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Top 25 places in Bulgaria

       In Bulgaria a lot of interesting, mysterious, historical, vivid and many many unusual and usual places for every taste. But we have prepared for You the Top 25 amazing locations of the most interesting and fascinating, in our view. They all scattered in different corners of Bulgaria and some of them can only be reached by car or tour bus. And so, start :

 

  1. The Town Of Veliko Tarnovo.

Once the capital of Bulgaria. The city is the capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom and of the Principality of Bulgaria in the period 1878 - 1879 Due to its rich cultural and historical heritage of the Veliko Tarnovo is an important tourist center.

We highly recommend you to visit the Park "Mini Bulgaria", located near the main attractions of the old capital Veliko Tarnovo - Tsarevets fortress, just below the tower of Baldwin. The area of the Park is 12.5 hectares and has models of the most famous landmarks in Bulgaria. There you can see the main attractions of Bulgaria for 1 hour in miniature and determine what you most like and you would like to see it in authenticity. Great place for the novice researcher in Bulgaria! Entrance fee is 10 leva, leva family -20, official site here.

The pearl of Veliko Tarnovo is the fortress Tsarevets is a unique place to get acquainted with the history of Bulgaria and the history of its great kings, which annually attracts thousands of tourists. The fortress is situated on the eponymous hill in the old part of Veliko Tarnovo, close to the centre, and turned into an architectural Museum reserve.

The biggest attraction of the hill is a night of audiovisual spectacle "Sound and light", telling about the glorious and tragic history of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom (1185-1393). The best place to view the square of Tsar Ivan Assen II to the main entrance. More information about upcoming broadcasts can be found on the official website here

In the fortress you can also see the foundations of 470 buildings, hotels, aristocratic homes, 23 temples and 4 city monasteries. During excavations were also found unique garments of cloth of gold, and many gold ornaments Royal family.

 

  1. 7 Rila lakes

The lakes are located in a large circle along the Northern slope of the peak the King, to the Northwest of the Rila mountains. An exciting walk in the Park the Seven Rila lakes begins with the path to the old hut "Seven lakes", which is about 30 minutes from the hut "Rila lakes". From there you turn right on summer road to the hut "Ivan Vazov". On this route in about 3 hours (departure and return) you can see all the lakes from different angles. Lift: the easiest way to get to the lakes from higy "pioneer" on the lift. Cost 15 leva there and back or 10 lion only there. The lift operates from 9 to 17 to 30 in winter and from 7 to 20-30 in the summer. Primary lift station is located at an altitude of 1,585 metres above sea level final station - 2100 meters above the sea level. Long trails of lift - 2163 meters. Do not forget heading to the lake to wear sneakers!

The lakes have glacial origin:

1) The highest (elevation above sea level 2535 meters) - "Tears" (Sylzata/The Tear), with an area of 0.7 ha,depth - 4.5 meters.

2) "Eye" (Okoto/The Eye) is a pretty deep (37.5 m), large (with an area of 6.8 hectares), with a height above sea level is 2440 feet.

3) "Kidney" (Bubreka/The Kidney), is also quite deep (28 meters), and large (8.5 ha), with height above sea level 2282 meters.

4) "Gemini" (Bliznakov/The Twin) is the largest and longest (9,1 ha), depth of 27.5 meters and a height above sea level 2243 meters.

5) Shamrock (Trefoil The Trefoil) the 2.6-ha, depth 6.5 meters, the height above sea level 2216 meters.

6) "fish" (Ribnoto/The Fish Lake) - a shallow (2.5 m), with an area of 3.5 hectares and a height above sea level of 2184 meters. There is located hotel "khyzha Seven lakes".

7) "Lower" (Donato/The Lower Lake), with a depth of 11 metres, with an area of 5.9 ha and a height above sea level 2095 meters. Here the water flows when overflows from the upper lakes, and from this lake the water flows down forming a small river of dzherman.

 

  1. The Wonderful bridges is an incredible rock phenomenon in the Western Rhodopes.


They are located in the karst valley of the river Erqupriya, at the foot of the peak Golyam Persenk, just 5 km North-West of the village Zabyto. These wonders of nature were formed after the destruction of the caves thousands of years ago. The legend of the creation of the Wonderful bridges says that many years ago in the village Zabyto appeared the serpent-dragon, who began to destroy the flocks of local shepherds. For many years they suffered from the attack of the villain and one day finally found out how to outwit him. They loaded a donkey with gunpowder (burning stuff), lit it, and sent against the dragon. He swallowed it, and the fire began to burn him from the inside. Crazy snake trying desperately to escape, but in the end fell to the ground, and the shot was big Bang. When his bones disintegrated and in its place there was a huge arched bridges, which today are one of the natural wonders of Bulgaria.

