Backpacking Bulgaria

Eastern Europe has really come to prominence as a backpacking destination in the last few years, and no country more so than the stunningly beautiful Bulgaria. Situated in between popular destinations such as Greece and Turkey, and with a similar climate and terrain, it’s a wonder that Bulgaria took so long to be discovered by the masses, and in particular, backpackers.

Located at the meeting point of Europe and Asia, Bulgaria has always been a significant country throughout history due to the way it joined the western and eastern trading routes going from England right the way through the middle east to China. This route, popular with merchants of yesteryear, is now equally popular with backpackers due to the wide range of cultural diversity that can be experienced.

There is fantastic architecture to see while backpacking in Eastern Europe such as the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia.

However, despite being an important part of our past, a relative small amount is known about Bulgaria as a backpacking destination.


Tourism in Bulgaria

Since the lifting of the ‘iron curtain’, Bulgaria has established a thriving tourist industry that enjoys both summer vacations of sun, sea and sand, also winter skiing on snow capped mountains with wonderful restaurants. All of these delights can be enjoyed at significantly lower prices than the rest of Europe and this has definitely added to its appeal. Backpackers are not the only demographic to sit up and take notice of Bulgaria’s offerings, a increasing number of people are taking advantage of low property prices to make Bulgaria their second home.


Of the major cities in Bulgaria, Plovdiv is stunning and steeped in architecture and history. It is a little known fact that it is actually older than Rome and Athens.


Bulgaria is a perfect match for European backpackers that like to mix the pleasures of stunning weather and food with wonderful architecture, culture and history all at stunningly low cost. Bulgaria is sure to show its friendly side, welcoming one and all to its outstanding inner beauty. It has the ability to thrall all that visit, and to really help put Eastern Europe on the map as a backpackers paradise.

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Danny February 3, 2011 at 10:21 am

Found a fantasic caravan park in central Bulgaria (Camping Veliko Tarnovo Dragizhevo Veliko Tarnovo) got a tip of another Back packer, they have tents for hire at resonable price cafe on site with resonable price and on site wardens in caravans so we felt perfectly safe camping as two lone females. Staff were really friendly and the site was very clean free hot showers to die for. They are supposed to be having a pool in 2011 which would have been great considering it was 36oC the days we stayed. Were only going to stay over night but stayed two may visit next year on the way back to the UK.

Tom_Shurville March 19, 2011 at 9:00 am

Cheers Danny, would you like to write a blog post on it?

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