The question “What to do on St Valentine’s Day?” can be frustrating. For those in a relationship, there is the what-to-buy-this-year horror, while for some singles there is the feeling of loneliness. The anti-globalists become incensed at the heart-shaped mania that is taking over the world […]0 Read More
The kukeri games are the successor of the antique Dionysus fêtes, festivities that celebrated the rebirth of nature in the spring. By putting on a mask, the kukeri make a symbolic connection with the spirits of their forefathers and assist them in providing fecundity to the […]0 Read More
For three consecutive days each year, Pernik is in the spotlight – as the host of Bulgaria’s foremost kukeri games. The antics of the kukeri, or mummers, are among Bulgaria’s most recognizable traditions, although you won’t come across them in everyday life. In olden times this […]0 Read More
Bulgaria claims the highest waterfall in the Balkans, the 124.5-metre Rayskoto Praskalo, or Heavens’ Sprinkler, in the Stara Planina mountains. In addition to it, this country has some famous waterfalls: in Boyana, just south of Sofia, the Borov Kamak near Vratsa and the Rilska Skakavitsa in […]0 Read More
The sublime seems woven into the very core of alpine mountains, and you will find it in abundance in the Rila and the Pirin, Bulgaria’s highest mountain ranges. Malyovitsa, the 2,729-metre high peak in the Rila, is the embodiment of natural drama. Its sharp rocky outline […]0 Read More
Black-and-white striped arches, technicolor murals of saints and sinners, and high mountain peaks filling the horizon: a visit to Rila Monastery is one of Bulgaria’s most memorable experiences, and not only because of its UNESCO World Heritage Site status. This place unites stunning landscapes, spirituality, formidable […]0 Read More
To be a man in Kalofer, a town of less than 3,000 inhabitants, is hard. Squeezed between the slopes of the Stara Planina mountains, Kalofer was supposedly founded by a legendary hothead brigand, Kalifer Voyvoda, and his men. There were so few women around that they […]0 Read More
Winter sports facilities in Bulgaria are enjoying a lot of investment interest. About half a billion euros have been put into hotels and holiday villages in Bansko alone. The Super Borovets project is expected to attract between 150 and 200 million euros by 2009 and there […]0 Read More
You’re an expat in Bulgaria this Christmas and you want to celebrate the winter holidays with the locals. But you are confused: Why are your usually easygoing neighbors banging on your door in the middle of the night or pouring grain over your head? Why does […]0 Read More
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