Where to go and what to see in Bulgaria. From luxury resorts to the rock monastery

What to see in Bulgaria

The main sights of Sofia are Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in the crypt of which there is the Museum of Icons, the churches of St. George, St. Sophia and Boyana. On the National Assembly Square is the building of the National Assembly, in front of which there is a statue of Emperor Alexander II.

At 119 km south of Sofia lies the famous Rila Monastery, on the territory of which a five-storey tower with the Church of Transfiguration, the church gates, the monastery library, Hrelya Tower and the five-domed Cathedral of the Assumption.

The town-reserve Veliko Tarnovo with its beautiful Tsar’s Palace is also worth a visit, and there you can explore the numerous caves and go rock-climbing. Nearby is the village of Arbanasi, where you can admire the stone houses and visit the churches of Nativity and Archangel, which are considered as monuments of national culture.

In Plovdiv, the second biggest town of Bulgaria, the Roman Forum, the theater with 3000 seats, the Hisar Kapia Gate (2nd century), the Dzhumaya and Imaret Mosques, the Cathedral of Constantine and Helena, the ruins of the Thracian city Evmolpias, the amphitheatre of Philip II of Macedonia and three unique churches: St. Week, St. Dimitar and St. Mary’s.

The monastery of Bachkovo with its beautiful churches of Archangel Michael, Assumption and Chapel of St. Nicholas, the interior of which is painted by the famous Zacharias Zograf, is located 30 km from Plovid.

In the southwestern part of the Pirin Mountains lies the small town of Melnik, famous for its wine cellars, the “Melnik Pyramids”, the Rozhen Monastery and the church of St. Nicolas the Wonderworker.

Other interesting places in Bulgaria are “the capital of laughter” Gabrovo, one of the centers of the Bulgarian Middle Ages – Shumen, one of the oldest cities in Europe – Varna, the town of Bansko with buildings from the Renaissance period, and Belogradchik with a Roman fortress Calais and the national park Belogradchishki Skali.

Beach resorts in Bulgaria

The Black Sea coast of Bulgaria is more than 370 km long. The Black Sea water with its low salt concentration is ideal for bathing. On the Black Sea coast, sometimes called the Bulgarian Riviera, there are dozens of resort towns. The Balkan Mountains divide Bulgaria’s coastline into northern and southern. In the north the most popular are: the port city of Varna, a young and modern resort of Albena and the famous Golden Sands. In the north – Burgas, Sunny Beach, Nesebar and Sozopol. The total cumulative length of the Bulgarian beaches is about 130 km.

Despite the often talked about dirty coastline, Bulgarian beaches are characterized by fine yellowish sand, a gentle descent to the sea, a wide shoreline and safe bottom, which is optimal for bathing children. The longest beach is Sunny Beach and the widest beach is Albena. Algae and jellyfish are unfortunately one of the uninvited guests in the coastal area. Algae are especially abundant in the region of Nessebar, and if they are removed from the sand, you can often find them in the sea.

The best beach for water sports is considered Albena. Nightlife and parties are beaches of Golden Sands and Sunny Beach. If resort life seems to you boring and uninteresting, you can always settle in the city and bask in the sun, for example on the beaches of the third largest settlement in the country – Varna.

Golden Sands Zlatni Pyasatsi

Golden Sands (Zlatni Pyasatsi) is one of the best resorts in Bulgaria, located on the territory of the national park of the same name 18 km northeast of Varna and 490 km from Sofia. The 3.5 km long and gently sloping beach zone stretches up to 100 meters wide. There are about 70 hotels from 2 to 5 stars at the resort, most of which are suitable for holidays with small children. In Golden Sands you can rent apartments and villas. During the summer period, the average air temperature is about +26 ° C and the water is +21 ° C. The beach season lasts from May to late September. The main attractions of the resort and its surroundings are the chapel of St. John the Baptist and the two-tier rock monastery Aladzha (14th century) and the warm mineral springs. Spa hotels in the resort offer indoor and open-air pools with thermal mineral water, various medical services, treatment and recovery programmes.

