6 places that make Bulgaria Europe's next big thing
There was a time when people rarely travelled to the East of Europe, it was considered a cold place and most of it under the control of Soviet Russia. Nowadays things are very different, with millions of tourists making their way East. But, one country is slowly gaining in popularity; Bulgaria. People are drawn to its towering, rustic buildings, a coastline closely resembling paradise, breathtaking woodlands, rugged mountain trails and some of the most welcoming locals you’ll ever meet. These are just some of the Bulgarian destinations you should add to your bucket list…
Sofia is one of the most popular and magnificent parts of Bulgaria. The largest city in the country, with a history dating back to 7000 BC, that can be seen in every facet of Sofia’s grand and sometimes unusual architecture.
Bulgaria is home to some of the most luxurious beaches in Europe and Varna is the perfect place to find them. Many know it as the maritime capital with the subtle mix of port city, naval base and seaside resort, basically it offers something to anyone interested in maritime life.
When you take your first steps into Ruse you’d be forgiven for forgetting where you are. It’s a city of romantic architecture and charming scenery. As you start to explore you’ll soon find a thriving urban city, with so much to offer to those with a curious mind including a fascinating Roman fortress and many museums.
4. Veliko Tarnovo
Imagine taking a trip back in time to the Medieval streets of Bulgaria, this is exactly how it feels when you take your first visit to the spectacular Veliko Tarnovo, with cobbled streets and fortified walls. The focal point is the wonderfully restored Tsarevets Fortress, stronghold of the second Bulgarian Empire.
A sleepy coastal town perfect for a complete escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life back home, with an array of relaxing activities including wandering amongst the colourful flowers in the botanical gardens, taking in the natural beauty of the village and just enjoying the quiet delicacy Bachlik has to offer.
Rila is the famous Bulgarian mountain range. Many hikers travel from far and wide to brave the gruelling trek to the top. But, the trek is home to some of the most heart-stopping natural beauty and makes every step of the journey worth it.