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Bulgaria - known and unknown

The world is full of interesting and beautiful places, but some of them are rather off the beaten track. To many people Bulgaria is still a land to be discovered, and when they do discover it, they may well reproach themselves for notdone so before.

Bulgaria has a truly unique natural environment - striking topographic variety within a relatively small compass, scenic landscape with an abondance of rivers, lakes and mineral springs, and rich plant and animal life. Combined with the remarkable cultural, historical, ethnographic and architectural diversity, this will arguably make Bulgaria one of the most popular tourist destinations.

The favorable climate and diverse environment have created conditions for human settlement on this territory for thousands of years. One of the earliest civilizations that flourished in the Bulgarian lands in the 6th - 5th millenia BC created the world's oldest gold treasure discovered to date - the Varna Gold Treasure.

Few countries in the world have such a rich and varied cultural and historical heritage. The country's more than 230 museums display many invaluable objects that testify to the advanced culture of their creators. Currently, the UNESCO List of World Heritage includes 9 Bulgarian sites - 7 cultural monuments and 2 natural reserves, all of them recognised for their exceptional value.

More than 160 Bulgarian monasteries preserved the Bulgarian spirit throughout the centuries. Unique and most visited are Rila Monastery and Ivanovo Rock Monasteries, both UNESCO sites.

The Bulgarian Renaissance towns - Veliko Turnovo, Old Plovdiv, Koprivshtitza, Tryavna, Melnik, Bozhenzi and many others give the possibility to feel the Bulgarian spirit and offer excellent conditions for cultural tourism. Whole quarters with houses have been declared heritage parks. Self-taught masters have built remarkable houses, clock towers, bridges, public drinking fountains and wells.

The Bulgarian folk art and lifestyle still amaze experts. The traditions of Thracians, Slavs and Proto-Bulgarians have been kept alive in many families and passed from one generation to another. Customs, rituals, costumes and songs alternate from region to region.

Specific and diverse, they are united by Bulgaria's long history and have preserved the Bulgarian identity over the centuries. Element of pagan rituals have survived in folk costumes of mummers and fire-dancers. Today, Bulgarian folk rites and customs are re-enacted at festivals and song competitions.

Brief demonstrations of traditional production activities in our lands - wine, attar of roses and crafts (pottery, woodcarving, embroidery, etc.) are offered in the Etura open-air ethnographic museum near Gabrovo, in Kulata ethnographic museum in Kazanluk, in Old Plovdiv, Bansko and many others.

The best way to see, feel, touch and taste all the above is to visit Bulgaria. The team of AltoursBG is at your disposal.

Our 'Get to know Bulgaria' tours will acquaint you with some of the most impressive places in Bulgaria, some of them internationally known and unique:

Alexander Nevski Cathedral - with the world's richest icon collection in its Crypt

Rila Monastery - the most visited site in Bulgaria, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List

Thracian gold treasures and traces of mankind's oldest civilization with the world's oldest crafted gold

Old Bulgarian capitals - testimony of the greatness and glory of the Bulgarian spirit

Famous museum towns - architectural masterpieces from the Bulgarian Renaissance

You will be charmed by the Bulgarian culture, folklore, wine and breath-taking scenery. Contact our Bulgarian tour agencies for more details.

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