Mount Virhen is the second highest peak in the country, with an altitude of 2914 m. It is a very beautiful marble pyramid frequented by chamois and hikers. If its summit is bare, its sides are full of wild flowers. It is located in the Pirin National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Plovdiv is said to be the oldest still inhabited European city. Traces of civilization dating back to 2000 BC have been found there. The old town retains traces of several successive cultures. There is, among other things, a Roman theater and a small paleo-Christian basilica.
Rila Monastery, nestled in a spectacular valley, was founded in the 10th century. It was partially destroyed by fire in the early 19th century, but was quickly rebuilt, due to its importance to the country’s cultural identity. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The country claims to be the birthplace of yogurt, the creation of which dates back several centuries before the Christian era. At the beginning of the 20th century, a longevity study noted a high rate of centenarians in the Rhodopes, a range in the south of the country, where yogurt was very popular. Locals still make rich and flavorful yogurt.