12 Surreal Places in Bulgaria To Visit Before You Die
Bulgaria is amazing country located in the heart of The Balkan Peninsula. Despite its small territory, this country has collect some amazing natural and historical sites. The clam climate allows the country to be visited during all seasons. Summer is a perfect place to visit Bulgaria’s summer resorts and if you are a beach fan, this is the place where you can enjoy long sandy beaches and the warm waters of Black Sea.
Bulgaria Holidays are ideal not only for nature or beach lovers, the country is also filled with lots of amazing sights and cultural places! In fact, it is a country of almost unlimited possibilities. Beautiful Black Sea coast, high mountains and fertile plains, national parks and waterfalls, nature reserves and protected areas, marshes and wetlands, lakes or caves, great hiking or skiing opportunities…
The city of Sofia is not only the capital of Bulgaria, it is also the largest city in the country. The city is situated in the foothills of Mount Vitosha. Its history dates back to the Bronze Age. A number of prehistoric sites have been uncovered all over the city.
The main attraction here is undoubtedly Alexander Nevsky Cathedral followed then by Ivan Vazov National Theater or The Rotunda of St George, among others.
2. Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari
Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari is a Getic tomb and another amazing UNESCO Site in Bulgaria which history dates back to the 3rd century BC.
It has been discovered relatively recently, back in 1982 in a mound, in the northern part of the country.
Perperikon is an ancient city boasting several ancient buildings that have been excavated since the year of 2000. It is situated in the southern part of the country.
4. Raysko Praskalo
There are many amazing waterfalls in Bulgaria, however the highest one is that of Raysko Praskalo. It is protected by Central Balkan National Park which is situated in the middle of Bulgaria.
You can get here from the town of Kalofer following a hiking trail which takes about 4 to 5 hours.
5. Prohodna karst cave
On the right-hand tributary of the river Iskar you can find the largest karst cave of Bulgaria and possibly of Europe, called Prohodna. The height of the cave ranging from 29 meters to 43 meters and its length is 265 meters.
Thanks to its smooth walls the interior looks like the Gothic cathedral. Surreal impression is further enhanced by two circular rock windows in the ceiling. It is amazing natural formation, which barely finds any competitor in Europe.
6. Orlova chuka cave
Inhabited already in the Paleolithic Age, Orlova Chuka cave has been again discovered in the 20th century.
Now it is accessible from early April till end of September every day for a basic fee of BGN 6. During the winter it is home to several species of bats.
The second largest city in Black Sea Coast is none other than that of Burgas. With just over two hundred thousand residents, Burgas has grown to become a popular tourism hot spot in the country.
The city is surrounded by a number of lakes and even has a stretch of beach along the Black Sea. The city’s port is considered to be the largest in the country.
The second largest city in Bulgaria is none other than that of the city of seven hills, Plovdiv. There are about 350,000 residents that call this city home.
The area has been inhabited since prehistoric times with a number of settlements dating back to 4000 B.C. having been unearthed just outside of town. You must visit its old town with several ancient Roman ruins, monasteries, museums or galleries.
Just south of Burgas along the Black Sea coastline, you will find the ancient city of Sozopol which is known today for the many resorts situated nearby as well as the annual Apollonia art and film festival. The festival occurs annually in the early part of September.
Countless visitors from all over Europe make their way to Sozopol old town or to nearby Ravadinovo Castle every single year to enjoy their Bulgaria holidays.
10. Aladzha monastery
If you are spending your Bulgaria holidays at Golden Sands, then I have one great tip for a short trip to the nearby 4th century cave monastery, which is known as Aladzha monastery.
You will like how this monastery were established in the 25-m high karst cliff, as well as its mosaics, paintings, frescoes and the catacombs. The basic admission here is 5,- Levs.
11. Cape Kaliakra
Cape Kaliakra is one of the most beautiful and historic Capes in Europe. Situated close to the Romanian border, it is a favourite stop for tourists looking for pretty sights and interesting historic places to visit north of Varna. The fortress was successively used by Tracians, Romans, Byzantines and Bulgarians.
According to legends, the fortress was guarding the treasuries of Lyzimah, successor of Alexander the Great. Today there are quite many remains of those ancient settlements, which can be seen exhibited in a small museum.
12. Rila Monastery
The most famous monastery in Bulgaria is none other than that of Rila Monastery. Its renowned architecture is playful, colorful, full of cute details and will amaze even those who are not very interested in religious buildings.
You will see for example the first Bulgarian globe, rare icons, old weapons and shimmering valuables in the treasury. The large paved courtyard is surrounded by stone arcades, so you will feel like being in castle. And the monastery is then surrounded by thick forests of Rila Mountains.
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