Travel Bulgaria Guide
Bulgaria is located in South-Eastern Europe. A former Communist block country, this beautiful land remains relatively unknown to the outside world. More than gypsies and poverty, Bulgaria is home to gorgeous beaches along the black sea, fertile valleys, and an extensive mountain range. The capital city, Sofia, is rich with art and architecture and the exotic people and cuisine consist of a unique mixture of Turkish, Greek, Romanian, Macedonian and Yugoslavian.
Bulgaria is rich with history; in fact, it is third in the world after Greece and Italy in the number of archaeological monuments. Though there are archaeological sites with artifacts dating back to the Paleolithic era, the richest historical period in Bulgaria happened around 3,000 BC, the time of the Thracians. Some of Bulgaria's famous archaeological sites include the tombs of Kazanlak, and the sanctuary of Orpheus. These monuments, though often not well preserved, are fascinating and usually empty of tourists.
In addition to Bulgaria's many historical monuments, there are hundreds of natural hot springs--many yet to be discovered, and all in scenic locations. Some of these hot springs lie at the ends of scenic treks, while others sit inside of ornate Turkish bath houses and still others have become the center of healing resorts.
In fact, Bulgaria's natural spring water has been bottled and sold as a healing tonic throughout Eastern Europe. Bulgaria has been a popular health-resort spot since Roman times, some of its more famous resorts include Sandanski, meant to treat asthma and breathing problems, Hissaraya, for liver and urological diseases and Velingrad for neurological and other disorders.
The Bulgarian mountains are filled with deep and quick-flowing rivers, crystal clear lakes, wild flowers, green meadows and stone monasteries. The highest Bulgarian mountain, Rila, stands nearly 3,000 miles tall and is home to over 2,000 varieties of plants. Rila is also home to the famous and mysterious Rila Monastary, built in the tenth century, this building not only has impressive architecture, but was the cause of many Bulgarian conflicts, and is a sort of cultural prize for the Bulgarian people.
Bulgaria also borders the Danube, and the dramatic black sea. The Northern coast is characterized by fine sand beaches with shallow, calm water. Close to many beach resorts vacationers will find pine forests, natural hot springs, museums and national parks.
Some of the better known resort destinations in the North include Albena, Riviera and Elena. In the Southern coast, you will find sand dunes, warm water and lovely bays with fascinating rock out-croppings. Some popular Southern coast resorts include Elenite, Nessebur and Sozopol.
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Bulgaria is home to a wealth of sites, sounds and smells all fascinating and gorgeous and undiscovered by the outside world. Visit Bulgaria on your next vacation and be one of the first to set foot on its many sacred and beautiful grounds.