Bulgaria Travel BlogTravel guides, itineraries, abandoned places, street art and off-the-beaten-path places in Bulgaria
Hello and welcome to our Bulgaria travel blog. You will find all our Bulgaria blog posts in this section of our website.
Maybe you found our Bulgaria travel blog because you are considering a visit to Bulgaria, or perhaps you are partway through planning a trip to the Balkans. Whatever the reason, we hope we can provide some useful resources and travel tips for Bulgaria.
It is fair to say that our personal discovery of Bulgaria only began around five years ago. Although Mark first visited Bulgaria on a school skiing trip way back, it wasn’t until we began travelling to the Balkans in earnest that we began to really get to know the country. And it wasn’t until we began our socialist-era monument-hunting road trips that Bulgaria that this Balkan gem took a firm hold on us!
We are looking forward to travelling to Bulgaria again as soon as we can – we were supposed to spend a few weeks there last summer (2020) and are hopeful we will be able to get our plans back on track in 2021, but who knows…
Our Bulgaria blog posts are generally aimed at independent travellers and backpackers like us and have a strong focus on travelling around using public transport, staying in budget accommodation and exploring off-the-beaten-path and lesser-visited places.
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A guide to the socialist-era monuments and memorials near Buzludzha in Bulgaria. What to see in and around Shipka and Kazanlak.
How to get from Varna to Chisinau via the Danube Delta. A step-by-step guide on how to travel from Bulgaria to Moldova via Romania by public transport.
Abandoned Bulgaria: urban exploration at an abandoned villa, and the story behind the former summer villa of Pencho Semov, Bulgaria’s “Rockefeller”.
A photo essay featuring twenty-five of the most impressive communist monuments and memorials in Bulgaria.
Photographs of some of our favourite examples of Soviet mosaics in the former USSR. These mosaics are perfect examples of art in post-Soviet states.
On finding an abandoned swimming pool with beautiful mosaics in Lovech, Bulgaria. This abandoned swimming complex was an unexpected find on our road trip.
Of all the derelict places we find, abandoned swimming pools are some of the most alluring. Urban exploration at some of the world’s forsaken swimming pools
Situated in the port city of Varna, the Park-Monument of the Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship is one of Bulgaria’s most imposing Socialist-era relics.
Visiting the groovy Retro Museum in Varna, Bulgaria’s most cosmopolitan Black Sea city. The museum features classic cars and Soviet-era memorabilia.
This is such a genius idea for a garbage bin, don’t you think!? We spotted this Einstein street art on a municipal rubbish bin in Bulgaria’s capital, Sofia.
Explore Veliko Tarnovo street art: we were struck by the large amount of street art in this Bulgarian town. Includes map for a self-guided walking tour.
A suggested Turkey and Bulgaria itinerary, travelling from Istanbul in Turkey to Sofia via Edirne and Plovdiv, Bansko and Rila Monastery in Bulgaria.