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Why Bulgaria


...Again in the TOP 10 best-value destinations for 2017...



Every tourist guide will show you where Bulgaria is, along with the following piece of information:

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'Situated in South-Eastern Europe, in the Balkan Peninsula, extending over an area of 111,000 sq km (1,06% of the European territory), with a population of about 8 million, capital city - Sofia, with 1,400,000 inhabitants, an attractive tourist country with beautiful scenery and a hospitable people.'

The aim of AltoursBG is to show you things you might NOT know about Bulgaria:

Top 10 reasons to visit Bulgaria

Cradle of civilizations
Land of golden treasures
Meeting point of civilizations
Homeland of powerful kingdoms
Sofia - town from the dawn of history
Culture and wildlife with recognition
Native land of Orpheus and Spartacus
Wine - tradition carried through millennia
Homeland of the attar of roses
Country of yoghurt - the food of centenarians


Cradle of civilizations


The oldest high developed civilization in Europe, dated to the 6th - 5th millennia BC, comprising vast area in some part of present East and South Bulgaria, existed in parallel to the civilizations of Asia Minor and the valleys of Tigris and Euphrates, Palestine and Egypt, and perhaps millennia before them. They were those who had formed the Thracian people. . .

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Varna Eneolithic necropolis, Utensils with golden decorations 4,600-4,200 BC


Land of golden treasures


The oldest crafted gold in the history of mankind (Varna Necropolis, 6th - 5th millennia BC), and the famous Thracian golden treasures, which conquered the world, were discovered in Bulgarian lands!. . .

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Varna Necropolis, The oldest crafted gold in the world


Meeting point of civilizations


With more than 40,000 cultural and historical monuments, Bulgaria is a land of many ancient civilizations - Pre-historian, Thracian, Macedonian, Greek, Proto-Bulgarian, Slav, Roman, Byzantine, Turkic and Bulgarian.

Bulgaria ranks third, only after Greece and Italy, for the number of its archaeological monuments. . .

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Homeland of powerful kingdoms


The birthdate of the state of Bulgaria is the year 681. There were only two empires in Europe at that time - the Western Roman Empire and the Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantium).

The mighty Bulgarian Empire with khan Asparuh at its head united the ancient Thracian nation and the Slavic tribes.

Pliska, remnants of the fortress wall


This is how the third Empire in Europe - the so-called Danubean Bulgaria appeared on the crossroad with Asia and Africa. Its capital was called Pliska. . .

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Sofia - town from the dawn of history


Sofia - the Bulgarian capital, was born 7,000 years ago in the green embrace of the Vitosha mountain, close to warm mineral springs.

Today, more than 250 unique monuments from different ages blend harmoniously with the city's modern appearance. . .

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Sofia, St. Petka Samardjiiska Church


Culture and wildlife with recognition


UNESCO's World Cultural and Wildlife Heritage List currently includes nine Bulgarian landmarks - seven cultural and two natural wonders:

The Madara Horseman - a monumental bas-relief hewn into the sheer rock, the only one of its kind in Europe;

The Kazanluk Thracian tomb and Sveshtari Thracian tomb - two unique monuments of Thracian art;

The Madara Horseman (8th - 9th century)

The Boyana Church - marking the beginnings of portrait painting in European art;

The majestic Rila Monastery - largest monastery in the Balkans;

The ancient Nessebur - museum-town situated on a rocky peninsula, linked with mainland by a narrow isthmus;

The Rock Monasteries near the village of Ivanovo - a natural museum of mediaeval Bulgarian painting;

The Pirin National Park and Sreburna Wildlife Reserve. . .

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Native land of Orpheus and Spartacus


Orpheus - the mythical Thracian singer, born near today's village of Guela in the Rhodope Mountains, who, according to the Greek mythology, took part in the quest of the Argonauts together with Jason and Heracles.

Spartacus - the famous Roman gladiator, born in a village near the present-day Sandanski, at the foot of the Pirin Mountain, became the leader of the biggest slave uprising in Antiquity (74 AD) . . .

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Wine - tradition carried through millennia


Man's first wine ever may have fermented in the Bulgarian lands. Viticulture and wine producing in the lands of present-day Bulgaria are dating back to 6,000 BC!

It is only in Bulgaria, that the wine of the ancient Thracians is still produced and drunk - the full-bodied red Mavrud. The Mavrud vine grows only in this region of Bulgaria and nowhere else.

Temptations for the connoisseur

Small Bulgaria is one of the world's largest wine producers together with France, Spain, Italy and Greece. . .

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Homeland of the attar of roses


The world's perfume and cosmetics industry could not do without the Bulgarian attar of roses - the Bulgarian oleaginous rose yields 80% of the world's production.

2,000 flowers are needed for just 1 single gram of the precious attar of roses whose price equals that of gold! . . .

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Rose-picking


Country of yoghurt - the food of centenarians


The Bulgarian yoghurt is a unique product. The preparation technology is based on the Lactobacterium Bulgaricum bacteria that grow nowhere else in the world. It has found an important part in many Bulgarian foods. Bulgarians eat yoghurt in some form practically every day throughout their life. . .

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Bulgaria among the best-value destinations for 2011

Albania, Bulgaria and Italy are among the top 10 countries for 2011, making Europe the most awarded continent this year, according to Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2011.

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Long mooted as the cheaper alternative to its nearby neighbours in the Eurozone, Bulgaria has become the Eastern European country to watch in terms of a cheaper beach holiday. It has some fine beaches along its Black Sea coast, and Sofia, the capital, is one of the oldest cities in Europe. Most currencies measure up well against the Bulgarian leva, leaving you more in your pocket, and you can also quite easily snap up a cheap flight from almost anywhere in Europe.

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If you step onto Bulgarian soil,
God will bless you!

If you come in contact
with Bulgarian nature
you will take away with you
health and good spirit!
 
 
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