Spending Your Holiday In Bulgaria
by David Francis
Although Bulgaria is a small country, located on the Balkan Peninsula, its strategic location, as well as the Black Sea coast and the beautiful nature make this country a preferred holiday destination. Tourists enjoy great summer resorts that offer them clean sandy beaches, spa and balneo resorts where they take advantage of the nature's healing power, the big mountain ranges and vast lowlands.
Black Sea coast is considered to be the main sight that attracts thousands of foreigners during each summer season in Bulgaria. Two of the main beach resorts are Sunny Beach, which is the biggest one and located near to the big city of Bourgas; and Golden Sands, located near to Varna, a beautiful coastal city, known also as Bulgarian Sea capital. There are many other beach resorts along the coast that can complete even with the popular Greece and Spain resorts. They offer cheaper prices and great sunny beaches with a lot of entertainments, facilities, restaurants and night clubs for long or short summer holidays.
Tourists that are interested in archaeology and other relics of the past should necessary visit the beautiful small ancient towns of Sozopol, Nesebar and Balchik also located along the coast.
The coastal cities and beaches are not the only thing that should be seen in this beautiful country, as other parts of Bulgaria also offer great sights, which reveal its culture, traditions and past.
The most visited monastery in Bulgaria is the famous Rila Monastery, located in beautiful Rila Mountain in southwestern part of the country. Being a breathtaking place, this is a sight that should be visited at least once by every tourist. St. John of Rila is its founder, who started the construction in the 10th century. Many reconstructions are made over the years, but the last one is made in 19th century.
There is at least one more attraction that beautiful Rila Mountain offers to all nature lovers and this is the Seven Rila Lakes that form a cirque. The highest of them called "The Tear" is found at 2535 meters in height, but the second, "The Eye" is considered the most popular and the deepest one. "The Kidney" is the third one, which makes a strange form that reminds a giant kidney. The fourth one is also interesting, as the lake is as if split into two parts that is why it is called "The Twins" and is the longest one among the lakes. The irregular form of the fifth lake called "Three-Lobed Lake" is not less attracting. The shallowest one is the sixth one called "The Fish Lake". And the seventh one called "The Low Lake" is located at 2095 meters in height.
A medieval stronghold Tsarevets is another amazing place to visit. It is located in the former Bulgarian capital Veliko Turnovo, in the area of its old town. The beauty of the city itself is unsurpassed being a natural fortress against enemies.
The gorgeous city of Gabrovo located in the central Bulgaria offers tourists another ancient sight, called Etara, an open ethnographic museum that reveals authentic architecture, ethnography and folklore of Bulgarian people. All tourists can buy here ancient handicrafts, traditional dishes and other souvenirs and even watch how the craftsmen make them.
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