Horse Riding Holidays in Bulgaria
Off the beaten path Europe is hard to find these days but Bulgaria is one of the best kept secrets for horse riding holidays. Offering travellers wonderfully well-preserved culture, full of ancient ruins and medieval churches, beautiful backcountry and vast, open spaces perfectly suited to exploring on horseback. Hearty local cuisine, a distinguished regional wine culture, and a plethora of traditional spas complete this budget-friendly destination. Bulgarian horse riding holidays are usually fast-paced reflecting the excellent horsemanship observed in this part of the world.
The Rhodope is a mountain range with crystal clean air, untouched areas of beauty, and incredible natural phenomenons formed thousands of years ago.
Famous for their magical villages and diverse and unspoiled nature, the Rhodope Mountains offer sceenry rarely encountered in Europe and the wildness of the region and lack of fences make it the perfect place for horse-riding.
This fun ride is run by experienced tour guide and vet Bogdan Syarov. The Thracian Valley is an ideal location for riding with smooth, picturesque terrain of rose and lavender fields which allow for a faster pace. The trail combines plenty of canters and amazing scenery with ancient Thracian and Roman ruins along the way, delicious wines and spa opportunities thanks to the healing mineral springs. Accommodation is comfortable and you will often have access to a swimming pool, sauna or spa at your hotels.
Fascinating history and spa opportunities
Riding itineraries in Bulgaria give plenty of time to visit historical sites and learn more about this country’s fascinating history. Our itinerary includes a visit to the Starosel Temple, the biggest underground temple in the Balkan peninsula, dating back to the 4th century BC. For those less historically-minded there are many opportunities to recuperate from horse riding at the spa hotels you’ll stay in which usually include saunas and pools as standard. Riders on one of our horse riding holidays in Bulgaria are guaranteed spectacular panoramic views almost every day of the trail thanks to Bulgaria’s unique position across several mountain ranges.
Horse riding holidays in Bulgaria offer real value for money alongside thrilling riding and give you an opportunity to get to know the true, rural Bulgarian lifestyle. Those who are used to riding in the UK will be pleasantly surprised by the lack of fences, gates or boundaries present in the wooded valleys and open plains of Bulgaria. You should be a strong, confident rider as there will be some exhilarating canters in wide open spaces.