Bulgaria is a small country of 7 million located in the Balkans region of Europe. Romania borders it to the north, Serbia and Kosovo to the west, North Macedonia to the south, and Greece and Turkey to the east.
Bulgaria has a long and rich history dating back to ancient times. Thracian tribes settled in the country in the 4th century BC. Throughout its history, Bulgaria swapped hands between the Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans. It is now a diverse, modern country with a rich cultural heritage.
One of Bulgaria’s top attractions is its glorious Black Sea coast, which I explored in 2013. Rila National Park and Pirin National Park are also popular with hikers, climbers, and other outdoor enthusiasts.
Bulgaria is also home to many cultural and historical attractions, including the Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak, Rila Monastery, and the ancient Beehive Tomb in Pomorie.
Bulgaria is known for its folk music, dance, and cultural festivals. You can also visit its world-class museums and galleries, including the National Art Gallery and the National History Museum.
Bulgarian cuisine blends Eastern European, Mediterranean, and Ottoman influences. It is known for its hearty fare, such as banitsa, a famous cheese-filled pastry. Kavarma (stewed meat and vegetables), meshana skara (mixed grill platter), and tarator (a cold, yogurt-based soup containing garlic, dill, lemon, and other herbs) are also staples. Bulgaria is also known for its dairy products, such as feta cheese and kaymak (clotted cream), and its delicious pastries and desserts, such as baklava and halva.
Bulgaria has something for you whether you’re interested in relaxing beach towns, thrilling history, or rich and flavorful cuisine. This underrated travel destination is one of my top hidden gems worldwide!