What to See in Bulgaria

By | July 15, 2022

Ahtopol (Bulgaria)

Ahtopol is a calm city founded by the Greeks. This resort is chosen by the Bulgarians themselves because of the minimum number of vacationers and maximum tranquility. There is only one hotel in Ahtopol, the rest of the places of resettlement are private houses. The city is located near the Rapotami River, along which excursions on motor ships are organized. At the place where the river flows into the Black Sea, sandbanks stretch for kilometers, where you can sunbathe perfectly, as well as swim in the cool river waters. Also trips to Turkey are organized from Ahtopol. In the city itself, the church of the Assumption and the monastery of St. Jani are interesting to visit.

Bansko (Bulgaria)

The city of Bansko is located 150 km south of Sofia. It is located at the northeastern foot of the Pirin Mountains. The highest peak in the area is Mount Vihren (2915 m). Bansko is known as one of the best Bulgarian ski resorts. A stable snow cover lies here from December to April, its thickness is about 2 m. The height of the city above sea level is 936 m, and all ski slopes are at altitudes from 1100 to 2500 m. Their total length is 65 km, the longest route has a pancake 2.6 km. There are trails for cross-country skiing with a total length of 8 km. The main slopes are located in two ski centers – Chalin Valog and Shiligarnika. These centers are located 10 km from Bansko. Bansko known for its 8-seat gondola lift. There are also opportunities for off-piste skiing, a park for snowboarders with 2 tracks with a total length of 600 m. Especially for children, a kindergarten was opened at the resort with a children’s lift, ski carousels, moving tracks and other entertainment.

In addition to skiing, Bansko is known for its nature and historical sights. South of the city is the Pirin National Reserve. It has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The park covers an area of ​​27,400 hectares, pine and spruce forests grow on most of it, and at the foot of the highest peak Vihren there are more than 180 lakes, mainly of glacial origin. The park is a great place for hikers, especially in the summer.

Of the historical sights in the vicinity of Bansko, one can note the remains of ancient fortresses discovered during excavations in Staroto Gradishte (4 km south of the city), a section of the cemetery in the town of Dobrokyovitsa, which dates back to the 2nd century BC, as well as the medieval settlements of the Holy Trinity (northeast of the city). In Bansko itself, the church “Holy Trinity” is interesting. It was built in 1835. The church contains paintings, frescoes and icons, and its walls are decorated with paintings and wood carvings.

Varna (Bulgaria)

Varna is the third largest city in Bulgaria. The picturesque coast, abundance of greenery, and the developed structure of balneological centers attract many tourists here. In addition, the city is one of the oldest in Europe – the first settlements were founded here in the 6th century BC. e. The main attractions of the city are the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the archaeological museum, the ethnographic museum, the Renaissance Museum, the park-museum of Vladislav Varnenchik, Roman baths, the Evksinograd palace and park, and an aquarium.

To the north of Varna are the largest resorts in the country with magnificent beaches: St. Constantine and Elena, Sunny Day, Golden Sands, Albena and Kranevo.

The Varna region is an important scientific, cultural and economic center. Here is a modern international airport, the largest seaport in the country, a yacht marina, and a railway station.

Kaliakra (Bulgaria)

According to bittranslators, the city of Kaliakra is located in northeastern Bulgaria on the Black Sea coast. At one time this place was inhabited by the Thracians, and later it was occupied by the Greeks. Cape Kaliakra is located 16 km northeast of the city, jutting out into the sea for 2 km. This is a majestic rock mass, reaching a height of 70 m. The remains of the Klaserka fortress, built at the end of the 14th century, have been preserved on the cape. feudal lords Dobrotitsa and Balik. Also, a beautiful monument was erected here, telling the legend of forty young girls who preferred to die by throwing themselves into the sea, rather than fall into the hands of Turkish enslavers. The rocks of Cape Kaliakra are rich in caves . In one of the caves there is a museum that preserves historical values from the 3rd century BC. BC. according to the 17th century n. e. The other side is a restaurant.

At the very end of the cape there is a small chapel of St. Nicholas.

Kardzhali (Bulgaria)

The town of Kardzhali is located in southern Bulgaria in the foothills of the Rhodopes. It is the administrative center of the Kardzhali region. The city was founded during the years of Turkish domination by the commander Kardzhi Ali, whose name he received.

In the Veselchane quarter, a Bulgarian basilica of the 11th-12th centuries has been preserved. The quarter itself is a remnant of the medieval town of Myniak, reminiscent of the cities of Preslav, Mesemvria and Tarnovo.

Kardzhali is a well-known center of tobacco production.

Kardzhali (Bulgaria)