100 Amazing Instagram Images of Bulgaria

When you think of Bulgaria what comes to mind? Traveling through Bulgaria may not seem like the quintissential European vacation, and it isn’t. But as I found out last year, the country holds natural beauty, an amazing history, and scrumptious local gastronomy.

I visited large cities, explored several UNESCO World Heritage sites, sampled delicious wines and homemade rakia, and got the chance to try Bulgarian delicacies like the infamous yogurt, iconic shopska salad, and hearty kavarma stew.

See: Top 25 restaurants of Bulgaria

As with all my trips, I posted several photos to my Instagram account. I wanted to share my experiences to show that Bulgaria really is full of surprises! Here are 100 of my favorite images from this eastern European gem.

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The Roman Ruins of Deultum

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Burgas skyline

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Burgas Sand Festival

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Incredible sand sculptures at the Burgas Sand Festival

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Theme of the festival: People that changed the world

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Abraham Lincoln presiding over the crowd

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Another shot of the colorful skyline of Burgas

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Antique Beehive Tomb in Pomorie

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Bathers at the Pomorie Salt Lake

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Pomorie Beach on the Black Sea

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 Exploring the ancient city of Nessebar

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 Byzantine ruins of Nessebar

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 Late night meal at Restaurant Vodenitsata in Burgas

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Relaxing on Burgas Beach

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Fried sardine lunch by the water

 

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Can’t forget the wine!

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 Day trip from Burgas to the beautiful seaside town of Sozopol

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 Ancient fortifications in Sozopol

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 Tomb stone carvings

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 A nice welcome!

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Views from our hotel in Burgas

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 Delicious meze spread at Ethno Restaurant in Burgas

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 World’s oldest golden treasure in the Museum of Varna

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 Gourmet meal at Horizont Restaurant in Varna

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 Bulgarian National Revival architecture

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 Dormition of the Mother of God Cathedral in Varna

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 Ancient Roman Bath Complex in Varna

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Exploring Bulgaria’s “Stone Forest” Pobiti Kamani 

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Traditional dining experience at Mehana Chuchurra in Varna

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Knyaz Boris boulevard is the main pedestrian and shopping street in Varna

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Touring Ovech Fortress

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Danube River views

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Antique buildings in Ruse 

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 Fantastic seafood rice at Korona Restaurant in Balchik Palace

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Aladzha Rock Monastery

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Sea views from Balchik Palace

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 Homemade sausage served on traditional earthenware at Staria Chinar Restaurant in Varna 

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 The ruins of Pliska, capital of the First Bulgarian Empire

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 Visiting the Roman Military Base of Abritus

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A husband and wife immortalized in a headstone at Abritus

See our article: Travel Guide to Ruse, Bulgaria: What to See and Do

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 Walking around Ruse, Bulgaria’s “Little Vienna”

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Ruse’s Svoboda (Liberty) Square

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 Danube River terminal in Ruse

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Classical architecture in Ruse

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 Wine barrels at the Leventa Complex

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 Pantheon of National Heroes in Ruse

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Rock cave church of Basarbovo

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 Interior of the Ivanovo Church – UNESCO World Heritage Site

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 Ottoman Bridge

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 Ruins of the ancient Roman city, Nikopolis Ad Istrum

See our article: Travel Guide to Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria: What to See and Do

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 Panoramic view of the Tsaravets Fortress in Veliko Tarnovo

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 Old Town Veliko Tarnovo

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Helping a tortoise cross the road near Veliko Tarnovo

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 Grand entrance to Tsaravets Fortress

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 Delicious meal at Van Hassan II Restaurant 

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 Touring Tsaravets Fortress

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 Old town Veliko Tarnovo

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 More old town views

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Touring the boutique Maryan Winery 45 minutes from Veliko Tarnovo

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 Aging barrels at Maryan Winery

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Another incredible spread of Bulgarian cheese, meat, and veggies

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 We finally made it to the capital, Sofia

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 St. George Church in Sofia

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 Gold Thracian funeral mask displayed in the National Archaeological Museum in Sofia

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 Amazing homemade dessert at Izbata Tavern and Winery in Sofia

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 Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia

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Ruins of the ancient theatre of Serdica beneath a modern building in Sofia

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 Roman necropolis in Sofia

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Food in Bulgaria = amazing

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Shopping street in Sofia

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A tasting menu to remember at Talents Restaurant in Sofia 

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 An interesting architectural mix of communist buildings and classic Bulgarian Revival

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 Exploring Rila Monastery

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 Fresco in Rila Monastery

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 All you can eat at Manastirska Meritsia, or “Monastery’s Kitchen” in Sofia

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 Sausage and veggie dish at Dayana Restaurant in Plovdiv

See our article: Travel Guide to Plovdiv, Bulgaria: What to See and Do

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 Ancient Roman Theatre in old town Plovdiv

