General Travel Tips

Bulgaria’s Best

Bulgaria is famous for its beaches and warm waters, and every summer thousands of western tourists flock to their beaches with a bottle of greasy coconut oil in one hand and a cheap drink in the other.

But Bulgaria is so much more than just beaches, the nature is incredibly varied, and there are some truly amazing historical sites to check out.

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All those tourists taking cheap holidays to Bulgaria and only head to the beaches are really missing out on something special.

If you’re planning a trip to Bulgaria, I would definitely recommend you visit the beaches – but do take a few days to explore other gems of the country.

Aladzha monastery

Located 14 km from Varna, this beautiful cave temple is a wonderful place to walk around in for a while. Nobody knows exactly when it was built, but there is evidence that it existed already in the 10th-12th centuries.

The monastery has clearly distinguished premises for different purposes, arranged on two levels in a 40 meter high limestone rock.

You have the church, the kitchen, the small cemetery church, the refectory, the monastery cells, the crypt and farm on the first level.

Belogradchik Rocks

The Belogradchik Rocks are a group of strange shaped rock formations located on the western side of the Balkan Mountains near Belogradchik town.

The rocks are red and yellow, some as high as 200 meters, and their incredible shapes are associated with local legends.

Rila Monastery

Founded in the 10th century by St John of Rila, the Rila Monastery is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Bulgaria.

It’s regarded as one of the country’s most important cultural, historical and architectural monument, and is today listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The monastery is very beautiful, so if you have the time it is well worth a visit.

Tsarevets

Located on a hill in northern Bulgaria, Tsarevets was once a stronghold served as the second Bulgarian Empire’s fortress in the medieval centuries.

Walking along the narrow street, you really feel like you’ve stepped back in time, and the views over Veliko and Yantra river are absolutely stunning!

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