Discovering the Balkans: Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia

Panoramic view over Dracula medieval Castle Bran, located just outside Brasov, Romania

If you are looking for inspiration for your itineraries in Europe, this article can give you some seriously good ideas.

As you can probably spot from the title of the article, this month we explore 3 beautiful countries in the Balkans that everybody is talking about right now.

Keep reading and you will find out why they have to be included in your itineraries.

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Starting in Sofia, the beautiful Bulgarian capital, you can explore some of the most gorgeous places in the country. Bulgaria is famous for its natural spots, so why do not try a light hiking either on the Vitosha Mountain, one of the main attractions in the area, or in the Rila National Park, where you can visit the famous Rila Monastery.



Beautiful view of the entrance gate at the Orthodox Rila Monastery, a famous tourist attraction and cultural heritage monument in the Rila Nature Park mountains in Bulgaria
Beautiful view of the entrance gate at the Orthodox Rila Monastery, a cultural heritage monument in the Rila Nature Park, Bulgaria. By dennisvdwater/

Your Bulgarian tour must include Plodviv, the Europe’s oldest continuously inhabited city, and Veliko Tarnovo, the Bulgarian medieval capital with its impressive Tsarevets Fortress. You have also to pay a visit to the main symbol of the country, the Madara Horseman – UNESCO Heritage since 1979.


Aerial sunrise view of Tsarevets Fortress in Veliko Tarnovo in a beautiful summer day, Bulgaria 2018
Aerial view of Tsarevets Fortress in Veliko Tarnovo in a beautiful summer day, Bulgaria. By ValentinValkov/

In Romania the tour will be focused of course on the beautiful castles and fortresses that make this country very well known around the world. Starting from the National Village Museum in Bucharest, the oldest open-air museum in Europe, Peles Castle will amaze you with its 160 rooms, all decorated with different styles, including a theatre where the first movie projection in Romania took place.


Peles castle Sinaia, Transylvania, Romania protected by Unesco World Heritage Site
Peles Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Transylvania, Romania. By Kess16/

The Mount Tampa Natural Reserve is definitely worth a stop for the amazing view on Brasov’s old town, and can be combined with a visit to the famous Bran Castle, the royal residence that according to the legend was home to Vlad the Impaler, also known as Count Dracula;

View on Old Town and Cathedral in Brashov, Transylvania, Romania
View on Old Town and Cathedral in Brashov, Romania. By Michael/


Sighisoara, as one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Europe is definitely worth a visit for its cobbled streets, burgher houses and ornate churches. The Corvin Castle is one of the largest castles in Europe and considered one of the Seven Wonders of Romania, and will complete the tour of the Romanian castles.

Colorful streets of Sighisoara, Romania
One of the colorful streets of Sighisoara, Romania. By sark181095/


Once in Serbia, we will visit the charming city of Novi Sad and its splendid Petrovaradin Fortress, before heading to our last stop, Belgrade.


Novi Sad
Main square in Novi Sad, Serbia, where you can visit the Roman Catholic Church of the Name of Mary, the largest Gothic church in Novi Sad and the tallest in the  region.

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