Arguably Bulgaria's most beautiful bridge, this 16th century construction spans the River Arda in the midst of a pristine section of the Rhodope, in southern Bulgaria.
Bulgaria has many natural, historical and cultural sites of interest for the inquisitive traveller, but one aspect of it has remained largely unknown to both outsiders and the locals. It is its sometimes overwhelming legacy of Communist and pre-Communist era…
To reach this major Stara Planina, mostly known as the Balkan Mountains, peak you have to do a strenuous drive along a steep road with many hairpin turns, each revealing stupendous views both south and north of what has for…
You drive through nondescript villages populated mainly by ethnic Turks, past animal farms that stink of dung and mosques whose minarets stick up into the sky, until a turn of the road takes you directly opposite a site that suggests…
Situated on the Rhodope's westernmost slope and overlooking the River Mesta Valley, this settlement has been dubbed one of Bulgaria's most romantic villages.
Perched on a hill right on the Bulgarian-Turkish border this 18-meter-tall Medieval tower called Bukelon has stayed in a permanent state of dereliction since it was abandoned, in the 13th or the 14th centuries.
Sometimes (but not every year) in May-June the Black Sea turns… green. Not just the greenish colour that large masses of water sometimes assumes, but a bright, almost ethereal bluish-green that mesmerises. What is going on?
Most Bulgarian towns with roots in the 19th century and earlier have them: tall, sometimes coarse but often exquisitely decorated towers, usually in city centres, that have still functioning timepieces, beating a bell on the hour – every hour for…
It is unclear when lions were last seen in Europe, but a number of European countries have adopted the lion as an integral part of their coats-of-arms and national symbolism.
Off-limits to mortals under Communism as it was within the barbed-wire confines of a government hunting lodge this Thracian sanctuary has in recent years become something of a local tourism hit. It is not difficult to see why. Like other…
The residents of Bulgaria's largest city usually complain when the first snow of the year falls. Traffic is murder, they claim, and the city council never sweeps the streets properly. But snow here can be magical as it envelopes everything…
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