Explore the Deaf Stones Thracian Sanctuary (VIDEO)

Veneta Nikolova
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...

7 must-visit attractions in Koprivshtitsa

Veneta Nikolova
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

Veneta Nikolova
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

Veneta Nikolova
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

Veneta Nikolova
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...

The mysteries of the Valley of Thracian Kings

Veneta Nikolova
The earliest traces of human presence in the environs of the town of Kazanluk in Central Bulgaria date back to the Neolithic age, i.e. 6th-5th millennium B.C. In latter years the Thracians settled permanently in those lands. A vestige of their advanced civilization are the numerous mounds, in which archaeologists discovered...
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