Bulgaria is an amazing country where every traveler can find activities to their taste. Do you like active nightlife, sandy beaches with crystal clear waters, or high mountains? Everything is here! We’ll tell you how to explore Bulgaria to get the most out of your vacation.
The Bulgarian mountains are not the highest in Europe, nevertheless, there are great ski resorts here. Winter activities include skiing, snowboarding, riding snow tubes, and just walking through the forests. The big advantage of these places is that their slopes are suitable for both beginners and advanced athletes.
The main ski resorts in Bulgaria are:
- Bansko (Pirin Mountains);
- Borovets and Dobrinishte (the Rila mountain range);
- Pamporovo and Chepelare (Rhodope Mountains);
- Vitosha mountain massif near Sofia;
- Uzana (Balkan Mountains).
Depending on weather conditions, the season can last from December to mid-April.
Bulgaria is located on the Black Sea coast, and, of course, it is simply impossible to ignore beach activities. There are more than a hundred different resorts in the country. You can just lie on a sandy beach, sunbathing and sipping a cocktail, or go more extreme. For example, you can visit a water park, ski, or scuba dive to see the sunken Tu-154. If you are a fan of the sea, beaches, and sun, head to one of these places:
- Golden Sands;
- Sunny Beach;
The beach season in Bulgaria usually starts in late May or early July and lasts until the end of September.
Visit Mineral Springs
There are many beach resorts in the country, but there are even more mineral springs and SPA centers. In almost every region, you can find places that offer wellness services. Their main idea is that many diseases can be cured with the help of mineral waters. It is believed that depending on the chemical composition of water, you can improve the functioning of the gastrointestinal tract, get rid of skin diseases, improve the nervous system, and so on.
If you decide to go to Bulgaria just for such services, when choosing a place, pay attention to specialization. Popular holiday destinations are:
Dive into History
The region’s history goes back very deep into antiquity, and the first people appeared on this territory 200 thousand years ago. It is evidenced by the drawings in caves and archeological finds stored in local museums. In different regions, monuments of ancient peoples have been preserved: Thracians, Romans, Slavs, etc. Here, Western and Eastern cultural traditions are surprisingly intertwined. To get to know the unique sights better, you should visit:
- Perperikon (near Kardzhali);
- Rila Monastery;
- Asen’s Fortress;
- Nessebar, and so on.
Of course, if you are interested in Bulgaria’s history, do not skip the ethnographic and archeological museums.
There are also many reserved areas on the territory, along which trekking routes are laid. You can see magnificent mountain ranges, crystal clear lakes and waterfalls, caves, and wild forests. Some courses are designed for just a day’s travel; others involve overnight stops in small cozy hotels. There are many picturesque places here, so choose the direction to your taste:
- Rila Mountains and Seven Lakes;
- Vitosha Mountain;
- Krushuna Falls and Devetashka cave;
- Melnik Earth Pyramids;
- Marvelous Bridges, etc.
Memorable Adventures in Bulgaria
In Bulgaria, you can find entertainment for every taste and at any time of the year. To have time to see all the exciting places, make a clear plan. While enjoying the local scenery, do not forget to try the local cuisine and taste the delicious wine. If you’re lucky, you might get to some music or cultural festival.