Spending Your Holiday In Bulgaria

By David Francis

Although Bulgaria is a small country, located on the Balkan Peninsula, its strategic location, as well as the Black Sea coast and the beautiful nature make this country a preferred holiday destination. Tourists enjoy great summer resorts that offer them clean sandy beaches, spa and balneo resorts where they take advantage of the nature's healing power, the big mountain ranges and vast lowlands.

Thousands of tourists are attracted each year by the great Bulgarian sights, most popular of which is the Black Sea coast. Sunny Beach resort is the most famous and biggest one, located close to the city of Bourgas, followed by Golden Sands resort, which is close to the Sea capital of Bulgaria, Varna. Some tourists prefer these and other Bulgarian sandy beach resorts even to the famous Spain and Greece resorts, which are much more expensive. The nightlife here is active and dynamic and young people can visit any of the restaurants and night bars available.

Tourists that are interested in archaeology and other relics of the past should necessary visit the beautiful small ancient towns of Sozopol, Nesebar and Balchik also located along the coast.

Apart from the coast, there are many other things that should be seen in the other parts of the country that reveal country's traditions and culture.

Rila Monastery is the most famous and reputable monastery in Bulgaria, visited by many locals and tourists throughout the year. It lies between the Rila Mountain's recesses opening a scenic panorama that tourists just cannot pass by. It is believed that the monastery is founded by the famous hermit St. John of Rila, who lived in a cave not too far away from the place where the monastery is built. He started its construction in the 10th century and the last reconstruction of the monastery is made in 19th century.

This is not the only attraction that the Rila Mountain can offer. Another popular attraction beloved by the nature lovers is called Seven Rila Lakes, which form a natural mountain cirque. All of these lakes have specific form and name. "The Tear" is the highest lake, found at 2535 meters in height, while "The Eye" is the deepest lake. As the name suggests "The Kidney" is in the form of kidney, while "The Twins" is the longest lake that is split into two parts. "Three-Lobed Lake" has a strange irregular form, "The Fish Lake" is the shallowest of all and "The Low Lake" is the lowest one located at 2095 meters in height.

A medieval stronghold Tsarevets is another amazing place to visit. It is located in the former Bulgarian capital Veliko Turnovo, in the area of its old town. The beauty of the city itself is unsurpassed being a natural fortress against enemies.

In the center of Bulgaria, in the gorgeous city of Gabrovo, there is an ancient ethnographic museum, called Etara. It is open and reveals authentic Bulgarian ethnography, architecture and folklore. The tourists can buy traditional dishes and other ancient handicrafts that can be excellent souvenirs to remind them about this beautiful country.

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