1. The oldest country in Europe
What is Bulgaria best known for? Bulgaria is oldest country in Europe! Founded by AD 681 Khan Asparuh and has retained its original name ever since. Bulgaria is also known for its natural diversity, such as mountains, plains, Black Sea coast, rivers, lakes and thermal springs. If you love churches, history and culture, you will see unique historical monuments in Bulgaria.
2. Second place in Europe in terms of number of hot springs
Did you know that Bulgaria ranks second in Europe for thermal springs?
Bulgaria is rich in hot springs and mineral springs throughout country. Bulgaria with more than 700 mineral springs leads not only in Europe but also in world among spa destinations. The ancient Thracians discovered healing properties of hot springs and founded settlements near them. The Bulgarians defended Bulgarian lands as a recreation center for emperor and army. With 42 mineral springs, Sofia is the capital of richest mineral springs on Earth.
Sapareva Banya — the hottest fountain in Europe with a temperature of 103°C! This is a symbol of city, known since Roman Empire for its healing waters.
3. Land of Roses
The Bulgarian Rose Valley is one of most romantic places in country. Since ancient times, near cities of Kazanlak and Karlovo, we have been producing 85% of rose oil in world. Bulgarian rose oil, known for its noble aroma, is used in perfumery and medicine.
4. Lavender fields in Bulgaria
Stephen recommends visiting country in May and June to enjoy colorful Rose Picking Ceremony and Rose Festival. Kazanlak Rose Festival 2021 will be held on first weekend of June - June 5-7. Karovsky Rose Festival will be held on last weekend of May - May 30, 2010.
5. Delicious yogurt
The most delicious Bulgarian yogurt is another pride of country, perhaps best in world. The unique flavor comes from Lactobacillus bulgaricus (bacteria), which can only grow on Bulgarian soil.
What is Bulgaria best known for? Every year on March 1st you can join Baba Marta celebration. This is a holiday dedicated to arrival of spring, and all Bulgarians exchange small tassels and bracelets made of white and red yarn, called martenitsa.
May 18, 2023
May 18, 2023