Eastern Europe. The Balkan Peninsula. Bulgaria. Your destination!
You’ve come to see a former communist country that is still trying to establish its new identity in the modern world. A country that’s been around for 1 300 years. Land of the ancient Thracian civilisation, part of the Eastern Roman Empire, an independent kingdom for centuries, an occupied nation for centuries – it all has left its marks. Land of ancient craftsmen, of Medieval church painters, of modern artists – all have left a trace to see. Great mountains, lakes, the Black Sea – you can experience the beauty of nature in summer and winter.
So here are our top 10 general categories of touristic attractions in Bulgaria. We will give you one or two specific suggestions in each category to help you narrow down your options because an abundance of choices is at your disposal in Bulgaria. We will offer you our piece of advice.
Top 10 Tourist Attraction in Bulgaria To Visit Soon
- Ancient and medieval fortresses, ruins and excavations.
Tsarevets – the fortified castles of the king and church patriarch of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom in the Middle Ages located on the hill with the same name. The stronghold is surrounded by a wall and watch towers, housing the palace of the king, the Patriarchate and 400 residential buildings, differentiated in quarters, over 22 churches and 4 monasteries.
- Ethnographic old cities
Etara – the open air museum exhibits the craftsmanship of the 18th and 19th centuries in a vivid representation of the actual labour and equipment involved in the creation of goods. There are workshops for sandals, for silverware and woodcarving, for making donkey carts, for national folk instruments, a furriery, a copper smithery, a cow-bells workshop, a pottery making workshop, a cutlery, bakery and confectionery with a coffee shop, as well as a rich collection of medicinal plants and herbs.
And remember these names – Zheravna, the village where time has stopped 300 hundred years ago.
The Old City of Sozopol – the oldest settlement on the Black Sea coast, dating back to 7th century BC.
- Churches and Monasteries
The Rila Monastery – founded in the 10th century, it is regarded as one of Bulgaria’s most important cultural, historical and architectural monuments. Icons, wall paintings, the iconostasis, the library, the museum – you will see things dated from the 14th to the 19th century.
Shipka Monument – The monuments of a nation are visible manifestations of the stirrings of a nation’s soul. The great exploit of the Bulgarian volunteers who joined forces with the Russian soldiers in the epic battles of the Russian-Turkish war that led to the liberation from the 500-year long Turkish yoke is celebrated in this beautiful monument, built on the summit of the Shipka pass in the Balkan mountain. You can drive up or walk up several hundred steps to get to it. The beautiful monument and the panoramic view of the mountain slopes and valleys will leave you speechless.
In this category, you can have your pick from a list of museums – historical, natural, ethnographical. But just to name a few: The National History Museum; The National Museum of Natural History. Many towns have museums that tell their history or the history of a famous citizen who has had national or regional significance.
- Sea and Ski Resorts
The Black Sea and its beautiful sandy beaches and warm water are a magnetic attraction for tourists.
The Mountains of Bulgaria and their beautiful winter resorts – Pamporovo, Borovets, Bansko – with nice snowy ski runs, convenient mountain lifts and cosy hotels and cabins are what every winter, ski and mountain lover can hope for.
- The Nature
Sea, beach, sand, blue water, mountains, lakes, mountain trails, huts, flowers, forests, eco trails – you name it, Bulgaria has it.
- The Modern City
- Modern art
The National Art Gallery is your stop. The collection of New and Contemporary Bulgarian art from the period since Bulgaria’s Liberation in 1878 up to the 1990s consists of more than 30 000 individual pieces of paintings, prints and sculptures. The collection of paintings by Bulgarian masters is the most comprehensive. The collection of black and white drawings is also very rich. The museum’s expositions feature some of the best achievements of Bulgarian sculptors of the 20th century.
- The Festivals
The festivals are joyful celebrations that bring unity to a community. Singing, dancing, good food and overall excitement are the markings of a Bulgarian festival. And here is a list of them, just to name a few. There are a lot more, of course.
Zheravna Folklore Costumes festival, held annually
Bulgarian Rose Festival, held annually in June
Burgas Sand Sculpture Festival, held annually
Rock Festival, Plovdiv, held annually
International Folklore Festival of Koprivshtica, held every five years
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