For centuries Bulgaria has been witness to a turbulent history with many empires laying claim to the country, but with the departure of Communism, the country has since grown to embrace its tourism with new energy and inspiration. Visitors to this mostly unexplored Balkan heart can embrace a highly diverse selection of remarkable, ten natural wonders of Bulgaria: from mist-shrouded mountains to ancient forests, glacial lakes and caves; immense rocks arranged by gods of folklore; and well-preserved eco-systems of flora, fauna, and wildlife.
Travellers who roam here will be impressed by its rich beauty and untamed Bulgarian nature that’s so easy to experience within its numerous UNESCO sites, nature reserves and national parks.
It’s hard to beat the combination of breath-taking views and precious legends for anyone with an adventurous spirit.
1. THE RILA LAKES
If there’s one magnificent view to take your breath away, it could well be the Seven Rila Lakes. These glacial lakes are over 2000m high and are situated in the Rila National Park, the largest protected area in Bulgaria. Terraced between pine forests, deep valleys, majestic rocks and grassy slopes, the Cirque of the lakes lead up the mountain like large footprints and are named after their characteristic features: The Tear (highest), The Eye, The Kidney, The Twin, The Fish and The Lower Lake.