There must be a ton of good reasons for visiting Bulgaria.
Transit trip, holiday intentions, business commitments or else, whatever your drive you would always be better off if you could make use of some fine-tuned advice. I am happy to provide guidance and turn your visit into a fruitful exploration. I have experience with people visiting Bulgaria for the first time. If you are with the newcomers camp then there is a lost you should feel excited about. Bulgaria has a lot to offer, especially if you know what you are looking for. Pure nature featuring high snowy mountains perfect for hiking, skiing and snowboarding, rivers and lakes, green valleys, sunny sandy Black Sea beaches and attractions fit for all four seasons. In terms of historical heritage and culture, the list of hot spots is impressive.
There are several sites part of the UNESCO World Heritage list. Make sure to visit as much as your schedule and itinerary would allow for. Those include the Boyana church, Madara rider, rock-hewn churches of Ivanovo, Thracian tomb of Kazanlak, Rila monastery, ancient city of Nessebar and Thracian tomb of Sveshtari. Bulgaria is an ancient country. Understandably, apart from the many archaeological sites, there are also many ongoing archaeological projects all over the place. In the city of Plovdiv, in April 2021, the Bishop’s Basilica of Philippopolis, the largest late antique early-Christian church discovered in Bulgaria, was opened for visitors. This came as a result of the successful implementation of such a impressive project. Plovdiv is arguably the oldest city in Europe. That alone is a valid reason to not skip it. It was the European Capital of Culture in 2019 and represents a colourful blend of cultures, religions, historical heritage nicely mixed with contemporary lifestyle and art scene. Similar vibrant town that worth exploring is Veliko Tarnovo, a capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom between 12th and 14th century. Nowadays a university town that combines layers of history with modern day life, local art and culture with natural sites in close proximity. Countless possibilities. Bulgaria is also known as the land of the roses. We keep a tradition of producing rose oil and we have celebrated the Festival of Rose every single year since 1903 in the town of Kazanlak, a holiday dedicated to the spring and the Bulgarian rose. One of the most important and valued Bulgarian traditions is the grape and wine production which dates back to Thracian times. There is a big number of annual festivals dedicated to Bulgarian wine. Many small wineries in various regions represent local vine sorts and that combined with clean local farm products just make you want to try one of the many wine tasting experiences.
Spa and recreational tourism is another segment which is currently thriving. The variety of mineral waters in Bulgaria is great. The towns of Sandaski, Veligrad, Kystendil offer spa services and procedures combined with nature, fresh air, local food and wine. The full list of spa destinations in Bulgaria could be to some point endless. Mineral springs are scattered all over the country and chances are that wherever you are positioned, there will be a mineral water in the immediate proximity. Take your time to design your itinerary and agenda including the places that you want to visit and learn more about.
Variety is great and impossible to capture in a single take. Make sure you prioritize in accordance with your own understanding of what a good trip is. Follow TRIPSTOTAKE. travel blog platform here for upcoming blog posts for more travel ideas in Bulgaria. Meanwhile you could always drop me a line if you need some advice for a particular destination in Bulgaria, or if you are just looking for bespoke experiences in Bulgaria.