🧳 BLOG: 15 Places You Must Visit in Bulgaria –
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Back in 2013, my wife Ana and I spent 22 days driving around the beautiful Balkan country of Bulgaria. These are the 15 places you have to visit in Bulgaria!
Bulgaria’s capital and largest city is the ancient city of Sofia. It’s the perfect city to begin your Bulgarian vacation. Check out Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the National Archaeological Museum, and the ruins of the Fortress of Serdika.
2. Rila Monastery
About 73 miles south of Sofia is Rila Monastery, the largest Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria. It’s famous for its beautiful frescoes!
Plovdiv is the second-largest city in Bulgaria. Check out the 2nd century Stadium, the Ancient Forum, the Old Town, and the pedestrian-friendly city center!
From Plovdiv, take a day trip to the ancient Roman town of Hisarya, which is home to some of the best-preserved Roman gates and walls in Bulgaria, as well as ancient streets, Roman baths, and an amphitheater!
5. Stara Zagora
In Stara Zagora, visit the Neolithic Dwellings Museum, the Regional History Museum, and the Roman Forum of Augusta Trayana!
In the coastal city of Burgas, check out the Sea Garden and Sculpture Garden, the Archaeological Museum of Burgas, and the annual Sand Festival. Grab a bite at either Ethnos Restaurant or Vodenitsata Restaurant.
Sozopol is a seaside town that dates back to the 7th century BC. You can find the remains of Apollonia on St. Kirik Island, and remains of the old city walls around town. Don’t forget the annual Apollonia Art Festival!
In the seaside resort town of Pomorie, check out its beach as well as the town’s wine production, salt production, and mineral water. You also can’t miss the unique Beehive Tomb, the only tomb of its kind in Bulgaria!
In the ancient city of Varna, visit Dormition of Mother of God Cathedral, the 2nd century Varna Roman Baths, and the Varna Necropolis. Don’t miss the oldest gold treasure known to man, the Gold of Varna, at the Varna Archaeological Museum!
10. Balchik Palace
Balchik Palace stands between the cliffs and the sea two kilometers south of Balchik. It’s made up of several buildings, a monastery, chapel, and more, and offers stunning views of the Black Sea!
While in Varna, take a day trip to Pliska, a small town that served as the capital of the First Bulgarian Empire from 681 to 893 AD. The Byzantines burned Pliska to the ground, leaving only remains of the royal palace, the basilica, and walls.
In Ruse, check out the historical architecture, the Pantheon of National Revival Heroes and the Regional Museum of History, and then have a traditional meal at Mehana Chiflika. Take a day trip from Ruse to the Rock Churches of Ivanovo!
13. Veliko Tarnovo
Veliko Tarnovo is a beautiful, 5,000-year-old city along the Yantra River. Notable sites include Tsaravets Fortress, the Old Town, and the Archaeological Museum. Don’t forget the Assens Monument!
14. Nicopolis ad Istrum
A great day trip from Veliko Tarnovo is the early Byzantine city of Nikopolis ad Istrum, founded in 106 AD by Emperor Trajan. The city’s remains include ancient streets, a forum, public baths, an odeon, public buildings, and an agora.
15. Maryan Winery
To get a taste of some of Bulgaria’s best wine, visit Maryan Winery in the village of Elena. They produce an award-winning rosé as well as limited amounts of Savignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and other blends.
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My name is David Hoffmann. For the last 12 years, I have been traveling around the world in search of unique culture, food, and history! Since starting David’s Been Here in 2008, I have traveled to over 1,100 destinations in 77 countries, which I welcome you to check out on my YouTube channel, travel blog, and social media sites.
I focus a great deal on food and historical sites, as you probably have seen! I love to experience the different flavors that each destination has to offer, from casual street food to gourmet restaurant dining. I’m also passionate about learning about the local history and culture.
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