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 strolling old town Plovdiv

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 Old town Plovdiv

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 Nebet Hill

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  Eastern gate of the Philippopolis citadel

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 Ruins of Philippopolis

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 Armenian dancers at the annual Plovdiv Folklore Festival

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 Roman Stadium in Dzhumaya Square

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 Seeing the ancient ruins of Hisarya

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 Starosel ancient Thracian complex

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Pork and potato stew

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 More amazing food at Restaurant Megdana in Plovdiv

See our article: Travel Guide to Stara Zagora, Bulgaria: What to See and Do

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 Exploring the Regional History Museum of Stara Zagora

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 Neolithic Dwellings Museum

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 The old Roman Cardo Maximus

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 Subterranean Roman mosaics

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 Strolling around Stara Zagora

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Taste-testing at the Zagorka Brewery

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Zesty salad at Restaurant Castela

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 Defenders of Stara Zagora 1877 Memorial Complex

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 Defenders of Stara Zagora 1877 Memorial Complex

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Farewell Bulgaria!

Have you ever considered traveling to Bulgaria? If you’ve been or are thinking about going, let us know what you think. We would love to hear from you! Leave us a comment below.

40 thoughts on “100 Amazing Instagram Images of Bulgaria”

  1. elena t says:

    Great pictures! I’m glad you enjoyed your Bg food!

    1. David says:

      Hi Elena, thanks for the comment! I did absolutely love the food there.

  2. Huelo says:

    Great photos!! I lived in Provadiya for two years and used to walk to Ovech all the time. Here’s a shot from last time I was there, in May: http://instagram.com/p/niyjLQJNe6

    1. David says:

      Thank you for sharing! Great photos

  3. kamen kyutchukov says:

    proud to be bulgarian! Really happy you enjoyed you stay! 🙂

    1. David says:

      thank you! Yes I am also very happy to have visited!!

  4. Andrea says:

    Bulgaria looks breathtaking! Thanks for sharing these incredible photos! http://nomoneywilltravel.com

    1. David says:

      Thank you Andrea! Yes Bulgaria is a very special place. Have you been?

  5. Alex says:

    I’ve been thinking about visiting bulgaria! How many days do you recomend me to spend there in order to really enjoy it??

    1. David says:

      Hi Alex,

      It really depends but if you want to explore the whole country non-stop it would be one month but if you want to base yourself somewhere and explore from there I would say at least two months. Anything else you need just ask me!

  6. Richard Feather says:

    Hi David,glad you enjoyed your trip,I live with my wife about 70KM from Burgas and 45KM from Yambol,been here 13 years and love it,and as for the food,the sheer range of food is beyond belief. If you are coming again email me and I will be able to help you with your itinerary.
    all the best,
    Richard and Janie Feather.

    1. David says:

      Thank you Richard! What do you do work wise in Bulgaria?

  7. Jeremy says:

    In seven years of living here, I have been to virtually all of the locations that you have photographed, often more than once. Although, I would guess, your intention is to show everything at its best, the sad fact is that Bulgarian tourism is in a sorry state and the environment is not always as pleasant as you might expect. A prime example is the pedestrian area in front of the Varna theatre which has looked like a bomb site for several months now and will probably continue to appear so for a long time. Having said that, anything that encourages people to visit the country can’t be bad.

    1. David says:

      Hi Jeremy,

      Yes I understand where your coming from. The only problem I had in Bulgaria was the road conditions in certain areas. Going 120km on the highway and then a pot hole just jumps our in front of us, at least it was exciting!

  8. Dimitar says:

    Beautiful pictures. You totally caught the essence of Bulgaria. Tasty food and rich history. I just wish for us also to have a future, but this is another story. 🙂

    1. David says:

      Your country has a big future in tourism. My work is a prime example of it!

  9. lteneva says:

    Thanks, David, for the beautiful pictures and the heartwarming words! But you should also visit other spots from Bulgaria, especially the Rhodopes mountains!

    1. David says:

      Yes I have to return to Plovdiv and go from there. I have good contacts out there so once I have a project for Rhodopes I will go back!

  10. Aglika Markova says:

    TA, David! Bless you!

    1. David says:

      Thank you Aglika!!!

  11. Petar says:

    Hi Dave, as a bulgarian living in Germany and visiting my home unfortunately not to often, i have to thank you for your post. Weil done! The feeling by read it was amazing! Visit the rhodopes and the vallay of the thracian kings and roses next time!

    1. David says:

      My pleasure, Petar! I’m glad you like them.

  12. Anelia says:

    Hi David! Your photos are awesome! Thanks for sharing them.

    1. David says:

      Thank you Anelia!

