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Discovering Sofia and Beyond
Bulgaria is a country of over 7 million people, of which some 1.5 million live in Sofia, the capital. Bulgaria is home to some of the oldest cities in Europe, massive rose and lavender and sunflower fields, the gorgeous Black Sea coast, and one of the freshest and tastiest cuisines in the Balkans.

Sofia is the national capital and the beating heart of modern-day Bulgaria. It’s where you’ll find the most vibrant international scene, attracting tourists, expats, and digital nomads alike with their delicious restaurants, cozy bars, green spaces, and lightning fast internet access.

Plovdiv is the most tourist-friendly city in the country, with ancient Roman ruins, colorful architecture in a quaint Old Town, and a lively pedestrianized neighborhood called Kapana popular for its bars and restaurants. Veliko Tarnovo is also beloved by tourists for its beautiful Ottoman-inspired architecture set into the hills around the bend of the Yantra River, with the interesting Tsaravets fortress in the heart of the city.

Meanwhile, Burgas and Varna are the two biggest cities on the Black Sea Coast, surrounded by countless small coastal towns such as Nessebar and Chernomorets offer quieter beach vibes. Finally, winter resorts like Bansko and Borovets are fantastic snowy weather destinations, offering some of the cheapest skiing in Europe amidst gorgeous mountains.

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11 Best Ski Resorts in Pamporovo, Bulgaria

Planning a ski vacation in Bulgaria? Pamporovo is one of the best ski destinations in Bulgaria, perfect for people who want a quieter vibe than either Borovets or Bansko, which can be quite crowded and expensive in the winter. Pamporovo ski resorts are generally more...

2 Days in Sofia: Itinerary for a Weekend in Sofia

Note: This is a guest post from our friend and fellow Bulgaria enthusiast, Annemarie of Travel on the Brain, who has spent several months in Bulgaria. Sofia in Bulgaria is a beautiful city and shamefully underrated. There is so much to see and do even with just two...

11 Best Bansko Ski Resorts for Winter Fun

Bansko, Bulgaria is a wonderful destination year-round. In fact, I just returned from enjoying the Jazz Fest that they have each summer, and I enjoyed going for a hike in the Pirin Mountains and seeing the largest tree in the national park. But Bansko's true season is...

11 Best Borovets Ski Resorts for a Magical Winter Trip

We think that Borovets is one of the most underrated destinations in Bulgaria for a ski holiday. It's close to Sofia (and super easy to get there!), cheaper than Bansko, and full of wonderful ski resorts in Borovets that won't break the bank while providing all the...

11 Delightful Things to Do in Bulgaria in Winter

If you're planning to visit Bulgaria in winter, you've made a fantastic choice! Skiing in Bulgaria is excellent and fantastically cheap, the country gets plenty of snow yet sufficient sunshine, and Bulgarian cuisine is hearty and perfect for winter. And even if you're...

23 Useful Sofia Travel Tips for Your First Visit

If you're planning a trip to Sofia, you've come to the right place -- literally, we're the biggest Sofia-themed blog on the internet. We are two Americans who have made Sofia our home, spending the better part of the past few years in the Bulgarian capital. We've...

7 Cheap Restaurants in Sofia For Budget Travelers

If you're visiting Sofia on a budget, one of the ways you can save big is to find some excellent but cheap restaurants in Sofia. We have a comprehensive Sofia restaurant guide that includes all of our favorites, but those really run the gamut from inexpensive to...

13 Utterly Instagrammable Places in Veliko Tarnovo

Veliko Tarnovo is famous as being one of the most beautiful cities in Bulgaria. It's blessed with tons of great photography spots and hillside views, so we doubt you'll have a hard time finding a beautiful place to photograph when you get here! However, we love...

3 Easy Ways to Get From Sofia to Veliko Tarnovo

Veliko Tarnovo, the Medieval capital of Bulgaria, is a popular place to visit from Sofia. We've traveled from Sofia to Veliko Tarnovo by bus and by car, and we've gone as a quick day trip from Sofia and as longer overnight trips. Here we lay out everything you need to...

Photos from Pope Francis’s Visit to Sofia

Pope Francis visited Sofia, Bulgaria today, giving a public prayer at Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and holding a full public Mass in Prince Alexander of Battenberg Square. Which, full disclosure, even after being in Sofia for so long I had no idea that the wide portion...