With our wild beaches, deep lochs and romantic villages, it shouldn’t be a surprise that we’ve one of the most beautiful country in the world
By concerning both the quality of living and beauty of places. In fact, Some places in Bulgaria are too beautiful to be real.
Bulgaria, you’re amazing… and amazingly photogenic. Not convinced? Here’s the proof: 20 of our best images we’ve captured in the last 12 months. It’s been a tough choice, but these are our winners:
The style of the Castle is Fairy, Enchanting. This is the secret of its magic impact – a dream to build a castle existing only in fairy tales made true. It was built completely of 20 000 tons of stone, specially extracted from the bowels of the Strandzha Mountains. The stone is marble (metamorphosed limestone), which is used everywhere – in the fence, the artificial lake, walls and towers, the chapel and the cellar.
2. The Saint Anastasia Island
The earliest human presence on the island is evidenced during the period of late antiquity (IV – VI century). A proof of this is the abundant ceramic material found in underwater researches conducted in 1973.
During the last decade of the 17th century, the Saint Anastasia Island is marked on the map of the Black Sea for the first time by the Dutch cartographer Nicholaes Witsen.
3. Sinemorets and Veleka River
Sinemorets is a little piece of paradise, situated at the very south-eastern part of the Bulgariam Black Sea coast.
Once you enter the village you will be enchanted by the unique natural beauties concentrated in such a small piece of land.
Sinemorets offers two magnificent beaches with crystal clear water and endless tree forests along Veleka River, which forms supernatural estuary.
4. Stone Forest, Varna
Pobiti Kamani , also known as The Stone Desert, is a desert-like rock phenomenon located on the north west Varna Province border in Bulgaria. It is considered the only desert in Bulgaria and one of few found in Europe. The desert consists of sand dunes and several groups of natural rock formations on a total area of 13 km². The formations are mainly stone columns between 5 and 7 meters high and from 0.3 to 3 meters thick. The columns do not have solid foundations, but are instead hollow and filled with sand, and look as if they were stuck into the surrounding sand, which gives the phenomenon its name. Sandstorms and sand twisters have also been known to commonly occur in this desert region of Bulgaria.
5. The village of Bozhentsi
The village of Bozhentsi is situated on the road from Gabrovo to Veliko Tarnovo, just 28 km from Dryanovo and 15 km from Gabrovo.
The village is an architecture and ethnographic preserve, which represents the typical Bulgarian Revival architecture style.
The old houses in Bozhentsi were built in the 18th, 19th century but they still keep their ancient appearance and valuable architectural and ethnographical monuments form the period of the Bulgarian Renaissance.
6. The Blessed Virgin Mary Monument, Haskovo
The Highest in the world statue of the Holy Virgin Mary with the Infant was built to convey the respect, love and gratitude of the people to the Mother of God. The monument was inaugurated by a traditional water-sanctifying ritual by Archbishop Arseny in 2003. In 2005 it was included into the book of Guinness World Records, and since 2009 it was also entered into the List of the Hundred National Tourist Sights in Bulgaria.
7. Gela village in the Rhodope mountain
The village of Gela is located in the Central Rhodope Mountains at approximately 1500 m above the sea level just at the foot of the most impressive peaks of the Rhodope Mountains – Grand Perelik (2191 m), Orpheus (2188 m) and Tourlata (1825 m). This small village has more than 3300 years of history and is considered to be one of the cradles of the European civilization. In early antiquity Gela was inhabited by the richest members of the Thracian tribe of the Bessi.
8. The Arda River
The ancient name of the river is Arpesos. It is a right tributary to the Maritsa River. The Arda River is the – largest river in the Rhodopes. It originates from the Ardabashi spring which is located 1 km from the borderline Ardino peak. The river is 272 km long. After the construction of the Arda cascade – the dams Kardjali, Studen Kladenetz and Ivaylovgrad, the water level of the river is very much influenced by the system of hydro-electric plants constructed on the dams.
9. Rila National Park
Rila National Park, the largest national park in Bulgaria, is located about 100 km. south of Sofia, in the central and highest regions of the Rila Mountains. The Park contains rare and endangered wildlife species and communities, self-regulating ecosystems of biological diversity, as well as historic sites of global cultural and scientific significance. Some of the largest rivers in the Balkan Peninsula originate here. The name Rila is derived from the Thracian word roula, meaning ‘lots of water.’
