Bulgaria’s intangible cultural heritage

From carpet-weaving to fire-dancing.

Monasteries, mountains and magnificent architecture: the best of Bulgaria

What not to miss on a visit to this culturally rich country.

Brighten up your day with the world’s most colourful places

Sit back and enjoy this kaleidoscope of colours.

Welcome to Bulgaria: a land of magnificent monasteries

While some are a carnival of colour, others are characterised by a serene tranquillity.

Burgas Wetlands: the birding Mecca

This area is attractive to birdwatchers all year round.

Food and drink in Bulgaria

There are said to be three great cuisines in the world: French, Chinese and Turkish. Bulgarian cuisine is very similar to Turkish. Its strengths…


This mountain town is famous for its revolutionary past and its beautiful and photogenic houses. Koprivshtitsa is a place that deserves to be thoroughly explored –…


The UNESCO-listed Old Town is a photographer’s dream: painted, timber-framed houses leaning across steep, cobbled streets. With its attractive Old Town, Plovdiv is often…

Health and safety in Bulgaria

Health There are state-run hospitals, private medical centres and local polyclinics in Bulgaria. Doctors are extremely well qualified and able, but they are often…

Travel and visas – Bulgaria

Visas UK nationals who hold a UK passport endorsed ‘British Citizen’ do not need a visa to visit Bulgaria for a period of up to…


A pocket-sized capital with iconic gold-domed churches, layers of ancient history, fine museums, a yellow-brick road and even its own mountain. Sofia has the…

Veliko Turnovo

The former Bulgarian capital has a spectacular riverside location on high cliffs, and hosts many important buildings from the country’s long history. Veliko Turnovo was the capital…


Situated on a picturesque peninsula, the coastal resort of Nesebur has a wealth of Byzantine churches. The beauty of Nesebur is threatened by its…

Rila Monastery

Bulgaria’s finest monastery lies behind fortress walls; its church’s frescoes are an explosion of colour, in contrast to the dark pine forests nearby. The road to Rila…

The world’s best lesser-known wine regions

We’ve all heard of Burgundy and Tuscany, but what about Kosovo and Israel?