Best Places for Backpackers in Bulgaria.

Enjoy backpacking around Bulgaria without a fixed itinerary by using our handy listings of the best hostels in every destination. Specially curated for backpackers and economy travellers, we help you find an amazing place to stay no matter where you're headed!

The best backpackers destinations & accommodation in Bulgaria.

Top 50 hostels in Bulgaria.

These are the 50 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in Bulgaria.

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Jeweller Family Hotel

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Jeweller Family Hotel

Please be aware that Jeweller Family Hotel is our second accommodation and its only 500 meters away from the first one – The English guest house. The Hotel was fully refurbished in 2016. Jeweller Hotel is a small family run hotel situated only 1 minute from the river Danube and 5 minutes from th...
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Guesthouse Kalina

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Guesthouse Kalina

Your new choice for an unforgettable holiday on the Black Sea Coast of Bulgaria! The cozy family Guesthouse Kalina is situated 1200m from the beach in the oldest Black Sea resort in Bulgaria. 'St.St.Konstantin and Helena' is situated between Varna town and Golden sands resort. These resorts a...
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Hostel Central Station Plovdiv

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Hostel Central Station Plovdiv

Hostel Centralna Gara Plovdiv provides rooms with air conditioning and a shared bathroom. All rooms are equipped with a wardrobe. The rooms have a seating area. The hostel is situated on the Central Railway Station, within 1.2 km of Roman Theatre Plovdiv and 2.7 km of International Fair Plovdiv,...
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M Hostel Musala

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M Hostel Musala

Hostel Musala is one of the well - preserved buildings in Varna and a fine example of the Art Deco architecture style - resemblance to the Flatiron Building in New York . In the Hostel Musala is the oldest active lift in the city- tourist attraction. We have been artistically combining the Art Deco...
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Hair of the Dog

99 /100

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Hair of the Dog

Hair of the Dog, previously known as Xhostel is a party hostel located in the Upscale neighborhood of evksinograd, conveniently located between the center of varna and the golden sands resort area. We are also only a 15 minute walk to beach. Our Hostel is one of a kind and enjoy our beautiful garden...
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Apartment Budapest

98 /100

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Apartment Budapest

Apartment of 18 sq.m. with personal bathroom, towels, TV, wi-fi, office desk, air conditioned, tea, coffee at disposal, welcome set of bottle of water, bottle of wine and fruits. Budapest apartment is literally in the heart of Sofia - Bulgaria's capital. In a minute away is the Arena di Serdica,...
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Hostel Old Plovdiv

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Hostel Old Plovdiv

Hostel 'Old Plovdiv' is proud to announce, that we were appointed as one of the Lonely Planet's ‘Top 10 best value stays for 2014’ FREE Parking,FREE ultra speed WI-FI,FREE Breakfast ! In the heart of historic old town district, just 4 minutes away from the city's main pedestrian street, Hostel O...
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Kap House Hotel

97 /100

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Kap House Hotel

At the foot of the Pirin Mountains, in the unique town of Bansko on 15.01.2007 open doors for guests the elegant hotel Kap House. Our desire, that has become a mission, is provide your perfect vacation. Our team has set a goal to meet the highest requirements for a holiday combined with SPA treatmen...
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Nomado Hostel

97 /100

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Nomado Hostel

Nomado hostel has just opened doors in July 2018 thus it is the newest hostel in town but nevertheless the most highly rated. It combines features of countless hostels visited around the globe it strives to meet any traveler's need. Nomado Hostel is housed in a renovated three-store 19th century ci...
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Ginger House Plovdiv

97 /100

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Ginger House Plovdiv

Ginger House Plovdiv offers everything a traveller needs - local experience, fun and budget trip. Ginger house is located in very communicative area, with a lot of public bus connections. As it stays a little bit away from the very center and the Old town /300 - 400 meters/ it is suitable for car...
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Le Retro Hostel & Bar Bansko

96 /100

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Le Retro Hostel & Bar Bansko