 

  1. Antique Teatre – Plovdiv.

The ancient theatre Filipopol is one of the most well preserved ancient theaters in the world. Discovered by archaeologists in Plovdiv and restored in the early 1980-ies, the Ancient theatre of Philipopolis is one of the most significant in the Roman Empire. Viewing outer space 28 concentric rows of marble seats. Grounds surround the stage - the orchestra is horseshoe-shaped with a diameter of 26.64 m. in Addition to theatrical performances it was used for Gladiator and hunting games, as well as the venue of the General Assembly of the Roman province of Thrace (Coquinon tracon). He was active until the end of the IV century and could seat about 6,000 spectators. Above the arched passage of the second seat row there is a house for the Emperor and noble people.

Today the Ancient theater is one of the emblems of the city of Plovdiv and adapted to the contemporary cultural life of Plovdiv. Is the current stage for Opera, music and drama. Among the most significant events - the annual international Folk Festival Opera Opera Festival, the Rock festival "sounds of the ages" and many others.

 

  1. The Area Of Rupite.

This is due to the clairvoyant Baba Vanga and each visitor brings a wealth of energy. It is located on the banks of the Struma river, at the Eastern foot of the volcanic hill Housing just 10 km from Petrich. In Rupite is a temple, built by Vanga " St. Petka Bulgarska ", which is a place of worship for thousands of people in need. In the past a volcano has erupted in this place, and as a result, healing mineral springs were formed at the temperature of 75ºC. Very close are the remains of one of the largest ancient cities of Heraclea Sintica, which existed from the 4th century BC. up to 6C BC.

If you want to fully immerse yourself in the sights, visit the Rupees 15 August - assumption of the virgin. On this day every year there is a festive fair. There are also many sporting events that you can participate. In addition, you can try tasty treats, buy gifts for children and even choose the outfits for the Grand fair.

 

  1. Panoramic platform "Orlovo oko" – Jagodina.

From the village of Yagodina to the top of St. Elias the road begins to Eagle Eye.

The rise is spectacular. You can either climb, or walk, or use the services of locals that offer pickup. The more obstacles you overcome, the stronger the adrenaline. The site is located on the edge of a cliff at mount St. Elijah at a height of 1563 meters. An unforgettable look at the beauty of the Rhodopes, Pirin and a small part of the Rila mountains, of the mountains in Greece.

600 m below the plot you will find the picturesque Buynovsko gorge. The Council of the local residents not to climb the peak in bad weather, because there's a lot of thunder.

 

  1. The Cave "Prohodna". 

It is located 2 km away from Karlukovo village and 112 km away from Sofia. The cave is a 262-meter-long natural stone bridge. There are 2 entrances, big and small. From the small entrance, with a height of about 35 m, there is a trail that runs through the cave and out through the big entrance (the largest cave space in Bulgaria - 45 m). The passage is naturally illuminated by huge inputs and the natural holes in the ceiling "Windows." It is the "window" makes the cave unique. Located side by side in the same almond shape, the window is surprisingly similar to the huge eyes that seem to look down on the visitors. Not by chance the locals call them "Eyes of God" and sometimes the "Eyes of the devil." If you look from a certain angle, they even resemble the person that looks down sharply, and in wet weather they seem to be flowing "tears". Faced with this natural phenomenon, each amazed and a little excited - the incredible symmetry and location of Windows inspire awe and sense of mystery. The cave was declared a natural landmark in 1962.

To Port can also be reached from the National cave house "Peter Tranteev". Track starting from the house leads to a large cave entrance. Building a cave house is unique in its location - it is built into the slots on the rock, and its form, when viewed from above, resembles a bat. Natural stone was used for some of the walls. Of the cave house overlooks the valley of the Iskar river and the cave Prohodna. We stayed there for the night, the room cost 35 leva for 3, the Breakfast menu is very small but worth it's not expensive at three we left about 12 Lev.

 

  1. Krushunski waterfalls. 

Formed by numerous karst terraces, he descends from the height of 20 meters to stop the breath of any visitor. It is located on the Northern part of the plateau Devetashko, near the village of Krushuna, municipality Letnitsa, and just 34 km from Lovech. In this area you will also hit two small waterfalls which together with the first to form the so-called waterfalls of Krushuna, also known as district Maarata. Here you can also find preserved rock niches and cells of Kruchenkova monastery of Jesuit monks from the 13th to the 14th century. Of interest is also a rare and valuable species of flora and fauna listed in the Red book of Bulgaria. No less intriguing will be the nearby caves - Cave Devetashka, Arushka of Maar and Hirnyk.

