Plan your trip to Bulgaria
Regional Population: 7,450,349
Local Currency: BGN
On the Black Sea, between Romania and Turkey in southeastern Europe, modern Bulgaria was once a part of ancient Thrace, a culture exhibited today by an abundance of archeological sites throughout the country. First established in the 7th century, art and literature thrived during the First Bulgarian Kingdom, known as the “Golden Age” under Tsar Simeon I in the late 9th and early 10th centuries. The Cyrillic alphabet is believed to have been developed in Bulgaria during this time. Later, the country would come under the control of the Ottoman Empire and remain so for 500 years, gaining independence in the 19th century.
From the city life of the capital of Sofia to the varied natural landscapes in three national parks, Bulgaria offers plenty of options for all travelers. A noted landmark is Rila Monastery, situated impressively on the northwest part of Rila Mountain, founded in the 10th century, rebuilt in the 13th and 14th and finally completed in the 19th. For relaxation and rejuvenation, Bulgaria may be the destination of choice. Over 800 natural thermal water springs have led to spas throughout the country. The curative properties of the Bourgas Baths were noted by Byzantine and medieval visitors, proving nice warm baths have always been a pleasure for weary travelers.