Khans, Tzars, Orpheus, Spartacus, Thracians, Levski, Botev … All of them start with capital ‘B’ for Bulgaria. These are also the places that you can see on your Bulgaria vacations.
Bulgaria is the Thracians – great warriors and horsemen that were feared and outsiders respected them. It is also the country of accomplished artists and farmers who grew wealthy from trading jewelry, copper and gold. Their fierce weaponry is in archaeological museums around the country. Anyone who likes to see it, can do it there. Many tombs, discovered mainly in central Bulgaria – the region of Kazanlak and Shipka, reveal the Thracians’ rituals, their beliefs. A gold mask and a bronze head of a Thracian King have been found there.
Places to see and things to do on Bulgaria vacations are waiting you to discover them. These are Rila Mountain that gave home to the Rila Monastery, the magnificent holy cloister, unity of spirituality, culture and nature. Then Rupite – a source of energy. Also the medieval archaeological complex Perperikon – the ancient monumental megalithic structures. Certainly the ‘Kukeri’ Festival – costumed men who perform rituals intending to scare the evil away and to announce the coming of spring. Another one is Nestinarstvo – a fire ritual that barefoot men and women (nestinari) perform on zharava (smouldering embers)… Visit Bulgaria and experience these places and take more mystical Bulgaria tours!
Bulgaria vacations in the sea of events, Golden times
Yes, good foundations had been laid. Time for the invaders and conquerors. First the Greeks, followed by the Scythians. Then the Romans, Byzantines and the Turks. (Istanbul guided tours) Nobody had ever spared Bulgaria. All of them left their indelible marks on the lands of that country. For us, the successors, to see, learn and know our Bulgaria travel experience.
Surely, the country had its golden times. Times when its territory had expanded a lot. Times when the Bulgarian Empire had been the largest and most powerful in Europe. That was in the 9-th century. It was Bulgaria’s cultural golden age as well.
Rila Monastery and Bulgaria vacations
After the Rise followed the Fall, the Decline – the Byzantines, then the Ottoman Turks. Bulgaria managed to break free but paid high price. Many Bulgarians were killed or taken into slavery, churches and monasteries destroyed or closed. Rila Monastery – the unity of spirituality and culture was the spiritual, educational and cultural centre of the whole Bulgarian nationality. It also played a very important role in the forming of the nation of Bulgaria. Nowadays, that place is a beautiful memory of those times. The monastery is one of Bulgaria destinations that can give you a combination of history, beauty and grandeur. This is due to both the monastery and the Rila Mountain with its lakes.
Bulgaria vacations and tours in ex-‘red’ Bulgaria
Then followed the wars – the Balkan Wars, World Wars I and II.
It carried on like that until the year 1945 when Bulgaria became ‘red’. The Communist Party took over. The Party adopted a new constitution, forced the royal family into exile. For 45 years.
Then on 10 November 1989 a new phase in Bulgarian history started to become reality – the Bulgarian Democracy.
For better or for worse Bulgarians live with the rules of the Democracy today.
One thing is certain – each period, each event from the Bulgarian history left its mark on the landscape – visible or not visible.
Come and feel the history of my country! You simply have your Bulgaria vacations and let Bulgaria find its place in your hearts!