Jun 18

Bulgarian Resorts

By Darina | Travel

As the legend has it, when God created the Earth He gave a gift to every country. The nice sea shores to Spain, the mighty Alps to Austria, the Seine river to France. When He finished his work, there was nothing left for the small Bulgaria. Therefor, He took a small piece of every gift, and gave it to Bulgaria.

There are a lot of different kinds of resorts in Bulgaria. For summer – the beaches on the Black sea or some of the old fashioned villages in the mountains. For winter – the ski resorts or visiting some of the bigger cities. A summer (or spring) in Bulgaria:

  • Sozopol – It is a very nice sea resort and is also an ancient village. There are a lot of nice hotels, good restaurants and lovely beaches. Also, the old part of the town is from the 19th century and presents the typical houses for that period. There are some amazing restaurants there, with view to the sea and the beach.
  • Golden Sands (Zlatni Piasatsi) – This is one of the biggest resorts. There are a lot of luxurious hotels and golden sand beaches (as you can see from the name).
  • Nesebar – This town is one of the most ancient in Europe and as you can expect, there is an old town as well as sunny beaches. If you are interested in archeology you can find some interesting buildings there. Don’t forget to see the old mill of the town.
  • Balchik – A nice sea resort. What you can see there is a small castle build by the Romanian queen, when the lands were occupied by Romania. There is also a botanical garden.
  • Primorsko – This resort is in the most south parts of the Bulgarian seashore. What is interesting there is the Ropotamo river which goes into the sea. Around the river the lands are protected because of some unique animals. If you go there do take the little boat and float a bit on the Ropotamo river.
  • Rodopi mountain – This is the perfect place for summer if you can’t stand the heat. The Rodopi mount has some of the nicest old villages with wonderful clear air and friendly people. There you can visit Smolian or Chepelare or Bachkovo.
  • Veliko Tarnovo – This is a town build on a hill. What is interesting there is the medieval castle. If you go there, do check if the light show will be in the time when you’re visiting. It’s worth to see it. It is a show of light and music in the old castle which is performed at night. If you go there do visit also Etara. This is an ethnological museum which is an actual old fashioned Bulgarian village. There you can see how the old Bulgarians have worked, you can try Turkish coffee with white jam and see how the people back in age have performed their crafts.

A winter (or autumn) in Bulgaria:

  • Sofia – The capital of the country is also its biggest city. There are various entertainment there – theater, cinema, musical fests, exhibitions, disco clubs and nightlife. There are also some museums and interesting sights such as the church Aleksander Nevsky, The National Palace of Culture, Sveta Nedelia church, The Park of Liberty, etc. During winter season there is a ski path in the nearby mount Vitosha which is enlightened even at night. There are a lot of bars, pubs and restaurants which have very attractive prices.
  • Plovdiv – This town is actually lovely at every season. There is an old part of the town which is very romantic, as well as a new modern part. Plovdiv is lately a town of culture, and there are usually a lot of interesting events. If you go there during warmer time do go to the old Roman amphitheater where they act and perform operas.
  • Bansko – If you are more keen on winter sports, you can visit Bansko. This is a nice town between two of the highes mountains in Bulgaria – Rila and Pirin. There are several ski paths there and a lot of good hotels.
  • Pamporovo – This is another ski resort. There are a lot of hotels and this place is especially good for ski.

This, of course, is not a full list of good Bulgarian resorts. However I do hope this information is helpful. If you have any questions and/or you want more information, please feel free to leave a comment.

Jun 15

Learn Bulgarian – Video Lesson

By Michel | Language

We just launched our first video lesson to learn Bulgarian. Learn in less than 3 minutes 18 Bulgarian phrases and words, which you can use when you meet people in Bulgaria. We would love to hear your feedback, so we can improve future videos to your needs and wishes!

May 25

Bulgarian Music

By Darina | Culture

“The Mistery of Bulgarian Voices” is not a name given by chance. The video above shows the most cherished Bulgarian song and singer – Izlel e Delio Haidutin by Valya Balkanska. This song has been chosen to be a part of the Voyager Golden Record selection of music included in the two Voyager spacecraft launched in 1977. Most Bulgarians are quite proud of that 😉

Traveller hint: If you like digging in the culture of the country you are visiting, and you like virgin forests and restful vacations you should go to the village of Gela. It is very small, but has the biggest folklore school for singing Bulgarian traditional music. Also, the nature is stunning and it is a great and quiet place to rest.

The Bulgarian traditional music varies a bit in the different parts of the country. The presented song is typical one for the Rodopi mount region. The distinctive regions are Dobrudzha, Sofia, Rodopi, Macedonia, Thrace and the Danube shore. The most famous traditional Bulgarian instrument is the bagpipe. However, there are also some other typical Bulgarian instruments like gadulka (guitar like instrument), kaval (similar to flute) and typan (drum). Besides the interesting voices and singing techniques, the traditional dancing which accompany the Bulgarian music is quite specific as well. The Horo dance is specific Bulgarian entertainment from the old times. It also varies depending of the music – fast or slow and also depending on the region in the country. The best way to show you what it is is to post another video below. Enjoy!

May 20

100 Bulgarian phrases and words for free

By Michel | Language

We created a list with 100 Bulgarian phrases and words for you. You can get the PDF for free on our Homepage on learn-bulgarian.net or subscribe on the right side of this page. The list contains all kind of topics that are needed if you travel to Bulgaria or just want to talk easily to a bulgarian friend. 

Stay tuned, there is much more in the pipeline for the next weeks. The next thing will be a special video, so you learn how to pronounce the words and phrases correctly.

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