The hostel is located in a good position away from the hustle of the new town but convenient for the Gondola & ski zone. Located in the UNESCO protected old town of Bansko it’s a perfect location for summer or winter sport visitors. The hostel as a bar & restaurant offering good food at reasonable...
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Just a Hostel

96 /100

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Just a Hostel

We have 3 mixed dormitory rooms with separate bathroom and toilet, and a loft with kitchen. We offer free traditional breakfast (including free workshop), also free coffee, Wi-Fi, cable TV and 24 hour reception . At September in town starts the biggest art festival in Bulgaria....
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Guest House GETO

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Guest House GETO

The guest house is situated near the famous Belogradchik Rocks and it is also only 500 metres away from the Kaleto Fortres which is the symbol of the town. The house offers 5 rooms with a separated bathroom and separate entry to each room. The house is certificated for 2 stars family hotel and offer...
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The English Guesthouse

94 /100

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The English Guesthouse

Please be aware we have now moved to 34 Rayko Daskolov street, 500 metres away from our past location, map and directions shown on here are now correct for our new property. The English Guest-house is a small family run guest-house situated only 2 minutes from the river Danube and 2 minutes from...
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Hikers Hostel Plovdiv

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Hikers Hostel Plovdiv

Hikers Hostel is located in Plovdiv the cultural capital of Bulgaria. The city lies among seven hills and is therefore called The town of the Hills. Its 8000-year-old history has contributed to its present authenticity and beauty. Many cultures have left a trace behind and the mixture of Roman,...
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A16 Hostel

94 /100

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A16 Hostel

A16 Hostel is opened by a few friends sharing their passion to traveling, we do our best not just to provide you a bed to sleep, but to give a home-away-from-home feeling and unforgettable experience and memories that will last a lifetime. A16 Hostel boasts the best location in the city, right on...
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Bike Hostel Plovdiv

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Bike Hostel Plovdiv

Cosy hostel in the centre of Plovdiv. We are close to Central train station and close to south bus station. Parking for bicycles. Hire bikes and kayaks at our Hostel. We are suggesting manifold sport & art activities. We have professional photo studio. We are organizing trips to Thraci...
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Canape Connection

93 /100

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Canape Connection

Canape Connection Guest House - Created to inspire travelers! We are happy to be your hosts - be our guest! We are here to make you feel comfortable and at home. Our house is your house. We don't live in it but our energy and charisma is all around :) We believe that the hosts and the place you...
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Elysia Homestay

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Elysia Homestay

We are located in one of the most interesting areas of Sofia. "Kvartala" is synonymous with the space located between the four walls of the old Jewish neighbourhood located between the boulavards "Dondukov", "Maria Luisa", "V. Levski" and "Slivnitsa". The area has an interesting past and important h...
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Hostel Mostel

92 /100

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Hostel Mostel

Hostel Mostel voted as * 'BEST SMALL HOSTEL' 2006 by Hostelworld customers has a unique setup in a totally renovated 19th century house. Our unbeatable set of facilities include big sitting area to chill out, romantic wooden veranda, free to use Wi-Fi Internet access all over the place, pool...
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Rooster Hostel

91 /100

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Rooster Hostel

Rooster Hostel occupies the two top floors of a renovated traditional building, located at the very heart of the old town, at the beginning of Samovodska Charshia (The Artisan's Street, one of the most popular landmarks in Tarnovo). Rooster is located just off the High Street which leads from th...
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Hostel Mostel Veliko Tarnovo

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Hostel Mostel Veliko Tarnovo

The Sydney Morning Herald: 'Relaxing ... Hostel Mostel in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria, is Eastern Europe's finest hostel.' * The cheapest and most comfortable hostel in Veliko Tarnovo! The ONLY HOSTEL IN VELIKO TARNOVO where you get FREE each day of your stay: + FREE All you can eat breakf...
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2 Stupid Dogs

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2 Stupid Dogs

It is excellent centrally located, close to major historic sights and just off the main street Vitosha. Situated in the most charming and peaceful neighborhood in the town. The apartment was completely recently renovated and arranged with all you need to feel at home. The 4th floor apartment consis...
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Aleko Hut

