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Bulgaria Culture

For those of you visitors who are culture vultures Bulgaria will not disappoint. The main attraction will undoubtedly be the capital Sofiawith its many art galleries, museums and cultural events. The National Art Gallery houses an excellent collection of paintings by Bulgarian artists old and new such as the famous Vladimir Dimitrov-Maistora (1882-1960) while at the Ethnographic Museum you will see on display an excellent array of Balkan arts and crafts. Also not to be missed are the various churches such as the Neo-Byzantine Alexander Nevsky Memorial Church with its surrounding street collectors market to explore and the thirteenth century frescoes in Boyana church. The Sofia Synagogue in Spanish-Moorish style boasts the largest chandelier in the Balkans. If you like music why not see what is on at the Sofia National Opera during your stay. Holidayloop.co.uk offers Sofia holiday rental and villa rentals. You can rent a private villa in Plovdiv directly from your local home owner. Otherwise just wander round the elegant streets and admire the monuments such as the one dedicated to the Soviet Army and soak up the city atmosphere. Make sure you pack a guide book to Sofia – it will be invaluable!
 
For music lovers there are also opera houses in Blagoevrad, Plovdiv and Varna. The Varna Summer Festival in June always has an impressive choice of international classical concerts to choose from. This is followed by a jazz festival in August. Bulgarian folk music and dancing accompanied by traditional instruments can be seen at most local festivals throughout the year. (See Festivals). Holidayloop.co.uk brings together a great collection of Bulgaria holiday accommodation, Bulgaria holiday apartments, Bulgaria holiday villas and cottages. Holidayloop.co.uk is unique in providing Bulgaria holiday lettings because we are the only site that allows you to find someone local to you who may have advertised their Bulgaria home.
 
If architecture is your thing then you would enjoy visiting the village of Koprivshtitsa with its houses in the Bulgarian National Revival Style. Plenty of delicate colonnades and colourful frescoes to photograph. Other old style towns worth a visit are Plovdiv, Etur, Veliko Turnovo and Tryavna.
 
Bulgaria has numerous monasteries to visit, the most famous of which is at Rila, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dating back to 927 it has survived a lot of history and continues to flourish. The library contains many rare books and the Rila Cross is world famous. The lead topped cupolas built in alternating rows of red and cream bricks are simply stunning. Other notable monasteries include those at Bachkovo with its exceptional murals and Troyan famous for its intricate woodcarvings.
 
Finally if you are looking to take home some authentic Balkan souvenirs the Ethnographic Museum in Sofia has one of the best selections of quality local handicrafts on sale. Varnais the best place to buy lace and embroidery and Etura for colourful pottery. Good quality reproduction icons can be bought in Tryavna and Chiprovtsi is renowned for its kilims and rugs in bold geometric designs. Happy shopping! Of course, a holiday in Sofia or Varna, Bulgaria, staying in self catering accommodation makes an ideal family break.

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