WHERE IN BULGARIA ARE YOU?

WHERE IN BULGARIA ARE YOU?

Wed, 10/30/2019 - 15:04

Northwestern Bulgaria, traditionally poor and underdeveloped, rarely finds its way into any tourist itinerary. Yet, it has plenty of hidden gems to offer.

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One is the area around this small town whose bizarre-looking rocks have been used as a natural fortification for centuries. Nineteenth century travellers marvelled at it, and generations of locals devised fairy tales about the strange rocks. Exploring them will strain both your legs and your imagination.

Where in Bulgaria are you?

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