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Tourism and cultural activities in Bulgaria

Visiting

Different Forms of Tourism

Historical
Situated at the crossroads of the East and West, Bulgaria has been home to many civilizations - Thracians, Romans, Byzantines, Slavs, Proto-Bulgarians, and Ottomans. Although Bulgaria is rich in historical artifacts, many of the museums and monasteries still need to be properly advertised and maintained, and some of the most interesting heritage sites may not be easily accessible, due to poor infrastructure.
For further information, visit the website Bulgaria Travel.
Cultural
Listed among the favorite sites of cultural tourism in Bulgaria are the Kazanluk tomb and the Sveshtari tomb, included in the list of the UNESCO-protected world cultural heritage. The KazanlÅ­k Tomb, discovered in 1944 on the outskirts of town, is a Thracian burial tomb from the 4th or 3rd century b.c. The fine murals that decorate the entire tomb distinguish it from 13 similar known examples. The town also has a museum, theatre, opera house, and art gallery.
Sveshari tomb, discovered in 1982 near the village of Sveshtari, is a 3rd-century BC Thracian tomb that reflects the fundamental structural principles of Thracian cult buildings. The tomb has a unique architectural decor.
For further information, visit the website Bulgaria Travel.
Nature
A network of 3 national parks has been set up, 9 natural parks, reserves, as well as 2,234 protected territories and natural landmarks. Of them the "Pirin National Park" and the " Sreburna" biosphere-reserve have been included in UNESCO's world heritage list. Together with further 16 biosphere reserves they offer wonderful conditions for photo-hunting, scientific-and-cognitive tourism and hobby tourism.
Religious
The most famous monasteries are:
- Rila Monastery
- Rozhen Monastery
- Bachkovo Monastery
- Drianovo Monastery
- Pomorie Monastery
- Sokolsky Monastery
- Troyan Monastery

For more information, visit the website Pictures of Bulgaria.

Thermal
Thermal tourism is well-developed in Bulgaria, particularly in the Razlog region.
Beach
The most famous cities on the Black Sea coasts are Nessebar, Sozopol, Varna and Bourgas and the resort town Slanchev briag, named "Sunny Beach".
Winter Sports
Winter sports are currently the second most important Bulgarian tourist attraction. The Pirin, Rila and Rhodopes mountains and Mount Vitosha (whose Aleko ski slopes are less than an hour from Sofia) are the locations of important resort hotels.
Outdoor Activities
While Bulgaria is well known for its skiing, few foreigners realize its potential for activities such as hiking, climbing and caving, nor the country's wonderful natural history. Bulgaria's mountains and lowlands are incredibly rich in wildlife (especially flora and birds) as the country has features of both the Balkan and Mediterranean eco-systems, and is visited by hundreds of migratory species.
You can find below the list of outdoor activities in Bulgaria:
- Hiking: Hiking was first popularized in Bulgaria in the late nineteenth century, when it had patriotic connotations. During Communist times it was regarded as an ideal activity for citizens, and a network of trails and huts ( hizhi ) was created.
- Climbing and caving: Bulgaria's mountainous terrain means that the opportunities for climbing are practically limitless. The most popular areas with mountaineers and rock-climbers are Mt Malyovitsa in the Rila Mountains.
- Mountain-biking: Mountain-biking is slowly catching on in Bulgaria, especially in the Pirin, Rhodopes and Stara Planina, where you can rent bikes from hotels in Bansko and Pamporovo and tourist offices.
- Bird watching: Bulgaria is great for bird watching , being a nesting ground for most European species in spring (May-June) and on the migratory path of many Asian ones in autumn (Sept to mid-Oct), totaling around 400 species in all.
- Zoology, botany and geology: Aside from birds, Bulgaria's fauna includes most of the Balkan and Mediterranean reptiles (over fifty species) and mammals . Mountainous areas are the habitat of bears, boars, wolves, wild cats, deer, foxes and badgers.
Shopping
The main shopping area is the Vitosha Boulevard in Sofia. Bulgarian products, handicrafts, wines, spirits and confectionery can all be purchased.
Tourism Organisations
Bulgarian Tourism Board

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