With several dramatic mountain ranges, superb beaches, numerous historic towns and a web of working villages with traditions straight out of the nineteenth century, Bulgaria has a wealth of attractions crammed into a relatively compact country. More than anything else, this is a land of adventures: once you step off the beaten track, road signs and bus timetables often disappear (or are only in Cyrillic), and few people speak a foreign language, but almost everyone you meet will be determined to help you on your way.
More people need to know how beautiful Bulgaria is. The country has rich history, traditions, and culture. The landscapes are amazing, the food is super delicious, and the people are warm and friendly. These are just a few of the reasons to visit Bulgaria this year.
This is one of the most beautiful places you’ll ever visit. The 7 Rila Lakes are one of the hundred national tourist sites. This is the most visited by tourist lake group in Bulgaria. Located in the magnificent Rila Mountain, the lakes are situated between 2,100 and 2,500m elevation above sea level. Each lake carries a name associated with its most characteristic feature. The highest one is Salzata (“The Tear”), the deepest one is Okoto (“The Eye”), and the larger one is Bliznaka (“The Twin”). The lakes are one of the main tourist destinations in the country.
The most appropriate time to visit the lakes is the summer (July and August). But because of their popularity, I would recommend visiting them at the end of May, June, late September, or early October. In the summer there are hundreds of people there, most of whom go just to take a picture and tag that they have been there on Facebook, and not to enjoy this pure beauty.
Musala peak is the Everest of the Balkans. It is the highest peak in Rila Mountain, Bulgaria, and the whole Balkan Peninsula. The peak rises at 2,925m above sea level. Even though it is the highest peak in the whole Balkans, you don’t need any previous experience or special techniques to trek Musala Peak. This makes it absolutely one of the places to visit in Bulgaria.
Rila Mountain is located in the Southwestern part of Bulgaria, and the nearest cities are Samokov and Borovets. Because of the popularity again like the 7 Rila lakes, there are a lot of people there in the summer, so you can choose to go there in the off-season or during the week. To see the beauty of the highest peak of the Balkans in the winter, and how to get there click here.
Kazanlak is a city in central Bulgaria. The largest and best preserved Thracian tomb in the country, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located here. Nearby is the ancient city Sevtopolis and the Valley of the Thracian Kings. Kazanlak is the center of the Rose Valley, home to the Museum of the Rose, and host to the one and only Rose Festival. Visit the festival this year between 2-5 June. Oil Roses are plants of the genus Rose, known for its essential oil, which is used in the perfumery and cosmetics.
Tryavna is a small town in the Gabrovo area, located in the central northern part of Bulgaria. Here the Renaissance architecture and cultural heritage of this period is well preserved and attracts many tourists. Tryavna is surrounded by green meadows and ancient coniferous and deciduous forests. The mountain air is clean, and the city is also very beautiful in the winter. Take a walk back in history, explore the city’s architecture, visit the museums, and simply enjoy the fresh air of this small, magical little city.
Asen’s Fortress is a medieval fortress in the Bulgarian Rhodope Mountains. It is located near the town of Asenovgrad, on a high rocky ridge on the left bank of the Asenitsa river. The Fortress is 279m above sea level. It’s one of a hundred national tourist sites and is declared as a national monument. The Fortress is open for visitors through the whole year.