Northwestern Bulgaria, traditionally poor and underdeveloped, rarely finds its way into any tourist itinerary. Yet, it has plenty of hidden gems to offer.
Bulgaria lacks well-preserved mediaeval fortresses, and the recent craze for rebuilding ancient and medieval remains into shiny towers and fortifications just adds modern insult to historical injury. However, on the northern slopes of the Rhodope there stands one fortification that…
Inevitably in the various Top 5 oddest monuments in the world lists, this "flying saucer" construction has sat on top of a Bulgarian mountain since its erection in 1981, when it was designed to celebrate the Communist Party's supposed eternity.
This city in southern Bulgaria, in the middle of the Plain of Thrace, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in Europe.
Aficionados of ancient Bulgarian history are probably well-familiar with the Thracians, the pre-Christian tribes that inhabited these lands and that went on to become a constituent ethnicity of the first Bulgarian state.
This mountain range is perhaps Bulgaria's most beautiful. It is to be visited time and again, through all seasons – though spring, when all trees and flowers are in full blossom, may be the most enchanting.
Those with knowledge of the off-the-beaten-track areas in Bulgaria will know that this country abounds in strange, bizarre sites and locations that are sometimes whims of nature but often the result of human activity.
Situated on the northern slopes of the Stara Planina, or Balkan Mountains, this small town was a major Revival period centre where the arts and crafts flourished. A number of important Bulgarian poets, revolutionaries and entrepreneurs were born there, and…
Arguably Bulgaria's most beautiful bridge, this 16th century construction spans the River Arda in the midst of a pristine section of the Rhodope, in southern Bulgaria.
Bulgaria has many natural, historical and cultural sites of interest for the inquisitive traveller, but one aspect of it has remained largely unknown to both outsiders and the locals. It is its sometimes overwhelming legacy of Communist and pre-Communist era…
To reach this major Stara Planina, mostly known as the Balkan Mountains, peak you have to do a strenuous drive along a steep road with many hairpin turns, each revealing stupendous views both south and north of what has for…
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