89 /100

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Aleko Hut

The hut is a massive three-story building with granite ground and first floors. Located on the first floor are the kitchen, restaurant, self-service cafeteria and tea-bar. 'Aleko' Hut is at 17 kilometers or about 40 minutes by car from Sofia city center and 24 kilometers from Sofia Airport (SOF)...
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Guest Rooms & Homestay Edelweiss

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Guest Rooms & Homestay Edelweiss

Guest Rooms Edelweiss is located in a residential building in the NEW part of Nesebar and it offers following types of accommodations: - Mixed Dorm, - Private Twin Room. - Female Dorm To describe with 3 words our accommodation: Simply, clean, tidy Nesebar was founded 3000 years ago by the...
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Hotel Romantic

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Hotel Romantic

Situated in the central part of Sunny Beach, the Romantik offers a cafe bar with summer garden. Its air-conditioned rooms have a balcony and the beach is 5 minutes' walk away. Free Wi-Fi, a cable TV and refrigerator are provided in each room. All rooms have an en suite bathroom and some overlook...
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Hostel 123

86 /100

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Hostel 123

Our passion is : to make our house full with friends; to make our city one that you will fill at home; to make our country one that you will love. We have small dorms with 4 and 6 beds and cozy private rooms at the best prices with free breakfast. Our lovely garden and common room are the place...
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Moreto & Caffeto

86 /100

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Moreto & Caffeto

Welcome to Sofia's friendliest, somewhat-artisticist, most warmly-welcoming little hostel! We have 4 floors and a basement dedicated to providing you a stay worthy of this wonderful city and the beautiful country beyond. We want to make you feel like family, like buddies at uni and mountain expe...
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Hostel Chi

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Hostel Chi

Hostel Chi is a two-storey building with mixed dormitory bedrooms, one suite, kitchen, bathroom and toilet, and a 50 square meters backyard. We offer free coffee, breakfast and wi-fi. The hostel is located in city center, 5 minutes walking to the train station, the main bus station and the central...
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Guest House 32

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Guest House 32

Guest House 32 is situated in the heart of Sofia main shopping, business and historical attractions. Guesthouse32 combines the unique sense to be in the middle of the party, but to enjoy your privacy in the quite and safe atmosphere of the small back-street. A step away from the pedestrian V...
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Hostel N1 in Sofia

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Hostel N1 in Sofia

Hostel N1 in Sofia is a vibrant hostel with travelers from all over the world. We are perfect for who wants to explore the city because we are in the middle of the city but also can help you find tours and daytrips outside of Sofia such as the Rila monestary, the seven lakes, the cave known as the E...
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Hello Sofia

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Hello Sofia

Convenient and welcoming, Hello Sofia is a small boutique guesthouse in Sofia Downtown, surrounded by the most famous city attractions. Our guest bedrooms have been individually furnished and tastefully decorated to the highest standard. Hello Sofia en-suite rooms are equipped with all natural li...
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Hostel Del Mar

81 /100

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Hostel Del Mar

BBQ or meet new friends in our beautiful garden with roses and wineyard Camping for 5 euro p.p.! Our cosy hostel has the unbeatable location to relax fully and explore the urban atmosphere and Varna's nightlife in the same time.We are 10-15 mins with the city bus to the center of Varna- the main...
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Nightingale Hostel and Guesthouse

80 /100

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Nightingale Hostel and Guesthouse

New hot spot in downtown Sofia city! Just opened after redecoration! Great fun and a lot of info about night life. You can expect comfortable, clean and stylish toilets also. All rooms, common room and bathrooms are on the first floor. Game and Chill-Out Zone, self catering kitchen and laundry.. We...
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Home Hostel Plovdiv

79 /100

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Home Hostel Plovdiv

Home Hostel Plovdiv offers air-conditionaired rooms in city Plovdiv. A flat-screen TV with cable channels is provided. There is a shared kitchen at the property. International Fair Plovdiv is 1.3 km from Home Hostel Plovdiv, while Plovdiv Municipality is 200 m away. Nearby: shopping centers, rest...
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Orient Express Hostel Sofia

