Bulgaria has it all; from wild mountain ranges and dark woodlands to pretty villages and spectacular fortresses, adventurous travellers will love taking the many different kinds of excursions out here.
Bulgaria encourages exploration. The beaches on the Black Sea coast are long and sandy and there are seven different mountain ranges. For those interested in culture, wildlife and the great outdoors, hurry over to Bulgaria!
Here just a few of the best excursions out there.
Nessebar is an ancient Thracian village and it can be found on Bulgaria’s coast. It dates back to the 2nd century BC and was initially used as a trading port. Back then the village went under a different name, Messembria, until it was developed into the place it is today.
A trip to Nessebar is perfect for those who love ancient history. The village is now like a museum; architectural remains litter the town as well as the old fortifications, aqueducts, amphitheatres and even a temple to the Greek god Apollo (the Greek were the first to settle here.) The town also boasts over 40 churches and while not all of them remain intact, there are plenty of further religious buildings to gaze at, like the Basilica.
The second largest city on the Black Sea Coast, Burgas is a must-see for anyone visiting Bulgaria. Perfect for those who are after sun, sea and culture, Burgas has a good selection of shops and one-off boutiques, too, which makes for a great and varied day out.
Burgas has the largest port in Bulgaria and this includes a Duty Free Zone – so stock up while you can! One place definitely worth going to in Burgas is the Sea Garden. This is a peaceful park where you can take strolls among the many flowers, trees and monuments. The park stretches all the way from the city centre down to the coast. There’s also a zoo in the park which is great fun to walk around.
There’s a lot to do in Burgas so you may want to spend a couple of days here. Culture vultures will love visiting: the Burgas Art Gallery, Museum of Nature and Science, Opera House, St Cyril and Methodius Cathedral and the Puppet Theatre.
If you’re going to visit Burgas, then you might want to consider visiting Varna immediately afterwards as the two cities are closely situated (you can get here by bus from Burgas.) Varna is the largest city in Bulgaria and is known the ‘sea capital’ because it is so lively and cosmopolitan.
If you’re after a trip that will take you to the beach then Varna is for you. Varna beach has kilometres of lovely soft sands which are surrounded by great cafes and restaurants. There’s also a promenade to walk along and an excellent range of sporting activities sports enthusiasts can take part in.