Arguably Bulgaria's ugliest town, this place does have its charms, especially if you are interested in Communist-era industrial history.
Situated a few miles from the Turkish border, this small town, which is named after a large town in northern Bulgaria, was in a no-go border zone for about 50 years.
You thought that the Bulgarian Black Sea coast has been hopelessly overbuilt and is now a gaudier version of Ibiza and Mallorca the way they looked in the 1990s? You were told that cheap beer taken in ample quantities at…
There are no Jews in this city situated on a major river in Bulgaria, but their synagogue still stands – in a state of abandonment and severe dilapidation.
Located in the northern reaches of the Rila, this peak of 2,729 metres above sea level is the symbol of Bulgarian rock climbing and mountaineering.
Bulgaria does not have many forts and castles – at least not in comparison to Scotland or Romania – and there are good historical reasons for that. Still, it does have a few, charming reminders of the Middle Ages and…
Usually, winter comes as a surprise to Bulgaria's biggest town. This is the standard explanation that the City Council folk give when there is over in inch of snow and the traffic, especially away from the main roads, gets completely…
This is one of Bulgaria's most popular seaside resorts at a time when... very few visitors come. The 6th of December, in Orthodox hagiography the feast day of St Nicholas – revered also as the protector of seamen, is celebrated…
This is possibly the biggest Communist-era monstrosity in Bulgaria, outshining even the Flying Saucer congress hall-cum-temple at Buzludzha. It was erected in 1981 as part of a megalomaniacal project masterminded by Todor Zhivkov's daughter to mark the 1,300th anniversary of…
In the past, this huge rock in the Black Sea housed a monastery, a prison, a lighthouse and a restaurant.
Perched on top of a Balkan mountain peak, this strange monument, which was abandoned many years ago and now stands in ruins, has recently acquired something of a cult following.
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