If you have lived long enough in Bulgaria, you have probably noticed that whenever there is an odd rock formation it turns out out to be either a Thracian sanctuary or the subject of a sinister legend - usually involving…
The men of this small town on the southern slopes of the Stara Planina are known for many acts of bravery, but what they do on Orthodox Epiphany has to be seen in person to be appreciated fully.
One of the most isolated communities of Bulgarian Muslims, or Pomaks, preserves a tradition of painting brides' faces white and decorating them with shiny spangles. It is a tradition that has no parallels in Bulgaria and possibly in Europe, and…
The crusades ended in what is now Bulgaria on 10 November 1444. Following a year of bitter battles throughout the Danubian plane, the forces of the king of Poland and Hungary, Władysław III, encountered the Ottoman Sultan Murad II for…
Tucked in one of the remotest corners of the Rhodope, these two villages were put on the tourist map of Bulgaria only recently, as under Communism they were consigned to the no-go border zone. Now they are a hit for…
Many century ago parts of what is now Bulgaria were populated by a strange people called Thracians. They excelled in the arts and crafts, they drank their wine undiluted and they were brave soldiers. However, they did not have a…
One of the two big port cities on the Black Sea coast has been declared for several years "Bulgaria's best town to live in."
Nestled at the foot of the Stara Planina's highest peak, this town has a special place in Bulgarian history as it was the birthplace of one of this country's greatest 19th Century revolutionary poets.
Immortalised by Bulgaria's Poet Laureate Ivan Vazov in the 19th Century this country's perhaps most spectacular gorge is just an hour's drive from Sofia.
Immortalised by Bulgaria's Poet Laureate Ivan Vazov in the 19th Century this country's perhaps most spectacular gorge is just an hour's drive from Sofia.
The biggest city at the Bulgarian Black Sea coast has a huge port, plenty of entertainment, culture and nightlife, and is the home of an increasing number of expats.
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