Sunny Beach Slanchev Bryag

Sunny Beach (Slanchev Bryag) is the largest and liveliest resort on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria. It is situated in the beautiful bay of the same name between Varna (90 km) and Burgas (36 km), and is part of the town (municipality) of Nessebar, the old part of which is included in the World Heritage List. Between the old Nessebar and the northern part of Sunny Beach there are city buses. The resort is ideal for beach lovers of all ages. There are comfortable and cozy guest houses and luxurious hotel complexes that offer round-the-clock entertainment for holidaymakers, several holiday villages and camping sites, and over 130 restaurants, night clubs, bars and discos as well as many specialized children’s sanatoriums and playgrounds. The fine sandy beach strip is about 10 km long and 30 to 100 meters wide and is fenced off from the mainland by natural sand dunes, the most beautiful of which are located in the southern part of the coast. The average daytime temperature here fluctuates from +26°C in summer to +23°C in water.

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Albena

Albena is a young and modern resort on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria, situated on the territory of the national reserve Baltata in a picturesque bay 30 km north of Varna and 8 km south of Balchik. The resort is an ideal place for a holiday for a couple with children or a noisy group of young people. There are more than 40 hotels from 2 to 5 stars. Albena beach is situated in a picturesque bay, its length is more than 5 kilometers and a width of 150 meters. The sea bottom and the water are pretty clear, that’s why Albena is regularly awarded the international Blue Flag. Holidays at the resort can visit the town of Balchik with a residence and a beautiful botanical garden of the Romanian Queen Mary of Edinburgh, the Orthodox rock monastery Aladzha, a fortress and caves at Cape Kaliakra, as well as the Nature Reserve Baltata. The nearest airport to the resort is located in Varna.

Aheloy is a quiet and peaceful village in southeastern Bulgaria, just 7 km. from the town of Nessebar and the resort of Sunny Beach. Due to its location Aheloy is becoming an increasingly attractive place for tourism development. Nowadays there are several hotels, restaurants, day and night bars in the village. There are long sandy beaches and a favorable climate, orchards and vineyards. The settlement is ecologically clean, quiet and peaceful area and offers excellent opportunities for fishing, because it is near the Aheloy river. The village is directly connected to Bourgas (29 km) and the airport by regular buses, shuttle buses and minibuses.

Ahtopol is the southernmost town on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, located 85 km. from Burgas, 16 km. Tsarevo and 14 km. from the border with Turkey. Ahtopol is a resort of local importance, it has a little more than 1400 inhabitants. There are not many hotels, most of the accommodation is offered in the private sector. The resort is a great place for a quiet family vacation.

Byala is a small resort town in Bulgaria, situated 60 km away from Varna and 70 km away from Burgas. Byala is a nice combination of golden sandy beaches and beautiful green areas. The sea is clean in this area, as there are no industrial zones in the vicinity. Numerous holiday homes and hotels have become a great place for summer holidays and tourism. A small marina for yachts and small boats offer opportunities for yacht tourism. Well developed infrastructure of the city, regular bus lines to neighboring towns and resorts, many new hotels, restaurants, bars, discos and cafes.

Nessebar is located on a rocky peninsula 37 kilometers from Burgas and 3 km from the resort of Sunny Beach. It is one of the most ancient towns in Europe, in the memory of which are preserved material evidence of spiritual culture of different epochs and nations. Nessebar beach is considered one of the best. Fine golden sand covers the big spit between Nessebar and Ravda. Immediately after the shore you can see beautiful dunes. There are lots of private hotels and apartments in Nessebar, and the hosts try to create a special comfort for their guests.

