Archives January 2021

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The magical power and beauty of the Bulgarian saffron

In the last few years, a lot of Bulgarian farmers started to grow the autumn crocus, from which the saffron is extracted. Thus some of them, especially those who live in the Rhodopean mountain, try to replace the traditional growing of tobacco. Others just try to diversify their production and to find new opportunities. But do you know the main benefits of saffron and why it is among the most expensive spices in the world?

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The culinary masterpieces of the Rhodope cuisine

The authentic taste of the local Bulgarian dishes is sought after by tourists and visitors to the Rhodopes mountain. For many people culinary traditions as a reason for their visit. The Rhodopes are a mystical place where, in addition to enjoying unique nature, magical views, listening to myths and legends about human destinies and stories, you can find your secret place of rest and unforgettable vacation.

Нестинари

Fire-dancing – the beautiful pagan custom in the Strandzha mountain

Fire-dancing is one of the most beautiful pagan customs which still exists in the Bulgarian part of Strandzha mountain. We celebrate it every year on May 21 when the feast of St. Constantine and his mother St. Helena is. Both saints are considered patrons of fire dancers, known as “nestinari” in Bulgarian.

Бегликташ
Кайсиева ракия

Apricot rakia – the aromatic symbol of Danube Dobrudzha

The apricot rakia is one of the symbols of Danube Dobrudzha. Mild taste and strong apricot aroma make the drink characteristic and unforgettable, regardless of the style in which it is prepared. If you want to taste real aromatic apricot rakia join our gastro and cultural tour “Taste Golden Dobrudzha”,  to try the famous Silistra elixir.

Тракийска гробница Свещари

The tomb in Sveshtari – the masterpiece of Thracian culture

Hundreds of monuments from the time of Thracian civilization have been discovered on the territory of Bulgaria. The tomb in the village of Sveshtari, Razgrad region, is among the best-preserved and most impressive in our land.

Бяла лястовица

A magical white swallow still brings hope in the Bulgarian Dobrudzha

Dobrudzha is among the favorite places of the Bulgarian writer Yordan Yovkov. He points the region out as a source of inspiration. The Bulgarian master of the stories has lived in Dobrudzha for about 10 years but that period has been a source of lots of creative fantasies for him. There Yovkov created some of his most magical and captivating plots.

Нагорещени камъни

Cooking food with hot stones – one of the old Bulgarian traditions

The preparation of food and drink with the help of hot stones is an ancient technology, mastered to perfection in Bulgaria. In the 1940s and 1950s, the shepherds from Targovishte area regularly diversified their lunch from bread, some cheese, and onions, with pumpkin roasted directly on the field.

Сапун

How the Gabrovo masters have been making soap for more than 200 years

The masters of soap from the Gabrovo region, Bulgaria, are the only ones in our country who have preserved the craft of soap making for more than two centuries. They were the first who created Bulgarian toilet soap in order to stop the invasion of imported soap. They also managed to withstand the market pressure of cheap soaps from the Greek island of Crete.

Маджун от диня

“Madzhun” from watermelon and sugar broom – the honey for the poor of Dobrudzha

Sweet “madzhun”, also called “the honey for the poor”, usually is made from sugar cane and sugar beet, watermelon, grapes, pumpkin, prunes, sugar broom. Actually, it is a concentrated syrup of sweet fruit.