The lovely village of Kosovo, Bulgaria nestled in the Rhodope Mountains.
This past year I had the incredible opportunity to travel to Bulgaria for the first time. Thanks to a trip arranged by the Kosovo Houses (check out my profile of this mountain retreat on EuroCheapo), I was able to explore the beautiful Rhodope Mountains, the charming city of Plovdiv (where I stayed at Guest House Old Plovdiv), and the vibrant capital city of Sofia.
Another bonus of Bulgaria are the very low costs. If you had the chance to backpack around Europe in the 1990s like I did, you’ll feel like you’re on a trip back in time with beers for $1 and good hotel rooms for $30 or less. Both Plovdiv and Sofia have fantastic walking tours that I highly recommend — check out Free Plovdiv Tour and Free Sofia Tour for more information.
Here are just a few of the scenes I wandered upon during my trip. With warm people and stunning scenery both in the countryside and cities, you should add Bulgaria to your travel list in 2017.
The Wonderful Bridges, a magnificent rock formation in the Rhodope Mountains.
Overlooking historic Plovdiv from one of the highest points in the city.
The Plovdiv Regional Ethnographic Museum is housed in a mansion from 1847.
The guards in front of the Bulgarian Presidential Offices.
The former Communist Party headquarters in Sofia.
Walking up a stone path towards Kosovo Houses.
The Bachkovo Monastery that dates back to 1083.
Asenovgrad Fortress perched high in the Rhodope Mountains.
Guest House Old Plovdiv offers charming and affordable rooms.
A tram running through Sofia.
Ancient Roman ruins near the central mosque in Sofia.
Walking from the train station to central Sofia.
Hiking past a beautiful waterfall in the Rhodope Mountains.
A relaxing afternoon at the charming Kosovo Houses.
About Craig Nelson
Exploring, cooking, drinking, riding the subway, bowling...a writer and editor based in New York.
I'm a city lover who edits the blog for EuroCheapo, writes for ShowTickets.com, explores for Spotted By Locals and has worked at various under-the-radar companies like Google.
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Stunning photos and it’s lovely to welcome a new Bulgarophile to the world. Thanks for sharing your great trip to one of my favorite places.