Bulgarian wine is famous. Sir Winston Churchill reportedly ordered 500 liters of Bulgaria’s Melnik wine every year. Import your own or ask your local store.
Балкан (Balkan) refers to the central mountain range running west to east so it’s no surprise that Bulgaria has great rock climbing opportunities throughout the country.
Guerilla artists have been using the enormous Sofia monument to the Soviet army as a protest vehicle. Among other statements, they’ve memorialized the 1968 Prague Spring, the current state of affairs in Ukraine, and generally thumbed their collective creative noses at Russia.
Ancient Thrace, where Orpheus sang, is today’s southeastern Bulgaria. Archeologists continue to uncover their tombs and treasures.
Bulgaria maintains a tradition of mummery in towns and villages nationwide. Кукери (kukeri) wear elaborate costumes and re-enact ancient rituals to scare away evil spirits.