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Are you familiar with the Belogradchick Rocks? Belogradchick Rocks are located in northwestern Bulgaria on the foothills of the Balkan Mountains. The rocks hare a Natural Landmark by the Bulgarian government and a major tourist attraction.
The unusual shape of the rocks (up to 200m in height) and variation in color (primarily red to yellow) and form turn these rocks from scientific landmarks to stories of legends. The formation of the Belogradchik Rocks contain 5 groups of rocks forming unique shapes similar to a Mushrooms, a schoolgirl, a bear, the Lion, the Madonna and the Horseman to name a few.
The Belogradchik Rocks plays an important part of Bulgarias tourism. In 2009 the rocks were Bulgaria’s nomination in the campaign for the New 7 Wonders of Nature. In 1984 the Rocks of Belogradchik were included in the tentative list of World Heritage Sites in Bulgaria.
Another interesting nearby is the town of Balchik in northeastern Bulgaria. Balchik is a coastal town near the Black Sea. There you can find the well-known gardens and baths of the Balchik Palace.
Moving along the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast you can also find the historic city of Nesebar. Some might know it as the Pearl of the Black Sea, Nesebar has over 3 millennia of history which is why the historic buildings have been included on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1983.
Added to the list of UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1993, historical elements include the highest number of churches per capita. A group of 40 churches have survived over the centuries dating back to the 5th & 6th century.
Other notable elements include the wooden windmill before the town entrance, revival houses in the old town and strong fortifications at the entrance of Nesebar.
The village of Arbanasi, Bulgaria has become a popular tourist destination in Bulgaria. With a large number of historical monuments, you can imagine the rich history that Arbanasi has amassed over the centuries. Notable 15th and 18th-century churches like Church of the Nativity of Christ to Monastery of Saint Nicholas visitors flock to the area in which Antarctica was named after.
Bulgarian travel certainly isn’t for everyone, but the rich history and luscious landscapes keep tourist traveling to the area year after year.
If you were creating a European itinerary, would you include Bulgaria based on the information that you learned today?