Tourist Attractions 2018-01-09T14:15:18+00:00

Tourist Attractions
Top ten tourist attractions in Bulgaria

When you come to visit Bulgaria you will notice there is so much to be seen – starting with the high mountains with dense forest going far to the sandy beaches of the Black Sea. Our country is fool of attractions ready to impress you and to gather your interest to explore all of them. So here is something that can come in handy when you don’t know where to start. Here is our shiny list of the Top 10 tourist attractions in Bulgaria. Enjoy them!

The Rila Monastery is located in the forested valley of the Rila Mountains. It is Bulgaria’s largest and most famous monastery – it is registered as one of the 100 Miracles in the World and also it was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983 and you can see it for yourself. The Monastery has a colorful and almost kitsch exterior, along with the impressive frescoes in its marvelous interior. If we have to search for the time when it was built, we will have to go far back to the 10th century. Then we will see how in the 19th century, there was a huge fire in it, compared with a whole disaster, so then it had to be rebuilt. Still, it is ranked for one of the most beautiful and one of the greatest tourist attractions from years until now.
The construction of the fortress had begun during the Roman period – 1st- -3rd century. In the beginning it had been used for surveillance and defense of the strategic roads passing through the area. It acquired its present appearance had been after the enlargement and reorganization for firearms in the period of 1805-1837. Originally built by the Romans, it was later expanded by the Byzantines, Bulgarians and Turks. The natural landscape, combined with the buildings themselves, make Belogradchik an atmospheric, almost haunting site to visit. It has a total area of 1.02ha, three yards and one independent fortification. Vidin kapia and Nish kapia are the two main gates of the fortress.
The Boyana Church is one of the most fascinating places in Bulgaira. It is listed as UNESCO World Heritage and everyone who enters the church, leaves amused and touched by its frescoes that it hides inside. Those are the most spectacular medieval frescoes in the whole Europe, thought to be a brilliant example of the art of the period. At first it looks a bit dark and lackluster, but inside is where the magic is relieved. You will never be sorry if you take a step into Boyana Church for it is the most remarkable place to see. But keep something in mind – the access to the frescoes is limited, so you need to make sure you have purchased a guided tour to get inside.
The Baba Vida Fortress is considered as one of the best-preserved Medieval castles in Bulgaria. It is often used as a scenery for movie making. It is built over the relics of the ancient tow Bononia. It has begun in the beginning of X century and one of the Bulgarian kings has lived there. It has taken the destroyable attacks of Ottomans and Hungarians. In 1964 it was listed as a cultural monument with national importance.
There is also a legend around the woman named “Baba Vida”. It says that she was the oldest daughter of a rich boyar that never wanted to get married and have a family. So the other two sisters got together with rich men like their father while Vida decided to make herself a castle instead of someone else doing it for her and live there happily ever after.
The Rozhen Monastery is definitely one of Bulgaria’s best tourist attractions. You can admire the stunning views, the lofty mountain and the even more beautiful interior and exterior. You will see marvelous wood carvings, elaborate murals and stained glass windows. It was built in the IX century and it is one of the oldest cultural and historical heritage we have kept. It is located on the top of Pirin Mountain and opens our eyes for the most beauty in the world.
It is discovered in1944 in a tumulus on the outskirts of the town of Kazanluk. It was built at the end of the 4th century BC and is a rare artifact of the building craft of the Thracians and of the painting art of the Hellenistic period. It consists of three chambers – a rectangular antechamber and a long narrow corridor which leads into a round dome burial chamber. The top parts of the walls of the chambers are depicted with complex scenes of figures, natural and architectural motifs in four basic colors. The murals in the round chamber are the most interesting. They represent a wedding ceremony. In 1979 the tomb was inscribed in the World Heritage List of UNESCO.
It is situated 2 km away from the town of Pliska, in the area of Shoumen. Pliska was the first Bulgarian capital since the foundation of the Bulgarian kingdom in 681 until 891. For two centuries it was among the biggest and richest East European towns. The impressive monument of the medieval Bulgarian town constructed for its defense – a deep moat with high embankment, surrounding the Outer town, a fortress wall which is 10-12 m high and 2,6 km thick, built from massive limestone blocks, whose purpose was to defend the Inner town and the brick fortification, which served to protect the Palace complex.
Perpepikon, the biggest megalith complex on the Balkans, is situated 15 km northwest of the town of Kardzhali. It consists of a huge megalith shrine, a town and a fortress. According to the archaeological researches it came to excistence by late Neolithic period (The New Stone Age), at the end of the VI and the beginning of the V century BC, but in 2002 archaeologists uncovered a huge, cut into the rock oval hall in whose centre a magnificent altar of about 2 m was hewn. The discovery gave rise to the assumption that it might be ancient Dyonisian sanctuary, a centre of Orphism. According to another hypothesis, a comparison of the sanctuary of Perperikon with the famous Apollo’s Oracle at Delphi is more likely.
It is a huge fortress dated back to the late Chalcolithic and continues its development being inhabited by the Thracians until I century B.C. and yet during the IX century Bulgarians had settled there. It is situated near the center of Veliko Turnovo. It is built on a hill and a large wall is surrounding it from all parts that in the past was used to protect natives form the attacks of the enemies.
Since 1985 luminous production named “Music and light” where dramatic music, light of different colors, lasers and bells combined all in one are telling stories about the battles of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom with Byzantines, Arabians etc.
Yes, it is unusual, but is almost sure that this mosque absolutely deserves its place. It is one of the oldest mosques in Europe – it was built around 14th century. Its design is gives an example for the typical decorations of the interior and exterior of the mosques from the era. In order for you to really sink into the atmosphere, make sure to visit the mosque in an appropriate time and admire at the floral motifs and medallions bearing Koranic texts decorated in its interior. That being said, Djumaya Mosque is located in the old town of Plovdiv, so do not miss to walk around the houses, the demonstrative market-place and especially the Roman amphitheatre.