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Black Sea, Bulgaria. Author Evgeni Dinev. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution
Black Sea, Bulgaria. Author Evgeni Dinev

Bulgaria tourist attractions: what to see in Bulgaria

Bulgaria, the bridge between Christian Europe and Muslim Turkey, is a country underdeveloped and not well known in terms of tourism, Sofia, the capital of the state, is one of the most beautiful cities in Eastern Europe, the country has a history and its particular culture.

Besides the capital, the most developed tourist area is undoubtedly the coast along the Black Sea, there are well-known seaside resorts, with beaches and nightlife, like Varna, Sunny Beach, Golden Sands and Burgas.

Very interesting is however the rest of the country that offers reminders as the beautiful orthodox monasteries, magnificent natural sceneries, medieval towns, and archaeological remains. In Bulgaria there are interesting remains of Roman cities like Plovdiv with its theater, the aqueduct, the stadium and the Odeon. Between the historic towns to visit are those of Veliko Tarnovo, Koprivshtitsa, Tryavna, Kazanlak and Belogradchik, all within the interior of the country, and along the Black Sea coast those of Nesebar and Sozopol. Among the monasteries are to visit those of Rila, Bachkovo and the churches in the rock of Ivanovo.

Roman Theatre, Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Author Nenko Lazarov. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution

Roman Theatre, Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Author Nenko Lazarov

Another reason for a visit in Bulgaria is the rich and varied cultural heritage of the country. Inhabited since prehistoric times, there are traces that show the different ages and the rich cultural traditions of the population.

Nine sites in Bulgaria are part of the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site, 7 of these sites are cultural and artistic while two sites are of natural origin, are among the natural wonders the Pirin National Park (1983) and the Srebarna Nature Reserve (1983). Among the archaeological sites there are the Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak (1979), the Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari (1985), the ancient town of Nessebar (1983), the Madara Rider (1979). Among the religious monuments there are The rock churches of Ivanovo (1979), the Boyana Church (1979) and the Rila Monastery (1983).

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