Elenite is a modern resort located 10 km from Sunny Beach at the foot of Stara Planina Mountain and 40 km from Burgas. The resort complex is designed as a beautiful green park with luxurious bungalows, villas and hotels. The resort has its own beach with a length of about 2 km. There are bars, restaurants, stores and disco, tennis courts and bicycle rentals for those wishing to walk and explore the area.

Lozenets is a holiday village situated in the southern part of the Black Sea coast, 60 km from Burgas, between the towns of Primorsko and Tsarevo. Lozenets is a favorite destination for people who know well the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. The place is cozy and nice for a family vacation, there are a lot of small and inexpensive hotels. And although the atmosphere at the resort is quiet, there are no shortcomings in entertainment here.

Obzor is a small, attractive resort town for families and young people, located 65 km south of Varna. Stretched along the coast of a picturesque area on one side of Obzor offers a magnificent view of the sea and on the other side of the mountains. It is one of the most ecologically clean places in Bulgaria. Here you will be offered a variety of accommodations – family villas, private pensions, small cosy cottages and newly built hotels of family type.

Pomorie is located on a narrow rocky peninsula, 20 km from Burgas and 18 km from Sunny Beach. The unique nature and the favorable climate make it a perfect place for recreation and rehabilitation. Pomorie Bay is suitable for various sea sports – yachting, sailing, fishing, etc. The recent development of the SPA tourism has turned Pomorie into a balneological resort. There is a regular bus service to the nearby towns and resorts. There are many restaurants, bars, discotheques and stores. Water attractions: scooters, jets, fishing, beach volleyball, tennis. This quiet corner of the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria is particularly suitable for family holidays.

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It is situated 52 km south of Burgas and 442 km southeast of Sofia. The resort is situated between the Stomopolo Bay and the Devil’s Bay. Primorsko is famous for its longest sandy beach of 10 km with more than 80 holiday houses, hotels, campings and hotel complexes. There are all facilities for active recreation: tennis courts, stadium for soccer, athletics, courts for basketball, volleyball and handball, fitness room, table tennis, swimming pool. Every hour there are buses to neighboring towns and resorts.

Ravda – Ravda – a small resort village located 5 km from the town of Nessebar and Sunny Beach and 28 km north of Bourgas. Here is an ecologically clean beach with fine golden sand, the sand dunes of Ravda stretch along the coast of Nessebar, which can be reached on foot from Ravda along the beach. There are vineyards and fruit orchards near the village. More often young people and students come to Ravda to rest. There are many camps for children and young people, holiday homes and private apartments. The conditions of the resort are suitable for family vacations. From Ravda to Bourgas, Nessebar and Sunny Beach there are regular buses and marshrutkas, as well as cabs.

Riviera is a holiday village situated 17km north of Varna, right next to the Golden Sands resort. Quietness and tranquility, a beautiful park with rare plants, peaceful bays with fine sand make up the atmosphere of coziness and perfect luxury of the five hotels of the complex. Today, the former government residence is one of the most luxurious resorts in Bulgaria, offering 490 rooms and suites for 1000 people in 5 hotels of different categories.

St. Konstantin and Elena is a resort located 8 km north of Varna, in a beautiful green park with an abundance of mineral springs. A characteristic feature of the resort is the indented coastline, which is an alternation of picturesque coves, golden sandy beaches and stony cliffs. The beach line of the resort is not wide – 50-80 m on average, but very well equipped. The range of hotels is very wide – from luxurious modern 4* and 5* to democratic 3*, from standard 2* to youthful I* hotels.

Sveti Vlas is a small resort village (3000 residents) on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria. The young and rapidly developing resort is located 5 km north of the largest Black Sea resort in Bulgaria – Sunny Beach and 9 km from the ancient town of Nessebar. The resort has three beaches with a total length of 1.5 km. Sveti Vlas combines clean sea and mountain air, thus creating favorable conditions for the successful treatment of diseases of the upper respiratory tract, musculoskeletal system, etc. The calm and cozy atmosphere, quality and responsive service – all this is characteristic of St. Vlas, and the prices in the restaurants, cafes and stores will pleasantly surprise you.

