Brashlyan village: rustic idyll, ageless beauty, and a rich history

Today I will take you for a walk in the village of Brashlyan, Bulgaria, one of the remarkable places we saw during two of our visits to the Strandzha Mountains. It is a peaceful and picturesque village that has been around for a long time.

 Village of Brashlyan, Bulgaria
Village of Brashlyan, Bulgaria
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20 reasons to visit Zlatograd, Bulgaria

Zlatograd is a picturesque and very lively Rhodope town, close to the border between Bulgaria and Greece. In recent times, it has become popular with its authentic Renaissance houses and the Ethnographic Area Complex. Quite a curious fact about Zlatograd is that it is the birthplace of the voivode Delyu Haydutin. He was a prominent Bulgarian fighter against the Ottoman slavery. The famous Bulgarian folk song that flew into space “Izlel e Delyu haidutin” originates from the Zlatograd’s region. It was sung by Valya Balkanska.

Zlatograd: Ethnographic complex
Zlatograd: Ethnographic complex
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Skaklya waterfall in Bulgaria, all you need to know

There are three Skaklya waterfalls in Bulgaria or at least I am aware of three. About which one of them would you like to know? Well, read below, and you’ll see.

Each Skaklya waterfall is a very nice idea for a day trip from Sofia for any traveler seeking a nature escape. If you wonder what is the best time to visit the falls, springtime or after heavy rains are ideal for experiencing these destinations. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the various Skaklya waterfalls and the trails that lead to them.

Bov Skaklya waterfall
Bov Skaklya waterfall
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Thracian sanctuary at Tatul: one of the 10 wonders of Bulgaria

The sanctuary near the village of Tatul is an ancient megalithic complex, mentioned as one of the most significant in Bulgarian lands. Some researchers believe that 3,500 years ago a Thracian king was buried there, and his tomb later began to serve as a place of worship for the Thracians. According to others, it was a sanctuary of Orpheus, the ancient mythical singer of the Rhodope Mountains. In 2011 the Thracian sanctuary at Tatul was chosen by a national vote as one of the wonders of Bulgaria at the initiative of the Standard newspaper.

The Thracian sanctuary near the village of Tatul: the rock with the tombs and steps
The Thracian sanctuary near the village of Tatul: the rock with the tombs and steps
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Lakatnik Rocks ecotrail: imposing cliffs and incredible views

Lakatnik Rocks is a stone phenomenon in Bulgaria, not far from the capital Sofia. The view from the top of Lakatniк Rocks towards the Iskar Gorge will take your breath away. You can get there by a relatively easy eco-path. The place is a fantastic idea for a day trip from Sofia. The natural beauty and picturesque landscapes of the place can make you an Instagram star at least for a while.

Lakatnik Rocks and the stunning view
Lakatnik Rocks and the stunning view
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Bansko in summer: what to do in Bansko in the summer season

I adore visiting Bansko in the summer. The town fascinates with an incredible spirit, attractive sights and mountain hikes, good hotels and places to eat.

Bansko is a famous ski resort in Bulgaria. However, the weather is amazing here in summer! So, don’t miss out on the glorious sunshine and enjoy the outdoors. It is located 156 kilometers south of the capital Sofia and the driving from Sofia to Bansko takes about 2 hours.

This article is dedicated to the best summer activities in Bansko and nearby. I have personal impressions of the all places below. I recommend them as great things to do in Bansko out of the active ski season. If you have not been to Bansko – read the brief information about each of the sites and you may find a reason to visit the town. The post will definitely help you uncover the hidden gems and delightful experiences that Bansko offers in summertime.

Bansko
Bansko, Bulgaria
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15 remarkable monasteries near Sofia

There are more than 30 monasteries near Sofia. During the last years I got to many of them. In this article I would like to present the most interesting. They are all real centers of spirituality, faith, and culture. In addition, monasteries in Bulgaria are located in quite beautiful places. Therefore, visiting a monastery is a good idea for a lovely walk and a touch to the history.

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The 13 top tourist places to visit in Silistra, Bulgaria

Silistra is a beautiful city on the river bank of the lower Danube. It is a port city that is the administrative center of the Silistra Province, Bulgaria. I’ve been several times to the Silistra region. Let me share with you the best things to do there and the most interesting sites to visit.

Before my first visit in Silistra, I had only associated it with the Danube River. But since then I’ve known that this is a city with a very ancient history, which has preserved significant remains from the time of Thracians, Romans, Byzantines, Slavs and Bulgarians.

Danube River near Silistra
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Iglika eco-trail near the city of Gabrovo

If you happen to go to the region of Gabrovo, Dryanovo, or Veliko Tarnovo, and you want to walk on an easy path with nice views, I recommend you the Iglika eco-path. Its route is just that, it is suitable for people of all ages and can be visited in any season of the year. We were there in the second half of this March, on a sunny but quite windy day. Despite the wind, which tried to move me from time to time, I was very impressed by the walk.

Ecopath Iglika and the view of the Stara planina Mountains
Ecopath Iglika and the view of the Stara planina Mountains
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Mandritsa: the Albanian village in the Rhodopes, Bulgaria

Mandritsa is quite a small village in Eastern Rhodopes. We went there during the first day of our Rhodope adventure, which we called “The Rhodope Highway”. We were full of energy and thirsty for sights and new experiences.

Mandritsa village in the Eastern Rhodopes
Mandritsa village in the Eastern Rhodopes
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