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Orient Express Hostel Sofia

We offer variety of rooms to suit each situation: Singles, Doubles, Triples, Quadruple, Private rooms and dormitories. We also have apartments for 2, 4, 6 and 8 people. The house has a common room with sofas and TV, free Internet and Wi-Fi access in it and in each room as well. Our rooms...
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Be My Guest Hostel

77 /100

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Be My Guest Hostel

Be My Guest Hostel is a small, family-owned hostel centrally located in downtown Sofia, a mere stones throw from the city's main attractions. Its also only two minutes by foot from the bus stop leading to and from Sofia's airport. Our hostel is clean, comfortable and full of amenities to suit all...
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Hostel Ivory Tower

77 /100

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Hostel Ivory Tower

Ivory Tower hostel is aimed at making you feel at home. At all times (24/7) we have a friendly host ready to assist or just keep company. All standard amenities are present – WiFi access, air conditioning, laundry, ironing, shuttle services and private parking (by arrangement), etc. Only a few mi...
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Hotel Varusha

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Hotel Varusha

Hotel Varusha is a comfortable and modern furnished family hotel in Veliko Tarnovo. It is situated in the architectural complex 'Samovodska charshia' - the craft street. This street has preserved the charm and spirit of the period of National Revival. The hotel is located close to many famous la...
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415- FourFifteen Hostel

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415- FourFifteen Hostel

Welcome to FourFifteen Hostel, the only Hostel in Sunny Beach!! Ideal place for your vacation next to the beach, few steps away from the historic town of Nessebar and walking distance to all the amenities this resort has to offer, like bars and clubs, restaurants, open markets and other tourist attr...
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Pijama Hostel

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Pijama Hostel

A great place to meet people! Enjoy the privileged location in the heart of Plovdiv - 100 m from the Roman Stadium, 50 m from Djumaia Square and 200 m from the Antique Amphitheater. All the best sights are within walking distance from Pijama hostel. There are two terraces with wonderful view, tables...
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Hikers Hostel

74 /100

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Hikers Hostel

The best valued, cleanest and cheapest hostel in the absolute heart of Veliko Tarnovo. Other hostels claim many things but we actually deliver. We will match or beat any Veliko Tarnovo hostel price. See it for yourself. Clean, comfortable and fun! Meet heaps of people in our lounge, dining room or...
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Hipster Guest House

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Hipster Guest House

Hipster Guest House is situated in Plovdiv at the colorful streets of the Trap. A bus station is 300 meters from us, the train station is 1, 5 km from the house.Plovdiv is famous with its seven hills. Now they are not seven, but you still can enjoy some of them. 200 meters from the pedestrian cen...
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Funky Monkey Hostel

70 /100

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Funky Monkey Hostel

We are located in the center of Plovdiv. With 2 minutes walk you are in the main pedestrian street and with 5 minutes in the old town. The city Plovdiv is always alive and has its unique charm. The hostel is in a quiet neighborhood and we also have private rooms! Why you should stay here: All...
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My Guest Rooms Plovdiv

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My Guest Rooms Plovdiv

Restored art building from the early 20th century is located in the center of Plovdiv. Only 3-4 min. walk from the central train station and bus stations South and Rodopi. Perfectly located to the city park, central square and the central pedestrian street with shops and restaurants, in which is onl...
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GuestHouse Center Sofia

67 /100

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GuestHouse Center Sofia

The GuestHouse Center Sofia is in a Cultural Heritage Building from the early XX c. Located in the heart of the beautiful old town of Sofia city. Our Guest House is the perfect place for travelers who need inexpensive, accommodation in bright, spacious and clean guest rooms. Unique downtown locat...
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Gagarin House

63 /100

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Gagarin House

Gagarin House is an economy class guest house arranged in the modern concept of a capsule hotel. We, the team of Gagarin House, truly admire our place and want to share our best feelings with all of our guests. We do our best to organize a cool, modern and friendly place for you to stay in the Old...
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Yo-Ho-Hostel

