EuropeLast MinuteVisit Bulgaria

August 18, 2018by Emma Churchill3

Bulgaria, officially the Republic of Bulgaria, is a country in Southeast Europe. It is bordered by Romania to the north, Serbia and North Macedonia to the west, Greece and Turkey to the south, and the Black Sea to the east. The capital and largest city is Sofia; other major cities are Plovdiv, Varna and Burgas. With a territory of 110,994 square kilometres (42,855 sq mi), Bulgaria is Europe’s sixteenth-largest country.

Why to Choose Bulgaria

The country is remarkable for its variety of scenery; its rugged mountains and relaxing Black Sea resorts attract many visitors. Like other nations of the Balkan Peninsula, Bulgaria claims a mix of Eastern and Western cultures, and the mingling is evident in its cuisine, its architecture, and its religious heritage. Though located in western Bulgaria, the capital, Sofia, is neatly positioned near the geographic centre of the Balkan region, and in nearly every other respect it occupies the central position within Bulgaria

If you are lucky enough to have lived in Bulgaria as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Bulgaria is a moveable feast.
Stefan Kolarov

Prohodna Cave is one of the most famous and easily accessible caves in Bulgaria. It lies 2 km away from Karlukovo Village and 112 km away from Sofia.
The cave is a natural 262 m long rock bridge. It has two entrances – a big and a small one. A path beginning at the approximately 35 m-high small entrance crosses the cave and goes out through the big entrance (the biggest cave arch in Bulgaria – 45 m).

Prohodna Cave is naturally lit thanks to its large entrances and cave holes – natural holes on the ceiling. These cave holes are precisely what makes the cave unique. Situated next to each other and having similar almond-shaped forms, the cave holes bear striking resemblance to giant eyes that seem as if they are staring at the visitors. It is not by chance that local people sometimes refer to them as The Eyes of God. Seen from a specific angle, they even resemble a face that looks down, and when it is wet it seems as if they are “crying”. People who witness this natural phenomenon are astonished and a little excited – the incredible symmetry and location of the cave holes fill one with awe and a sense of mystique. The cave was declared a natural landmark in 1962. Several Bulgarian and foreign films were shot there. One of them is Time of Violence (1987).
Bungee jumps are organised from the big entrance. Prohodna Cave is a popular destination for climbers. There are sport climbing routes divided into several sectors.

 

 

 

 

What You Can Expect

Accommodation is available at the mountain hostel, but visitors are advised to make a reservation in advance. There is a junction on the Lukovit – Karlukovo road leading to the office of the speleological society.
The office building of Peter Tranteev National Speleological Society and the Prohodna Cave are included in the list of the 100 tourist sites in Bulgaria. The cave is open for tourists all year round. A guide is not required. In the cold winter days, visitors should mind the huge icicles forming on the ceiling and around the cave holes and the slippery surface.

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3 comments

  • Peter Promodorou

    September 5, 2018 at 8:51 am

    We walked to the Eiffel Tower one afternoon and spent a few hours properly exploring this area, before having a nice evening meal close by. When we left the restaurant, i was amazed at how beautiful the tower looked, sparkling with all its lights and bring illuminations. Very special. I took a photo, but it didn\’t really do it justice by any means and everytime I show it to people I find myself telling this story.

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    • Marc Whitney

      September 5, 2018 at 8:52 am

      Crusing along the River Seine – what could be nicer? We took an evening cruise along the Seine in February, where the boat had great big floodlights along the sides. We saw so many huge Paris landmarks in a matter of minutes, the Eiffel Tower, the Notre Dame, bridges and more. It was however extremely cold and by the time it was nearing the end, I was pleased that it was finishing, but then I guess that was my fault for sitting on the top, rather than inside. Boat trips in Paris are easy to come by.

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  • Emma Churchill

    September 5, 2018 at 8:52 am

    I caught an underground train and visited the Sacre Couer. It was completely breathtaking, although did look a little strange and out of place. This basilica featured in the film \’Amelie\’ and is home to a massive pipe organ, and some very eleboarte decor, both inside and out.

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