Tuesday, 03 January 2017 13:26

BANSKO

We all love snow in the city on the first day after it falls, while the air is still crisp and pristine white covers the dusty streets, the cars, the leafless trees. However, after its first day in Sofia, snow becomes just another urban annoyance. The compacted ice on the pavements. The impassable streets. The grey, yellow and black hues the snow assumes from the dirty city air. Not. Enjoyable. At. All.

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Thursday, 08 September 2016 11:58

KALOFER

Kalofer is one of those places that all who'd rather avoid Bulgaria's highway pass en route between Sofia and Burgas, yet few bother to stop, and even fewer stay on. From a certain standpoint, this is positive. It keeps mass tourism confined to the highway, away form the town huddled in the foothills of Mount Botev, once known as Ümrükçal, which means Fist Mount – Stara Planina’s tallest summit at 2,376 metres. Kalofer is a pearl you will fall in love with. But to discover it, you need to make an effort.

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Wednesday, 03 August 2016 10:23

ELENA

Travelling is not just about seeing new places. It is also about experiencing their atmosphere and their food, their people and their stories. Elena, in the central Stara Planina near Veliko Tarnovo, is a destination that has all this, and more. There, you will find yourself deep amid green forests, old churches and traditional houses, complete with the feeling of a place still stuck in the early 1990s. As a bonus, the town is the home of one of Bulgaria's renowned delicacies: the Elenski but ham.

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Wednesday, 29 June 2016 12:11

KOPRIVSHTITSA

An easy drive from Sofia, nestled deep in the leafy Sredna Gora mountains, Koprivshtitsa has all the elements of an exemplary Revival Period experience. The surrounding landscape is all high slopes, lush forests and meadows. Beautiful 200-year-old mansions line cobbled streets. Old stone bridges span the local river. Charming old water fountains, their worn inscriptions still legible, are here, there and everywhere. Koprivshtitsa's history is also captivating, as this was where the April Uprising of 1876 began.

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Wednesday, 11 May 2016 12:32

BACHKOVO MONASTERY

Perched on an outcrop of rock above the Chaya River in the Rhodope, Bachkovo Monastery is a place packed with all the hallmarks of Bulgarian-ness. Its mediaeval ossuary preserves the only mural portrait of a Bulgarian king. The last patriarch before Bulgaria fell under the Ottomans, Evtimiy of Tarnovo, is believed to have been exiled and to have died there. The fortress-like complex is one of the finest architectural creations of the Bulgarian national revival period, and some of the frescoes are by Zahariy Zograf, the most prominent Bulgarian artist of the 19th Century.

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Saturday, 09 April 2016 13:13

OLD PLOVDIV FOREVER

Revival Period mansions, churches form one of Bulgaria's most recognisable cityscapes

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Monday, 07 March 2016 14:14

SAMOKOV

Famous for its potatoes, but offering a lot more on its plate

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Wednesday, 23 December 2015 11:18

TROYAN MONASTERY

Picturesque site inspires philosophical questions

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Wednesday, 23 December 2015 11:07

MELNIK

Winter sun, strong wine in Bulgaria's smallest town

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Thursday, 03 December 2015 14:22

RILA MONASTERY

Bulgaria's top attraction holds hidden gems, stories

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