Sozopol is situated 35 km south of Bourgas, near the Dyuni resort, on a small picturesque peninsula, divided into two parts. The old and new parts of Sozopol are separated by a green park. Today Sozopol is a popular seaside resort, known for its sandy beaches, houses built of stone and wood in the 19th century, and its romantic harbor and seashore.

What to see by car in Bulgaria – 25 the most interesting places

A long-standing friendship, going back in time, connects sunny Bulgaria with Russia. The grateful memory of the Bulgarians who were rescued by the Russians from the Turkish oppression became the basis of their warm attitude towards the people of Russia. Bulgaria has been a favorite vacation spot of Russians admiring its natural beauty, wonderful beaches and distinctive cities.

Today this seaside country is still a popular tourist destination for many people of the planet. They are attracted here by an opportunity to have an inexpensive rest, quality treatment, see the holy places and unique sights. The area of the country is small, so you can travel well on a personal or rented car. In this article we will tell you what to see in Bulgaria by car by yourself.

Advantages of renting a car

Rent a car in Bulgaria

“Land of roses”, as Bulgaria is often called, gives travelers a lot of amazing impressions of ancient cities, authentic temples, monasteries. Here is a very developed pilgrimage to the holy places, including the famous Rila and Bachkovo monasteries.

Moving around the country by public transport, you experience considerable inconvenience waiting, tied to the schedule, buying tickets, etc. The most efficient way to travel – travel by rental car. The advantages of renting a car are obvious.

You do not have to languish waiting for the bus or train at the station at substantial savings. You choose your own route, moving freely around the country, stopping at your will in this or that place.

The country has car rental offices of Myrentacar international company. It coordinates the work of small Bulgarian rental firms. Your applying to this company will allow you to rent a car in a few minutes. The basis of Myrentacar work is concern about the safety and convenience of customers renting cars.

A detailed description of the vehicle and the insurance policy is given. When ordering you pay 15-20% of the rental cost. The rest is given when the car keys are handed over. In case of refusal the amount is returned to the renter immediately.

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The clients of the company provide positive responses concerning a good technical state of the car and a fast execution of the lease. It is noted that there is 10 liters of petrol in the tank at the receipt of the car. It is possible to order a car with diesel.

Sofia

Sofia, Bulgaria

It is unforgivable to come on vacation and not get to know the capital. Ancient Sofia conceals secrets of the past, heroic, sometimes tragic and joyful. Travelling around the city by rented car allows you in a short time to see the iconic sites in which the history of Sofia was embodied. On the navigator you can easily find one of the most interesting monuments – the Roman city of Serdica.

Discovered the ruins of an ancient settlement during the construction of the subway. Here you will see the remains of the amphitheater, forum and fortress walls. You can get a full idea of the Roman city and feel yourself a part of the Roman antiquity. Entrance here is free, most of the ruins are in the open air, some were preserved during the construction of the subway station.

The next object worthy of your attention is the Cathedral of Alexander Nevsky, the largest of the Orthodox churches in the country. The grateful Bulgarians built it in honor of the Russian soldiers who liberated them from Ottoman tyranny.

It is impossible not to admire the majestic architecture of the structure, the beauty of the external and internal decoration. How not to go into the Church of St. Sophia, which gave its name to the modern city? The magnificent beauty of the interiors, magnificent gigantic chandeliers, rich iconostasis will not leave you indifferent.

In addition, you can visit the Sofia Museum of Local Lore, opened in the building of the former baths with mineral water. In front of the building there are fountains with thermal water, which you can collect in bottles. In front of the museum is a covered market, located in an old building with beautiful architecture in the Art Nouveau style. A visit there is sure to please you with an abundance of fruits and vegetables, various spices and delicacies.

