The Bulgarian lands are ancient crossroads. They remember many
ancient civilizations and great people which wrote the pages of
their turbulent history: bronze and iron spears and arrows, ruins
of palaces and cities, wise words carved on rocks and stone columns
or written on parchment and leather.
The Thracians bequeathed us the famous tombs near Kazanluk and
Sveshtari, the unique gold treasures from Panagyurishte and Rogozen.
The Hellenes built the beautiful coastal towns of Apollonia, Anhialo
and Messambria, and Romans - ancient Aescus, Nikopolis ad Istrum
and Nove. Huns, Gothes and Averas later passed through our lands.
Around the mid-7th century the Slavs came from the north across
the Danube and reached as far as the Black Sea and the Adriatic.
They were followed by the Bulgarians of Khan Asparouh...
In fact, there were only three states in Europe in 681: The Western
Roman Empire, BULGARIA, and The Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantium)...
A recognition of Bulgarian historical heritage is the fact, that
7 cultural and 2 natural sites have been included in the UNESCO
List of World Heritage. Among them are Rila Monastery, which is
situated amid one of the most beautiful mountain landscapes in Bulgaria
and Pirin National Park.
One of the main aims of the team, that builds BEFSA's travel programs
is to include visits to sites of historical and cultural importance.
We should admit that we are facilitated in this by the fact, that
there are hundreds of such sites just at the foot of Bulgarian mountains.
Apart from Bansko village we may also visit the historical villages
Lesten and Kovacevica, the old wine capital - Melnik, Rila and Rozen
monasteries. All of them are situated at the foot of Pirin and Rila
mountains and one can admire not only their architecture and historical
heritage, but also the fascinating views of snow covered mountains.
The participants in our programs will also have the possibility
to get in touch with the culture of those ancient lands, to taste
the delicious cuisine and fantastic red wines, to get acquainted
with local people and traditions.