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Gabrovo – the gem in the heart of Stara Planina

I’ve recently re-visited Gabrovo – hadn’t been there for a loong time. And I did feel sorry about missing to come earlier – it’s such a gem of a city! Lovely! In this post I will give you an overview of major sights I enjoyed- make sure to visit the…

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Park Vrana near Sofia – the perfect escape from the heat of the capital

It was about a year or so ago that I heard about Vrana park being opened for visitors. I knew it used to be the summer residence of the Royal family until World War II, but hadn’t really managed to drop by and take a closer look. In the heat of this summer,…

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Bulgaria from bird’s eye view? Go to Sopot!

I was recently joining a friend on his paragliding flight near Sopot. Hadn’t been to Sopot recently so – was amazed to find out that there was a lift going to the top of Stara Planina mountain, where the paragliding flights were taking off. If you are looking for a…

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Veliki Preslav – the capital of the Second Bulgarian State

If you are anywhere in Northeastern Bulgaria, e.g relaxing on the Northern part of the Bulgarian seaside (Varna and around) or visiting Veliko Tarnovo, I’d recommend you steer away some 100 kms to visit the ancient fortified city of Veliki Preslav – the capital of the Second Bulgarian State. A well-preserved…

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Lovech – the covered bridge, the old town and the fortress

I haven’t visited Lovech for a loong time. Actually the only thing I remember about it is the famous covered bridge of the bulgarian builder Kolyu Fitcheto, which has always hosted traditional crafts shops. Well, I recently revisited Lovech and I must say I was pleasantly surprised. This is one…

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Momchil’s fotress and the stunning view over Rhodopi mountains

If you are visiting the resort of Pamporovo (Southern Bulgaria) on your holiday, take a day to visit Momchil’s fortress, some 25 kms from the resort. Built in the 6th century, it has been numerously destroyed, rebuilt and inhabited throughout the history if Bulgaria. It was last used by the…

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The beautiful city of Etropole in Stara Planina

I’ve always enjoyed visiting the small cities of Bulgaria. They are so much different from each other, having such a warm atmosphere where everyone knows each other. At first one thinks there shouldn’t be much to be done in those, nothing like the ‘cool busy life in the capital’ but…

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The Canyon of 46 waterfalls near Smolyan

In this post I will cover one of the best natural attractions for me in Bulgaria – the Canyon of Waterfalls. This is an ecopath near Smolyan/resort of Pamporovo, that despite being absolutely impressive and must-see, is still little known. I assume the reason is that it has only recently…

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Tsari Mali Grad – the fortress near Sofia

If you happen to be in Sofia and have a car, you can do a quick daily escape to the fortress of Tsari Mali Grad. A very pleasant historical sight combining a bit of walking, kids activities and sightseeing. How to reach: Tsari Mali Grad (from Bulgarian: the small city…

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The ancient Roman city Nikopolis ad Nestum near the village of Garmen

I’m a big fan of historical ruins so this first post on the blog will be dedicated to Nikopolis ad Nestum – an ancient Roman city near the village of Garmen, 8 km from Gotse Delchev. How to reach: from Sofia it’s 205 km, through Bansko and Razlog. It’s better to…