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Bulgaria sightseeing. Travel guide - attractions, sights, nature and touristic places

Ivan Vazov National Theatre Sofia Bulgaria has everything that vacationers seek in a country – awesome beach resorts, rich historical and cultural heritage, interesting architecture and museums. Sofia is cultural and political capital of the country. Travellers will be particularly interested in the central part of the city as all major landmarks are located there. These are Banya Bashi Mosque, the Church of St. George, Mineral Bath, Theological Seminary, the Church of St. Nicolas, and Sofia Cathedral. The central square of the city is the location of another popular landmark, the Museum of History, which exhibits the Panagyurishte Treasure. The age of the exhibited items is the 6th – 3rd centuries B.C. The treasure was found by archaeologists near Sofia and consists of several gold plates decorated with carvings.
Bulgaria has a magnificent climate. The country is located on the Black Sea coast and is a popular place for a beach holiday. However, beaches are not …
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Varna is considered one of the oldest cities in Europe. Many buildings there belong to the antique period. Varna Necropolis is the most famous sight of the city. Archaeological excavations never stop there. It is possible to see the results of these excavations in the Museum of Archaeology.
Pleven is one more important historic centre of the country. This is a city of glorious past, and guests are welcome to learn more about it in the museum of Pleven Epopee 1877, which is most commonly known as Pleven Panorama. The building of the museum is also worth attention. Many years ago, the building was used for the meeting of Alexander II with Osman-pasha. There is a beautiful park on one of surrounding hills. The park was named after Russian general Skobelev. There is also a museum dedicated to the military events of the 19th century. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
1. The national currency of Bulgaria is lev (lion) and a small change coin is a stotinka. Changing money in Bulgaria is best in banks. Before the …
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The city of Plovdiv is another popular tourist destination in Bulgaria. Plovdiv is famous for ancient archaeological landmarks, the most prominent one being the Ancient Theatre built in the 2nd century during the reign of Trajan. Other sights of antiquity in the city include the City Forum, several ancient thermae and old basilicas. The clock tower, which is located in the central square of the city, was proclaimed the oldest tower of its type in whole Europe.
Veliko Tarnovo is a prominent Bulgarian city that is home to three magnificent sanctuaries – Holy Forty Martyrs Church, the Church of Saints Peter and Paul and the Church of St Demetrius of Thessaloniki. There is an interesting fact connected with these buildings. Their architect, Nikolai Finchev, was a self-learning master, but in his works he managed to overcome many famous architects of his time. The Marine Park, which is located in Burgos, is also worth visiting as besides entertainment there are beautiful monuments and sculptures in the city.
Bulgaria is a quiet and cozy place where you can spend an unforgettable family vacation. For recreation with children, you can choose any direction, …
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History and Entertainment

The first written references to the country on the territory of modern Bulgaria data back to 618. At that time, it was the Bulgarian Kingdom. At the beginning of the 11th century, it was conquered by the Byzantine Empire governing the territory until 1185. After becoming independent of Byzantium, the country had managed to maintain independence for over 200 years. The end of the 14th century was characterized by bloody battles between the Bulgarian Kingdom and the Ottoman Empire.
In 1396, Bulgary fell before Ottoman troops. The period of Ottoman Bulgary was one of the longest and ended in 1878. Bulgary became officially independent of the Ottoman Empire only in 1908. The country gained a status of the republic after the Second World War, in 1946.
Shopping in Bulgaria has certain specificity. All goods in the country can be divided into two categories: imported and local. Prices of imported …
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Some of the main values for tourists are beach resorts in Bulgary. They are characterized by the well-developed infrastructure and affordable prices. The noisiest and liveliest beaches are Golden Sands and Sunny Beach. Young people mainly relax here. Local resorts will suit those who have long dreamed of doing water sports and who like having fun all day and night long. Fans of calm recreation and travelers with children often visit Sozopol and Tsarevo. Their resorts are distinguished by a calm and relaxing atmosphere.
On the territory of Bulgaria, there are several excellent ski resorts targeting beginners and travelers with children. The largest winter resort is Borovets. The total length of its ski routes is about 40 km. In the surroundings of the resort, there are a lot of unique nature attractions, such as pine reserves and lakes. It will be very interesting to visit Borovets in summer.
The luxury hotels in Bulgaria, deserving attention of the most discerning traveler.
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During the year, a lot of interesting holidays are celebrated in Bulgary. For instance, on 25 May is the Rose Festival held. For local residents, breeding of essential oil roses is one of the main national “crafts”. Rose oil is actively used in cosmetics and perfume production. This beautiful national holiday always includes festive processions, theatrical and folk bands’ performances and concerts. The crucial point of this traditional holiday is the final of the beauty contest. The winner gains a title of the Rose Queen.
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Famous and uniques places in Bulgaria from our review series

Devetashka Cave

From the series “Fantastic and colorful caves inside the Earth”
In Bulgaria, an outstanding natural attraction is Devetashka Cave, located on the Osam River. It was discovered by a group of researchers in 1921 and is the largest cave in the country. The length of underground passages is 1500 meters. The main feature of the cave are large openings in the ceiling, thanks to which some of its areas are perfectly illuminated in the daytime. In some parts of the cave rapid streams flow, and natural arches are covered with dense vegetation. While exploring the cave, more than ten beautiful lakes and many unusual formations have been discovered.

