The capital’s most striking edifice, built in Byzantine–Muscovite style.
#02 RILA MONASTERY
The country’s most-visited monastic foundation, with fabulous frescoes.
#03 THE OLD QUARTER, PLOVDIV
Get charmed in this nineteenth-century quarter of town, with ornate houses and Roman remains.
#04 MOUNT VITOSHA
Don’t miss this highland village renowned for its role in the April Rising of 1876.
#06 BEACH BARS, BLACK SEA COAST
Enjoy the white sand and drink at the impromptu beach bars, set up all along the coast.
Must sample the delicious and smooth Bulgarian yoghurt (kiselo mlyako), one of the gastronomic highlights of the country, renowned for its health benefits.
The country is a paradise for ornithologists, particularly the areas of Srebarna, Madzharovo and the lakes around Burgas.