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  • 1 Archaeological Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Bd Vitosha BG - 1000 Sofija

    The vast prayer hall of the mosque houses the remarkable collections of the Archaeological Museum, which include: stelae, epitaphs, low-relief carvings and an exceptional set of Thracian votive stones (2C-3C). Mural paintings, originally in the Bulga..

  • 2 Vracanski Balkan Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    BG - 3000 Vraca

    Covering the karstic mountain of Vracanski Balkan, this nature park dominates the town and offers spectacular views over an area of 280km². There are hundreds of caves to be seen, as well as valleys, mountain streams and vast forests. The place is a ..

  • 3 Vracata Gorge Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Ul Ledenika BG - 3000 Vraca

    Vracata Gorge is a spectacular mass of rocks looking like ruins, through which flows the River Leva. The sheer rock faces of the gorge, over 300m high, are popular with rock-climbers. During the fine season, the site also attracts many visitors who a..

  • 4 Magura Cave Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    BG - Rabiša

    Magura Cave (30 000 sq m) is one of the largest natural caves in Bulgaria. The 700m long main gallery leads to a succession of vast chambers where stalactites and stalagmites sometimes meet to form impressive pillars (up to 20m high and 4m in diamete..

  • 5 Church of the Holy Trinity Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Ul Pirin BG - 2770 Bansko

    Built in 1835, the imposing church of the Holy Trinity is one of the emblems of the town. Standing inside an enclosure and a flower garden, it is surrounded by a pleasant arcaded gallery, painted in white and blue. The interior of the three-naved san..

  • 6 Old town Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Veljan-Ognev BG - 2770 Bansko

    The old town of Bansko has retained fine fortress-like houses concealed within their enclosures. Many of them have been turned into inns serving the famous herb flavoured sausages, one of the city's claims to fame! Along Veljan-Ognev Street stands th..

  • Built at the beginning of the 17C, this half-buried church has arrow-slit openings. It has retained a fine iconostasis and, especially, a remarkable set of frescoes, painted in 1614 by anonymous artists. Note in particular the portraits of the benefa..

  • 8 St-Nicholas's Church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    BG - Sapareva Banja

    The small, charming church of St-Nicholas stands within an enclosure full of flowers, in the very heart of the ancient Thracian village of Sapareva Banja. The early-13C brick-built edifice is a splendid and rare example of Bulgarian medieval religiou..

  • 9 Zemen Monastery Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    BG - Zemen

    The Zemen Monastery comprises several white-washed buildings, featuring galleries, surrounding a fine meadow. In the centre stands the church of St-John-the-Theologian (11C), which has retained splendid frescoes. Note St Ann, St Contantine and St Hel..

  • 10 Melnik Pyramids Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    BG - Spatovo

    The Melnik Pyramids form a strange landscape of sandy cliffs carved by erosion. There are "fairy chimneys", sharp angles and sheer, strangely indented rock faces. Here, geology and bad weather have combined their power to create an ever-cha..

  • 11 Rožen Monastery Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    BG - 2820 Rožen

    Rožen Monastery lies in splendid surroundings, dominated by the pyramids. The place is unassuming, with its small flower garden and its courtyard shaded by a climbing vine and wooden galleries. One can get a glimpse of the refectory (traces of fresco..

  • 12 Cepelarska Valley Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    BG - Asenovgrad

    The tumultuous "Cepelare River" runs through the Cepelarska Valley. Footbridges span the river in many places, enabling visitors to explore the paths and anglers to watch out for their catch. The mountain stream occasionally runs into lakes..

  • 13 Church of St-Constantine-and-St-Helena Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Saborna BG - 4000 Plovdiv

    A small garden and a charming gallery with walls covered with frescoes precede the church of St-Constantine-and-St-Helena. Built in 1832 by the architecte Petko Boz, it features an elegant tower with ornamental apertures. The decoration of the three-..

  • 14 Stefan Hindlijan's House Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    R. Artin-Gidikov 4 BG - 4000 Plovdiv

    Stefan Hindlijan's House, hidden behind high walls, was once owned by Armenian merchants. Today, it is generally considered as the finest house in Plovdiv. Its particularly harmonious façade (white friezes against a pale-blue background) is preceded ..

  • 15 Antique Theatre Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Ul Tsar Ivajlo BG - 4000 Plovdiv

    Built under the rule of emperor Trajan (98-117) the theatre was discovered unwittingly in 1972 during building site excavations. With seating capacity of 3 500, it hosts summer programmes of concerts and opera. The 28 rows of benches are set in a cla..

  • 16 History Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Balgarija BG - 4700 Smoljan

    Smoljan's History Museum illustrates extremely rich collections, through a modern presentation. The archaeological section is devoted to prehistory (pottery, metal tools...), to the region's Thracian necropolis (bronze oil lamp) and to the upper medi..

  • 17 Rožen pass Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    BG - Momcilovci

    A lovely scenic road climbs up to Rožen pass. It runs through the extended village of Sokolovci, with its traditional houses and imposing church. Further on lies Momcilovci, a health resort rising in terraces on a sunny slope. On reaching Rožen pass,..

  • 18 The town Recommended Recommended

    Towns and villages

    BG - Široka Laka

    Known for its traditional school of music and its carpet manufactures, Siroka Laka extends alongside the Sirokolaska stream spanned by pretty stone bridges. Its fortified houses built on stone bases and featuring white, corbelled upper floors and sto..

  • 19 Devil's Cave Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    BG - Trigrad

    The River Trigradska falls through a 42m deep precipice into this vast cave known as "Devil's Cave". The sound of the waterfall alone reveals its presence. The tour enables visitors to discover vast chambers before returning to the surface ..

  • 20 Dospat Lake Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    BG - Dospat

    Dospat Lake, extending over a distance of some 20 kilometres, is the paradise of hikers and anglers. The Batak road, which rises through the forest, enables motorists to skirt the lake and offers superb views of the expanse of emerald water. If you w..

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