It must be mentioned that the colorful cave is considered an important archaeological area. Still in the Palaeolithic period it served as a refuge for people, as evidenced by tools found in the cave, made of silicon, … Read all

Skull Rhodope

From the series “Most curious artifacts of extraterrestrial origin”
In 2001 the skull of the unknown being was discovered in Ostrhodopenes. The story of the discovery of this artifact is interwoven with the mystical legends. The skull was found by Roman Gentschev, the inhabitant of Plovdiv. The realistic dreams forced the 38 year old man to go to the search for the artifact. In dreams, Roman has seen five men in the unusual silver dresses that have shown the spot of the find exactly.

In search of the skull, the local inhabitant went along with his wife and the comrade. Surprisingly, they have exactly the place where the small skull is discovered. Its weight does not exceed 250 grams. The brain bowl of the specimen is greatly enlarged and there is no oral cavity. Not far from the skull was still found an object of unknown origin-the fragment of the metal … Read all

Plovdiv

From the series “The oldest inhabited cities on the planet”
Plovdiv is the oldest city in Bulgaria and one of oldest cities in the world that never ceases to attract with its cultural and historical charm. According to scientists, it was founded in 4000 BC, so the city is over 6,000 years old. Currently, the city is home to about 400,000 people; it’s the second largest settlement of the country after the capital.

Cultural and historical objects represented in Plovdiv have a value of global significance. The city has more than 200 objects of world cultural heritage. Rich historical heritage didn’t prevent Plovdiv from developing as a great economic, trade and cultural center. For many years, it has remained a venue for major international events; there are always interesting exhibitions here in spring and autumn.

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Sightseeing in popular cities of Bulgaria

Sunny Beach
The most beautiful beaches are located in the northern part of the island. Beautiful Stara Planina Mountain is located very close to the coast. Here visitors can always make a break from the hot sun and walk among picturesque foothills. The majority historical sites and old buildings are located in the southern part of the city. From this point of view the settlement named Nessebar is particularly notable. This is one of the oldest parts of Europe, and so first settlements on its territory … Read more
Bansko
Until the beginning of the 20th century, the town was one of the largest and most important settlements of the Ottoman Empire. In 1912, after the First Balkan war, it became a part of independent Bulgaria. The historical part of Bansko is in a great condition; therefore, fans of excursions will enjoy a stroll along lovely and charming old streets and see magnificent buildings built centuries ago. The Holy Trinity Church, which is located in the heart of the city, is one of the main historical … Read more
Sofia
In the center of town is located Slaveykov Square, from which diverge beautiful boulevards and avenues in different directions just like sun rays. The city’s downtown is a pedestrian zone, so nothing will prevent tourists and local residents from unhurried walks and enjoying the magnificence of the local nature. There are also several office buildings around the square. These are the real examples of modern architecture. Those, who like shopping, should go to Vitosha Boulevard, which is … Read more
Golden Sands
The resort has an excellent dolphinarium, which will be interesting to visit for travelers with children. Every day, there are shows with trained dolphins, and for an additional fee, visitors can swim with dolphins in one pool. A nice addition to the rest will be a memorable photo session with these amazing sea animals. A popular place for walks among tourists is the “seaside park”, in which you can also find a lot of interesting sights. Here is an exact copy of the Eiffel Tower - a … Read more
Varna
In the immediate vicinity of Varna is an interesting natural attraction, the Stone forest. As you can guess by the title, the main feature of this area is the diversity of stone columns. Looking at this amazing stone landscape, it is difficult to imagine that it was formed solely by the actions of natural forces. It is noteworthy that the researchers failed to pinpoint the cause of the appearance of the stones. Some scientists believe that these are fossilized trunks of ancient trees, while … Read more
Plovdiv
According to one theory, first settlements in the territory of the modern city appeared more than 6,000 years ago. During the antique period, the prosperous city of Evmolpiada was located there. For many years, it belonged to Thrace, and in the first century B.C.E. it became a part of the Roman Empire. The city had an important strategic location, and that fact made it incredibly attractive for numerous conquerors. In the 6th century, Slavic tribes controlled that region. In the end of the 9th … Read more

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