This website is an archive from 2016

This site was actively maintained from 2006 to 2016. Since then I have kept it online for historical interest, but have made no further updates. Much of the information in these pages is now incorrect or obsolete.

Bulgaria | A Closer Look

Bachkovo Monastery

Plovdiv and Surroundings

Suggestions for things to do and see in and around Bulgaria's second city.

Tsarevets Citadel, Veliko Tarnovo

Veliko Târnovo

Veliko Târnovo is one of inland Bulgaria's most popular destinations - this article explains why, and suggests some excursions in the surrounding area.

Southern Pirin Mountains, between Melnik and Rozhen

The Pirin Mountains

Bansko and Melnik are good bases for exploring Bulgaria's mountainous south-west corner.

View of Alexander Nevski Cathedral from Ploshtad Narodno Sabranie


Sofia may not be one of Europe's most glamorous capitals, but give it a chance and you may find yourself falling for its slightly battered charms.

Iskar Gorge

Around Sofia

Sofia's transport connections make it a good base for exploring western Bulgaria. This article describes some suggested excursions, including Mount Vitosha, Koprivshtitsa, and the western Balkan Mountains.

Example of a Cyrillic Character

The Cyrillic Alphabet in the Balkans

If you are going to travel through Bulgaria, especially by public transport, it helps to be able to read the Cyrillic Alphabet. This page has a table of Cyrillic characters and their equivalents in the Latin alphabet.