Travel Guide to Bulgaria
Mountainous areas define much of the Bulgarian landscape, most notably the Balkan (Stara Planina) and Rodopi mountain ranges, as well as the Rila range, which includes the highest peak in the Balkan region, Musala. In contrast, the Danubian plain in the north and the Upper Thracian Plain in the south represent Bulgaria's lowest and most fertile regions. The 378-kilometer Black Sea coastline covers the entire eastern boundary of the country.
Places to visit in Bulgaria
Sofia, the capital, has its own page > Sofia
Albena - is one of the purpose-built resorts on the Black Sea coast and has a uniform and unique architectural style.
Sozopol - is one of the oldest towns on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, it is also a seaside resort.
Nesebar - is an ancient city and a major seaside resort on the Black Sea coast; often described as the Bulgarian Dubrovnik.
Nesebar Rila Monastery
Rila Monastery - is the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria. It is situated in the northwestern Rila Mountains, 120 kms south of Sofia.
Varna - is the largest city and seaside resort on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast, often referred to as the summer capital. Ancient ruins mixed with interesting neo-classic architecture set the scene - numerous beaches as well plus numerous nightclubs - the Thracians used to party here in 5000BC - honest!
Plovdiv - is Bulgaria's second largest city, located in central Bulgaria towards the Greek border, founded around 5000 BC the city has been occupied by Thracians, Macedonians, Romans and Turks. Interesting Old Town area several excellent museums and art galleries.
Veliko Tarnovo - in the central northern part of the country is a medieval town dating from the late 12th century. It was once the capital of the country and occupies three hills overlooking the Yantra River. It has much to occupy the visitor including the Tsarevets Fortress, Archaeological Museum, the State Art Gallery, St Peter and St Paul's Church and many Bulgarian National Revival buildings.
Rusenski Lom Nature Park - is a large nature reserve on the banks of the River Rusenski Lom, located in the north of the country near the border with Romania.
Pamporovo - is a popular ski resort in Smolyan Province, southern Bulgaria, one of the most popular in Bulgaria. It is set amongst magnificent pine forests and is primarily visited during the winter for skiing and snowboarding but it is also used as a summer resort.
Borovets - is the oldest Bulgarian winter resort with a history that dates back to 1896 when it was established as a hunting base.
Chepelare - is a popular winter resort with one of the longest ski runs in southeastern Europe. It is located near Pamporovo, one of the biggest Bulgarian resorts. It is open in summer as well for hiking, horse riding and golf.
Food and Drink
Beer - try the local brews which are very popular; Zagorka, Shumensko and Kamenitza.
Rakia - the local brandy made from grapes or plums.
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