If you've yet to visit Bulgaria, what's been keeping you? We outline reasons why you should this eastern European country.
It’s beautiful yet cheap
It can be said with absolute certainty that Bulgaria is one of the cheapest countries to travel. Those visiting the country get a great value for their money. According to the latest report from Post Office Travel Money, Sunny Beach, one of Bulgaria’s most famous beach resorts on the Black Sea, has been named the cheapest place for UK travellers to go on holiday in 2018.
One of Bulgaria’s greatest draws is its picturesque golden beaches, bordering the Black Sea coastline. Sunny Beach is the best known. The coastal town of Nessebar, the “Pearl of the Black Sea” and a Unesco World Heritage site.
The Epic Mountains, The Parks and The Nature.
You will be surprised to know that other than sandy beaches, Bulgaria is home to Soul-stirring mountain ranges that serve as a paradise for hikers, mountaineers, skiers and trekkers who throng to the world-class resorts of Borovets, Bansko, and Pamporovo. The glacial Seven Rila Lakes is a popular destination for hikers and one can experience ice even in late spring.The scenic glacial lakes are feast for the eyes.
Spread over an area of 400sq km Unesco protected Pirin national park comes lauded as entrancing preserve for wolves and brown bears, which roam its alpine meadows, glacial lakes and dense forest.
When you are not soaking up rays on the beaches of Bulgaria, there are several tourist attractions that will keep you busy. These include the historical buildings such as Socialist Classicism buildings.
Famous for its impressive size and remarkable architecture, St Aleksander Nevsky Cathedral, with its imposing domes, is one of Sofia’s most popular attractions. One of the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in the world, this architectural gem can hold 10,000 people at a time.
Bulgaris has a rich historical past
History weighs heavily on Bulgaria. The famed Rila Monastery, an hour and half’s drive south from Sofia, and the incredible Roman Theatre in Plovdiv dating back to the first half of the second century AD are some of the historical gems in Bulgaria’s possessions. Plovdiv is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in Europe. For the historically minded, a visit to the museum town of Koprivshtitsa should be high on the agenda. A visit to Koprivshtitsa is to step into a different world. You will lose yourself in the cobbled streets.
The Capital City
Many visitors to Bulgaria use Sofia as a base to start their exploration of the country. The reason is not far to seek. The fast growing capital of Bulgaria is famous for trendy bars and clubs offering lip-smacking dishes and throbbing nightlife.
Despite the rule of the Communists, several cathedrals in Bulgaria survive to be awe-inspiring spectacles for the large numbers of tourists who throng to them. Prominent among them is the gold-domed St Aleksander Nevsky Cathedral, the most photographed building in Bulgaria. A prime attraction of Sofia, the cathedral was built to commemorate Russia’s assistance to Bulgaria in its war of independence from the Ottoman rule in the 19th century.
Taste the healthy Bulgarian Cuisine and drink
Once in Bulgaria you will have the chance to eat healthy, for flavoursome and delicious food that is also one of the tastiest in the world. Shopska Salata, the country’s most popular dish, is a refreshing salad of tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, parsleys and raw peppers topped with shredded sirene (white Bulgarian cheese.)Don’t forget to try the local Rakia, a very strong drink.
To experience the uncommon hospitality of the Bulgarians! No wonder you may find Bulgarians who may invite you into their homes for home-cooked dinner or rakia even if they don’t know you.