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10 BEAUTIFUL PLACES TO VISIT IN BULGARIA!

Hello everyone,

Bulgaria is one of the oldest European countries established in 681 AD. It's a country rich in culture, history, good food, hospitable  people, and beautiful nature.

If you are planning a trip to Europe you most likely aren't going to Bulgaria only because you may not know enough about it. I'm here to tell you a little bit about it and show you some amazing places you should definitely include in your travel itinerary. 

Bulgaria is a hidden gem in southeastern Europe that will leave a special place in your heart once you discover its beauty and charm.

SOFIA

Let's start with Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. The city’s landmarks reflect more than 2,000 years of history, including Greek, Roman, Ottoman and Soviet occupation.





1. SAINT ALEXANDER NEVSKY CATHEDRAL

The Eastern Orthodox Saint Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is a marvel of the neo-Byzantine architectural style with beautiful domes and arches filled with religious paintings and mosaics. If you happen to visit the cathedral during a service your experience will be elevated. It's quite beautiful and spiritual.



2. VITOSHA MOUNTAIN

Vitosha mountain lies on the outskirts of Sofia and is one of the city's symbols and the closest site for hiking, alpinism, and skiing. Vitosha is the oldest nature park in the Balkans. It's one of my favorite locations when I want to escape from city life and reconnect with nature. 

If you happen to visit Vitosha mountain, you must visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Boyana Church Museum and then hike up to Boyana Waterfall. Bulgaria is full of spectacular hikes and waterfalls and Boyana Waterfall is definitely one that won't leave you disappointed. 



The best time to experience this natural wonder is in the spring when it is at its most lavish state due to all the snow melting down the mountain. 

The actual hike can be rated moderate to hard, but it is so worth it. All the trails in the mountain are clearly marked and there is an opportunity for great photos around every corner.



3. "VITOSHKA" or also called VITOSHA BOULEVARD

One thing to love about Bulgaria is the amazing food and abundance of restaurants, cafés, and retail shopping. Vitosha Boulevard is like the Rodeo Drive of Hollywood. It is one of the busiest and liveliest streets in Sofia filled with a variety of cozy art cafés, restaurants, and high fashion labels and outlets. It's the hot spot for business lunch meetings or romantic date nights. It's Sofia's main commercial street in close proximity to theaters, museums, parks, bars, and the National Palace of Culture.




There is so much more to do and see in Sofia that I could just keep writing and writing but I want to tell you about some of the other beautiful cities and places in Bulgaria that you must visit on your next European adventure. So, I'm going to move on, but just remember - when in Sofia, enjoy an afternoon coffee on Vitosha Boulevard with friends, go see a live theater performance, enjoy live music at one of Sofia's trendy bars, and then, recharge your batteries in the gorgeous Vitosha Mountain nature park. 




RILA MOUNTAIN

1. THE SEVEN RILA LAKES

Rila is the tallest mountain in Bulgaria and the Balkan Peninsula with its highest peak - Musala reaching 2925m. Rila is home to the most picturesque and most visited lake groups in Bulgaria - the Seven Rila Lakes. I don't have personal photos of the lakes to show you, but please Google this natural wonder and discover its enchanting beauty.
Definitely, definitely make sure the Seven Rila Lakes makes it on your list of places to visit in Bulgaria because it really is a complete sensory experience you will remember forever.

2. RILA MONASTERY

Rila mountain is also the home of the Rila Monastery - one of the most significant cultural sites - Bulgaria's national symbol, listed on UNESCO's World Heritage list. It was founded in the 10th century by St John of Rila. 




3. STOB EARTH PYRAMIDS

The Stob Earth Pyramids, also known as Stobski Pyramids, are located at the western foothills of Rila mountain. The pyramids vary in shape from sharp through conical to mushroom-like. The pyramids are a tourist destination, although not as popular as the much larger Melnik Earth Pyramids, but still a wonderful example of the vastness and diversity of Bulgaria's landscape. 





PLOVDIV

Plovdiv is the cultural capital of Bulgaria and the second largest city. It is an ancient city built around 7 hills.

1. THE ANCIENT TOWN OF PLOVDIV

It's just the most inspiring and culturally invigorating walk you will take whilst in Bulgaria. The Roman theatre of Plovdiv is one of the world's best-preserved ancient theatres and it is currently in use. During the summer months, the theatre hosts theatrical plays and musical shows.





