10 Beautiful Places You Won’t Believe Are In Bulgaria
For centuries, Bulgaria has been praised for its remarkable beauty. It’s no wonder its lands have been inhabited for thousands of years by the Thracians and empires such as the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman. If you’ve decided to travel to Bulgaria, be prepared to be swept away by the mysterious and magnificent lands this ancient country!
We’ve carefully selected 10 breathtakingly beautiful places you simply won’t believe are in Bulgaria, keep reading to discover them.
1/ The Seven Rila Lakes
The Seven Rila Lakes are one of the most iconic attractions in Bulgaria and the very definition of ‘’magical’’. They’re located in the northwestern parts of Rila Mountains, the highest mountain range on the Balkan Peninsula. The area offers some of the most breathtaking views in the whole country!
2/ Pirin National Park
If you’re wondering whether this beautiful landscape isn’t in Switzerland, well you’ll be surprised to know that it’s actually Pirin National Park. Undoubtedly, this UNESCO World Heritage site (see other UNESCO sites here >) is absolute heaven for the lovers of nature. With its spectacular marble peaks that rise to 3000 meters, numerous glacial lakes and rich, pristine nature and wildlife, Pirin will have you dreaming for days.
3/ Rila Monastery
Rila Monastery is the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria. It lies in the recesses of Rila Mountain and is anything but ordinary! This stunning UNESCO World Heritage site is one of holiest places in the country, with over 1000 years of history. The incredible architecture, unique murals and frescoes blend in perfectly with the scenery of the region, giving yet another other-worldly dose of beauty.
4/ Vacha Dam
Vacha dam rests peacefully in the embrace of one of the most beautiful mountains in Bulgaria – the Rhodope Mountain. It’s a very popular destination for hunting, fishing and hiking. You will no doubt fall in love with the crystal clear air and stunning views that go on for miles!
5/ Belogradchik rocks
The Belogradchik rocks are a true geological wonder and an absolute must-see if you’re visiting Bulgaria! The entire area is a great place for taking a walk in nature, admiring the views and recharging your batteries.
6/ Baba Vida Fortress
If it seems like this medieval fortress is straight out of a Middle age movie, you’d be almost right! Baba Vida is an impressive 800 year old castle located in Vidin. It stands in a wonderful spot on the north bank of the Danube. The interesting mix of architectural styles (Bulgariaan, Austrian, Ottoman) blend well with the existing Roman foundation. They also seem to complement perfectly the natural beauty of the surrounding region.
7/ Cape Kaliakra
Standing on the edge of Cape Kaliakra you literally feel as if you are standing on the edge on the world! The rich history, well preserved landscape and beautiful panoramic views make Cape Kaliakra one of the most attractive tourist spots on the Black Sea coast. We guarantee that a sunset there is a sight you will remember forever! A truly magical place with nothing but endless sea views for miles. Cape Kaliakra is a short drive away from Varna and if you happen to visit, do check out our Varna sightseeing guides too!
8/ The Botanical Garden & Palace in Balchik
The Botanical Garden & Palace in Balchik are an incredible architectural and park complex. It used to be the summer residence of the Romanian queen Maria (1875-1938). The residence itself is absolutely stunning, built in an oriental style. The beautiful terraces offer spectacular views of the sea. And if that’s not enough, the Botanical garden is literally a piece of heaven on earth! A walk through it will certainly delight your senses.
9/ The Old Town in Plovdiv
Ever wondered what a living museum looks like? The architectural reserve in the Old Town is the cultural and historical heart of Plovdiv. The charming cobblestoned streets, beautiful houses from the National Revival era, ancient remains from the Roman period, museums, galleries and a lot of cafes and restaurants make this a favourite spot for locals and tourists.
10/ Ancient City of Nessebar
The Old Town of Nessebar is one of the great jewels of Bulgaria. It was built by the Thracians in the 8th century B.C on a small peninsula which was actually an island that is artificially connected to the mainland by a 400 meter isthmus. The walls of this incredible fortress are still visible today.
Due to its many architectural treasures (including remains of over 40 churches), the town of Nessebar is on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. It literally feels like you’re in a fairytale, walking around so many ancient, historical buildings while admiring the seaside. The souvenir shops there sell many, unique handcrafted items as well as the famous Bulgarian rose oil.
If by now you feel like the beauty of Bulgaria has captured your heart, then we invite you to learn more about this magical country from on our blog!