Not Sure What To See First?
Check out our authors' picks of must-see sights,
local hangouts and unforgettable activities.
Rila Monastery -- click here!
The isolated Rila Monastery, outside Sofia, is Bulgaria's best-known abbey. From
the outside it's like a fortress, and inside it's fantastically beautiful replete
with richly coloured frescoes and balconies which resemble outstretched flower
Varna -- click here!
Social life in the Black Sea port of Varna revolves around Ploshtad Nezavismost.
This square is the starting point of Varna's evening promenade, which flows
from here towards the seaside gardens.
Koprivshtitsa -- click here!
Almost too idyllic to be real, Koprivshtitsa's half-timbered houses lie in a
valley amid wooded hills. Thanks to the bribes of local traders, the village
was spared from a torching by the Bashibazouks during the April Rising of 1876,
around it burned.
Veliko Tarnovo -- click here!
Few places enjoy such an incredible location as the fortified city of Veliko
Târnovo, whose huddle of antique houses seems bound to the rocks by wild
lilac and vines
while seemingly poised to leap into the chasm below.
Melnik -- click here!
Melnik is a wine-making town, encircled by hard-edged crags, scree slopes and
rounded sandstone cones. Its cobbled backstreets, with their narrow courtyards
and whitewashed stone houses on timber props, invite aimless wandering and guarantee
some eye-catching sights.
Mosque -- click here!
Plovdiv's Dzhumaiya Mosque, thought to date back to the fourteenth century, is
the finest building on Ploshtad Stamboliiski, with a diamond-patterned minaret
and lead-sheathed domes.