Bulgaria is a small country, but with a big treasure of natural resources which attracts many tourists.
It offers many opportunities to diversify your daily routine not only in summer but also in winter.
The average daily temperature during the winter is around 0-5°C degrees, as in some areas it’s quite windy and milder in the others.
Here are our suggestions for some interesting winter places for which of course don’t forget your warm clothes.
Vitosha Mountains is the escape place from the capital city and it is workload as it is close to it.
One of the most popular places is Kopitoto where you can see an amazing view of Sofia, especially in the evening.
For winter sports lovers, Vitosha can offer a ski slope, which is open even at nighttime.
Access to it is easy as there is a lift from the capital that will take you directly to the slope.
Are you a person who prefers some peaceful days and winter views while fishing, drinking hot chocolate or wine next to the fireplace?
Ribaritsa is the perfect place. The small cozy village, located in the Stara Planina Mountains, with great countryside villas ideal for a family getaway or friendly gathering.
Visiting Ribaritsa, you have the chance to see other interesting places around, for example, the Berkina Mogila ski slope, the Glozhene monastery, Kostina locality and the Well of Blood where the severed head of Georgi Benkovski is thought to have been washed.
The only geyser in Europe is located in Sapareva Banya and has a temperature of 103°C degrees.
Most of the time, the water is calm but occasionally erupts, reaching 18 meters.
Even during the coldest days when everything is frozen, the geyser continues to erupt, creating a beautiful snowy landscape.
The mineral pools are also part of Sapareva banya and often people spend their winter weekends in the hot waters outside, surrounded by winter views.
“Surva” is a worldwide winter traditional holiday in Pernik and gathers people from all over Bulgaria and the world.
Many local and international groups have fun and participate in the competition.
Kukers disguise themselves in a variety of different and original ways, recreating the Bulgarian tradition from the old times, introducing new and interesting ideas into their attire and performance every year, with the primary goal of expelling the bad and evil forces.
In the territory of the municipality of Kotel and in the eastern part of Stara Planina Mountains, Jeravna has a great wealth of nature, old-time houses, museums, fountains and old temples from the Renaissance.
You can enjoy the beauty of the houses that are more than 200 years old with architecture that has been preserved over time.
A beautiful, historic town, surrounded by majestic nature.
Covered with snow, with its smoky chimney-smoked houses, it takes you years back, as you read and listened in the old books.
The Tsarevets Fortress is really beautiful, and the Sound and Light show can be watched throughout the year, with free tickets even in winter.
Arbanasi is close to Veliko Tarnovo, as well as many museums, monuments, and Bulgarian revival houses.
The Borovets ski resort is located in the Rila Mountains and its one of the most popular winter resorts in Bulgaria.
The snow cover can reach up to 2m during the winter which is good for extreme skiing and snowboarding.
It has more than 58 km of marked slopes. Almost every year Borovets hosts international ski and snowboard competitions.
Another very popular winter resort is Bansko. It is located in the Pirin Mountains and the snow cover usually lasts from December to April because of the climate.
Bansko is suitable for both amateur and professional sports, and its slopes are 75 km long.
For all of you who don’t like winter sports, Bansko has a huge variety of restaurants, museums and old houses with amazing architecture.
The less known place is Tsigov Chark which has a 1.2 km long slope, suitable for beginners as well as for advanced skiers and snowboarders.
And if you want to take it easy, there is a 20-kilometers ski-running trail.
Nearby you can also enjoy the beautiful views of the Batak Dam, as well as fish in the ice water.
Bulgaria is rich with caves, and some of them are much more beautiful if you visit them in winter as they have ice formations.
The Magura Cave is one of the most beautiful as well as one of the biggest caves in Bulgaria. The temperature is 12°C degrees year-round. In the halls are found prehistoric drawings, preserved to this day.
The Ledenika Cave used to be full of water, and there is only one small lake left, which is called the Lake of Wishes. Ledenika is also rich with many formations and it’s popular with the laser show which you can enjoy inside.
The Devil’s Throat Cave is formed after the collapse of the earth layers. In its main part, there is a large hall where you can see the largest underwater waterfall on the Balkan Peninsula. It is also home to a cave bat, and there is a great chance to see it.
Yagodinska cave is unique because it holds innumerable stalactites, stalagmites, and stalactones, as well as cave pearls. Its constant temperature is 6°C degrees. There are famous layouts called Santa Claus, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pizho and Penda, various animals and fantastic figures.
Whether you want to go skiing or want to stay warm in front of the fireplace during the cold winter months, Bulgaria can meet your expectations.
Despite its small territory, it is rich with nature, history and interesting places for all tastes and preferences.
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