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Bordering the Black Sea, Bulgaria is a Balkan nation with scenic landscape comprising a mountainous interior, the endless coastline, and gushing rivers, including the Danube. The country is a land of intriguing contrasts with a European identity which is rooted in an eccentric blend of Orthodox, Ottoman, and Soviet soil. Visitors here will find rustic mountain villages, mystical medieval monasteries, Roman outposts, and an impressive collection of prehistoric gold. Bulgaria’s capital, Sofia dates to the 5th century B.C. History buffs will love to explore the ancient city of Nessebar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Major landmarks in Bulgaria are Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Boyana Church (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Etar Architectural-Ethnographic Complex, Rila Monastery (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Bachkovo Monastery, and Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo. Nature lovers here must explore the Pirin National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to varied limestone mountain landscapes, glacial lakes, caves, and waterfalls. Other natural attractions worth exploring here are Srebarna Nature Reserve, Belogradchik Rocks, Haramiiska Cave, Beglik Tash Ancient Sanctuary, Melnik Pyramids, and Seven Rila Lakes. Bulgaria is a cultural melting pot with Slavic, Roman, Ottoman, Greek, and Persian influences. In addition to its long history, the country has a rich heritage of traditional music, dance, and crafts.
Popular Destinations in Bulgaria
Capital of Bulgaria, Sofia is located at the foot of Vitosha Mountain.
Formerly under Greek, Roman, and Ottoman rule, the city’s history spans
over 2,000 years. Sofia is sprawled with historic landmarks such as Serdica
Fort, Roman-Byzantine Church of St. George, Banya Bashi Mosque, Church of
St. Nicholas the Miracle-Maker, Church of St. Petka of the Saddlers,
Central Sofia Market Hall, Monument to the Soviet Army, Sofia Synagogue,
Eagles' Bridge, and Dragalevtsi Monastery. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, an
onion-domed Bulgarian Orthodox cathedral, is emblematic of the city of
Sofia and Boyana Church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The stunning
metropolis features a compact city center and the skyline comprises modern
high rises and brutalist buildings. Visitors will find here many museums,
performing art venues, parks, and cultural institutions such as National
Historical Museum, National Palace of Culture, National Gallery for Foreign
Art, Ivan Vazov National Theatre, National Art Gallery, National Opera and
Ballet of Bulgaria, Museum of Socialist Art, Borisova Gradina Central Park,
and South Park.
Plovdiv is considered to be among the oldest continually inhabited cities
in Europe. Located in Southern Bulgaria, the ancient city is built around
seven hills. Plovdiv is the second largest city in Bulgaria and famed for
its well-preserved Old Town. The city is home to the Ancient Theatre of
Philippopolis, from the second century, which now hosts concerts and
operas. Visitors here will come across several landmarks such as Roman
Stadium, Church of the Holy Mother of God, Tsar Simeon Gardens, Church of
St. Constantine and Helena, Alyosha Monument, Cathedral of S.t Louis Bishop
Basilica of Philippopolis, and Dzhumaya Mosque. With its vibrant 19 th century mansions, Plovdiv is renowned for its romantic
ambience. The Kapana neighbourhood is lined with a number of chic cafes,
boutiques, and handicraft stores. The city is home to several cultural
institutions, such as Plovdiv Regional Ethnographic Museum, Plovdiv
Regional Historical Museum, Archaeological Museum, Balabanov's House,
Cultural Center Trakart, and Museum of Natural Sciences. Plovdiv also has
an energetic nightlife, popular among young adults. For panoramic views of
the city, visitors should head over to Dzhendem Tepe, highest of the seven
Nestled in the heart of the Danubian Plain, Pleven is located in northwest
Bulgaria. Situated in an agricultural region, the city serves as a cultural
and economic center. Pleven is an alluring city known for its rich
historical legacy and magnificent landscapes. The city attracts a throng of
international visitors with its cultural landmarks, water cascades, unique
art galleries, cave museums dedicated to wine production, and so much more.
Major attractions in Pleven are Saint George the Conqueror Chapel
Mausoleum, House Museum Tsar Liberator Alexander II, Pleven Regional
Historical Museum, Pleven Panorama, and Monument of Freedom. The city is
also home to a water cascade fountain, featuring a few waterfalls, several
water mirrors, and fountains.
Best Time to Visit Bulgaria
The best time to take Bulgaria flights weather-wise is from the months between June and August, which are also the peak months. For those who wish to avoid crowds and get economical flights, April May, and September, are the ideal months to take cheap flights to Bulgaria.
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