 

  1. The Wonderful rocks.

Located 4 km from the village of Asparuhovo, municipality of Dalgopol, Varna district. It was declared a natural monument according to the Decision of Council of Ministers No. 1886, dated 17 February 1949 and covers an area of 12.5 hectares of the coast Ranevskoi dam. In the vicinity of rocks is the main road connecting the Resort and the sea.

The wonderful rocks are a array of a dozen beautiful rocks with a height of 40-50 m, reminiscent of a castle tower. They are formed under the influence of water and wind on limestone. The rocks originate directly from the shores of Ranevskoi dam.

In this area there are interesting caves, cliffs and pits, some of which are inhabited by large predators.

Also of interest are the rocks, equipped climbing routes. It is a 10-minute walk from the phenomenon of Strange rocks, steep path, on the site of an abandoned quarry. The rocks have an arcuate shape, with the characteristic ceiling upstairs. Here was held one of the national Championships in rock climbing, and for this purpose it is equipped with 8 tracks. The rocks were gradually improved, and at present there are 18 routes equipped from 6 to 10 category.

 

  1. Devetashka cave. 

Cave Devetashka on the right Bank of Osam river, approximately 18 km northeast of Lovech and 2 km to the North from the village of Devetaki. Cave Devetashka is one of the largest caves in Bulgaria. Total length is 2 442 meters, the total area is 20 400 square meters, height - 60 m.

The cave is one of the three largest colonies where bats breed in Europe. In connection with the wintering and breeding season colonies of bats in some months, the cave is inaccessible to visitors (may 25 - July 31).

Devil's cave was opened in 1921 and known as Maarata or Crown from the seven holes of different sizes in the ceiling through which light penetrates and illuminates the Central hall and part of its two branches. Cave Devetashka fine, since it is difficult to walk due to currents and rivers, resulting from 14 different places.

In the early 1950-ies was carried out a more comprehensive study of caves, to show that the cave was inhabited Devetashka with some interruptions, for almost all historical periods. The earliest traces of human presence date back to the middle stone age (about 70 thousand years BC).

 

  1. The geyser in Sapareva Banya.

Temperature: 103 degrees the geyser in Sapareva Banya is one of the hottest in the world. In continental Europe it is the largest geyser in the world - pulsing for 5-6 seconds. and is the most affordable. It was opened in 1957 by drilling. Its flow rate is 18 l / s, height of water column is 18 meters and reaches a depth of 75 meters. In the summer evenings lit a lot of colored lights, making it a breathtaking sight.

 

  1. The abyss cave "Ladder" – Karpachevo.

Cool cave "Ladder" was named because of its stepped recesses, and also due to the wooden stairs that had been laid by local residents, which is down in the cave room. It is located on one of the inclined boards in the tourist area of plateau Devetashko, about 3 km South-West of the village of Karpachevo, Lovech. Now the access to the cave is on sustainable metal stairs with railings. Staircase cave is formed in lower Cretaceous limestones of the Aptian century. There is one available branch with a length of 145 m and a displacement of 4 m. the Entrance of 5-7 m, followed by a vertical bore 7.5 m, reaching peaks poluchennogo gravitational unit. Semi-circular hall with a diameter of 62M. Dome stalagmites and a lake of Sintra can be seen in the cave of Stairs. When the sun shines through the entrance and heats the bottom of the cave near the end of the stairs, the moisture of the illuminated area begins to evaporate, and the place takes on a mystical charm - as if the ancient spirits have risen from the dust. To see more interesting objects in the cave, a flashlight is necessary. The right of the stairs, at the bottom of the cave is a big stone with the extremely beautiful formations on the dark side.

Be careful, dive into the depth not for the faint of heart!

The cave is reached, starting from the center of the village of Karpachevo (from the community center Hristo Karpachova) to the West along the asphalt of the street (there is a sign) that leads to the first fork at the end of the village - continues-to-left across a field on a dirt road. fork continues again on the left road (straight - there is a sign). Soon appears a new branch, which this time turns right on grassy road. The Stair entrance to the cave is a hundred meters. Around it are benches, tables, information sign, barbecue and toilet.

 

  1. Burgas solnitsi (salt marshes)

One of the biggest attractions of Burgas. People from all over the country and from abroad come here to immerse themselves in curative and soak up the mud. Salt marshes located 3 km from the city, to the North beach within walking distance. Find out more about their marvelous power!

