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Travel to Bulgaria
A Gem on the Balkans


Now we are going to Travel to Bulgaria for an Eastern Europe genuine experience. Bulgaria is located on the shores of the Black Sea bordering Romania on the north, Serbia and Macedonia on the west and Greece and Turkey in the south.

This country has surprised the world on how much it has advanced since the days of Communism. Today Bulgaria is a member of the European Union and received many tourists to its shores as well as to the capital and the beautiful mountains.




Capital of Bulgaria

Mount Vitosha on the outskirts of Sofia the Capital of Bulgaria


Many Attractions in Bulgaria

I am omitting here the Black Sea Beaches on the cities of Varna, Nessebar and Burgas Bulgaria. 

Sofia is the Capital of Bulgaria and its biggest city. We are going to start with its main attractions. In our page about Sofia we are elaborating more.

  • Mount Vitosha

Mount Vitosha is a beautiful mount that can be seen from Sofia creating a unique landscape. It is one of the tourism symbols of Bulgaria and it is easy accessible. Within the area is the Vitosha National Park which is one of the most visited parks in the country and nearby you will find the Knyazhevo quarter with mineral springs.

Vitosha is 19 km long by 17 km wide, separated into four main parts whose main ridges gather at a crown known as Cherni Vrah or in English "Black Peak" which is the highest point of the mountain at 2290 meters high.




Bulgarian Orthodox
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia


  • Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

This impressive Golden domed Cathedral was built in the early twentieth century as a memorial for all those Russians, Ukrainian, Belorussian and Bulgarian soldiers, who died in the Russo-Turkish War during the years of 1877 and1878.

It is a Bulgarian Orthodox Cathedral located in the Capital of Bulgaria, Sofia built in Byzantine style and towering 45 meters high for the dome reaching up to 51 meters including the bell tower.

It occupies an area of 32,000square meters and can hold up to 10,000 people inside.

It is considered one of the largest Orthodox Cathedrals in the world and it is the pride of all Bulgarians and a most stop when you Travel to Bulgaria.

  • National Palace of Culture

This huge museum complex, located in the center of Sofia was established in 1981. The area is covered by more than a hundred pieces of art, sculptures, metal and plastics art besides tapesty and woodcarving.

It features 15 multifunctional halls and meeting rooms with a total of more than 8,000 seats and space for exhibitions of more than 15,000 square meters.

The walls of this beautiful Palace have been witnesses to many famous artists such as Claudi Abbado, Alexis Weissenberg, José Carreras, Andrea Bocelli, Montserrat Caballe, Veselina Katsarova, Darina Takova, Emil Chakarov, Emil Tabakov, Yuri Bashmet, Nigel Kennedy, Emir Kusturica, and many more.



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National Palace of Culture in Sofia Bulgaria


Travel to Bulgaria Country attractions

  • Snezhanka Cave

This is one of the most beautiful caves in Bulgaria and one of the most important tourist sites to visit. It is located near the town of Peshtera and gathers many cave formations in its 145 meters of length. Despite being a relatively small cave it features a rich collection of cave decorations dating to 600 BC, besides many stalactites, stalagmites and lakes.

It is divided with rooms that have acquired their names from the formations that took millions of years to form. They have names like Dolphin, the Statue of Liberty, the Parrot and Snow White the magical character itself. The name Snezhanka means exactly that and can be found in the Magic Room, which is the last chamber you are allowed to visit.

  • Erma River Gorge

This site is located about 75 km south west of Sofia on the border with Serbia near the town of Trun, famous for its unique ceramic school. This is the area with the lowest temperature recorded in Bulgaria. But you are going to visit the Erma River Gorge during spring or summer.

The river forms the gorge and then flows direct into Serbia. It is impressive with 100 meter high rocks on both banks of the wild river. There is an observation point on a wooden bridge very close to the place where the river clashes with the rocks. From there you may take a path following the river.


Snezhanka Cave

Snezhanka Cave is one of the most beautiful in Bulgaria

  • Belogradchik Rocks

These are a group of strange rock formations located near the town of Belogradchik in northwest Bulgaria on the slopes of the Balkan Mountains.

The formations have so rarest forms that have brought the people to create legends and give those names like the camel, the mushrooms, the red wall, the monks and many more.

The rocks made mainly of limestone a 20 km long by 3 km wide strip with up to 200 meters of elevation. These formations have been made my nature over millions of years of sedimentation and erosion creating the strange formations.  There are many legends around this iste and the different formations.

This is a great place has been declared by the Bulgarian government as Natural Landmark and it is very much recommended for a day tour out of Sofia.

For more information visit Bulgaria Tourism Website


Belogradchik Rocks

The strange formations of the
Belogradchik Rocks in Bulgaria


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  • Vihren Peak

This is a 2950 meters high mountain that is one the highest in Bulgaria and the Balkans. It is one of the most visited sites on the Pirin Mountains.

You may go, like me, just for the beautiful sights. Or if you like hiking there are several hiking trails to reach the highest point. There are several cabins on the slopes of the mountain offering inexpensive accommodations.

  • The Seven Rila Lakes

This is an important attraction in the whole Balkan Peninsula. Its beauty attracts thousands of locals and visitor that want to experience these sights. The lakes are located in the Dangskiya region of the northwestern Rila Mountains.

The lakes have been named by their forms and shapes.

  • Tear Lake named for its extremely clear waters
  • Eye Lake, the deepest of the seven
  • Kidney Lake is named for its kidney shape
  • The Twins they resemble an hour glass.
  • Three Leafed Lake
  • Fish Lake
  • Lower Lake, which feeds the Dzherman River.

The lakes are all connected by narrow streams. There is almost no fish on the lakes, because


Seven Rila Lakes

Aerial view of the Seven Rila Lakes on the Rila Mountains of Bulgaria


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  • Devil’s Throat Caves

These famous caves are located near the village of Trigrad on the Trigrad Gorge. To go in you have to go through an artificially made corridor that is well lit and then you reach an open space formed by the collapse of earth layers in the past.

This empty space is the size of a big cathedral, and from there you may see the river flowing at the bottom of the gallery. During spring when all snows melt from the mountains you will be a witness to the highest underground waterfall in the European Continent.

Even during summers the cave is very cold, so we recommend warm cloths and water proof shoes for the visit.

  • Pirin National Park

It is located in the Pirin Mountains, at an altitude ranging between 1,000 and 2,900 meters. The Pirin Mountains are on the southwest of Bulgaria and comprises glacial lakes, waterfalls, forests and caves. This site has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1983.

I hope you enjoyed your virtual Travel to Bulgaria. I love this country and I am sure you’ll love it too.


 


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