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600 years old Wooden mosque and healing stones attract visitors in a remote bulgarian village

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The wooden mosque in Podkova village is shrouded in mysteries. Podkova is another amazing old village in the folds of the Eastern Rhodopes, which ignited my imagination. The village does not shine with preserved architecture or natural beauties, but it’s hidden gems attract more and more tourists. The village of...

7 adventure ideas for a fun weekend near the Danube

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The region of the Danube riverside town Ruse is one of the best adventure destinations in this part of the Balkans. How can you spend an unforgettable weekend in this beautiful part of Northeastern Bulgaria? Here are some suggestions: 1.Have a motorboat trip to the Lyulyak island or to the...

Explore the Deaf Stones Thracian Sanctuary (VIDEO)

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The Deaf Stones (Guhite kamani)  rock sanctuary shrine is one of the largest Thracian cult – burial complexes in the Rhodope Mountain (Southeast Bulgaria). The santuary dates from the early Iron Age (XII – VI centuries BC.) and was used during Antiquity and Middle Ages. Cultural layers, thick over 2.5...

Ribnovo and its ancient wedding tradition

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In one of the mountainous areas of southwestern Bulgaria is the Muslim-Bulgarian village of Ribnovo. It seems like time has stopped here and locals stubbornly stick to their patriarchal values, customs and traditions. Here when young couples decide to marry, their wedding turns into a fairytale experience – for three...

7 must-visit attractions in Koprivshtitsa

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I have visited Koprivshtitsa so many times. That’s why I was convinced that this picturesque mountain town, which has long become a popular tourist destination, has nothing new to offer. I was certain that it had become overcrowded with tourists, too commercial at the expense of its authenticity.  But  I...

Hidden Bulgaria – Strandzha Mountain

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Strandzha is a place wrapped in mystery. This mountain standing in the furthermost corner of Southeast Bulgaria. It is a magnet for people of adventure,  wishing to spend something different from a standard vacation far from the chaos and bustle of modern civilization. You can hardly imagine a wilder spot...

Lakatnik rocks – a paradise for adventurers a day hike from Sofia

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The Lakatnik rocks are very popular among fans of nature and high adrenaline. Those Magnificent rocks soar on the eastern slope of the Iskar Gorge which swings among the folds of the Balkan Mountain Range.The unique natural formations resemble a rock garland which is 250 meters high. The whole region...

The village of Brashlyan – lost in the past

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People in the village of  Brashlyan still remember the times when the settlement was full of life and the local school found it hard to accommodate the kids from the area, willing to study. Now there are no more than 50 people left there. Silence and timelessness can be found...
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