Who said that Bulgaria is small? If you want to pick a place to travel through its territory, and no pre-plan turns out to be almost intractable. In order not to pass valuable weekend hours and wonder, will present the different routes and ideas as you can plan your upcoming trip. Always nice to have preliminary information on what to look for in a city or village to visit, depending on personal interests - cultural and historical monuments, spa - treatments, beach, ski ... The first proposal for a walk, which will be presented to explore the Bulgarian capital. With this tour, you can learn more about Bulgarian history to stroll our beautiful scenery, but if you are a company loved dancing and good music - you will not miss the night life. And so: Pliska - the first Bulgarian capital, since the founding of the state, in 681, to 893, according to linguists, the name of the city comes from the Russian and means "lake" or "swamp". The first excavation of the site began in 1897 - 1898 by Karel Shkorpil contemporaries gradually to reveal inner and outer city palace complex, a basilica, a monastery. Pliska is one of the richest and most cities of its time and therefore excavation will be very interesting for those of you who have a passion for architecture and history. Wealth of information can be found on the internet for the structure of Pliska, the three stages of the construction, and, of course, the history of the inns that have inhabited it. The finds discovered during excavations exposed in museum and provide information for high material and spiritual culture of the noble and educated, and the everyday life of the population, lived in Pliska. During the summer months the city excavations continue in the Summer Archaeology seminar are held and lectures by famous Bulgarian historians. Pliska is an open air museum that can be visited at any time (not angry that you made a long lunch and museum doors slammed in front of you), but is also part of a hundred tourist sites in Bulgaria. The seal of the site is located in the Regional History Museum in Shumen, whose working hours during the summer season from 10:00 to 18:00 every day, and during the months of November to March - from 9.00 to 17.00, and Saturday and Sunday can visit it only request. Accommodation opportunities (if not hot and you're a fan of tents) are in the modern city of Pliska, which is 3 km from the excavations or in Shumen district (birthplace of pet Todor Kolev). Nearby, you can visit many other attractions - Madara Rider, the mosque "Sherif Halil Pasha" (both objects print SIP), Shumen Fortress, a religious school and the clock tower in New Market houses - museums "Voinikov" "Lajos Kossuth" and complex "P.Vladigerov". If you have time you could enjoy the spectacle in Shumen Dramatic Theatre "Vasil Drumev" and lovers of nature and tourism to walk around the park "Shumen Plateau." After exploring the territories of inns and again in the same area, you can continue to Veliki Preslav - or just "Preslav" in 1993 became the capital city in 893, a few decades after Christianity was officially accepted as a religion of the Bulgarians. To differentiate themselves from the pagan past has elected a new principal city, situated 30 km from Pliska. He established and developed as the capital of Simeon. Preslav was the seat of the first Bulgarian literary school, cultural center of Bulgaria and the Slavic world. One of the most interesting sights in it is called "Golden Church" which is interesting both its architecture and its rich interior decoration. Conversion of the Bulgarians always determines destiny and culture, integrating them into the Christian values, indicating their place among other nations and make Bulgaria a highly medieval state. It leads to a strong influence in cultural terms by some countries (especially the Byzantine Empire) and is a way to counter the other and create a sense of identity, especially centuries later, in partnership with the Ottomans - Muslims. Accommodation in the area, than noisy, you can select and Targovishte, and why not some of the smaller villages. Veliko Tarnovo - it is the capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire, declared such in 1185 Sofia is a city that combines historic and cultural monuments, a huge number of eateries and entertainment places for shopping and walks. This is the place where everyone can find their favorite pastime during the holidays, and places where you can accommodate ranging from grand hotels with all the amenities and indulgences to cozy private rooms where you can make incredible homemade breakfast. Perhaps you missed one of the many tourist attractions that you can visit in the city, but at least let us enumerate the popular 1. Fortress "Tsarevets" (stamp of the 100 tourist sites) and unique show "Sound and Light", presenting the history of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom. Best visibility is provided to the square, opposite the castle, and major holidays do Tarnovo surprise guests, giving this show for free. 2. Architecture - Museum Reserve "Arbanassi" - the earliest evidence for the existence of preserved an authentic village are from XV - XVI century it was developed crafts, functioning, Small schools, Arbanassi turns into an Orthodox center with built seven churches. This is where they live metropolitan bishop. 3. State Art Gallery. 4. In Sofia there are numerous and very interesting to view churches - "St. Forty Martyrs, "" St. Demetrius of Thessaloniki "(which is related to the announcement of the uprising of Asen and Peter)," St. George "" St. St. Peter and Paul "and others. 5. Look Samovodska preserved houses and Bazaar to immerse yourself in Bulgarian customs of the past. 6. The monument, built in 1985 is one of the landmarks in recent times, but also impressive. It is difficult to list all the interesting places in the city and its surroundings, without showing extremely long list, so everyone can be directed according to their interests, and if you want to explore the city and surrounding area do not miss the archeological reserve "Nicopolis ad Instrum" The monastery "Holy Trinity," "Transfiguration Monastery" On this Bulgarian capital, and you can devote a whole separate trip, but since the purpose of this article is different - we go on. The latest official capital of Bulgaria after the restoration of the Bulgarian state and rejection of the Turkish government is, of course, Sofia. Here opportunities to visit various cultural, tourist and entertainment spots are truly endless. "Hunters" of stamps hundred tourist sites must provide a solid lap to be able to visit all the locations identified in the city and its surroundings, nature lovers can make beautiful walks Vitosha, near River, Pancharevo, why not in one of the city parks. Leave alone the curious explorers to discover mysteries of the city during the day and night, not to get this one over-long list of places. And just a little tip - if you visit Sofia during major holidays with weekends, you'll really enjoy the city - many busy bystanders and racing cars that have a respite from the hustle and have gone through other parts of the country, all the places that you can see are somewhat more hospitable. Enjoy the trip! To be fair, and to be a challenge for lovers of excursions will add three more cities, and that in certain historical periods were parts of major cities on the Bulgarian territory. Nikopol - Nikopol was the last capital of Turnovo kingdom after the fall of Tarnovo in 1393 to 1395 You can visit the fortress of Nikopol, which is preserved part of the palace Shishman, and house-museum "Vasil Levski". Noteworthy events in the city include the annual "Danube Holidays". Vidin - Vidin capital of the kingdom lasted for only 32 years - from 1364 to 1396 in the town is the Baba Vida fortress, which is one hundred tourist sites (open from 8.30 to 17.00, and on holidays - 9.30). Interesting and local museums are "Konak" and "Cross barracks" also Vidin Art Gallery, drama and puppet theater. Sofia - the capital of the Turkish vassal of Eastern Rumelia, part of the Bulgarian lands remained after the liberation of the Ottoman government. Opportunities for walking and there are many, but we recommend you visit the Amphitheatre, Nebet Hill Fortress and of course to explore the Old Town. Feed for me and many kittens while viewing Dzhumaya Mosque. In Plovdiv you try to great Armenian pastries, and this is a city with some of the best master goldsmiths. Fans of fashion and shopping will not be disappointed, and in summer the city has a waterpark. I wish you a pleasant entertainment, new year with lots of travel, and if you have ideas or their "flowers" - write to us, we'd love to read them and post!