Category: Main cities

Varna

Varna CathedralVarna, often referred to as the sea capital of Bulgaria, is the third largest city in the country.

Milesian Greek founded Varna and and named it Odessus in the 6th century BC; later, it became Thracian and then Roman.

In AD 681, it joined the First Bulgarian Empire (c. 679-1018) and was renamed VarnaRead more

Rousse

RousseRousse is the fifth largest city in Bulgaria with a population of around 180 000. On the map Rousse is found in the northern part of  Bulgaria, on the southern bank of the Danube at 320 km from Sofia, and is the most significant Bulgarian river port.

The city emerged as a Thracian settlement that developed into the Roman military and naval centre.

Avar and Slavic raids  destroyed Rousse in the 6th century. In the 13th-14th century, at the time of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom, the Romans established a fortified settlement  that later strengthened its place as an important trade centre until the Ottomans concurred it in 1388.

The Ottoman rulers gave Rousse name Ruschuk and turned it into a large fortress and into important administrative centre.  Read more

Plovdiv

PlovdivPlovdiv, the second largest city in Bulgaria, is located in the Thracian Plain in Southern Bulgaria at 150 kilometers distance from Sofia.

Plovdiv is originally built on seven hills along the Maritsa River, and its ancient history lend the city a characteristic charm. Read more

Veliko Tarnovo

Veliko Tarnovo

Veliko Tarnovo, a former capital of Bulgaria on 241 kilometers from Sofia and 220 kilometers from Varna, is one of the most ancient cities in Bulgaria.

Its history dates back to the 4th millennia BC. Veliko Tarnovo is famous for its remarkable architectural monuments, miniatures, mural paintings, literature, arts and crafts.

Do not miss to visit the architectural-museum reserve “Tsarevetz”, the audio-visual show “Sound & Light”, the churches “St. Dimitar of Read more

Burgas

Bourgas Gramofona

With its strategic location, with its air and sea ports Burgas is the fourth largest city in Bulgaria, situated on the southern Black Sea coast 384 kilometers from Sofia.

The city is a starting point for visiting the seaside resorts in the area – Sunny Beach, Elenite to the north and Dyuni holiday village to the south. Read more