Bulgaria is most known for its beach resorts at the black sea, but the true is that Bulgaria is a country that has much more to offer its visitors. Bulgaria is characterized by a beautiful nature with mountains, rivers and forests all embedded in surroundings with a rich historical and cultural heritage with old towns and villages, monasteries and treasures where the visitors can experience life of the ancient Bulgarians. This makes Bulgaria the perfect destination for as well winter sports, mountain tourism, rural tourism. Bulgaria is also a country with attractive spa resorts and recreational villages
With its many Thermal springs Bulgaria is the perfect destination for Spa vacation. One of the most recognized spa locations is found in the South Western part of the area arroundn Plovdiv and Velingrad.
Velingrad It is located 130 km from Sofia, in the western part of the Rhodope Mountains. The spa town has a diversity of hot mineral waters that has led to various use of the mineral water – for relaxation, rehabilitation and recovery. In the past years there has been huge investments in upgrading and modernization of the spa facilities and new hotels, and holyday homes are offering the visitors quality accommodation and there are 3 sanatoriums, 140 restaurants and entertainment establishments, a large number of mineral baths, and 22 open and covered mineral swimming pools.
The season in Velingrad is all year round, although the inflow of tourists peaks in the period March to October
Apart from the Spa Tourists the Velingrad there are several natural landmarks and national parks near to the Town which are ideal for Trekking and mountain vacation most of the year, and the Yundola ski resort is situated 16 km from Velingrad. Despite the focus is spa the diverse offers of the region create an opportunity to attract visitors who are not only looking for Spa as well as attracting winter sort- Trekking, and mountain tourism.
Bansko is the largest ski resort in Bulgaria and it has reasonly been upgraded with new facilities and equipment to meet west European standards.
About 90% of all 16 tracks are equipped with canons for artificial snow for high-quality and long-lasting snow cover. There is also a track equipped with lights for night skiing in the region. An open-air ice skating ring works in the town during the winter season. . The total length of the ski tracks is 75 km, as the longest of them is 16 km long.
Bansko is located at a distance of 150 km from Sofia, which makes it accessible from most European countries. Bansko is also the skiing and a snowboarding destination in Bulgaria that attract most as well Bulgarian as foreign tourists.
Besides the being a skiing and a snowboarding destination Bansko is also a cozy town with many typical houses in from the period of Revival (18th – 19th century) and there is a huge amount of restaurants and other entertainment facilities in the town.
Apart from being a ski sports destination in the winter month the area has many other attractions that expand the potential season to all year. Among other the area of Bansko also has multiple historical monuments situated next to one another, which facilitates their visiting.
Bansko is of the National Park Pirin, which makes it an appropriate place for trekking with multiple protected trekking routes in. This also includes tracks for mountain biking. Other all year tourist attractions are mountain climbing, horse riding, and rafting. In the summer period Bansko is known for its festival where especially the international annual Jazz festival is internationally recognized.
The places for accommodation in Bansko is a mixture if hotels, guest houses, villas and apartment complexes.
Borovets is another of the biggest mountain resorts in Bulgaria. It is located at an elevation of 1300 m on the northern slopes of Rila Mountain, some 70 km away from Sofia.
Especially its proximity to Sofia makes it an attractive destination for visitors from the capital.
Borovets is one of the oldest ski resorts in Bulgaria but over the years Borovets has transformed into a modern winter resort with modern, well-maintained equipment, and an excellent capacity.
The skiing area of Borovets includes 24 trails with a total length of over 58 km, cross-country skiing tracks, biathlon, night skiing facilities and a winter park for children. There are 12 lifts and tow-lifts in total. Apart from alpine skiing Borovets is also known for its cross-country skiing tracks that are 35 km long. Borovets also has plenty of restaurants, taverns, pizza restaurants, bars, and discotheques.
During the summer there is a special mountain biking park with 20 marked tracks and Borovets is the starting point of many hiking trails in Rila the Mountain
Veliko Tarnovo is a city in Bulgaria, in the central part of the country. By many Veliko Tarnovo is considered to be one of the most beautiful town in the world. Veliko Tarnovo is the capital of the old Bulgaria capital and is built on slopes. This means that there is an astonishing panorama view most places in the town and many of its buildings are constructed in original Bulgarian old style architecture.
One of the places with the most magnificent view is the Tsarevets hill. In the middle Ages the place was a fortress, but now only several churches and ruins of the royal residence and the patriarchal complex remain. One of the events to experience in Veliko Tarnovo Is the “Light and Sound” performance show, which illustrates the centuries-old history of Bulgaria and its struggle against the Ottoman Empire.
Another place of interest in the town is the artisan quarter called “Samovodska charshiya”. Here are sold different goods, where you can watch the process of production according to old-time technologies or drink a coffee made on a hot sand.
The streets of the old town is the perfect place to take a stroll to experience the atmosphere of Bulgaria of the past. The streets ate narrow and steep with beautiful houses from centuries ago hanging over the river Yantra.
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