From the richness of its history to the beauty of its natural environment, Bulgaria will capture your heart and mind. Here are 7 incredible historical and architectural sites you should explore here.
1. Rila Monastery
This monastery is situated in south west region of the Rila Mountains, nestled in lush and fragrant forests, 117 km from the capital of Bulgaria, Sofia. Musala, the summit of the mountain range, is the highest peak in the Balkan peninsular at 2925 m.
Rila monastery is the largest Eastern Orthodox Monastery in Bulgaria. Founded in the 10th Century, it is regarded as one of Bulgaria's most important cultural, historical and architectural monuments and is a key tourist attraction.
2. The ancient town of Plovdiv
Plovdiv is the second largest city in Bulgaria and one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. Plovdiv's history spans 6,000 years with traces of a Neolithic settlement dating to roughly 4000 BC. The city is situated on the two banks of Maritza river and is historically rich, with Plovdiv Roman theatre, Djumaya Mosque and Asen’s Fortress, which you can visit.
Our next stop is the Black Sea coastline in the east and the splendid town of Nessebar. This city has amazing architecture that you must not miss, it has been classified as a museum city and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Sozopol is another town worth seeing while visiting the Black Sea coast. This town is home to the Apollonia Art Festival, which is held annually in September. The first settlement in Sozopol dates back to the Bronze Age, which makes it one of the oldest towns in Bulgaria too.
Koprivshtitsa is another historic town known for its authentic Bulgarian architecture. The town has preserved the atmosphere of the Bulgarian National Revival period of the 19th Century. The town is snuggled in the Sredna Gora mountain range, situated 111 km east of Sofia.
Veliko Tarnovo, also known as 'City of the Tsars' has had the honour of being named the "Balkan capital of cultural tourism”. It is a picturesque town with the Yantra river and three hills contributing to the beauty of this area. Don’t miss the light and sound show on Tsarevets hill in the evening.
Melnik is the smallest town in Bulgaria, situated in the southwest part of the country. It is famous for its red wine and sand pyramids. The local wine is made from the varietal Broad Leave Melnik Vine and was one of Winston Churchill’s favourite tipples.