Bulgaria is not really famous for tourism, instead is incredibly beautiful and has numerous attractions. If you are planning a holiday in Bulgaria, consider that it will be a journey to discovery an authentic culture and rich in traditions. Furthermore, this Balkan country boasts truly breathtaking natural landascapes.
The best way to explore Bulgaria is by renting a car: thanks to Acarent, you could try an efficient and affordable service.
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Discover the capital: what to see in Sofia with a rental car
Sofia is an unusual city compared to other European capitals, but that’s why it’s also one of the most fascinating. Here you can trace the footsteps of the different civilizations that have succeeded throughout history, from the Romans to the Byzantines, from the Ottomans to the Soviets.
A symbol of Sofia and all of Bulgaria, the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is definitely the first attraction to visit. It was built in honor of the Russian martyrs who sacrificed themselves for Bulgaria’s independence during the war against the Turks. It appears impressive to visitors, with its Slavic-Byzantine charm.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Boyana Church competes for primacy with the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral thanks to the beauty of its artistic decorations. It can be easily reached by rental car with Acarent.
The capital city tour should also include a visit to the Russian Church of St. Nicholas and the Church of St. Sophia. Among the museums to visit, we must mention the National Gallery and the National Museum of History.
Thanks to the car rental service offered by Acarent, you can visit the beautiful Rila Monastery, about a humdred kilometers from Sofia.
Sea and mountains: Exploring Bulgaria’s landscapes by car
Bulgaria boasts various and unspoiled landscapes. Facing the Black Sea, this Balkan country has beautiful beaches that are increasingly attracting tourists.
Among the most beautiful seaside destinations in Bulgaria, we cannot fail to mention Varna, with its sandy beaches such as Trakata, Saints Constantine and Helena, and Rappongi. Other places worth visiting are Burgas, Obzor, Sozopol, and Sinemorets.
Mountain enthusiasts will also find plenty to explore in Bulgaria as the country is home to seven massive mountain ranges. The most important one is the Balkan Mountains, which cross Bulgaria from west to east. The Rhodope Mountains, Rila Mountains (where the aforementioned monastery is located), and Pirin Mountains are also worth visiting.
Other destinations to explore with a rental car in Bulgaria
Ancient capital of the country, Veliko Tarnovo is one of the destinations to include in a road trip tour of Bulgaria, also because it is strategically located, equidistant from Sofia and Varna. It is one of the oldest cities in Bulgaria. The main point of interest is the Tsarevets Fortress: to reach the top, you have to walk a bit, but the spectacular view will reward every effort. Veliko Tarnovo is also home to several museums.
Another destination worth exploring with the car rental service offered by Acarent is the Rose Valley, a region named after the massive cultivation of these flowers. The most important city in the area is Kazanlâk, where you can visit the most famous of the Thracian tombs.
As the European Capital of Culture in 2019, Plovdiv is one of the most interesting tourist destinations in Bulgaria. The old town is full of attractions not to be missed, including the Roman Theater and the Roman Stadium (Hippodrome). Here too, you will have the opportunity to visit various museums.