If you only ever visit one village in Bulgaria, then it really should be Koprivshtitsa. Hidden away among the foothills of the Sredna Gora mountains some 75 kilometers east of Sofia.
This bucolic highland settlement preserves more in the way of traditional Balkan architecture than anywhere else in the country.
Enriched by the proceeds of the local wool industry, Koprivshtitsa’s 19th-century merchants employed Bulgaria’s best painters and wood-carvers to adorn their houses, turning the village into a focus of the cultural upsurge known as the National Revival Period of Bulgaria. Read more