Fascinating Places Near Bulgaria

  • Lights at the Grand Bazaar

    Istanbul, Turkey

    349 Miles from Sofia, Bulgaria
    The city of Istanbul has long served as a crossroads between Europe and Asia, and its cultural diversity can be seen in its grand architecture and the 500-year-old Grand Bazaar. Visitors come here for the stunning Byzantine and Ottoman buildings, relaxing hamam (Turkish baths) and amazing shopping.

    Photo courtesy of LASZLO ILYES

  • A street musician plays the accordian on the Thessaloniki waterfront.

    Thessaloniki, Greece

    192 Miles fro Sofia, Bulgaria
    Located almost five hours north of Athens, Thessaloniki is known as Greece's "Second City," filled with a proud people with a long history. Some of the world's greatest civilizations came and went, conquering and rebuilding along the way. Go to Athens to see the Parthenon, but come here to walk the tree-lined streets and explore the beautiful Byzantine churches.

    Photo courtesy of Ira Gelb

  • National Assembly building in Belgrade

    Belgrade, Serbia

    247 Miles from Sofia, Bulgaria
    Belgrade has served as the capital of the Serbs since the Turks pushed them north in the early fifteenth century. Today, the city serves as a gateway to the rest of Serbia and home to royal palaces, catholic cathedrals, the National Museum and the biggest Eastern Orthodox church in the world.

    Photo courtesy of Dennis Jarvis

  • Split at night

    Split, Croatia

    350 Miles from Sofia, Bulgaria
    Founded in the third century AD, Split is one of Europe's oldest cities and a highlight on any trip to Croatia. The bustling port city is dotted with spectacular Roman ruins, dating back to when it was Diocletian's retirement palace in 305 AD.

    Photo courtesy of CROATIAN TOURIST BOARD

  • Central University Library in Bucharest

    Bucharest, Romania

    217 Miles from Sofia, Bulgaria
    Bucharest, with its plentiful museums, diverse architecture and sidewalk coffee shops gives it the feeling of Paris without the high price tag. The Parliament Palace in the center of the city is one of the world's largest buildings with over 3,000 rooms. Budget travelers will find Bucharest both exotic and affordable.

    Photo courtesy of Dennis Jarvis

  • Bridge in Sarajevo

    Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

    374 Miles from Sofia, Bulgaria
    Sarajevo's war-torn past has kept it largely off the tourist map, but budget travelers will find the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina to be filled with beautiful Moorish architecture, cobbled streets, Orthodox churches, cultural diversity and very friendly people.

    Photo courtesy of Ed S. Johovac

  • Sveti Stefan, Montenegro


    352 Miles from Sophia, Bulgaria
    Montenegro is one of Europe's youngest countries, as it separated from Serbia in 2006. The tourism industry here is booming, thanks in part to beautiful beach resorts, historic walled cities and a fascinating cultural and religious mix, including Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Muslim traditions.

    Photo courtesy of Jason Hollinger

  • St. John church at Kaneo, Ohrid

    Ohrid, Macedonia

    225 Miles from Sophia, Bulgaria
    The charming historic town of Ohrid, situated on the banks of Lake Ohrid, is considered the crown jewel of Macedonia. Stroll the streets, visiting old churches or stopping in for a bite to eat in a rustic sidewalk cafe in this town dominated by red-roofed buildings and ancient culture.

    Photo courtesy of Klovovi

  • Marina in Dubrovnik

    Dubrovnik, Croatia

    454 Miles from Sofia, Bulgaria
    In recent years, Croatia shot to the top of trendy European destinations, yet it still has an off-the-beaten-path feel that appeals to adventure and budget travelers alike. Dubrovnik, the capital city, is one of the world's most picturesque fortified cities with a picture perfect spot on the coast.

    Photo courtesy of Tambako The Jaguar

  • A view over Ankara

    Ankara, Turkey

    530 Miles from Sofia, Bulgaria
    While Ankara doesn't have the same overwhelming vibrancy of Istanbul, the city of four million is worthy of a trip for its own reasons. For starters, it's a great place to dig deeper into Turkey's history, as Ankara was home to Mustafa Kemal, the first president of Turkey.

    Photo courtesy of Omer Unlu

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