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Bulgaria Travel Guide

Bulgaria is a Balkan country bordering Turkey, Greece, Romania, Serbia, North Macedonia, and the Black Sea. When we arrived in Bulgaria after two months in Istanbul, I (Sabrina) immediately asked: why did we leave Istanbul? The thing is Bulgaria has a rough and charmless exterior. However, if you can get past the initial gruffness, you’ll come to know that Bulgaria has a lot to offer. Travel in Bulgaria isn’t neatly packaged for tourists. But, once you dig in and spend some time, you’ll likely have a very rewarding experience. After our trip, we were indeed glad we came.

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Bulgaria Travel Guide

Bulgaria Travel Guide Overview

  • Bulgaria Travel Basics
  • Where to Go in Bulgaria (Map)
  • What to Experience in Bulgaria
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Old Town of Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Bulgaria Travel Basics

Official Name: Republic of Bulgaria

Capital: Sofia

Government: Parliamentary Republic 

Regions: Bulgaria is divided into 28 provinces. 

Population: 7.1 million 

Language: Bulgarian

Currency: Bulgarian Lev (BGN)

Payment Culture: Cash, though we were able to use our credit cards in Sofia and Plovdiv almost everywhere.

Tipping Etiquette: 10%

Water Quality: In Sofia, tap water is generally safe to drink. However, as you travel beyond the capital, we recommend only drinking filtered water.

Something Interesting: The Cyrillic alphabet was invented by two monks (Cyril and Methodius) in the First Bulgarian Empire in the 10th century. Cyrillic is used in Russia and in other Balkan and Slavic nations. 

 
Sofia Roman Ruins, Bulgaria

Where to Go in Bulgaria

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Bulgarian Saying

A guilty person runs when he isn’t chased.

What to Experience in Bulgaria

Our favorite things to see and do
St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Bulgaria
St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

Sofia

The capital of Bulgaria feels like a living and breathing history book – one that you can walk right into. In a single day, you can discover Sofia’s ancient Greek, Roman, medieval, Ottoman-era, and communist past.

At the Serdika Metro Station, you can walk on an ancient Roman street, gaze at a communist-era building complex (the Largo), and see an Ottoman-style mosque (Banya Bashi). History aside, Sofia is an amazing destination for food and wine.

Look for accommodation in Sofia.

Here’s a perfect Sofia One Day Itinerary

 
Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Plovdiv

Plovdiv

Bulgaria’s second largest city is a fascinating destination for travelers who love history, wine and offbeat places. It’s also considered the oldest continuously inhabited city in Europe. It was the ancient Thracians, a collection of Indo-European tribes, who originally settled in Plovdiv.

You can easily visit Plovdiv as a day trip from Sofia, or even better as a 2-day trip.

Look for accommodation in Plovdiv.

Learn about how to spend a wine-themed day in Plovdiv.

 
Sofia Saint George Rotunda, Sofia, Bulgaria
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  • Julian Alps, Slovenia.

Three years ago, we hiked hut-to-hut from Vršič Pass to Lake Bohinj, a trip which cemented our love for this region. We’ve revisited every year since, unable to resist the call of these gorgeous limestone mountains.

Have you hiked in the Julian Alps?
  • 5 things to do before going on a hut-to-hut hike:

1. Download a few books on your Kindle or preferred e-reader.

2. Download relevant maps on Map.me, so you can navigate offline.

3. Cut your toe nails.

4. Pack your passport and Alpine Club Membership Card.

5. Print train/transit tickets.

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  • New Dolomites Trail Guides on www.moonhoneytravel.com:

🥾Lago di Braies to Hochalpenkopf

🥾Val di Funes to Tullen Summit

🥾 Gran Cir 

🥾Alpe di Siusi to Rifugio Bolzano and Rifugio Alpe di Tires

🥾Santa Maddalena Panorama Trail in Val di Funes

Happy hiking!
Sabrina & Kati
  • Sunrise walk on Alpe di Siusi (Seiser Alm, Mont Sëuc).

One of the luxuries of staying on the plateau is being able to easily experience sunrise. 

From @hotel_steger_dellai, we set out on an early morning walk, savoring the solitude and stillness of the plateau. It’s the most magical time of day. A few hours later, the same trails are overrun with e-bikes, cyclists, large groups, and even horse-drawn carriages.
  • Rätikon High Trail Circuit in Austria and Switzerland.

We‘d do this hike again in a heartbeat.

What’s the most beautiful hut to hut hike you’ve trekked?
  • Alpe di Siusi (Seiser Alm) in South Tyrol, Italy, is the largest alpine pasture in Europe. The rolling plateau is home to wonderful huts, hotels, and of course hiking trails. Here are some places/trails we recommend: 

1. Rauchhütte is a gourmet hut well-known for their fine selection of wine and food. This is a great place to eat when hiking the Hans and Paula Steger Trail.

2. Alphorn concert. Each week, an ensemble of alphorn players casually gathers together at a hut on Alpe di Siusi to play. You can show up and listen (no fee/no registration needed). The destination changes each week. You can ask @alpedisiusi.seiseralm when and where the next concert is.

3. Gostner Schwaige (alpine pasture hut). They produce their own dairy products. If you visit, you have to try their Heublütensuppe (hay flower soup).

More tips in our Alpe di Siusi Guide (Link in bio).