2. NEBET TEPE

Nebet Tepe is one of the hills of Plovdiv where the ancient town was founded and it is one of the most popular spots where locals and tourists enjoy watching the sunset.

Hisar Kapia Gate, the Regional Ethnographic Museum, and the trendy district Kapana are other places You must add on to your Plovdiv itenerary. 





VELIKO TARNOVO 

Veliko Tarnovo is a city with immense historical significance as it is knows as the capital of the Bulgarian Empire. It is one of the most beutiful cities I have ever visited, located in the middle of the northern part of Bulgaria. Veliko Tarnovo was built on three hills: Tsarevets, Trapezitsa, and Sveta Gora.This small picturesque city is home to one of Europe's grandest medieval monuments, the Tsarevets Fortress, which leads me to my next place you must visit when you are in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria. 



1. TSAREVETS FORTRESS

Tsarevets served as the Second Bulgarian Empire's primary fortress between 1185 and 1393. The fortress is massive, composed of thousands of feet of stone walls, many of which are up to 12 feet thick, and covers a total area of over 50,000 square feet. 



An emblematic attraction for Veliko Tarnovo is the Sound and Light show that lights up the whole Trarevets Fortress with dramatic music, multicolor lights, lasers and chiming bells to depict the tumultuous history of Bulgaria. Go see it!


2. THE OLD TOWN

Take a walk around Samovodska Charshiya in the Old Town of Veliko Tarnovo. This street is entirely pedestiran and has preserved so much of Bulgaria's history, spirit, and culture. There are beutiful street art and murals, an abundance of artisian and crafts shops where you can watch craftspeople at work, great restaurants and bars, and beutifully restored houses which house various workshops for everything from wood carving and pottery to weaving and painting. 

3. HOTNISHKI WATERFALL

Now...there is one place that will literally take your breath away. Hotnishki Waterfall in the town of Hotnitsa which is 15km from Veliko Tarnovo. Just go. You will witness the vastness of Bulgaria's natural beauty. 





Besides endless ranges of luscious green forests and mountains, Bulgaria also has some of the most beautiful beaches along the Black Sea Coastline. Major cities to consider are Varna and Burgas. There are cute towns like Nesebar, Sozopol and Sinemorets. The Cancun of Bulgaria is Sunny Beach. And then, there is Sveti Vlas. Don't miss an unforgettable vacation on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coastline.

The photos I have here are from Sozopol, which was just magical and I think you can sense that. Just imagine being there. 







I have to probably write ten more blog posts about Bulgaria to be able to include everything that this beautiful country has to offer and it still wouldn't be enough. I hope you were able to learn a little bit about Bulgaria from this post and maybe you feel inspired to plan a vacation so you can see all this beauty for yourself. 


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68 comments

  1. These are all gorgeous locations! I need to add Bulgaria to my travel list!

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  2. Bulgaria looks beautiful, I'd love to visit all of these places!x

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  3. Hey Radi,

    So nice to see a travel blog post today on Fashion Radi, a lovely section since you have been posting a lot about travels to the desert and quick escapades.

    I would love to visit Bulgaria one day! It is not so far from here so I'll do as soon as I get vaccinated!

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  4. Very interesting post and really beautiful photos!!!

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  5. Great shot nice places :) thanks for your sharing...

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  6. Ohh, I was in Bulgaria a few years ago on vacation and it was really fun, although I was surprised that many cities are very poorly maintained, kind of time has stopped there for a long time 😘😘

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  7. Thanks for your great impressions. Have a nice day. Best regards Jana

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  8. Bulgaria looks amazing - so many stunning places- I have never been there before but definietly I want to go there one day xx

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  9. Stunning photos! Bulgaria looks amazing! I have never been, but am adding it to my bucket list!
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    1. Yay! It's actually where I was born...in a super small village in Bulgaria.

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    Thanks, hope you have a great day too =)

    Great post with nice spots in Bulgaria =) I've never been there but this looks like I have to travel there. Nebet Tepe looks like a movie scene. I love waterfalls <3

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  11. It's incredible how I've traveled alot around Europe and North Africa but I've never visited Bulgaria!
    But now I totally want visit it, judging by your (amazing) photos seems a super interesting country!
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    1. Yep, My sister went there this May and I told her to take lots of photos so I can share this post with you. Bulgaria is very small compared to other countries and I feel like more people should know about it because it really is a beautiful one.

