Top 5 places to visit in Bulgaria this spring holidays!

“Spring adds new life and new beauty to all that is.”

Bulgaria is in a spring bloom already and the wonderful nature starts to wake up, offering amazing places to visit and enjoy within the country.

With the many spring holidays coming ahead in Bulgaria, we assumed you would have more free time to visit the beautiful landscapes in Bulgaria and no excuses are sustainable.

Since the city life tends to go on a lower level for Easter, here are the top 5 places we picked for you to visit in Bulgaria and make the best of this spring holidays.
1. The Wonderful Bridges

The wonderful Bridges or Chudnite Mostove in Bulgaria, are an amazing creation from nature, formed by the river that flows through Rhodopes, consisting of two marble-stone bridges 40 to 50 meters high. The walkway from the village of Orehovo to the village of Zabardo passes by the Wonderful Bridges.

A legend speaks of the creation of the Wonderful Bridges. Many years ago, there were a lot of shepherds in the locality of the village of Zabardo. A dragon appeared from somewhere and began to ravage their herds. For many years the shepherds suffered from the dragon’s raids. Finally, they came up with a way to outwit him. They loaded a donkey with tinder (dry substance made of wood fungus which is used for making fire from flint and steel), set it on fire and sent it against the dragon. The dragon swallowed the donkey together with the tinder which was burning slowly but surely. The dragon went crazy and desperately tried to escape, and finally found a small hole in the ground. Its huge body opened the crack. Years later, when the dragon bones decomposed, the large arched bridges remained. This way the Wonderful Bridges appeared according to the legend.

Dragon or no dragon, the bridges are a sight to be seen for sure and the beautiful nature surrounding them is perfect for the spring season. An option for accommodation is offered by the huts situated in close proximity to the sites.
2. The Seven Rila Lakes

The Seven Rila Lakes or Sedemte rilski ezera, are a group of glacial lakes, situated in the northwestern Rila Mountains in Bulgaria. They are the most visited group of lakes in Bulgaria. The lakes are situated between 2,100 and 2,500 metres elevation above sea level.

The Seven Rila Lakes are stunning no matter the season, tho there might be snow in early spring. In summer they attract the followers of the spiritual movement of the White Brotherhood and you can see hundreds of people dressed in white perform a dance in big circles. Every lake has a different name which usually goes with a beautiful legend – The Twin, the Fish Lake, the Eye Lake among others.

While you are visiting the lakes, we strongly recommend you to also visit the Monastery of Saint Ivan of Rila, better known as the Rila Monastery. It is the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria and not far away from the capital – Sofia.
3. Belogradchik Fortress

The Belogradchik Fortress or Belogradchishka krepost, also known as Kaleto, is an ancient fortress located on the north slopes of the Balkan Mountains, close to the northwestern Bulgarian town of Belogradchik and is the town's primary cultural and historical tourist attraction. It is one of the best-preserved strongholds in Bulgaria and a cultural monument of national importance. It is the place in Bulgaria where you can feel nature’s genius.

The huge area of weird-shaped reddish rocks is topped with a centuries-old castle. The rocks have long sparked people’s imaginations and many of them have names linked to their shape – the Schoolgirl, The Bee Rock, the Eagle Rock, Adam and Eve, the Horseman, the Thinker and many more. The fortress feels quite spooky if you visit it when foggy.
4. Rock-hewn churches of Ivanovo

In the valley of the Roussenski Lom River, in north east Bulgaria, a complex of rock-hewn churches, chapels, monasteries and cells developed in the vicinity of the village of Ivanovo. This is where the first hermits had dug out their cells and churches during the 12th century. The 14th-century murals testify to the exceptional skill of the artists belonging to the Tarnovo School of painting.

The Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo were included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979. This place is close to nature and gives vibes of unearthly site to be experience, especially for the Christian holidays in Bulgaria, but non the least is an marvelous creation of art, a true aesthetic indeed.
5. Sozopol Beach

Sozopol is an ancient seaside town located 35 km south of Burgas on the southern Bulgarian Black Sea Coast. Today it is one of the major seaside resorts in the country, known for the Apollonia art and film festival (which takes place in early September) that is named after one of the town's ancient names.

The busiest times of the year are the summer months, ranging from May to September as tourists from around the world come to enjoy the weather, sandy beaches, history and culture, fusion cuisine (Balkan, Mediterranean), and atmosphere of the colorful resort.

This non-commercial sea side heaven place is a place with shared history with Greece and Bulgaria and nowadays is a perfect mixture of both. It is a perfect get-away place to recharge yourself and enjoy the beautiful sea.
Bulgaria for sure has many wonderful, breath-taking places to offer you to visit in spring, so feel free to explore and visit as much corners of the country as possible. Hope you’ll take it in a serious consideration the places we picked for you and maybe include some of them (if not all) in your traveling plan around Bulgaria.

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