27 Feb 2020
Baba Marta is known as 'Grandma March Day' and is a holiday celebrated in Bulgaria on the 1st day of March. Bulgarians wear an item called a Martenitsa, usually in the form of a wrist band which is woven by binding red and white coloured threads together. The Martenitsa are not only worn on the day to celebrate the holiday but also through the month of March until a stork or a bloomed tree is seen which symbolises warmer weather and good health. The greeting exchanged by Bulgarian's on this day is Chestita Baba Marta (Happy Baba Marta). There are many different beliefs and opinions (even several legends, involving real
12 Oct 2017
M-tel is probably the biggest Mobile network in Bulgaria and this year it celebrates its 15th anniversary. To help everyone celebrate they have invited some world-known stars including Enrique Iglesias, Sugababes and DJ Sonique who will participate in a free concert fin Bulgaria. Everyone is welcome to attend and enjoy the party so if you are planning a visit to Bulgaria in the next couple of weeks then make sure you fit this one in. The concert will be held on September 29th in the capital of Bulgaria – Sofia! Enrique Iglesias has been a great performer following in his dad's steps and has performed for over 15 years, this
17 May 2016
2016 is fast becoming one fantastic year for Bulgaria. With it's popular summer beach resorts already in high demand, there was another welcome surprise on Saturday when Poli Genova took Stockholm's Ericsson Globe by storm at the 2016 Eurovision contest. The Bulgarian contestant thrilled the crowd with her catchy song ''If Love Was a Crime" grabbing herself 307 points in the process, putting her just behind the winner Ukraine, runner-up Australia and third-placed Russia. This was only the second appearance by Bulgaria in a grand final since the country's debut performance in 2005. Genova however, is no stranger
10 May 2016
Bulgaria's National Museum of Military History in Sofia has recently been awarded a Certificate of Excellence by one of the world's most popular tourist websites TripAdvisor. This distinguished award is given to establishments in the tourist sector, which over a long period of time, have been receiving positive ratings. TripAdvisor is one of the most popular and largest travel communities in the world, with more than 32 million members and over 100 million reviews and opinions of hotels, restaurants, attractions and other travel-related businesses. Some of the visitor reviews on the website said the Military History Museum is
09 Mar 2015
The International Jazz Festival in Bansko - probably the biggest summer musical event in Bulgaria was founded in 1998 and is held every year in the sunny month of August. This year will mark the festival's 15th edition and will be carried out from the 4th to the 11th of August on the open-air stage on Nikola Vaptsarov Square in downtown Bansko, as well as on various smaller stages in the large resort complexes and restaurants. The presence of emblematic figures of today’s music world, the marvellous setting and fact that the concerts are free for the public draws huge crowds every year and has transformed the festival to one of
17 Feb 2015
Happy Pancake Day from us here at Balkan Holidays! If you fancy trying something different this year, check out this delicious Bulgarian Palachinka recipe...Добър апетит! These are simply the most flavourful pancakes ever! The vanilla smell will linger in your kitchen hours after cooking them to keep you in a good mood all day long. Ingredients: 2 cups wheat flour (250g) 2 and 1/2 cups milk (500ml) 3 medium sized eggs 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon powder sugar 1 teaspoon of vanilla 1 tablespoon
28 Oct 2014
The Bulgarian city of Plovdiv has been ranked 6th in the list of hottest destinations in the world to visit next year according to renowned travel publisher Lonely Planet. The company's Best in Travel 2015 details the regions, cities, countries and best-value destinations to visit in 2015. In the list Plovdiv is described as “One of Europe’s most beautiful Old Towns, a backdrop of the Rhodope Mountains, historical treasures, smouldering night-life. There’s a wealth of reasons to explore Plovdiv, but recent decades have polished Bulgaria’s second city. Its remarkable ruins (including a Roman theatre in the
23 Feb 2014
The British footballer-turned-actor Vinnie Jones will appear in the upcoming second season of the Bulgarian reality show Kurtitsata (The Mole). The 49yr old former Wimbledon, Leeds United and Chelsea man became famous as a Hollywood tough guy after his playing days for his roles in movie blockbusters such as “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels”, “Snatch” and "Escape Plan". Jones will join the show on February 27, for the pilot episode, which will air daily. The action packed reality show will feature 18 people facing various challenges across 12 weeks in order to win a mouthwatering cash prize. Did
09 Jan 2014
According to the popular UK wine website Winerist.com, Croatia, known as the "Pearl of the Adriatic" is one wine region customers will be flocking to for 2014. Croatia is rich in clear, blue water beaches and offers visitors an abundance of delicious wine and food. A favourite of Winerist.com readers in 2013, Winerist believe Croatia’s wine regions will be a wine traveller’s dream in 2014 with Seafood and Vugava whites wine in Dubrovnik, premium wine tours overlooking the Adriatic and dreamy boutique hotels offering a great way to combine a beach holiday with a wine experience. For the more adventurous traveller,
04 Jun 2013
Last month a touring party of former Aston Villa football players and special guests headed over to the the Bulgarian capital, Sofia for a weekend of fundraising in aid of the "Children of Bulgaria" and support of Stylian Petrov the former Aston Villa captain. In March 2012, Petrov was diagnosed with acute leukaemia, putting his football career on hold to have treatment. In May 2013 he announced his retirement from the game and in August 2012, it was announced that Petrov's leukaemia was in remission. The weekend consisted of a football match between the Aston Villa former players and a Bulgaria all stars team made up of
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