A former volcano at the very edge of southwestern Bulgaria, it is dotted with hot mineral springs that make an eerie sight especially with all the steam coming out when it's cold.
This is Bulgaria's first and largest university. It was founded in 1888 through the sponsorship of two Karlovo entrepreneurs, brothers Hristo and Evlogi Georgievi. Its main building was designed by French architect Henri Breanson as early as 1906, but construction…
Deep in the heart of the Rhodope, this is an ensemble of rock formations resembling natural bridges over a tiny river, thought to have been created millions of years ago when an earthquake destroyed a cave.
Unless you are fluent in Bulgarian you won't be able to pronounce its name, but once you've been there you will remain enchanted forever. It's about 100 kilometres from Sofia, in the Sredna Gora, or Central Highlands, range, but it…
Locals refer to it as “The Lion's Head” – but, as you have deduced correctly, it's not a pub in South London. It's a rock high above a meandering river on the southern Black Sea coast. It's located in an…
Go to Yambol, in southeastern Bulgaria, climb up the unusual looking hill, stand at the intersection of two rock-hewn gullies and arm yourself with plenty of imagination. If you are lucky, you will see a relief of Artemis sitting on…
This one is tough, but we'll give you some good clues.In the picture you see some of Vagabond's staff relaxing in an open-air hot mineral water pool after a long day of exploring the hidden treasures of southwestern Bulgaria. The…
It may be one of Bulgaria's most commercialised resorts, but this small town on the Black Sea coast is deserted in the winter months, and we strongly recommend you visit in February to avoid the summertime crowds.
Every inch of its walls is covered in magical frescoes depicting what the 19th Century Bulgarians imagined hell to be: devils wielding scimitars, sinners boiling in tar, and God administering justice from the signs of the zodiac.
If you happen to find yourself in a stone forest 18 kilometres, or 11 miles, west of a major Black Sea town at dusk, you may end up believing the legend that these are titans whose bodies spell out the…
In the 1920s the daughter of the Duke of Kent and granddaughter of Queen Victoria came to this small Black Sea town, 40 miles north of Varna. At that time its only attraction was the chalk cliffs rising from sea,…
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One of Bulgaria's top intellectuals, Georgi Lozanov, is a familiar face to Vagabond readers. A philosopher and a media expert with many years as a leading member of the National...

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