• Scenic village within easy reach of Sofia

      Scenic village within easy reach of Sofia

      Zimevitsa, a picturesque mountain village just 50km away from Sofia, is huddled in the folds of the Stara Planina range. As a relief from the stuffy Sofia summer, it offers a chance for a short hike amidst the beautiful landscape of the Iskar Gorge and for a visit to some interesting historical sites. From Sofia, it takes only an hour's ride by car to reach Zimevitsa.

    • Bulgarian Black Sea coast pearl

      Bulgarian Black Sea coast pearl

      If you have a mind to spend a nice holiday on the Bulgarian Black Sea, famous for its beautiful beaches and crystal clear water, but you also want to see cultural and historical sites, your best choice is Nessebar. One of the oldest in Europe, it is the only town in Bulgaria located on an island, one that remains connected to the mainland via a narrow, 400m-long isthmus.

    • Fortress of glory

      Fortress of glory

      The Byzantine fortress popularly known as “Trayanovi Vrata” (Trajan's Gate) is located in a mountain pass of the same name in the mountain range of Sredna Gora, some 50km southeast of Sofia.

    • South Bulgaria's Black Sea heart

      South Bulgaria's Black Sea heart

      Surrounded by three lakes and the Black Sea, Burgas has rightful ownership of the name “coastal capital of South Bulgaria”. Even though the area was first populated during the pre-historic times, solid evidence of the existence of a settlement situated in the heart of the modern city dates back only to the period of the Ottoman occupation. It is believed that the name of the city is derived from the Latin word for tower “burgus”, often used in its Greek version “pyrgos”. The latter is the name used by the Byzantine poet Manuel Philes (14th century) to refer to the city.

    • Sanctuary by the sea

      Sanctuary by the sea

      Most of the Bulgarian monasteries are built in hard to reach places in the folds of the mountains in order to be inaccessible for enemies and highway robbers. This tradition dates back to the Middle Ages and is kept alive during the Ottoman rule. There are several exceptions, though - some of the monasteries were established on the plains, others in the immediate proximity or even within the boundaries of settlements. The Pomorie mona­stery of St. George falls within this group. 

    • Biggest ever Thracian hoard

      Biggest ever Thracian hoard

      The gold treasure of Valchitran ranks among the most remarkable works of ancient toreutics ever found in Bulgaria. It was discovered accidentally by farmers ploughing their vineyard near the village of Valchitran (Pleven district) in 1925. The treasure consists of 13 vessels weighing in total 12.5kg of pure gold with natural admixtures of silver, copper and iron alloys, which makes it the largest Thracian treasure discovered in our country.

    • Where Jesus' eyes follow worshippers

      Where Jesus' eyes follow worshippers

      The “St. John the Baptist” Lopushan Monastery is located in north-western Bulgaria, nestled in the Chip­rovtsi section of the Balkan Range. Believed to have been established back in the 10th century, the monastery was destroyed and restored numerous times during the Ottoman occupation, like most Bulgarian cloisters.