Bulgaria is an exceptionally picturesque country tucked away in the northern part of the Balkan Peninsula in South Eastern Europe. It has a rich 13-century historical legacy, linking East and West. Bulgaria remembers ancient civilizations and great people who wrote its turbulent history and enjoys a landscape full of contrasts. Her South Eastern frontier borders on Turkey and together with Greece it forms the frontier of Christian Europe.
Veliko Turnovo, the medieval capital of Bulgaria show a remarkable, unique architectural style. It is an unusual city whose stone houses seem perched one above the other on the town hills by the steep banks of the Yantra river. Markets have been brought back to life and skilful craftsmen sell exquisite objects in the small restored workshops. The town has an unbeatable atmosphere with its bridges unexpectedly flying over the river, the towers, the palaces, with its museums, ancient columns with writings left by proud rulers, monasteries with unique murals.
In the nearby village of Arbanassi, founded in the late 15th century everything is authentic: the unique architecture of the Arbanassi houses, the old-time narrow streets, the drinking fountains, the moving mural paintings, icons and original iconostases in the remarkable churches and monasteries. Today Arbanassi elegantly combines the preserved old-time atmosphere with modern conveniences.
The small town of Tryavna is a living museum town. An old crafts’ center, it is one of the cultural centres of the Bulgarian Revival period. Wandering through the narrow cobblestone streets one can admire the richly designed woodcarvings, which abound both inside and outside the houses. They have their unique architectural peculiarities. Well cut and neatly arranged rocks cover the roofs.
Plenty charming privately owned restaurants housed there offer typical Bulgarian dishes. Various authentic villages and sights are scattered in the vicinity and we’ll be visiting the most important ones.
Plovdiv, one of the most attractive and vibrant towns in the country was founded by Philip II of Macedonia in the 4thC BC. It is situated along the two banks of Maritza river around seven unique stone hills. The Old town embodies its long and varied history - Thracian fortifications utilized by Macedonian masons, overlaid with Byzantine walls, and great timber-framed mansions erected during the Bulgarian renaissance and overlooking the Ottoman mosques in the lower town.
Sofia offers a pleasant combination of urbane relaxation and awe-inspiring museums and buildings. Founded over 7,000 years ago, Bulgaria’s modern capital testifies to the country’s eternal bond between past and present. Monuments to its rich Thracian, Roman, Bulgarian and Ottoman history rub shoulders with modem-day edifices of cosmopolitan city life. Over 250 historic landmarks and architectural monuments blend in with the city’s modern skyline.