You are in a remote region of Bulgaria, a few miles from the Turkish border, where Christianity and paganism blend into a bizarre mixture of faith and superstition.
As you stroll amidst the holes and furrows carved thousands of years ago into this rocky plateau about 30 km, or 19 miles, from Asenovgrad, watch your step. The sheer precipice can cause vertigo and rumour has it that the…
You are just 30 miles outside Sofia and there is no sea nearby, but it feels as though you are on the Isle of Iona. You are surrounded by unusual, Celtic-looking crosses of all shapes and sizes, and your imagination…
This major Bulgarian city of poets and musicians has been underrated in recent years as the poets and musicians have gone, and the city council has destroyed many listed buildings to make room for unbridled construction work and meaningless monuments.
A former volcano at the very edge of southwestern Bulgaria, it is dotted with hot mineral springs that make an eerie sight especially with all the steam coming out when it's cold.
This is Bulgaria's first and largest university. It was founded in 1888 through the sponsorship of two Karlovo entrepreneurs, brothers Hristo and Evlogi Georgievi. Its main building was designed by French architect Henri Breanson as early as 1906, but construction…
Deep in the heart of the Rhodope, this is an ensemble of rock formations resembling natural bridges over a tiny river, thought to have been created millions of years ago when an earthquake destroyed a cave.
Unless you are fluent in Bulgarian you won't be able to pronounce its name, but once you've been there you will remain enchanted forever. It's about 100 kilometres from Sofia, in the Sredna Gora, or Central Highlands, range, but it…
Locals refer to it as “The Lion's Head” – but, as you have deduced correctly, it's not a pub in South London. It's a rock high above a meandering river on the southern Black Sea coast. It's located in an…
Go to Yambol, in southeastern Bulgaria, climb up the unusual looking hill, stand at the intersection of two rock-hewn gullies and arm yourself with plenty of imagination. If you are lucky, you will see a relief of Artemis sitting on…
This one is tough, but we'll give you some good clues.In the picture you see some of Vagabond's staff relaxing in an open-air hot mineral water pool after a long day of exploring the hidden treasures of southwestern Bulgaria. The…
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TRADITIONAL MUSIC AND DANCE

TRADITIONAL MUSIC AND DANCE

An excerpt from Shadow Journey: A Guide to Elizabeth Kostova's Bulgaria and Eastern Europe

Vagabond Interviews

A CENTURY OF EXCELLENCE

A CENTURY OF EXCELLENCE

As AIG celebrates its 100 birthday, Christina Lucas, General Manager for Bulgaria, shares more on the company's achievements and future

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