When visiting Europe, many tourists overlook Bulgaria – a Balkan nation which is blessed with natural beauty, has amazing cultural heritage, favourable climate, medieval cities, hospitable mountains, and stunning Black Sea beaches. Though this wonderful country is not usually frequented by visitors, it promises to surpass the expectations of many. Affordable stay, friendly locals, and great cuisine – the largest Balkan nation should be on your travel bucket list. We at holidayme have narrowed down a few places to visit in Bulgaria; we are sure you will be captivated by the charm of the country.[Total: 16 Average: 4.5]
1. SofiaAn interesting amalgamation of east and west, Sofia is the capital city of Bulgaria. The heavy influence of empires including that of the Thracians and the Celts, Roman-Byzantines, Ottomans can be well-observed in the architecture here. Museums, churches, and monuments, there are plenty of things to do in Sofia. Undoubtedly, it is one of the best cities to visit in Bulgaria.
2. SozopolThis is one of the oldest coastal towns of Bulgaria. This small town was initially a Greek fishing village, hence the Greek culinary influence. The beaches are quite clean, and the water is clear, making it ideal for swimming. The cobbled streets and wooden houses of the old town have their own charm. For those looking to just laze around, and wondering where to go in Bulgaria, this town is your calling!
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3. BanskoThe ski resort town of Bulgaria, Bansko is a haven for winter sport enthusiasts and one of the best places in Bulgaria for holidays. Packed with tourists during ski season, the town is otherwise quiet and is good for exploring the neighbouring regions including the Pirin National Park. The narrow streets and beautiful ancient houses are worth a glance. Pirin Street is another highlight of the town which is great for souvenir shopping.
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4. Veliko TarnovoA rich history dating back to over 7,000 years, this picturesque city is known for the Tsaravets Fortress - one of Europe’s grandest medieval monuments and one of the best Bulgaria attractions. The river Yantra divides the city into two - adding to the beauty of the city. Orthodox churches, museums, and cobbled streets are definitely worth your time; this legendary city is not to be missed while on a tour of Bulgaria.
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6. Rila MonasteryBulgaria holidays is incomplete without a visit to this monastery. Rila Monastery is the most renowned Eastern Orthodox monastery in the world. Known as the 'Jerusalem of Bulgaria', this quaint monastery is nestled 1,200 metres above sea level, in the Rila Monastery Nature Park. The monastery houses over 60 monks and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The exquisite art work and architecture of the monastery has drawn many tourists over the years.
7. ZheravnaTime seems to cease here at Zheravna. The beautiful village has over 200 old houses dating back to the National Revival period. The St Nicholas Church and the Yordan Yovkov House are quite popular among tourists. The streets are narrow and cobbled, it is recommended you take a walk around the village and enjoy its beauty.
9. NessebarNessebar redefines antiquity. This historic town is known as the 'Pearl of the Black Sea'. The houses here date back to 18th and 19th century. Many empires including the Byzantines, the Greeks, the Romans, Bulgarians, Crusaders, and the Ottomans have influenced the architecture of the town. It is also a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site.
10. Pirin National Park
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