Sapareva Banya

Sapareva Banya, Bulgaria

You can watch a unique natural phenomenon – a hot geyser fountain shooting up to the height of 18 m – on a trip to the town of Sapareva Banya. This balneological resort is known all over Europe as the only fountain in the world with thermal water, reaching up to 103°C.

Hundreds of tourists come to see this miracle of nature in the evening, when the fountain is illuminated with colorful lights. “The picture of the mineral water raging in the sky is magnificent” (from reviews). In winter, the lower part of the geyser turns into an icy rock, above which water jets sparkle, forming a huge cap of steam.

Today the action of the geyser is maintained by a special pump. Sapareva Banya is famous for curative properties of local springs. The exceptional usefulness of the water was known even 6 thousand years ago. There are a lot of sanatoriums, balneocenters and spa hotels where you can get effective treatment.

There is a pump room in the city, from which every resident can take mineral water for personal technical needs. On it hangs a sign warning that you can not drink the water. In addition to the famous geyser fountain, you can visit three local churches.

One of them, built in the Middle Ages, is called St. Nikola. In Sapareva Banya is good at any time of the year. The breathtaking panorama of mountain landscapes charms in both summer and winter – the town is situated at an altitude of 983 m above sea level.

Seven Rila Lakes

Seven Rila Lakes, Bulgaria

There are nature trails leading from Sapareva Banya to the protected landscape of Seven Rila Lakes in Bulgaria. To get there you have to drive up the serpentine road to the mountain elevator, a few kilometers away from the town.

On the road there is a sign “Lift”, which can be used to navigate. The car you leave on the paid parking near the elevator (you can put it on the curb so as not to pay). Tickets (18 levs) to the elevator are purchased at the kiosk.

Insurance is included in the price and they are valid by barcode, so try to keep them carefully. In 20 minutes of climbing you can enjoy the breathtaking views and find yourself in front of the lodge “Rilski Yezera”. If you get hungry, you can refresh yourself here with some delicious Bulgarian food.

Then starts the hiking trail that is accessible to people of all ages. At the end of the trail a truly magical panorama of 7 lakes opens up. Some of them are located at a distance from the trail, others are closer.

The first lake is in the lowlands, with water flowing into it from the other 6 bodies of water. Next to it is Fish Lake (Ribnoto), teeming with fish. The largest body of water, consisting of 2 lakes connected by a cofferdam, is called “Bliznaka”.

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The fourth lake, “Sylzata”, has an unusual transparency of water. The fifth lake resembles an eye in shape and appearance, for which it is called “Eye”. The sixth reservoir “Bybreka lake” is shaped like a kidney. The seventh reservoir with a rugged shape, remotely resembling a shamrock leaf, is called “Trefoil”. There are no words to describe the impression one gets from this trip.

Snezhanka Cave

Snezhanka Cave, Bulgaria

Do you want to add to the luggage of pleasant impressions of the natural wonders of Bulgaria? Then you should visit the unique Snezhanka Cave (Snegurochka). The cave is situated 5 km away from the town of Peshter. It is otherwise called the “Pearl of the Rhodopes” for the striking beauty that opens inside.

To get here one has to drive 2.5 km by car down the road along a rather narrow serpentine in the mountains. Leave the car at the signposted place. Then you have to climb 850 m through the forest and you are at your destination.

Even in summer it’s cool in the cave, so take warm clothes. In a small area of the dungeon (length 145 m) are different types of sinter formations and cave deposits: stalagmites, stalactites, sinter lakes, shingles, etc.

An amazing space inside the mountain was created by the river flowing here millions of years ago. When you come here, you can stand in admiration before the bizarre forms of the rock formations. Walking from hall to hall, one cannot help but marvel at the fantastic power of nature.

Each of the halls has an eloquent name: “Big”, “Hall of Doves”, “Stone”, “Concert Hall”, “Chinese Lanterns”, “Magic”. Just by the names alone you can judge how unusual everything is here. The stone figures decorating the halls are of interest: “Dolphin”, “Dwarfs”, “Statue of Liberty”, etc.

