Bulgaria Archaeology and Ethnography

They call them architectural reserves, ethnographic centers and complexes, open museums, traditional villages, old towns etc. and there are a lot of these in Bulgaria – cherished sanctuaries of past times and preserved traditions.

Quite a few Bulgarian municipalities have conserved and restored their 'old' towns or parts of them as tourist attractions. It is always fun to explore these cities within the cities, step back in time and see the world from a different perspective. The old towns in Plovdiv, Veliko Tarnovo and Nessebar are probably among the most popular, however, the less known 'old' Dobrich, Sozopol, Zlatograd, etc. are also worth visiting if you have the chance. Some smaller towns and villages have been conserved almost totally – see Koprivshtitsa, Bozhenci, Arbanasi, while the open museum of Etara for example, is a purpose built ethnographic complex where various exhibits and replicas of old time dwellings, workshops and technical equipment can be seen in action. Review our selection and pick the places you want to visit.

Koprivshtitsa

Koprivshtitsa is a beautiful mountain town situated in the heart of Sredna Gora mountain. It is an architectural and historical reserve conveniently located between Sofia (110 km) and Plovdiv (90 km)....

The Old Town of Plovdiv

The Old Town of Plovdiv is a unique city within the city of Plovdiv with its own rhythm and lifestyle. The architectural reserve features archaeological sites, museums, art galleries, old houses and p...

Tryavna Old Town

Tryavna is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Bulgaria. It is a picturesque mountain town situated on the slopes of Stara Planina in the middle of Bulgaria. The distance from Sofia an......

Tsari Mali Grad

Tsari Mali Grad is a cultural and historical complex located in Belchin village, near Samokov. It is built on top of a hill, known as Sveti Spas (St Spas) mount, which carries the ancient history, myt...

The Old Town of Sozopol

The Old Town of Sozopol is an architectural reserve and the most popular tourist destination on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. Sozopol is considered the oldest Bulgarian town on the seaside and remain...

St George Rotunda Church

St George Rotunda Church is the oldest architectural monument in Sofia and undoubtedly one of the most interesting. Some studies refer to it as the living illustration of the history of the Bulgarian....

Hisarya Reserve

Hisarya Architectural Reserve is located on the territory of the town of Hisarya, a popular spa resort in the south of Bulgaria, only 44 km from Plovdiv and less than 2 hours drive from Sofia. The res...