Vratsa Is a Picturesque Thracian City

The picturesque little city of Vratsa (Враца) sits at the foothills of the Balkan Mountains in Northwest Bulgaria. On a recent road trip I was amazed when I saw the city sitting under the craggy cliffs of the “old mountain” (Стара Планина/Stara Planina in Bulgarian). What with the water and all it’s kind of like a poor man’s Cape Town!

The city of Vratsa below the Balkan mountain
The city of Vratsa below the Balkan mountain

I’ve never actually been to Vratsa, but after reading Wikipedia for a few hours I am fascinated by the history of the region.

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