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  12. 10 beautiful places to visit in bulgaria!
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  13. What beautiful photos you have! I've never been to Bulgaria but it sounds lovely :) thanks for sharing!

    Hope your week is going well and you have a nice weekend ahead of you :)

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  14. Oh, beautiful 10 places, Radi! I would love to see all of your recommend in Bulgaria.
    Those beautiful photos by Daniela make me so relaxing...<3

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    1. Ohh thanks Akiko!
      Yep, she definitely capture the beauty of Bulgaria so well. I can't get enough of these photos.

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  15. Super awesome places, Radi!
    Thank you for your recommendation. I wish I can go there, enjoying the nature and the historical buildings!

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  16. Beautiful country. I hope to visit it some day.

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  17. Thank you for sharing this travel guide. Bulgaria is such a beautiful country with so many amazing places to visit. I know only for Bulgaria rose because it is very popular note in fragrances.

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  18. I would love to visit Bulgaria. It looks like a country with so much charm and history.

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  19. I was in Bulgaria last year, it´s really amazing country. :) I know golden sands and Varna and Kaliakra.

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  21. Great photos 😊 have a nice day 😊

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  22. I have never visited Bulgaria but my brother was there with his friends and they all loved it.
    I hope to visit it some day as it is not even far from where I live.
    Your guide to Bulgaria is amazing.
    Thank you for sharing!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Ohh Cool!
      Hope you get to visit soon too.
      Thanks Ivana! See you in the next one.

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  23. So many wonders! I didnt know much about Bulgaria, thanks for sharing a little!
    Have a great weekend,
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  24. so many beautiful pictures, now I need to pack and go! thanks for sharing,
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  25. I have never been there It looks fantastic Cris

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  26. Such an insightful post, so picturesque too! I would absolutely love to visit Bulgaria. It is on my travel list xx

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  27. I would travel to Bulgaria on day! It looks and sounds amazing!

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  28. I have lived half of my life in a neighbor country and still didn't get to see Bulgaria. From what I can see in your presentation is a wonderful place, do rich in natural and man made beauties...

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  29. As a traveler, this post is so wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

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  30. Such a beautiful post! Thank you for sharing!
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  31. Oh wow, I've never been to Bulgaria but it looks like such a beautiful country. The cathedral looks beautiful, I'm obsessed with the design and architecture of buildings like that x

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  32. Great post. Bulgaria is a beautiful country. A must go there on vacation. I was in the Crimea by the Black Sea.

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  33. Wow babe, its so beautiful there :) xx

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  35. I didn't know much about Bulgaria before reading this post, only knew about Sofia really - but this makes me want to visit so badly! The photos are breathtaking. Thank you for sharing this travel post, I really enjoyed it!

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  36. Wow so beautiful.
    I wish go there one day. Really great tips.
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  37. Bulgaria must be so beautiful!
    What fantastic places. Hope to have the opportunity to go there one day.

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  38. Oh wow did you get to go to Bulgaria? How cool! These photos are great. I would love to visit here one day. I wish I could live in Paris by my step family and then take trips to cities all over Europe.

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    1. My sister went to Bulgaria this last month. We're actually originally from there.

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  39. thanks for sharing.
    I´m so in love with these places!!
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  40. I have never been to Bulgaria so it's great to get some sense of direction. Thank you for sharing xx
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  43. I always wanted to visit Bulgaria. Beautiful places, thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hope you get to visit soon and enjoy this beautiful county.

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  44. Bulgaria is really a very popular holiday destination ☺
    I've heard a lot of good things about "Golden Sands", and here you are - Vitosha Mountain, is a really beautiful place, and I have not heard about it before
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  45. Wow, I'm impressed with the locations one prettier than the other!
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  46. Wow these sceneries are exquisite! I cant even. Can someone take me here? Hahah >u<

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  47. Bulgaria is absolutely gorgeous- and with so much history! I love places like that. Thank you for sharing with us!

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  48. Amazing places, so beautifully captured! I would like to visit Bulgaria asap!
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  52. The architecture, artwork, and natural beauty of all the locales in the photos above all look amazing and fascinating.
    It is hard for me to imagine how breathtaking it must be to actually visit there and be experiencing it all in person.
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