Cities on the Danube

Mysterious, wild, menacing and beautiful – and then probably also the blue ones – The Danube fascinated the ancient Greeks and terrified the barbarians, but not so much, lest they endanger the peoples on the other side. W VII w. p.n.e. …

Widin – Vidin

Widin, the first major Bulgarian city on the Danube below the Iron Gate (also the Iron Gates; Danube gorge at its narrowest point: 150 m wide and 130 km in length, between the Carpathians and the Danube; in Turkey Demir Kapu, Romanian Portile …

Bulgaria for the inquisitive

FROM ETROPOLE TO VIDIN

The road to the northwest passes through the ancient city of Orchanie, which was named Botevgrad in honor of the poet and apostle of freedom Christ Botev. The day after Botew's death, the Turks and their heads caught the rebels from his Cheta, wbite …

Plewen

Plewen – It is situated on the small rivers Griwiszka and Tuczeniszka. The Thracians lived here (III-II w. p.n.e.), Romans, Slavic, Protobułgarzy. Successive owners of these lands gave the city their names: Storgozia, Alum, Plea. After the capture of Plewen, the Turks strongly fortified the city.
In a beautiful Pleweński park …

Samaritan – Trojan – Lovech

On the way to Chisaria, there is the spa town of Bania, with deposits of therapeutic peat. Samaritan, situated on the slope of Sredna Gora, is the largest spa in Bulgaria with drinking mineral waters and a world-famous balneological center. Spring waters cure various diseases. Famous …

Kazanlak

Kazanlak, an important point on the Burgas-Sofia railway line, it is sandwiched between the ranges of Stara Planina and Sredna Gora, in the Rose Valley. The city is a good base for exploring the surrounding attractions. One of them is the Rose Festival, organized on the first Sunday …

Szipka

At the top of the Szipka Pass (1306 m), over the Stara Planina, between Gabrow and the village of Szipka, there is a huge monument (1934 r.) in honor of Russian soldiers and Bulgarian volunteers, who in August 1877 r. they repelled numerous attacks by significant Turkish forces, attempting to come with …

Stara Planina

Quite a large area of ​​Stara Planina (Balkans mountains) you can watch, traveling from Veliko Tarnovo to Plewen via Gabrovo, Etyr, Szipka, Kazanlak, Karłowo, Trojan and Lovech – or vice versa.
On the way, you pass old monasteries, war memorabilia, peculiar …

Veliko Tarnovo area

MONASTYR PRZEOBRAŻENSKI

Excursion to the Preobrazhensky Monastery, 7 km north of Veliko Tarnovo, can be an excellent complementary trip. The monastery is situated on a wooded hill, at the foot of the cliffs of the Jantry gorge. The fourteenth-century church was destroyed by the Turks. The ruins are located 500 m to the south of …

Weliko Tyrnowo

Veliko Tarnovo played a remarkable role in the history of Bulgaria. The picturesque houses of this tsar city hang over the steep slopes of the gorge, which the Yantra River flows. Ruins of the Tsarevets fortress, almost surrounded by a river, they remind of the times of the Second Bulgarian State (1185-1393), whom Veliko Tarnovo was …

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