If anyone has got you by your throat, forcing you to choose one location to visit while in Bulgaria, forget about restaurants, bars, night life or anything else. Pack your bags instead, wear your comfy shoes, and head off to the Wonderful Bridges (also called Magnificent Bridges).
How to get to the Wonderful Bridges?
Theoretically, you can visit the Wonderful Bridges by driving from Sofia and back, but that’s really not a great idea. It will take you almost 3 hours to get there and of course, the same amount of time to return. Quite exhausting. What I recommend is staying in Kosovo Village (the Kosovo Houses Complex) and head off to the bridges in the morning. It takes about 30-40 minute to get there and you’ll be well-rested. As you come out of Kosovo and take the road towards Pamporovo (turn right coming out of Kosovo), continue driving until you see the monument of lady and a bagpiper. Turn right from there. Keep driving even after you think you must have missed the it. The road doesn’t lead to anything else and there are signs everywhere, but if you feel insecure, use navigation.
When should you go?
If you’re wondering which season is a good idea, I would recommend summer or autumn. I am absolutely confident it’s beautiful in the winter as well, but I doubt it’s easy to get there when it’s snowing. As for the time of the day, definitely aim for as early in the morning as possible. We went to the Wonderful Bridges on a Thursday and even though it was only the beginning of the season and during the working week the place got crowded by 12!
How much time do you need to spend on the Wonderful Bridges?
To have enough time to fully enjoy the place and relax, allow yourselves at least 3 hours. You can go under the bridges and above them, sit on a bench, enjoy the scenery, and take many, many photos (which is what we did).
What about food and drinks?
There’s a restaurant right by the beginning of the path leading to the Wonderful Bridges – a perfect place to have a bite and a mid-day tea or beer.
Do not forget!
On your way out you may meet some people selling random home-made sweets, honey, and souvenirs. Don’t forget to get a little something from each one of them.