It is impossible to remain indifferent in the “Magic Hall”, where there is a stalagmite “Snezhanka”, reminiscent of the figure of a girl.

Plovdiv

Plovdiv, Bulgaria

If after visiting Rila Lakes you decide to continue your auto tour, you can visit the 2nd largest city in Bulgaria, Plovdiv. Plovdiv can be called a museum in the open air – it embodies the centuries-old history of development. This is the oldest city in Europe, which left traces of the Thracians, Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans.

You will not be disappointed – modern Plovdiv has something to surprise and delight travelers. Its historic center is a concentration of ancient buildings and ancient constructions in cobblestone streets. You will be charmed by the city landscapes, with Baroque mansions over the river Maritza, with flowerbeds and fruit trees.

The Roman Amphitheater (2nd century AD) and the Roman Stadium, popular tourist sites, are left here from the Roman era. Fragments of preserved walls and stairs give a clear idea of that era. The Historical Museum, located in a beautiful ancient building, has more than 60 thousand unique exhibits.

Walking along the street “Prince Alexander I” you will have a lot of pleasure – plenty of stores, restaurants, cafes, interesting monuments. Unforgettable impression is made by churches (4 century) of St. Constantine and Helen, the Blessed Virgin, Holy Week, Dzhumaya Mosque and others. Kuyumdzhiuglu House, where there is a museum of Ethnography, etc., is admirable.

Devil’s Bridge

Devil's Bridge, Bulgaria

Among the medieval buildings in Bulgaria there is an amazing stone crossing built in the early 16th century – Devil’s Bridge. At first glance one understands that this monumental structure runs at a great height (420 meters). The bridge width of 3.5 m is small, which is understandable at the time.

The crossing was built on the ruins of a Roman bridge, intended in ancient times to connect the Aegean coast with the Verkhnefraukiya Depression. It is no longer needed, and Devil’s Bridge was declared a cultural-historical monument in 1984. It is located in the Northern Rhodopes, 10 km from the abandoned village of Ardino.

On both sides of the 3-barrelled structure are hugged by steep slopes. The sides of the bridge have oval openings for water drainage. Well preserved arched arches, supporting pillars. The stone construction is covered with a century-old moss, it reeks of its gray antiquity, covered with legends.

One of them is that the rock, located under the central arch of the bridge, looks like the devil. And only half of his face is visible, and the other half is reflected in the water at noon. Apparently, based on this myth, the name “Devil’s Bridge” appeared, so many tourists seek to visit the bridge at noon. From the village of Ardino you have to drive about 10 km on a rough dirt road.

Perperikon

Perperikon, Bulgaria

Visiting the ruins of the Thracian Perperikon complex (1-st millennium B.C.) you can get a palpable sense of the distant past, romance of antiquity. This megalithic monument, carved in the rocks, is located in the Eastern Rhodopes at an altitude of 470 meters above sea level, near the mountains. Kardzhali. At the foot of the mountain there is a parking lot and a souvenir shop.

A little further is a spring near which you can wash your face, and a tiny market with handicrafts made of stones and seashells. Next is the ascent to Perperikon on a flat 500-meter trail. At the end the path turns right and you will see a sign and stone steps between the rock walls of Perperikon. The grandiose ruins are impressive to the core.

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After climbing the steps, you get to the walls, behind which are the ruins of the Temple of Dionysus (the Oracle of Delphi). On the trunk of a tree growing in a crevice in the rocks is attached a plaque reading “Altar of Dionysus. The perepericon and the temple were surrounded by two rows of walls, a kind of trap for enemies.

In some places the strong walls are well preserved. Somewhere they were made of stone blocks, somewhere they were carved into the rocks. Examining the formerly prosperous place, you will see in the woods once rich, long ago plundered tombs. Passing them, you will come out to the remains of a mighty tower, a memorial monument.

