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Bulgaria

22 THINGS TO DO IN BULGARIA (SEPTEMBER 01 - SEPTEMBER 10)

Thermal Springs

Thermal Springs

all year round (best time: December–February) • activity

Spend your wintertime in hot mineral pools surrounded by mountains

Paragliding

Paragliding

April–September • activity

Marvel the beauty of Bulgaria along with the birds

Seven Rila Lakes Hike

Seven Rila Lakes Hike

June–August  • activity

Explore the magnificent Seven Rila Lakes, one of the main natural pearls of Bulgaria

Trekking to Orlovo Oko

Trekking to Orlovo Oko

March–November • activity

Trek to the top of Sveti Ilija in the Rhodope Mountains and enjoy the "Eagle Eye" view!

Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

April–October  • activity

If you are tired of walking, get on a horse and continue exploring the country

Birds Migration

Birds Migration

April–May | August–September  • nature

Have fun watching the autumn and spring migration of a large stream of storks, pelicans, and other birds in Bulgaria

Fishing

Fishing

March–November (coast) | June 6–April 15 (lakes) • activity

The richness of local lakes, rivers, and the sea makes Bulgaria an excellent place for fishermen

Beach Season

Beach Season

June–September • activity

The Bulgarian Riviera can be the perfect escape for people looking for lower rates and beautiful weather

Hiking

Hiking

May–early October  • activity

Enjoy magnificent views, crystal clear air, and the water of mountain streams and lakes!

Caving

Caving

all year round (best time: May–November) • activity

After visiting caves in Bulgaria, you may realize that nature is the best creator

Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing

March–May | September–November  • activity

How about the mix of amazing infrastructure, equipment rental and recreation centers for unforgettable climbing?

Borovets Mountain Bike Park

Borovets Mountain Bike Park

all year round • activity

Borovets Mountain Bike Park is suitable for all ages and is located in one of the most beautiful places in the country

Rafting

Rafting

February–October • activity

If you are a rafting enthusiast, Bulgaria will be one of the best places to practice this kind of outdoor activity

Shopska Salad

Shopska Salad

June–November • food

Probably the most favorite seasonal vegetable salad in Bulgaria!

Brown Bear

Brown Bear

April–May | September–October  • nature

Only a dare-devil presume to watch the Rhodope brown bears in their natural habitat

Grape Harvest

Grape Harvest

August–November • food

Sunny Bulgaria is famous for growing various types of grapes

Lyutenitsa

Lyutenitsa

August–November  • food

You only need fresh Bulgarian peppers and tomatoes to make this easy and spicy dish

Tarator

Tarator

May–October  • food

A light and refreshing summer dish that everyone is sure to like!

Plum Season

Plum Season

August–November  • food

Bulgarians are always in a mood for plums!

Sunflowers in Bloom

Sunflowers in Bloom

July–August • nature

Endless fields of blooming sunflowers are just incredible

Kiwi

Kiwi

August–September • food

A fruit that became an adornment of restaurant menus

Persimmon

Persimmon

September–November • food

Bulgarians call this fruit the "paradise apple," but the Latin translation of persimmon means "food of the Gods"

24 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Rose Valley in Bloom

Rose Valley in Bloom

out of rangemid-May–mid-June  • nature

Roses are recognized as a royal flower and symbol of Bulgaria

Banitsa

Banitsa

out of rangelate December • food

This extremely tasty homemade pastry is full of surprises for the holidays

Epiphany or St. Jordan Day

Epiphany or St. Jordan Day

out of rangeJanuary 6 • event

Whoever catches the cross on St. Jordan's Day will be prosperous and healthy throughout the year

Zheravna Festival of the National Costume

Zheravna Festival of the National Costume

out of rangeAugust 20–22, 2021  • event

The Festival of the National Costume provides a genuine experience that almost resembles a time machine

Veliko Tarnovo International Folklore Festival

Veliko Tarnovo International Folklore Festival

out of rangeJuly 24–31, 2021 • event

Balkan folk music is original and beautiful, so check out the festival to see the best groups and soloists in action

Snowkiting

Snowkiting

out of rangeFebruary–April • activity

Snow plus a kite can turn a dreary winter day in Bulgaria into a swift, adrenaline-filled adventure!

Ice Skating

Ice Skating

out of rangeDecember–February  • activity

Lovers of winter outdoor activities will definitely enjoy ice skating in Bulgaria

Gabrovo Humor Carnival

Gabrovo Humor Carnival

out of rangeMay 22, 2021 • event

The festival's motto is ”Let’s go crazy from laughter”

Dalmatian Pelicans

Dalmatian Pelicans

out of rangeJanuary–mid-March • nature

Take your camera and set off to watch the funny Dalmatian pelicans on Bulgarian wetlands

St. Theodore's Day or Horse Easter

St. Theodore's Day or Horse Easter

out of rangeMarch 20, 2021 • event

Saint Theodore's Day refers to the seasonal winter holidays and the greeting of spring

Skiing and Snowboarding

Skiing and Snowboarding

out of rangeDecember–April  • activity

Bulgarian ski resorts are an excellent opportunity for first-timers to improve their skills or just enjoy good trails

Baba Marta

Baba Marta

out of rangeMarch 1 • event

Celebrate the arrival of the spring as bright as you can!

Bulgaria Rose Festival

Bulgaria Rose Festival

out of rangeJune 4–7, 2021 • event

Rose is the symbol of Bulgaria, and it is often seen in folk embroideries and local art

Nestinarstvo

Nestinarstvo

out of rangeJune 3–June 4  • event

Dancing on hot-red coals will definitely become one of your favorite tourist attractions in Bulgaria

New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve

out of rangeDecember 31 • event

Discover a country where New Year celebrations are more prominent than Christmas

Christmas Celebrations

Christmas Celebrations

out of rangeDecember 25 | January 7 • event

Celebrate Christmas with old Slavic traditions

Orthodox Easter

Orthodox Easter

out of rangeApril 30–May 3, 2021 • event

Orthodox Easter or "Velikden" is one of the largest and most important holidays in Bulgaria

International Bagpipe Contest

International Bagpipe Contest

out of rangeAugust 7–8, 2021 • event

What's in common between Orpheus and bagpipers? Visit the village of Gela and see for yourself

Cherry Festival in Kyustendil

Cherry Festival in Kyustendil

out of rangeJune 25, 2021 • event

Cherry is one of the symbols of the city of Kyustendil

Surva Festival

Surva Festival

unconfirmedlate January  • event

The unique customs and traditions of Bulgaria turn Surva into a significant cultural event

Berry Season

Berry Season

out of rangeApril–July • food

Take your chance and enjoy the peak of berry variety along with the tourist season

Quince

Quince

out of rangeNovember–February • food

During fall's lousy weather, tasting quince jam can be a great way to cheer up

Medlar

Medlar

out of rangeOctober–November  • food

Taste medlar—unique and delicious exotic fruit

Day of St. Trifon Zarezan

Day of St. Trifon Zarezan

out of rangeFebruary 14 • event

"Let Holy Trifon bring great luck" is one of the wishes during this celebration

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