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- Learn how to make Bulgaria’s yogurt, which is prized as far away as Japan.
- Watch as resident artisans make Kalofer Lace — something they’ve been doing for more than a century.
- Mingle with Kalofer’s friendly locals and soak up some of their community spirit. We observed community dance practice, chatted with curious grannies, learned how to make fruit brandy (Rakia), and much more.
- Time your visit with the nearby Kazanlak Rose Harvest Festival. If you miss it, instead admire the many roses in Kalofer’s gardens.
- Hike along Kalofer’s delightful eco-trail (ekoputeka).
- Marvel at the Old Town’s colorful National Revival architecture.
- Attend a summer concert or opera performance in Plovdiv’s ancient Roman theater, which is said to be one of the world’s best preserved.
- Take a day trip to the majestic Rila Monastery.
I’ve stayed in apartments, hotels, and hostels throughout Bulgaria. Here are some properties I’d gladly revisit. Please note that some affiliate links follow.
- Kalofer – We divided our time between the Iliikova House and the Stara Planina Hotel. At the former, we enjoyed Tony and Stefan’s home’s stunning forest views and pretty garden courtyard. The couple even took the time to show us how to make Bulgarian yogurt. At the latter guesthouse, we appreciated Stoyan’s and his family’s warm hospitality, and their willingness to introduce us to Kalofer residents who shared aspects of Bulgarian culture with us (lace-making and rakija-distilling). The family also shared a bounty of plump, home-grown tomatoes with us, which we joyfully included in the Shopska Salads that we feasted upon several times per week.
- Train – We took the train from Kalofer to Veliko Tarnovo. You can find timetables and prices on the Bulgarian Railways website.
Additional Bulgaria Resources
- Bulgaria’s currency is the Lev (BGN). Calculate the current exchange rate.
- Since 2007, Bulgaria has been been a member of the European Union. It is not yet part of the Schengen Area.
- Bulgaria Travel (official tourism website)