Summer is the perfect time to walk along the wooden trail to the salt pans of Pomorie. There you will find a crowd of people who came to make a dirty ritual of health and longevity. Properly, you must first take in the salt marshes. They are small, so you are unlikely to drown. They can lie on their backs, but not to linger too long, 15-20 minutes is enough. After you can heal yourself with head to toe mud, but beware is not for everyone, if you felt bad immediately rinse. The mud acts on the entire peripheral nervous system and has a rejuvenating effect. Removes forever the signs of wounds or other skin diseases. You have to stay with the mud until it dries on your body. Then you can wash in the sea. After this ritual, you will feel cheerful and happy, and your skin will be softer than ever.

 

  1. The Thracian sanctuary "Beglik Tash" – Primorsko.

Located in the highest part of the Cape Beglik Tash (128 m above sea level) near the seaside. Covers an area of 6 acres. The land on which it is located, is covered by forest, was part of a hunting residence of the former head of the Communist state Todor Zhivkov (1954-1989 rules in years). For this reason, one of the greatest discoveries regarding the Thracian history on the southern black sea coast and Strandzha remained unknown to science until 2003.

The entrance to the sanctuary from the South-West. A stone path leads to stone "marriage bed." Two sacrificial stone surround the bed. They cut deep bath, United ducts for transfusion ritual liquids: wine, milk, olive oil, rain water. Next is stone a throne from which cut deep grooves and intersecting lines. The Eastern part of the circle is occupied by three "menhirs" (large round stones). On top of the highest of them is carved a "divine step" with a length of 0.6 and a width of 0.34 m. We find the same "divine step" in the opposite southern point, at the foot of the stone terraces. Divine stage celebrate the most intimate sacred space meant only for the initiated to participate in the mysteries.

Behind them are the astronomical clocks made of 16 flat round stones and a huge dolmen, representing the "sacred cave", where the Mother Goddess gives birth to her son, the Sun God and "labyrinth" - the path of trials.

Archaeological excavations have uncovered pottery, stone tools and weapons, flints, coins, etc., Which show that it was created in the middle of the second Millennium BC and was destroyed in the early 4th century of our.

 

  1. Nessebar - a world heritage site by UNESCO.

Nessebar, located on the black sea coast of Bulgaria, on a rocky Peninsula with a length of 850 m and a width of 300 m, 37 km North of Burgas. An ancient city with a rich history, founded under the name Mesembria the Town was declared an architectural and archaeological reserve. In the Old town has preserved valuable historical monuments. You can visit the Archeological Museum, the Ethnographic Museum, the Church of St. Stephen, the Church of St SP. The new part of the city is characterized by modern architecture, has a wide range of accommodation facilities, restaurants, discos. In the South-East is South Park.

 

  1. Provadia – Fortress Ovech.

The fortress is situated on a high plateau in the district of Provadia. It is reported that he used several different periods in the middle ages and was inhabited by "the Thracians, Romans, Byzantines, Bulgarians, Turks."

From the fortress opens a beautiful panoramic view to the town Provadia.

 

  1. The Palace "Quiet nest" 

The Palace in Balchik is located on the Bulgarian black sea coast in southern Dobruja. Was built between 1926 and 1937, when the territory belonged to Romania, for the needs of Queen Marie of Edinburgh. The Palace complex consists of several villas, a Smoking hall, a wine cellar, a power station built according to the drawings and under the leadership of Nikola Tesla, a monastery, a Holy spring, a chapel and many other buildings. Here is a Park which today is a public Botanical garden. Here grows about 2000 species of plants that belong to 85 families and 200 genera. The main attraction of the garden is a collection of tall cactus, which occupy an area of 1000 square metres: this meeting is the second of its kind in Europe, another is in Monaco.

 

  1. The shore of Tyulenovo - Stone arch.

The village Tyulenovo is known for its beautiful rocky cliffs folded in numerous caves and interesting rock forms. A favorite subject of photographers is a stone arch in the southern part of the village. In addition, in the surrounding areas Hasalaka and Dupkata you can see beautiful rock phenomena and caves.

 

  1. Cape Kaliakra.

As well as Yailata, Kaliakra Cape offers visitors a wonderful view of the sea on one side and on the other, and touch a thousand years of history. High rocky nose is also known for its numerous dolphins on its shores. On the nose you can see the remains of walls, buildings, stone churches and necropolises. Archaeologists are still studying the cultural layers. This place is a legend of 40 girls, who rushed into the Black sea, in order not to get captured by Turkish Ottoman.

