When October comes around the corner, you know Autumn has come. I’ve realized that around this time of year, people who have come to Bulgaria or even the locals here aren’t sure what to do. It’s not ski season yet and it’s a bit chilly for the beach.
The good thing about Bulgaria is that the even though the country is only 110,994 square kilometres big and with a population of 7 million people, the diversity of this country allows people to do a variety of things and go to various places all times of the year. Here is a list of the top 5 thing you should do in October.
1. Varna or Burgas
It’s off- season on the coast, which means that the small villages which rely on tourism during the summer have now closed down almost everything. Nevertheless, big cities, such as Varna and Burgas, which are also on the coast simply lower prices at restaurants and tourist attractions. If you decide to go to Varna, make sure to stroll down the Sea garden, check out the zoo and dolphinarium. If you’re feeling like visiting museums, the archeological museum will have shorter to no lines at all. There are also various walking tours offered that take you around the city and show you all of the main attractions.
Similarly, in Burgas you can take a walk in the Sea garden, stroll down to the pier and visit the Ethnographic museum of the city. Since it is off- season here too, the weather will still be warmer than in most parts of Bulgaria and you can enjoy the beautiful views that the Black sea offers, without having too many tourist around you.
2. Vitosha Mountain
This is the perfect place to go on a warm and sunny October day. Vitosha mountain is located right outside of Sofia so getting there is possible by car or by bus. There are various hiking routes that you can take or if you’re not into hiking, you can have nice picnic lunch in Vitosha Nature park. In addition to this, there are various hotels and restaurants that you can eat at in case you didn’t pack food. The best part of going to Vitosha mountain is that you get a breathtaking view of Sofia from above!
Koprivshtitsa is a small historic town in the central part of the country. This town is known for its authentic Bulgarian architecture and the many museums and festivals. As this is a place where many uprisings and historic events were planned, the most well- known of which is the April uprising of 1876, pretty much every house in this town is a historic site or a museum. You can buy a pass for all of the attractions or pay only for the ones you want to visit- the prices are very inexpensive. All year round restaurants are open and they cook typical Bulgarian dishes.
4. The Borisova Garden
A park located in the center of Sofia, right across from Sofia University is the ideal place to be on a warm autumn day. Here you have the option of setting up your own picnic, chilling on a bench or grabbing a coffee at a cafe in the park. You will people of all ages soaking up the sun here, but it won’t be crowded because the park is big enough for everyone. The best part is that you’re in the center of Sofia and can stroll around the city afterwards.
5. The music festival in Gabrovo
Every year in October, a city in Northern Bulgaria- Gabrovo organises a folk- music festival, which lasts a few days. The goal of this festival is to keep traditions alive and to popularise this type of music and dance. Even if you don’t stay for the whole festival, there are plenty of things to do and see in the city, like going to the open air ethnographic museum- Etar.