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Truth be told, I never thought I’d fall in love with Bulgaria.

In fact, before visiting, I never knew a single thing about this Balkan country. Well, apart from that brief Victor Krum phase of mine, but there’s no need to discuss that. Anyways, all that said, when it came time to plan out my Eastern European travels, Bulgaria took up such a huge chunk of the map that I knew it had to be part of my itinerary. Two incredible weeks later, there is now a Buglaria-shaped hole in my heart, and I cannot stop yapping about how cool it is.

Think about it this way: Bulgaria is a country where jaw-dropping nature meets rugged, Communist relics and where yes, the food is oh so ridiculously good (and budget friendly too). From cool modern cities to unspoiled nature, I was blown away by everything there was to do… in a country I knew nothing about.

Here are some snapshots of my favourite sights from 2 weeks exploring Bulgaria. I know I missed a lot of amazing spots, but I hope these photos give you an idea of what awaits!

TELL ME: Where else should I go in Bulgaria the next time I visit?! Share with me in the comments. 2 weeks wasn’t enough at all. These are just a small sample of the awesome places you can visit 🙂

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Sofia

An underrated European capital filled with vibrant green spaces, beautiful architecture and so many incredible things to do.

Travel inspiration for Bulgaria! This affordable, beautiful and off-the-beaten path destination in Eastern Europe is a MUST for any bucket list. Check out this post to see why.

Travel inspiration for Bulgaria! This affordable, beautiful and off-the-beaten path destination in Eastern Europe is a MUST for any bucket list. Check out this post to see why.

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Rila Monastery

A UNESCO heritage site nestled in the mountains, covered in stunningly vibrant frescoes.

Travel inspiration for Bulgaria! This affordable, beautiful and off-the-beaten path destination in Eastern Europe is a MUST for any bucket list. Check out this post to see why.

Plovdiv

Where pretty, romantic architecture meets badass Roman ruins.

Travel inspiration for Bulgaria! This affordable, beautiful and off-the-beaten path destination in Eastern Europe is a MUST for any bucket list. Check out this post to see why.

Travel inspiration for Bulgaria! This affordable, beautiful and off-the-beaten path destination in Eastern Europe is a MUST for any bucket list. Check out this post to see why.

Veliko Tarnovo

An underrated Medieval gem set among the hills, with an insanely cool fortress to boot.

Travel inspiration for Bulgaria! This affordable, beautiful and off-the-beaten path destination in Eastern Europe is a MUST for any bucket list. Check out this post to see why.

Travel inspiration for Bulgaria! This affordable, beautiful and off-the-beaten path destination in Eastern Europe is a MUST for any bucket list. Check out this post to see why.

Buzludzha

An eerie, creepy (and awesome) monument left over from the Communist era.

Varna

A seaside ‘resort’ town with plenty of surprises, like abandoned monuments, free hot springs and a crazy cool stone forest.

Travel inspiration for Bulgaria! This affordable, beautiful and off-the-beaten path destination in Eastern Europe is a MUST for any bucket list. Check out this post to see why.

So tell me: where in Bulgaria should I go next?! 

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