59 /100

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Yo-Ho-Hostel

Yo-Ho-Hostel - most popular place in the heart of Varna ! Hostel for backpackers, explorers, musicians and artists ! OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND AND 24/7 ! Yo-Ho-Hostel - 12th Years we offer you the BEST PRICE in Varna ! Come, check and stay longer than you expect! Most central, most friendly, most funn...
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Amfora

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Amfora

Hotel Amfora is a nice, small hotel with an intimate atmosphere. Amfora is a 4-floor hotel and all of the units are air conditioned, with en suit bathroom/wc with shower, double or twin beds, TV with more than 50 channels and balconies with sea view. The apartments have one or two bedrooms, a l...
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Apartment Marina

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Apartment Marina

Luxury 2 bedroom apartment, living room, free hi-speed (150 Mbps) Wi-Fi internet, air-conditioner, cable TV -200 channels, DVD, CD, MP3, radio, balcony, central heating. Оne bedroom with a queen sized bed, big wardrobe, cable TV 40 inch-200 channels, tellephon, dry hair, iron and ironing board. Seco...
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Things to see and do while backpacking in Bulgaria.

Check out tips from other travellers and bloggers and their experiences in Bulgaria.

If you're already planning to visit Bulgaria - scroll to the next section for a list of the best places to stay.

Morocco! The theme is not new but the prospective is different!

The next morning we woke up early, fresh and enthusiastic, ready for the real hike – only 900 m vertical drop but the terrain is really steep, icy and snowy. We took our breakfast firstly, then prepared bottle of water, some chocolate and sandwiches and put them into one of the backpacks. We didn’t forget to take with us also a small bottle of Bulgarian Rakia for the peak – this is a tradition. What else could you possibly say when you are at 4167 m but “Nazdrave!”?

Dessy

Time travel in Bulgaria: Peshtera

The city of Peshtera is located in the foothills of the Rhodope Mountains in Bulgaria, and it provides numerous activities for both those who seek adventures and those who prefer to have just a retreat. It lies about 40 kilometers from Plovdiv, so if you have a spare day or two, I recommend visiting. Many people visit Bulgaria’s ski resorts in winter or seaside resorts in summer, but off the beaten track the country is rich in natural landscapes, archeological sites and recreational parks that are open year-long. For other destinations in Bulgaria, you can check out my blog or just follow my page on Facebook. Peshtera and around The city itself is relatively small, with a population of about 20 000 and one main street with shops, cafes and a central square. It is known for its wine factory as well as several shoe factories. However, travelers can find a lot more there.  The highlights I want to share with you here are the recent Cars of Socialism Museum and the ancient Peristeri Fortress, both of them situated within the town, and the Snezhanka Cave, the town of Batak and the Tsigov Chark dam that are the major attractions in the region. When I was a child, I used to stay at Tsigov Chark every summer for at least two weeks and I’ve witnessed the development of these places during the years. They are still my favorite getaway destinations for the weekends.

Karina Toneva

River Iskar

Finally, we found a spot between Samokov and Sofia that was perfect for us two and our little orange tent. Beautiful green grass and cold not so clean water. However, we were happy to call this place ours for the next 24 hours. It is rare to find girls that ride bikes out of the cities in Bulgaria. It is even rarer to see these girls camping. However, we have done it a few times and I would say that it is rather not too dangerous. The more difficult part of our adventure was to find a safe place that was not too crowded at the same time. If you look at the map you will notice that Bulgaria is a small country with many mountains and fairly long seaside. In the summer we like to breathe fresh air and if you are not a fan of wild nature, then most probably you will share your space with some other nature lovers. The place we chose was on the river Iskar, which is the longest river in Bulgaria and as Wikipedia says its length is 368 km. We placed our tent on Riverside on the humble 1 meter and we even had a little space for the campfire. The truth is that it took us around 30 minutes to find a good place for camping and around 1 hour to clean the area from the trash some other nature lovers left after them.