 

  1. National Park-Museum "SHIPKA-Buzludzha".

The peak of Buzludzha (1441 m) is located in Shipchensko-Transkei part of the Central Balkan mountains, 15 km North of Kazanlak is 12 km East of Shipchensko pass.

Since 1942 the official name of the summit - Hadji Dimitar, but in the folk memory it is under the name of Buzludzha. Three historical events have transformed its southern slope to the Buzludzha national Park in 1959 with the decree of the Council of Ministers No. 274, and three monuments were installed in 1961. 30 July 1868, at the foot of the peaks, was the last battle between the troops of Hadji Dimitar and Stefan karadza with Turkish bashibozuks and the regular army.

 

The Museum Park of SHIPKA. The former field was transformed into a Museum under the open sky - the national Park Museum SHIPKA. It was founded in October 1956, and covers the territory of historical sites associated with the defense of the SHIPKA pass during the Russo-Turkish war of 1877/78 years. This complex of monuments, restoring the position of the battery and the dugout. At the foot is the Church of the Nativity - Catholic - Orthodox SHIPKA monastery in the town of SHIPKA, Kazanlak municipality.

 

  1. The devil's path in the Rhodope mountains.

The route is difficult, therefore, for beginners can be difficult even small circle.

The lowest point the Devil's path is at a height of 945 meters above sea level and gets about the exit to the gorge Buynovo, and the highest point 1356 m, it is located on the crest of the Tepe. The Devil's trail circular route, with two separate circles - Large with a length of 10.2 km and Small with a length of 3.8 km.

 

  1. Devil's bridge 

The monument in the municipality of Ardino Kyrdzhaliyskaya region in southern Bulgaria, one of the attractions of the Eastern Rhodopes. The bridge was built in the XVI century on the site of an ancient Roman bridge on the road linking Gornotrakiiska the lowland coast of the Aegean sea. The length of the bridge is 56 m, width — 3.5 m. currently, the bridge is not used, is protected as a cultural monument. Almost to the bridge there is a newly paved road from Ardino (the last two kilometers bridge left uncoated to preserve an authentic view of the area), bridge-equipped resting place with canopy and hearth.

 

  1. Rila monastery.

It is built in the Rila mountains between the rivers Rilska and Drushlyavitsa at an altitude of 1147 m above sea level.m. From Sofia to the monastery almost 120 km away from Blagoevgrad - 41 km.

Was founded the Rila monastery in the first half of the tenth century its History is directly connected with the first Bulgarian hermit St. John Of Rila. Originally the monastery was located near the caves, which the Saint chose as their abode. After his death in 946 g. the mortal remains of this monk was buried near the cave where he found solitude. By order of Tsar Peter (reigned 927-969), was the relics of the Wonderworker of Rila were transferred to Sredets (Sofia) and back then, he was probably canonized in the face of the saints. The relics were returned to the Rila Holy monastery in 1469.

 

  1. The capital of Bulgaria Sofia

One of the most ancient cities of Europe, which preserved many beautiful examples of Church and historic architecture. A symbol of "Old Sofia" is the Church of St. George, which was built in the 6th century, the temple-monument Alexander Nevsky. In the immediate vicinity of Sofia is an interesting religious attraction is the Boyana Church, in 1979, she was listed among the world heritage sites. For children it will be interesting to see a modern entertainment and educational centers "Mosaico", climbing wall, Funtopia. Around Sofia mountain range, stretching in length of 19 km and its territory is a national Park Vitosha. The highest peak of Vitosha – mount Cherni-Vrah (over 2200 meters), there is a popular ski resort with pistes with a total length of about 30 km.

 

  1. The Nature Reserve Poda.

A secure area located to the South of Bourgas. The name "Hearth" derives from the ancient name of the raft, where local residents were transported by streams from the Black sea to the Mandra lake. The status of the protected area "Poda" was still in 1989-m to year, and in 1997-m to year there was a Center for wildlife conservation, carefully watching the condition. It was created in order to keep the population of birds that used to nest in these areas. A narrow strip of marshy shore is a habitat for 265 species of birds, 46 of which are here locally. The reserve is inhabited by pelicans, herons, cormorants, sandpipers, swans and other species. At a certain time here fly thousands of storks, eagles – they use local swamps as a transit point EN route from Europe to Africa. The territory of the reserve was built two viewing 7-meter tower, equipped with special optical instruments. For those wishing to meet the animals close Hiking trail with a length of just over 2 km away.