Is Bulgaria Worth Visiting?

Bulgaria, a captivating country nestled in southeastern Europe, is a fascinating blend of culture and natural beauty that remains relatively untapped by mainstream tourism. Known for its diverse landscape that encompasses the sun-kissed Black Sea coastline, striking mountains, vast plains, and charming villages, Bulgaria boasts a plethora of landmarks like the ancient architectural wonders in Nesebar, UNESCO-listed Rila Monastery nestled amidst pine-clad mountains, and the historic capital city of Sofia with its onion-domed churches and gold-domed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. With a rich history stretching from ancient Thracian tombs to remnants of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, decadent wineries, vibrant folklore, traditional crafts, and a burgeoning art scene, Bulgaria is an enchanting blend of Eastern and Western influences waiting to be explored.

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Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 7 experiences

Rating summary

Things to do

4.2/5

Safety

4.6/5

Food

4.2/5

Budget-friendly

3.7/5

Solo travel experience

Spent 4 days in Bulgaria, 2 in Sofia and 2 in Plovdiv. Stayed at a hostel as a solo female traveller Felt extremely safe in both places, no street harrassment or attempts at scamming. There are enough cool activities you can book on GYG. Highly recommend going to the Rila Monastery and definitely don’t stick to just Sofia, Plovdid is magnificent. The country is pretty inexpensive, just check prices before wandering in somewhere. Bulgarians are nice people, if you stop them for help they’ll try to help you even if they dont speak English well

Posted: January 17, 2024
Things to do: 3/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Had a great time with my son visiting home city in Bulgaria this summer of 2023 We were visiting a few places and experiencing delicious foods Planning to visit my family in Bulgaria every year , beautiful country and culture

Posted: December 21, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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I went to Bulgaria last summer (Sofia for 3 nights) and it was so nice! I only paid for accommodation, they have free tours every day, I chose a few different ones! I think there was one about communism theme, one about food and drink, and one general! Also, I climbed a mountain there, which was also free and there was a guide! Overall it's a charming place and friendly people.

Posted: February 14, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I went to Bulgaria last May. I stayed in Plovdiv, which is a very nice city. From there I rented a car and drove to Sofia in one day. I felt very safe.

Posted: December 1, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Travel Plan: Day 1: Sofia Day 2: hike in Rila National Park Day 3: hike in Pirin National Park Day 4: Sofia Safety: Bulgaria is a very safe country if you follow common-sense rules. Recommendations: Bulgaria is beautiful and really inexpensive.

Posted: September 25, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Travel Itinerary: - Iskar Gorge - Seven Rila Lakes - Vitosha Mountain - Rila Monastery - Plovdiv - Bansko - Zlata Panega Food: I really enjoyed tarator (soup) and shopska salad Safety: Bulgaria is a very safe country, and most of the people I met were incredibly friendly and helpful Budget: Bulgaria is a very cheap country. Recommendations: Bring cash with you. In smaller towns, only cash is accepted.

Posted: July 20, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Gamze

Gamze

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Gamze Perçin I am 27 years old and I live in Bulgaria. i am originally Turkish. I am a volunteer teacher in Bulgaria. I love traveling the world and meeting new people.

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Ekaterina

Ekaterina

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I'm Ekaterina.I'm 47 year old, i love travelling and meeting new people

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Ekaterina

Ekaterina

Plovdiv

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7 days

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I'm Ekaterina.I'm 47 year old, i love travelling and meeting new people

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Gamze

Gamze

Bulgaria

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3 days

About me

Gamze Perçin I am 27 years old and I live in Bulgaria. i am originally Turkish. I am a volunteer teacher in Bulgaria. I love traveling the world and meeting new people.

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