Etara, Bulgaria. Photo credit: D.Stafford


A walk through Etara, Bulgaria Etara is the first museum under the open sky in Bulgaria, established in 1964. It takes the visitor back to the 18th and 19th centuries when the Revival was in its apogee. I, personally, don’t like fantasy movies, but going back in time is very real while walking through Etara. It catches my breath from the entrance with the smell of old wood, aging moss on the stone slit roofs, the bright colors of stucco and planters, and the calming sound of running water from the river. There are about 50 houses with workshops where …

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Etar Architectural-Ethnographic Complex, Photo Credit to Custom Trip Team

Etar Architectural-Ethnographic Complex: A Journey Through History

WHAT IS ETAR, BULGARIA? Etar, Bulgaria is an architectural-ethnographic complex which is located a few kilometers from Bulgaria’s city of Gabrovo. The place is uniquely preserved and situated nicely on the banks of the Yantra river. The houses now turned into numberless workshops date back to the 18th and 19th centuries. It is considered to be one of the few ‘open air museums’ in the world and thousands of visitors come from all corners of the world to see and experience an “old lifestyle” unknown to many that still inspires and recharges with its eternal atmosphere still preserved in Etar. …

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View of Plovdiv From Nebet Hill, Photo Credit: Custom Trip Team


PLOVDIV, BULGARIA Plovdiv, Bulgaria is one of the world’s oldest cities. Located somewhat centrally, on seven hills, in the Thracian Valley of Bulgaria it offers moderate climate and four distinct seasons. It is considered to be the second largest city in the country and has been nominated as European Capital of Culture for 2019. Plovdiv is famous for its rich history, dating back to 6th century BC, and is rich in archaeological sites. Today Plovdiv offers a unique combination of the past and present, where numerous activities, exhibits, competitions and venues offer a variety of entertainment and educational programs for …

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