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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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Planning a Trip to Bulgaria: Your Travel Checklist

If you're planning a trip to Bulgaria, you probably have a lot of questions. Well, rest easy - we're here to help. This guide was written by two Americans who have made Bulgaria their home away from home, and we've brainstormed all the things you'd want to check off...

11 Magical Things to Do in Sofia in Winter

I love Sofia in winter - the city just comes to life under a pile of snow. I love the look of the yellow vintage trams on snowy streets, the churches covered in snow, the cap of snow on Vitosha in the distance. Here are 11 wonderful things to do in Sofia in winter,...

9 Exciting Things to Do in Veliko Tarnovo

Veliko Tarnovo is one of Bulgaria's most picturesque cities, and it's on many tourists "must visit" list of places to see in Bulgaria for a reason. Veliko Tarnovo is located on the beautiful Yantra river, which forms a horseshoe around the city. The city is built on...

40 Fantastic Things to Do in Plovdiv

Plovdiv is the second largest city in Bulgaria and is often considered its cultural capital for its thriving arts and music scene -- in fact, it is the future European Capital of Culture for the year 2019. It's one of the oldest cities in Europe, with over 6,000 years...

30 Photos of Sofia that Will Make You Fall in Love

Sofia is an easy city to fall in love with. The architecture is beautiful and elegant, with tough, gritty buildings mixed in between. The people are friendly but calm, allowing you to discover Sofia at your own pace. There are amazing natural wonders right outside the...

Troyan Monastery: A Balkan Mountain Gem

Secluded in the middle of the Balkan Mountains lies Troyan Monastery (Troyanski Manastir/ Троянски манастир), a sixteenth-century Bulgarian Orthodox cloister. The third largest and third most important monastery in the country, it's a wonderful day trip destination...

Saeva Dupka Cave: The Underground Pearl of Bulgaria

Just an hour and a half driving distance from Sofia, you'll find one of the most spectacular caves in all of Bulgaria. The Saeva Dupka cave (Пещера "Съева Дупка" in Bulgarian) is a stunning natural cave in Northern Bulgaria, roughly halfway between Sofia and Veliko...

101 Incredible Things to Do in Sofia

You'll never run out of things to do in Sofia. I remember my very first day of Sofia sightseeing:  I walked from an Airbnb in Iztok, passed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Statue of Tsar Liberator, towards the Central Mineral Baths, and by the time I got to Serdica...

The Best Bars in Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia's a seriously fun city to party in. It hasn't been taken over by stag dos the way that Bucharest has been, and thanks to the cheap price of booze, a night out is extremely affordable. On average, a beer or a glass of wine will cost 3-5 leva (1.50 to 2.50 euro)...

The Best Restaurants in Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia doesn't have a huge reputation amongst foodies, but that's not to say there isn't some amazing food to be found in Sofia! We've eaten our way through this city extensively and know our way around a Bulgarian food menu quite well as a result. But as Stephanie and...

21 of the Most Instagrammable Places in Sofia

Sofia has an undeserved reputation as a hard-edged post-communist city, full of concrete and grays. In reality, Sofia is full of teal and gold domes, red tulips, and yellow brick roads -- yes, really! While Sofia certainly has its gritty side, it's also full of...

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