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…
Dolmens are not a Bulgarian speciality as they can be seen in many other places in Europe from Turkey and Greece all the way to Ireland. But what makes the ones found in today's Bulgaria intriguing is that they are…
You are at a major archaeological dig right in the middle of a large Bulgarian town.
  A major battle between the Russian Imperial Army, backed up by Bulgarian volunteers, and Ottoman forces was fought around that mountain peak in August 1877, predetermining the end of the war as a result of which Bulgaria gained its…
One thing Bulgaria does not have in great abundance is… islands. In fact, there are but a handful of isles, sometime just rocks, off the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, and none of them is permanently inhabited except for the usual…
Until the early 1990s this was a no-go border zone. Isolated for over 40 years from the Bulgarian hinterland, the area developed its own ecosystem unseen anywhere else on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. Come the post-Communist liberalisation and a…
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