If you went for holidays to Sunny Beach, you were likely taken on a day trip to a "traditional" Bulgarian village in the Strandzha. You were probably offered some tourist animation in the form of old women spinning wool and…
According to the people who designed and built it, 1,700,000 cubic metres of soil were dug out in 1978-1981 in order to accommodate it, obliterating several neighbourhoods.
Erected on a Central Balkan mountain ridge offering fantastic vistas to both the southern Balkan fields and its hilly outreaches into Northern Bulgaria, this site is home to Communism's grandest and possibly least useful monument.
There are many explanations why this village came to be on the steep bank of the Kanina River, protected by the high ridges of the Western Rhodope and facing the even higher peaks of the Pirin.
"Eureka!" exclaimed Archimedes and jumped out of the hot water pool in the baths at Syracuse. He had just discovered that "any object, wholly or partly immersed in fluid, is buoyed up by a force equal to the weight of…
Many foreign tourists arriving on charter flights to Bulgaria's southern Black Sea coast know this town better than the Bulgarians, for over the last few years it has become one of the largest – and most overbuilt – tourist destinations.
If you drive out of Burgas and into the Strandzha, you will come across many odd villages but one will stand out as being particularly bizarre. Not only has it been spared the large-scale construction evident all along the southern…
Exactly when the strong walls of this basilica standing at the southern slopes of the Balkan Mountain area appeared is still a contentious matter. Depending on who you listen to, this must have happened in the 4th or at the…
A Soviet diplomat came to this hamlet near Bansko in the early 1980s to look at some church murals that had been restored by order of Lyudmila Zhivkova, then minister of culture and daughter of Communist boss Todor Zhivkov. The…
If it weren't for the gigantic mosaic and the ticket booth, this Revival Period town stretching along the banks of Sivek River would look untouched by the last two centuries.
An example of how to blend ski and cultural tourism or of the consequences of overbuilding in Bulgaria? – you wonder while you stroll among Revival Period houses and contemporary hotels in Bulgaria's probably most famous winter resort, in the…
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