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  • 1 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..

  • 2 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-..

  • 3 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 ..

  • 4 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..

  • 5 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..

  • 6 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,..

  • 7 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..

  • 8 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 ..

  • 9 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..

  • 10 The village Recommended Recommended

    Towns and villages

    BG - 2450 Kovacevica

    As one approaches the lovely village of Kovacevica, one gets a glimpse of silver-coloured stone-slab roofs emerging from below the road. Tall houses looking like fortresses, a small white church and steep, quiet streets: one definitely feels like pro..

  • 11 Arda Gorge Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    BG - Silen

    At Silen, one can see, straight ahead, a ridge of sheer cliffs pierced by caves which birds of prey use as shelters. Next, one enters the Arda Gorge. Here the earth and the rocks offer the whole range of ochre colours while the turquoise waters of th..

  • 12 Batak Lake Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    BG - Batak

    The splendid Batak reservoir is set in a beautiful mountain landscape, on the edge of the Rhodope mountains. Very much sought after in summer, it is the rendezvous of anglers and hikers, who indulge in their favourite activity along the pleasant shor..

  • 13 Cepinska Valley Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    BG - Varvara

    The Cepinska Valley narrows into a picturesque gorge. The road and the railway line, which run alongside the river, reach Velingrad at Pazardžik. Going through the villages of Varvara, Lozen and then Zvanicevo (wickerwork), one soon reaches Pazardžik..

  • 14 Red church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    BG - 4225 Peruštica

    This red church, built between the 5C and the 7C, is a splendid example of a Byzantine-style edifice (in ruins). Make sure you visit the place! Not to be missed either, near the church, are corbelled houses and a cube-shaped concrete building housing..

  • 15 The Cape of Kaliakra Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    BG - 9650 Kavarna

    The Cape of Kaliakra appears to be plunging straight into the sea, making one feel dizzy. It extends over a distance of 2km and acquires exceptional beauty through its location in the middle of a nature reserve (birdlife, flora). In Kaljakra, set bac..

  • 16 Maritime gardens Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    BG - 8000 Burgas

    Laid out over a terrace overlooking the beaches, the large maritime gardens at Burgas are without a doubt the most pleasant area of the town! Planted with various species, they are crisscrossed by charming alleyways dotted with busts of famous native..

  • 17 Church of Saint-Saviour Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    BG - 8230 Nesebar

    The partly buried church of Saint-Saviour was built during the Ottoman occupation (1609). From this period it has retained a fine series of frescoes representing the Apostles among others. As you leave, you will notice, on your right, the remains of ..

  • 18 Basilica, a former metropolis Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    BG - 8230 Nesebar

    The tall walls of this imposing basilica, pierced by arches, stand on a small square facing the sea. The building, erected in the 5C, is divided into three naves by two rows of columns, of which, in most cases, only the base remains. The main nave en..

  • 19 St Stephen's Church, a new metropolis Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    BG - 8230 Nesebar

    The massive-looking St-Stephen's Church, erected in the 10C, features, of course, later additions. Before entering, note the cornice decorated with a green-ceramic frieze. Inside, you will admire carved-wood episcopal thrones, a fine, painted iconost..

  • 20 Church of St John Aliturgetos Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    BG - 8230 Nesebar

    The Church of St-John-Aliturgetos, overlooking the sea, will no doubt make a deep impression on you. It owes its charm first and foremost to its location, but also to its present, highly romantic ruined condition. After taking time to study the decor..

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