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10 Reasons to Visit Bulgaria this Year

Bulgaria is not on the bucket list of most travelers but that’s a shame, as the country is blessed with stunning nature and a wide range of amazing places to visit. Here are ten reasons you should travel to Bulgaria this year.

Sofia. A visit to Bulgaria usually starts in the country’s capital. Most of Sofia’s major attractions are located in the city centre. The most well-known landmark is the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. This gold-domed structure was built to honour Russia’s role in fighting for Bulgarian independence in the 1870s. The nearby Rotunda of St. George is much older and dates back to Roman days.

Rila. This monastery, one of many in the country, sits in a peaceful forest setting in the Rila Mountains. The monastery’s main church has colourful, Biblical-themed frescoes on its external walls, which are framed by black and white striped pillars. The church has five domes, set against a view of mountain peaks that can be covered with snow well into the late spring.

The Skiing. In the winter months, Bulgaria’s mountain slopes attract skiers from all over the world, who rate them as being among the best anywhere. Resorts at Bansko, Borovets, and Pamporovo provide all the necessary equipment. Visitors to Sofia can enjoy skiing on Mt. Vitosha, the mountain massif on the outskirts of the city.

The Hiking. Summertime visitors can enjoy those same mountains. The country’s most popular hiking destination is the glacial Rila Lakes, seven lakes that can still be caked in ice as late as June. Bulgaria’s highest peak is Musala, which is also known for being the highest mountain in the Balkans.

The Black Sea. There are huge mega-resorts at sunny beach and golden sands, but many other beaches along the coast attract visitors in the warm summer months. It’s worth visiting the towns of Sozopol and Nessebar, the latter a UNESCO World Heritage Site. More modern conveniences can be found in Varna and Burgas. The Varna Archaeological Museum displays some of the oldest gold treasures in the world, which were discovered in a dig nearby.

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