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Dupnitsa, baby, you smashed that stereotype! We’ll be coming again!

I should start this article by telling you that this is a good “How to spend an incredible weekend nearby Sofia” guide. Nonetheless, the overwhelming love I feel for Dupnitsa and its people didn’t allow me to title this post in such a dull way. Yet, this is exactly what you’ll find here. So read on! Have you ever…

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Climbing Cherni Vrah: the highest one in Vitosha

As many people who live in Sofia, I always neglected the closest mountain – Vitosha. You know this feeling of taking things for granted, right? This summer, however, Ellie and I decided we should tick Cherni Vrah off the list. And so we did. It turned out to be the most boring peak we’ve ever…

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A night in the Rila Monastery

You can’t sleep on the Eiffel tower, nor on Tower Bridge. Actually, most famous spots limit your experience to simply watching. But! We got some good news for you – this isn’t the case in Bulgaria. The most popular site in our gorgeous country allows you far more than merely seeing it. We’re talking about…

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The cave of St. Ivan Rilski: a sacred place

We took a few steps into the deciduous forest. Walking in absolute silence, we were headed to one of the most sacred places in Bulgaria – the cave of St. Ivan Rilski. Where is Ivan Rilski’s cave? The cave in which St. Ivan Rilski spent more than 7 years of his life is located only…

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Yastrebets lift, or how to climb Musala peak in a day

Musala peak is the highest peak in Rila Mountain and on the Balkans peninsula. For the experienced hikers, climbing this 2925 meters tall giant in a single day wouldn’t be a problem. But what about all the rest of us who are simply hiker-enthusiasts? Can we also conquer Musala in a day? The answer is yes. With the help of…

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The Dancing Bears Park in Belitsa: a sad story with a happy ending

Dancing bears. Bulgaria’s shameful past. Something as historically embarrassing as Hitler is for Germany, and as Brexit will probably be for the UK one day. Dancing bears were a “thing” in Bulgaria back in the late 90’s. Mostly trained by gypsies (99.99%), bears were taken away from their mothers as cubs and trained to dance.…

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We (kind of) visited the summer residence of Queen Elizabeth

Well, maybe we didn’t exactly visit her summer residence but we saw her carpet. The carpet isn’t yet in her residence, but it will be soon. And it’s absolutely amazing! How did it all start? When someone suggested we visit the carpet factory in Kostandovo, I couldn’t help but wonder why the heck would we…

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The life lessons I learned from a mammoth in Dorkovo

You think you know it all until one day you go for a SPA retreat in the healing mineral waters of Velingrad and decide to visit the Pliocene park in Dorkovo to see a real-size mammoth! Although the experience sounds quite touristy, to me this appeared to be more than that. Here are the lessons that…

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Stob Pyramids: nature is gorgeous even when sick

A day trip from Sofia that we strongly recommend is a visit to the Stob Pyramids. A gorgeous destination just an hour, hour and something from Sofia, you can combine this with a visit to the Rila Monastery. The Stob Pyramids are a natural formation, caused by the heavy rains and wind in the area…

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The Eyes of God cave (Prohodna Cave): a MUST SEE!

The first time we saw pictures from the Eyes of God cave (Prohodna cave) we didn’t even realize it’s located in Bulgaria. Luckily, it is. And the best part: it’s only about an hour drive from Sofia (112km)! How to get to the “Eyes of God” (Prohodna) Cave? To our knowledge there is no bus, nor any…

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Bachkovo Monastery: probably the most magical monastery in Bulgaria

Do you believe that monasteries are not built on random locations (especially the old ones)? I certainly do. We, human beings, are definitely way more logical and hence perhaps more intelligent nowadays (if this is really what intelligence is about). However, in the 21st century, I honestly believe we’re way too far from our roots,…

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Going to the 7 Rila Lakes in Rila Mountain (useful tips)

One of our most favorite destinations, the 7 Rila Lakes, is without a doubt also one of the most beautiful places to visit in Bulgaria. Spending several days in the Sapareva Banya and dedicating one of those days to the lakes is an amazing idea, but did you know you can also add them to your list of day trips…

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From Sofia to Nis through our eyes

If you thought time travelling is impossible, I got interesting news for you: it actually isn’t. Especially if you’ve lived in Bulgaria in the 90’s and take a trip to Nis in modern days. I have always loved Serbia and Serbian people which is why I was really excited to go there and visit Ellie…

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Golden Bridges, Vitosha Mountain in pictures

The Golden Bridges in Vitosha Mountain near Sofia are definitely one of our favourite places to visit. This summer we’ve been there twice and the view seems more spectacular every time! I am pretty sure you’ll quickly understand why by the pictures below. A quick trip to the Golden Bridges in Vitosha If you’re looking…