walkway from the village of Orehovo to the village of Zabardo passes by the Wonderful Bridges.
A legend speaks of the creation of the Wonderful Bridges. Many years ago, there were a lot of shepherds in the locality of the village of Zabardo. A dragon appeared from somewhere and began to ravage their herds. For many years the shepherds suffered from the dragon’s raids. Finally, they came up with a way to outwit him. They loaded a donkey with tinder (dry substance made of wood fungus which is used for making fire from flint and steel), set it on fire and sent it against the dragon.
5. The Seven Rila Lakes
The Seven Rila Lakes are without a doubt one of the most notable natural attractions on the Balkan Peninsula, a dream destination not to be missed. Their beauty touches the thousands of Bulgarian and international visitors who visit them.
The Seven Rila Lakes, located in the Dangskiya region of the northwestern Rila Mountains, are glacial lakes. They are scattered at the foot of a massive cirque that includes the peaks Suhi Chal (Dry Peak), Otovishki, and Haramiya.
6. The Castle Of Ravadinovo
The Castle of Ravadinovo is a spectacular attraction located a couple of kilometers from Sozopol. If you are driving from Burgas down south the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria, there is no chance of missing the impressive construction of picturesque steeples and towers with some of the roof trusses still bare- a sight to behold. The best way to describe the Castle of Ravadinovo is probably in a statement made by one of its visitors this is the most unusual building in the most unusual location. Indeed, the castle bizarrely stands in the middle of a farm field, just a stone-throw from the highway. Its architectural design is unusual, a bit extravagant and exotic for this country. Considering the fact that its construction began about 20 years ago, the Castle of Ravadinovo is definitely one of its kind; and a huge project too.
If you plan a history trip around Bulgaria, then the Tsarevets fortress is the place to visit.
It is situated in Veliko Tarnovo, a city in the central part of northern Bulgaria which served as the capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire (1185 – 1396) and the home of the Bulgarian Tsars from that period.
The fortress Tsarevets is located on the central part of a hill with the same name, where the earliest evidence of human presence dates back from the 2nd millennium BC.
Veliko Tarnovo became the capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire in 1185 AD, after the uprising of the Bulgarian brothers Asen and Peter. It was a revolt of the Bulgarians living in the Byzantine Empire and was caused by an increase of the imperial taxes that led to resurrecting the independent medieval Bulgarian state conquered by Byzantium in 1018 AD.
8. Cape Kaliakra
Cape Kaliakra is a long rocky headland, that juts out into the Black Sea from the coast of northern Bulgaria. Located in the region of Southern Dobruja – not far from the Romanian border – it’s a popular spot for sightseeing and picnics, as well as featuring golf courses and a nature reserve. Beautiful as it may appear however, Cape Kaliakra nevertheless conceals a brutal history of suicide, siege and warfare.
9. Villa Armira
This is the richest private palace from the Roman times, revealed in Bulgarian lands. It was built in the second half of I century AD by a prominent Thracian aristocrat. The impressive two-storey building covers an area of 2132 square meters with a terrace and many rooms (bedrooms, receptions, banquet hall, guest rooms, bathrooms, etc.).
Special value has the mosaic discovered in the owners bedroom, where are sculpted portraits of one of the owners and his two children. This is the only portraits on Roman mosaic found so far in Bulgaria.
After more than 300 years vigorous growth, Villa Armira was burned in the second half of IV century. Its ruins were destroyed by the devastating earthquake at the end of the IV century AD.
10. Rila monastery
Rila Monastery is probably the most popular Bulgarian tourist site. It’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you have friends from abroad visiting. I will dare to be accused of blasphemy and even say that sometimes it feels a bit of a cliché. But there’s a reason for that – no surprise it’s one of the nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Bulgaria. Words fail to describe this heavenly monument.
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