Mila Milieva

Sofia, Bulgaria: Start of the Balkan Tour

Backpacking the Balkans began in Istanbul, where my partner and I currently live. We had contemplated wether to take a train or a bus to Sofia and eventually decided on taking a train. The Turkish websites for train are very bad and outdated. We had arrived at the train station and we had a shuttle to take us a 4 hour bus ride to the Turkish-Bulgaria border. While on the bus I was the only person who was of Turkish background and the bus driver and host had approached me and said they have a surprise for me at the border, later on the bus ride I had found out that they wanted me to buy them bottles of alcohol at the border. A little shocked and disappointed that the surprise was really for them, I had agreed. We got to the train station at around 2:30 am and after going into the customs office and through the x-ray machine I made my way over to the hole in a wall to get two bottles of Jim Beam for our bus drivers. When I had got there, there was a group of older Bulgarian men and a female who were making a large purchase of cigarettes. The guy at the counter asked if I could get them cigarettes and expecting a little tip I accepted. The gift I received were two bottles of water and cakes. Pathetic. Trying to get back to the bus to give the driver his goods, the Turkish border police asked where I was going and I played dumb. The bus driver told the police that it was their drinks, a little scared at this point, I handed the bag to the driver and the police simply told him next time tell us before you do that. As he said that I walked away and boarded the train at 3 am with my girlfriend Alexa.

Omer Sevinc

Varna- the most amazing city in Bulgaria

 Varna- one of the most beautiful cities in the east part of Bulgaria  

Catherine

A Day in Varna - The Beautiful Capital of the Bulgarian Coast

Bulgaria has become quite popular with its beaches, however, not many people think of visiting a big city while on a beach holiday. Well, Varna is a city that offers a bit from both worlds to its visitors. Regardless of whether you are coming on a day trip or staying for a weekend – Varna has a lot of activities available to make your stay worth a while. Below I will share with you a plan for a day journey around the City Center which will also leave you plenty of time to spend on the beach.

Annie

Plovdiv - Bulgaria’s Unique and Most Ancient Destination

Plovdiv – Bulgaria’s Unique And Most Ancient Destination Bulgaria is gaining more and more fame every day for its magical places and natural wonders. It’s a country that has it all despite its small size – from attractive cities with a rich history of beautiful mountains and golden Black sea beaches.

Victoria Furella

On the coast of Bulgaria - driving to the tip of the most south-eastern point in mainland EU

Rezovo, Bulgaria, the most south-eastern point of mainland EU

Vilina Christoph

A Weekend at the Roof of the Balkans

Bulgaria is probably one of those places that you have heard almost nothing about – yet, whenever you have come across someone who has been there at least once, the feedback has invariably been one of amazement, if not slight bewilderment. On the one hand it’s a small country, roughly the size (and population) of Arizona. On the other, Bulgaria sports a tremendous diversity of cultural sites, folk traditions, and yes, breath-taking landscapes as well. From the ancient quarters at the heart of its major cities Sofia and Plovdiv, to the quaint tiny villages nestled amidst mountains awash with greenery; from the sunny Black Sea coast in the east lined with fine sands of gold, to the imposing shades of the colossal peaks in the west – there are tons of treasures, both historical and natural, that are just ripe for exploration. All it takes is some adventurous spirit, and a pair of strong legs to carry you across the magnificent scenery.

Spasimir Radev

Nessebar, Bulgaria: A romantic walk through the wooden city

The city of Nessebar is situated in southeastern part of Bulgaria at the Black sea coast. It is, as one of the oldest cities in Bulgaria, attracting travellers from all around the world by its magnificence and romance. The historical roots of the city are reaching to the times of antiquity, when in the Bronze age the tribe of Thracians founded their settlement at the territory of today’s Nessebar. Back then they called the settlement Melsambria, after its founder and leader Melsa (Melsambria = The city of Melsa). In the 6th century the Greeks started to build many temples and schools in the city and that is how it started expanding – the huge city walls, leading around the whole city, were built in this period as well. Later Melsambria became a part of the Roman empire and Christian churches were built and the city was all renovated. In the time flow Nessebar was also a part of the Ottoman empire, there were battles raging around and diseases spreading, but the city of Nessebar is still standing with its majesty and after all this time still taking the breath of its visitors away.