  13. Pavel says:

    You really show Bulgaria for its best. Sadly, like some other person pointed out, things aren’t nearly as good as a whole. There are many more places you could pay a visit to but some of them are difficult to reach even for us who live there. Raysko praskalo, Kaylaka park in Pleven.. there are museums in Tryavna, Kotel.. the rocks near Blagoevgrad are worth a visit too. It’s as you say, we have potential in the tourism sector but since we’re a rather poor country the government has no funds to invest in it (invest when you can steal? nonsense! :D)

  14. Michael says:

    You should visit Pleven and a small town 35km south – Lovech on your next trip.these are two magnificent cities with a lot of history.

    1. David says:

      I have it in mind for the next time I go. Thanks for stopping by!

  15. Mari says:

    Wow! Great job on capturing my country. I was born in Sofia, I am Armenian and I grew up in New York. There is so much history and so many amazing olaces to see in BG! My first return was in 2009 and I spend the entire week just walking through the center if Sofia (where I grew up) and ended up taking over 2000 pics of the people and architecture! I left feeling that I barely scratched the surface of my homeland….Kudos on a fantastic job of giving a glimpse of this magical place to others!

    1. David says:

      Thank you Mari! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    2. David says:

      Hi Mari, Thank you for the kind words. Happy 2015!

  16. Signe R S says:

    I really love Bulgaria!
    Signe , Sweden

    1. David says:

      Signe, me too!

  17. Petya says:

    Hi I am Bulgarian and These are really some of our beautiful view.Thanks for choosing Bulgaria for your destination.
    And thanks that you show the people our good side cause most of the people think that we have only bad side.Have a nice time Tke care and be well and be welcome again.

    1. David says:

      I only know the good side 🙂

    1. David says:

      Thank you, Rayna!

  18. Dimitar H. says:

    Dear David, thank you for the wonderful presentation of Bulgaria!
    I have a little note to you … The name of the Bulgarian Tsar Ivan Asen = John Asen. You wrote Van Hassan (this is the Turkish name)
    During his time Bulgaria was touched by three seas. http://clip2net.com/s/39S8DWM
    Nice also visit the Rhodopes mountains and Stara planina ( Smolyan, Pamporovo, Devin, Tryavna, v.Bojenci -UNESCO, the stone city Perpirikon ; Belogradchik Rocks and more Krushuna waterfalls, caves Uhlovitsa, Devil’s Throat, Jagodina … These places are unique! I take the liberty to send you a few original images… and thank you again!
    Rhodopes: http://clip2net.com/s/39SfBhB ; http://clip2net.com/s/39Sea59 ; http://clip2net.com/s/39SeC9D ; http://clip2net.com/s/39SeOat ; http://clip2net.com/s/39SeZoA ; http://clip2net.com/s/39SfbTB ; http://clip2net.com/s/39SfSen ; http://clip2net.com/s/39Sg6Mt ; http://clip2net.com/s/39Sgvb2 ; http://clip2net.com/s/39SgSz0 ; http://clip2net.com/s/39Si3vC ; caves : http://clip2net.com/s/39ShxjN ; http://clip2net.com/s/39ShkFr ; http://clip2net.com/s/39ShMnw ; http://clip2net.com/s/39ShUit ;
    Belogradchik rocks : http://clip2net.com/s/39SiWKt ; http://prntscr.com/5odp4u ; http://prntscr.com/5oddox ;
    krushuna waterfalls:
    http://prntscr.com/5odghb ; http://prntscr.com/5odful ;
    Devil’s Throat: http://prntscr.com/5odi4s ; http://prntscr.com/5odj5r ;
    Gabrovo – “Etara” : http://prntscr.com/5odl35 ; http://prntscr.com/5odmwf ; http://prntscr.com/5odok4 ; Shipka : http://prntscr.com/5odq50 ; http://prntscr.com/5odr68 ; http://prntscr.com/5odrp6 ;
    Sipka – temple Nativity: http://prntscr.com/5odtvo ; http://prntscr.com/5odv59 ;
    v.Bojenci – UNESCO : http://prntscr.com/5odvt9 ; http://prntscr.com/5odwtj ; http://prntscr.com/5odxhf ;
    Burgas : http://prntscr.com/5odz0o ; http://prntscr.com/5odzco ; http://prntscr.com/5odzzi ……………………………… 🙂

  19. Beautiful pictures! You have quite an eye for the beauty and unique flavor of Bulgaria. I lived in Pazardjik for a few years, and learned to love Bulgaria, the people and places, and the food you so beautifully pictured. Your photos brought back so many memories of places I’ve been, and set new aspirations for places yet to visit.

    1. David says:

      Hi Bruce, I’m glad you liked our Bulgaria photos. It was an incredible experience! Thank you for your comment and if there’s any info you need, please let me know 🙂

  20. Shane says:

    My girlfriend is Bulgarian. I’d like to surprise her with a trip home next year. I’ve never been, but I’m looking forward to the experience. Thank you for the tour.

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