The Guardian: Bulgaria’s Hidden Treasures Lie Beyond Cheap Beach Holidays

Views on BG | May 8, 2016, Sunday // 16:57| Views: | Comments: 3
Bulgaria: The Guardian: Bulgaria’s Hidden Treasures Lie Beyond Cheap Beach Holidays Central Balkan mountain. Photo: Wikipedia

In an article published in The Guardian on Sunday, Kate Eshelby argues that there is much more to Bulgaria than the cheap beach and ski holiday packages the country is best known to foreign tourists.

Eshelby takes the readers on a trip to north central Bulgaria, drawing attention to the less known parts of the country, which are charming for their mountainous scenery, monasteries, cuisine and traditions.

The capital Sofia, a city possessing multiple layers of history, ranging from its ancient Roman ruins to its gold-domed Eastern Orthodox churches and Stalinist architecture, is the starting point of the trip.

From Sofia, the author heads to the Central Balkan National Park containing the largest protected beech forest in Europe and a rich fauna represented by wolves, bears and golden eagles.

Apart from the natural attractions, the central part of the Stara planina mountain range has also many cultural sites to offer, such as the charming mountainous villages of Oreshak and Chiflik. Oreshak is known for its ceramic industry, while Chiflik is famous for its hot mineral springs and open-air pools.

The richly decorated Troyan monastery and Cherni Osam museum with taxidermed animals are two other tourist attractions in the area.

There is much more to discover in the nearby towns of Lovech and Veliko Tarnovo and the village of Arbanasi. Lovech has a medieval fortress as does Veliko Tarnovo, which used to be the capital of Bulgaria in the Middle Ages, while the Nativity Church in Arbanasi impresses with its floor-to-ceiling frescoes.

Read the full article here.

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Ivailo Ivanov - 25 May 2016 // 22:20:10

Tourism is important but it is not primary creation of material wealth..and without industry there will be no education no science no healthcare etch..yeas Prague is gaining money from tourism but they preserved their industry and because of that they preserved their population inside their country.. look at their industry they continue to make planes and etch..

viking - 17 May 2016 // 16:35:37

You have your tongue in cheek or are you serious?
I said it 15 years ago and repeat it today;
Tourism money is almost "free" money and is the one thing that is needed to create economic balance in Bulgaria.
Without tourism almost all European countries would be in trouble (except maybe Germany).
Why do you think the Brits keep the Queen around? Tourism
Why are Paris and Prague kept as they are? You got it, Tourism and all the money tourist spend

Seedy - 15 May 2016 // 06:52:53

The Guardian, for Pete\'s sake! Haven\'t we got enough Commies infesting the place without encouraging Champagne Socialists to come here and patronise the country?

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