Near it there are water reservoirs: 1 large and several small ones. Impressive are the volumetric wine jugs carved into the rocks. From the top there is a stunning panorama of the surrounding area.

Beglik-Tash

Beglik-Tash, Bulgaria

The former sanctuary of the Thracian kingdom is located near the town of Primorsko, in the south of the Black Sea coast. Like other ancient structures, it is located 128 meters above sea level.

Today almost the entire territory of six hectares is covered with forest. The site became a monument of Thracian culture in 2003, although it has been known for a long time. There are several ecological trails leading to it, which you have to walk about 1.5 km. But there is also an unpaved road – you can take it directly to the entrance to Beglik-Tash.

Tourists leave only positive feedback about their visit. They like the surrounding nature, wonderful forest, clean air. The most profound impression is made by the sacred stones. Around them hangs some kind of magic, a sense of mystery and peace (from reviews). Some people come here for 20 minutes and leave after an hour – such is the attractive power of the sanctuary.

Surprised by the location of huge boulders, as if scattered in a certain order by some superpower. Here they hand out pamphlets describing each stone. The entrance ticket costs 2 leva for adults and 1 leva for children. Many people are advised to take a mosquito repellent.

Ravadinovo Castle

Ravadinovo Castle, Bulgaria

Along with natural wonders, you can see many man-made wonders. One of them is the extremely beautiful knightly castle with the romantic name “In love with the wind”. It is located in the village of Ravadinovo, 5 km away from the town of Sozopol. The architectural masterpiece in the medieval guise was created by a local master “with golden hands” Georgi Tumpalov.

He has a long time fond of unusual Gaudi buildings, and together with his sons he built the castle for 20 years. Gothic roof, pointed bays, lots of arched windows make the structure a real medieval castle. The huge 5,000 square meter building is finished with amazing limestone, which has different shades depending on the time of day. It looks pink in the morning, white in the daytime and orange-yellow at sunset.

There is a lot to see at Tumpalov Manor, so you won’t regret the trip. In the picturesque pond, white and black swans swim majestically. The nearby church is carpeted with ivy, as are the castle walls.

The castle is surrounded by a garden filled with stone and wooden sculptures depicting the Greek gods. The white columns on the portal are also a tribute to the Greek style. There are fountains in several places. At the cafe the owners treat guests with wine from their own cellar.

At one of the entrances (there are several) the owner of the castle installed a monument to himself. The small zoo contains well-groomed animals, there is a horse farm. Children can ride the horses and treat them to sugar or bread. Peacocks quietly stroll around the territory.

Sozopol

Sozopol, Bulgaria

You can immerse yourself in the flavor of provincial Bulgaria, feel its leisurely rhythm, by visiting the ancient town of Sozopol. Its quiet winding streets and historical center absorbed the echoes of the past. The city is conditionally divided into two parts: old and new.

Authenticity of Old Town captivates with its calmness and ancient sights. Old houses are hung with knitted “cobweb” shawls and napkins. The color is given by grandmothers sitting in courtyards at tea tables. There are many tiny churches left from the time of the Ottoman yoke.

The Ottomans forbade the construction of Orthodox churches taller than a horse rider, so most of the buildings were hidden underground. One of the churches, outwardly inconspicuous, is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. In the port, it is worth visiting the Chapel of Nicholas the Wonderworker, the most revered saint in Bulgaria.

In the immediate vicinity of the chapel is the Archaeological Museum, also interesting to visit. The Roman Amphitheater of the 2nd century is the center of cultural life in Sozopol. It was found after a big landslide in 1972.

After a complete restoration it became an arena for concerts, festivals and theatrical plays. You can sit in its parterre and visualize the events that took place here more than 2 thousand years ago. In summer, you will enjoy Harmani Beach, located in New Town.

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