Bulgaria is a country in the Balkans on the western side of the Black Sea. It is surrounded by Romania to the north, Serbia to the northwest, the Republic of Macedonia to the southwest, Greece to the south, and Turkey to the southeast.
Bulgaria is one of the few exotic nations of Europe, due to the fact that it boasts beautiful beaches, lovely churches, winter sport opportunities, to name a few. Although it is not regularly visited compared to other European nations, it is a beautiful place, with a wide range of activities for a traveler to do. It is also host to many wonderful accommodations, vacation rentals, condo rentals and apartment rentals.
Sofia is the capital and a major point of interest in Bulgaria, featuring nice parks, a nice town center, many bars, pubs, and disco clubs, over 250 historic landmarks and architectural monuments, and a great deal of cultural places of interest. It is one of the oldest cities in Europe with beautiful historic lodging in and around local sites. Accommodation, vacation rental, condo rental and apartment rental choices are varied and will suit all budgets.
Some interesting local holidays include Baba Marta (Grandma Marta) on March 1. During this Bulgarian holiday people give each martenitsa, a type of white-red yarn, as a symbol of health. Ss. Cyril and Methodius Day on May 24. The day of St. Cyril (827-869) and St. Methodius (826-884) celebrating the two who created the Cyrillic alphabet. A beautiful holiday celebrated with lots of flowers, music, and joy. Local accommodations, vacation rentals and apartment rentals get booked well in advance during festive seasons.
Bulgarian cuisine is a representative of the cuisine of south-eastern Europe with some Turkish and Greek influences, but it has some unique elements. The relatively warm climate and diverse geography produce excellent growth conditions for a variety of vegetables, herbs and fruits. Popular local dishes includes the most popular Bulgarian salad, the shopska salad, which is a mix of tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, raw or roasted peppers. Traditionally it is dressed only with salt, sunflower or olive oil and vinaigrette. Another popular salad is the snow white salad, the shepherd salad and the lyutenitsa.
Traveling around Bulgaria visitors are not only spoilt by the truly local accommodation, vacation rental and apartment rental options but will encounter some unexplored European treasures. The Ivanovo Rock Churches is a rock monastery compound of the Holy Archangel Michael, with partially preserved churches. Themurals in the Church of the Holy Virgin have been described as some of the most significant achievements of 14th century Bulgarian medieval art. The churches are located about 20 km away from the city of Rouse, east of the village of Ivanovo, in the rocks of the Rousenski Lom Nature Park.
The Rila Monastery is one of the most impressive monastery compounds in Bulgaria with exceptional architectural and artistic merits. Founded in the 10th century, rebuilt in the 13th-14th century, a literary centre in the 15th century and completed in its present-day striking appearance during the 19thcentury. A spiritual centre of the Bulgarian people, it is located in the northwest part of the Rila Mountain, about 20 km from the town of Rila and about 120 km from Sofia.