Natalie

Bulgaria - Plovdiv and Sunny Beach: History and nature

Bulgaria is a beautiful country which is not very high on (m)any bucket list(s). I visited this amazing country for 4 days this month, and want to take you on a journey why Bulgaria is a must see country in my opinion.

Robert Dolmans

Longing for traditional Christmas? Then you should visit Bulgaria

With the western version of Christmas increasingly resembling an egoistic festival of greed (or I am being a bit too harsh?), it’s nice to know that countries like Bulgaria – country in the southern part of Europe) – can still offer something in the way of wacky traditional ritual. Many Bulgarian yuletide customs are full of Christmas symbolism, while others date back to a more distant, pagan past. Nowadays many of those are mixed together, creating something really unique.

Laura Tyrylytė

Varna: A place for every taste

I’m from Macedonia, so Bulgaria is our neighbor country and very close to us and yet this year was my first time visiting Bulgaria in the summer. I always thought of Bulgaria as my ‘winter hideout’ visiting the many ski centers and Spa resorts it has. The only thing I can say: I wished I spent my summers here before.

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'Discovering Bulgaria: Part One'

Bulgaria is one of those neighbor countries that somehow never ended up on my travel list. Just once in 2012. I passed it on the road to Istanbul. I remember it only vaguely, as a country which our driver passed in one hectic drive, not making a single stop. It looked back then, that he was scared of stopping as if someone will attack or rob us. Or maybe he was just eager to reach Turkey. Who knows? Anyway, its 2016 now and I decided to join my three friends in discovering skiing opportunities in this, until then, unknown country. As a place to do that we chose Bansko.

ivana-lazarevic

Burgas: The most beautiful and thriving city at Bulgarian coast

Bulgaria is a beautiful country, located in the Southeastern Europe and it is bordered by the Black Sea to the east. Due to the small territory that it lays, Bulgaria offers a great variety of nature – mountains, rivers, sea, plains, which can be reached easily and in a short time. The four seasons that the country has are a prerequisite for enjoying all different activities and experiences which are done according to the weather conditions.

Stanislava Todorova

On the coast of Bulgaria - driving to the tip of the most south-eastern point in mainland EU

Rezovo, Bulgaria, the most south-eastern point of mainland EU

Vilina Christoph

Varna: A place for every taste

I’m from Macedonia, so Bulgaria is our neighbor country and very close to us and yet this year was my first time visiting Bulgaria in the summer. I always thought of Bulgaria as my ‘winter hideout’ visiting the many ski centers and Spa resorts it has. The only thing I can say: I wished I spent my summers here before.

1nf3rn0

Surprise.. Sofia!

I found a cheap plane offer. I never had in my plans Bulgaria, but I have in my plans everything that I didn’t do yet. Plus, I’m an autumn seeker and Sofia is one of the best cities where to see autumn colors.

Alessia Ursini

Nessebar, Bulgaria: A romantic walk through the wooden city

The city of Nessebar is situated in southeastern part of Bulgaria at the Black sea coast. It is, as one of the oldest cities in Bulgaria, attracting travellers from all around the world by its magnificence and romance. The historical roots of the city are reaching to the times of antiquity, when in the Bronze age the tribe of Thracians founded their settlement at the territory of today’s Nessebar. Back then they called the settlement Melsambria, after its founder and leader Melsa (Melsambria = The city of Melsa). In the 6th century the Greeks started to build many temples and schools in the city and that is how it started expanding – the huge city walls, leading around the whole city, were built in this period as well. Later Melsambria became a part of the Roman empire and Christian churches were built and the city was all renovated. In the time flow Nessebar was also a part of the Ottoman empire, there were battles raging around and diseases spreading, but the city of Nessebar is still standing with its majesty and after all this time still taking the breath of its visitors away.

Natalie

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