6 Delicious Bulgarian Food Items to Try When Traveling the Country

After being underwhelmed by the food in Turkey when I had expected to fall in love with it, I took my first bites of Bulgarian food skeptically.

Sure, it was served in an adorable, colorful ceramic pot, but how good could it possibly be? Wasn’t Bulgaria supposed to be the home of meat stews and brown sauces? As it turns out, my first Bulgarian meal was not only good, it was so good that I practically left the restaurant skipping with joy.

This scene was repeated after nearly every meal I enjoyed while traveling in Bulgaria, and six foods stood out among the rest as being delicious no matter where we tried them.

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Seven Rila Lakes – Hiking Tips for Hiking in Rila, Bulgaria

The seven Rila Lakes in BulgariaOne of the things I was most excited about doing in Bulgaria was hiking. Logistically, hiking in the Rila Mountains made the most sense, considering the other Bulgarian cities we wanted to visit were nearby (Plovdiv and Sofia).

The Rila Mountains are the tallest mountain range in Bulgaria and have tons of hiking opportunities such as the 7 Lakes, Mt. Malyovitsa, Mt. Musala, and Scary Lake, just to name a few.

With these hikes in mind, we started researching towns in which to stay as well as more information about the hikes.

Planning this portion of our trip to Bulgaria was the trickiest, as not a whole lot of information about the hikes and the region is available online. So to fill that gap, here is some of the information that we found that I wish would have been available to us when we were planning our trip.

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Is It Difficult to Travel Around Bulgaria? Tips for Your Visit!

Before we arrived in Bulgaria, we heard from a lot of past travelers that the country is a difficult one to travel in. 

Many of the stories always came down to the fact that the Bulgarian alphabet is Cyrillic based and does not use the Roman characters most of us are familiar with.

While it is true that the writing system is different in Bulgaria, the notion that it makes travel difficult is one we found to be a bit misguided.

Bulgaria is not difficult to travel in because of the Cyrillic text.  It is difficult because there is hardly any infrastructure built for foreign tourists.

And when you compare the two, the latter is much easier to get over.

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Photos from the Rila Monastery – The World’s Most Beautiful Monastery

The Rila Monastery in Bulgaria is the most impressive sight you'll see during your visit to the country. 

We don't often make that distinction on this website because we know everyone has different interests, but Rila Monastery goes beyond anything we ever would have hoped for. 

It is one of the most beautiful complexes we've ever been to, and the paintings inside rival that of the Sistine Chapel or Florence's Duomo in Italy (although may not match up in terms of origin by a master artisan or age).

The one downside to the Monastery is that it is remote. Very remote

As it is located in the mountains of Bulgaria, every city is at least a one to two hour drive away (with the exception of the tiny village of Rila right next door). 

Luckily private tours exist from all corners of the country to visit this famous monastery, making the long journey an easy option for all visitors.

The point we're trying to make is simple: if you go to Bulgaria you must visit Rila Monastery, and you have no excuse to miss it.  It is one of the few sights we've ever been to that we would have seriously regretted skipping, and it takes a lot for us to say that.

But why are we making such a fuss about Rila Monastery?  Check out the following photo essay to see why.

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