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Bulgaria : Michelin's recommendations

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Bulgaria is Western, yet so Eastern too, an Orthodox Christian land that is dotted with minarets. On 1st January 2007 this discreet country chose sides by joining the European Union, at the same time as Romania. Nowadays we have much to learn about our origins from this Balkan state neighbouring Turkey, from its spectacular Magura rock caves and the Varna necropolis treasure in Thrace. How many people know that bubbly Dionysus was born here, long before the Greek Gods of Olympus decided to make him one of theirs?
There are some real treats to look forward to in this delightful place, a highly rural country where the local products have retained all their old-fashioned flavour. Although at times you may feel lost in a time warp, it’s a great chance to attend some of the many folk festivals on the calendar, a perfect blend of Slavic, Greek, Eastern and local flavours, along with its famous, distinctive-tasting yogurt.
Rocky landscapes in starkly beautiful valleys around the young capital of Sofia alternate with spectacular mountain ranges covered in dark forests. In winter, ski resorts take over from the seaside resorts bordering the Black Sea as the favoured destination. Looking down over these sights from the north-eastern part of the country, the proud Madara Rider immortalized in stone (the monument is a UNESCO World Heritage Site) is to be stamped on Bulgarian Euros in 2012.

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Bulgaria : Must-see towns and regions

  • Plovdiv

    Plovdiv, Bulgaria's second most important city, appeals to visitors on account of its original layout. Split into two by the famous River Marica, it comprises 6 steep granite hills. From its prestigio...

  • Bansko

    Bansko is undoubtedly one of Bulgaria's most sought-after winter sports resorts. Situated in a region where wolves and bears abound, it boasts an exceptional location in the heart of a valley surround...

  • Koprivstica

    Situated at an altitude of 1 000m, on the foothills of the Sredna Mountains (Sredna Gora), the small city of Koprivštica rises in tiers up the slopes framing the River Topolnica. Considered to be one ...

  • Nesebar

    A fortified island linked to the mainland by a narrow dyke: this is how Nesebar appears to visitors. Its cobbled streets, lined with wooden houses, as well as chapels and churches, testify to the pres...

  • Trjavna

    The small city of Trjavna spreads on the North slopes of the Balkan massif, in an undulating, forested landscape. Its climate, acknowledged for its salutary effect, attracted many famous people includ...

  • Varna

    Varna, also known as the "pearl of the Black Sea", owes its charm to the presence of the sea and to its superb maritime garden crowned by foliage. The town, named Odesos by the Greeks, has always attr...

  • Veliko Tarnovo

    The capital of the second Bulgarian Empire occupies an exceptional site. Its white, flower-decked houses, rising in tiers, form an inextricable jumble overhanging the seven lazy meanders of the Yantra...

  • Sofia

    Sofia, which has only been the capital of Bulgaria since 1879, has retained some valuable evidence of its past: Roman and medieval relics, mosques, buildings in the Austro-Hungarian style, monumental ...

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