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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
So far, more than 4,500 have been discovered and mapped. The number is so high because 22 percent of the country is covered with karst, a topography created when water soaks, dissolves, and carves sedimentary rocks, mainly limestone, dolomite, and marble. Over millennia, the water shapes […]
In winter, as anyone who has ever spent this season in Sofia knows, it is super easy to complain about life in Bulgaria’s largest city. Air pollution peaks. The notoriously bad pavements become even more impassable because of snow, or ice, or mud, or rainwater, or […]
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