10. The village of Stoikite
The village of Stoikite lies in the center of the southern half of Bulgaria, in the very heart of the Rodopi Mountain, 15 km away from the county town of Smolyan and only 7 km away from the winter resort of Pamporovo.
11. Devils Bridge (Dyavolski Most)
The reason some locals are hesitant to cross at night is rooted in dark lore. One story is that the head builder’s wife passed away during construction, so her shadow was encased in the structure. Another tale has it that the devil’s footprint can be found somewhere on the rocks. While this is all folkloric myth, its towering form does make for a somewhat unsettling vista in the darkness.
12. Shipka Memorial
About 13km along a winding road north of Shipka village is the Shipka Pass. Almost 1000 steps lead to the top of Mt Stoletov (1326m), dominated by the impressive, 32m-high Freedom Monument. It was built in 1934 as a memorial to more than 7000 Russian troops and Bulgarian volunteers who died in the Battle of Shipka Pass, which culminated in August 1877.
13. Architecture and Museum Reserve Tsarevets
Architectural and Museum Reserve Tsarevets is one of the most frequented tourist sites in Bulgaria. It is located on Tsarevets Hill in the old part of the town of Veliko Tarnovo.
The hill was first settled as early as the 3rd millennium BC. In the 5th and 6th centuries it housed the largest city of the Bysantine Empire in the province of Moesia Inferior – Zikideva.
14. Pirin National Park – UNESCO World Heritage Centre
Spread over an area of over 27,000 ha, at an altitude between 1008 and 2914 m in the Pirin Mountains, southwest Bulgaria, the site comprises diverse limestone mountain landscapes with glacial lakes, waterfalls, caves and predominantly coniferous forests. It was added to the World Heritage List in 1983.
15. Shiroka Polyana dam
Shiroka Polyana is a reservoir lake situated in the Western Rhodopes mountains in Bulgaria.
The lake is situated 30 km south of Batak, on the road to Dospat. It is located 1500 meters above sea level amidst a forest of old pine trees. Different legends are told about the lake. The shape of Shiroka Poliana reservoir is unique. Viewed from the ring-road it seems that the lake is composed of numerous small lakes with separate walls.
16. Orlovo Oko (Eagle’s Eye)
Orlovo Oko (Eagle’s Eye) is a sightseeing platform built at 1563 m above the sea level, next to the St Ilia peak in the Rhodope mountains and close to the village of Yagodina and the famous Yagodinska cave. This is a steel construction that raises 670 m above the picturesque Buynovsko gorge with its winding river and a road that runs along it.
17. Dospat Dam
Dospat Reservoir is situated in the western part of the Rhodope Mountains, Bulgaria. The reservoir (formed by a dam in the town of Dospat, 82 km (51 mi) west of Smolyan) stretches nearly 19 km (12 mi) northwest to the city of Sarnitsa. At 1,200 m (3,900 ft) above the sea level, it is one of the highest dams in Bulgaria in terms of altitude, and, with its 22 km2 (8.5 sq mi) of water area, the second largest in capacity. It is fed by the Dospat River.
18. Balkan record holder: Raysko Praskalo
Raysko Praskalo (Райско пръскало) literally means “a heavenly spray” in Bulgarian, and this waterfall does indeed look like one. Situated deep in the Central Balkan National Park, Raysko Praskalo may not be big in volume… but at 124.5 metres, it’s the highest permanently-flowing waterfall in the Balkans!
19. Devetashka cave
Devetashka cave is an enormous cave in Bulgaria, which has provided shelter for groups of humans since the late Paleolithic era, and continuously for tens of thousands of years since then. Now abandoned by humans, it remains a site of national and international significance and is home to some 30,000 bats.
20. Pamporovo ski and snowboard resort
Pamporovo ski resort is located in the heart of the Rhodopi mountain. It is the sunniest Bulgarian mountain resort. The ski slopes of Pamporovo are safe guarded and maintained in a very good condition. The gentle profile of the mountain with its rounded slopes and summits makes Pamporovo suitable for beginners. But there are difficult ski runs like “The Wall” for the advanced skiers. Ski rentals are available near the ski runs and the lift stations, you can book ski equipment rental, ski school and lift pass with us, as well.