Discover Bulgaria and try these 10 typical Bulgarian experiences

I realized that when I am travelling, I am not only looking for sights to see but also experiences to collect and local and drinks food to taste to celebrate my travel. I haven’t travel as much as I would love to in Bulgaria, but I selected 10 typical Bulgarian experiences to try in the country of Kukeri and Roses.

The First and ultimate thing to do: visit Rila Monastery and hike the 7 Rila lakes

Rila Monastery is a top attraction in Bulgaria as this is the biggest monastery in the region and it’s close to Sofia. Usually, tourists and visitors combine the Rila Monastery and hiking in Rila mountain. I did them both in one day – I visited the Rila Monastery first and then hiked the 7 lakes in one day only. You will find all the details on how to plan your trip to the Rila Monastery here: The 7 Rila Lakes and hiking the heaven

Skiing in Bulgaria

Embark on an epic ride with the Rhodopes Narrow Gauge

This is once in a lifetime experience!!!! You’ll have a scenic ride in the heart of the Rhodopes mountain and you’ll reach the highest stop in the region – Avramovo. Read all about my Rhodopes Narrow Gauge experience in my post: Soak in a hot spring, eat the biggest ”mekitza” in the world and have a ride in the Rhodope Narrow Gauge in Bansko region

Rhodopes Narrow Gauge

Scare away the evil spirits during a Kukeri festival

Surva festival held every year in Pernik in January is the most famous Kukeri festival, but many local Kukeri festivals take place in different regions of Bulgaria. The masks and costumes change in different cities and villages. Read more on what is ”Kukeri” and how to scare away the evil spirits here: Chase the evil in Kukerlandia 2019 festival, Bulgaria

Kukerlandia Festival Yambol, Bulgaria

Soak in a hot spring in the winter in Bansko region

Bansko is the most famous Bulgarian ski resort, but if you do not ski, you can enjoy an all-inclusive spa wherever you go. The region is rich in hot mineral springs and soaking outdoors all day long while it’s snowing outside is just heaven!!! Don’t miss it out!!!!!

Soak in a hot spring in Bansko

Tie a Martenitza on a special tree

Martenitza is a very special Bulgarian tradition to celebrate the beginning of the spring and the awakening of life! If you visit Bulgaria at the beginning of March you’ll get many Martenitzas and you have to tie them on a tree when you see a stork.

The old oak tree in Silistra

Take the 1300 steps and reach the monument ”1300 Years of Bulgaria” in Shumen

The 1300 steps to the top of the ”1300 Years of Bulgaria” monument are emblematic for Shumen region. From there you’ll have a breath-taking view of the city. Don’t be lazy, take the stairs!!!!

1300 Years of Bulgaria

When in Bulgaria, have a breakfast like Bulgarian

Bulgarian breakfast is greasy and not a good idea at all if you are on a diet!!! But if you don’t try a Bulgarian breakfast, you’ll regret it your whole life!!! Read more what to eat for breakfast in Bulgaria here: Bulgarian breakfast – a real feast for the eyes and the palate

Bulgarian breakfast

Wake up early in the morning and participate in a Rose-picking ritual

Rose festival in Kazanlak is one of the top Bulgarian festivals to visit at the end of May, beginning of June. The festivities around the roses take place in many cities and villages in the Rose Valley and if you wish, you can also participate in Rose-picking ritual. Be informed that if you plan to visit Bulgaria for the Rose Festival, you have to plan everything in advance. How to plan your trip for this event, learn here: Rose Festival and Valley of the Thracian Kings itinerary

Rose Festival Kazanlak, Bulgaria

Celebrate July morning on the beach

July morning is a typical Bulgarian tradition and the best place to great the July sunrise is the Black Sea Coast. Go to Varna and party all night long to great the sun on the 1st of July. 

July morning

Taste local Apricot rakia in the Silistra region

The best rakia ever is produced in the Silistra region and is made of apricots. Well, Silistra is far far away from Sofia, but it’s close to Bucharest. My detailed article about Silistra region will provide you with all the tips needed to take the rakia road!

Things to do and discover Silistra - the apricot paradise of Bulgaria - cover picture
Things to do and discover in Silistra – the apricot paradise of Bulgaria

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