What are the most spectacular roads in Bulgaria?

Tucked away in the crossroads of Europe and Asia, on the eastern part of the Balkan Peninsula, Bulgaria is home to wonderful driving experiences. If you’re travelling to the country, remember to drive the scary road to Devil’s Throat Cave, an entrance to the underworld, through Trigrad Gorge. When driving through the Smolyan Province, oncoming traffic can be a nightmare. A similar road, in terms of beauty and road conditions, is the road through Buynovo Gorge, a Bulgarian cliff road. Don’t forget, in Bulgaria, every road is more than just a stretch of tarmac. It's a passage through time, nature, and legends.

The landscape of the country is diverse, featuring plains, plateaus, and mountains. So, if you prefer mountain roads, Botev Peak is the highest road of the Balkan Mountains. It’s a mountain peak at 2,376m (7,795ft) above sea level, on the boundary between Lovec and Plovdiv provinces. It’s one of the highest roads in Bulgaria..

Located in the Smolyan Province of Bulgaria, the road through Trigrad Gorge, leading to Devil’s Throat Cave, is stunning. Oncoming traffic is a nightmare.

Buynovo Gorge is a very scenic limestone canyon located in the Smoljan Province of Bulgaria. The road through the gorge is pretty challenging yet scenic.

Shipka Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 1.190m (3,904ft) above sea level, located on the boundary between Stara Zagora and Gabrovo provinces of Bulgaria. The pass was the site of many historic battles.

Beklemeto Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1,525m (5,003ft) above sea level, located in Bulgaria.

Botev Peak is a high mountain peak at 2,376 meters (7,795 feet) above sea level, located between Lovec and Plovdiv provinces in Bulgaria. It’s one of the highest roads in the country.

Petrohan Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 1.407m (4,616ft) above sea level, located on the boundary between Montana and Sofia provinces, in Bulgaria.

Belmeken is a high mountain reservoir at an elevation of 1.932m (6,338ft) above the sea level, located in the Rila mountain range, in southwestern Bulgaria.

Kalin Reservoir is a high mountain reservoir at an elevation of 2.398m (7,867ft) above the sea level, located in Kyustendil Province, southwestern Bulgaria. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of the country.

Located in southeastern Europe, Bulgaria is a country bordered by five countries: Romania, Serbia, Macedonia, Greece and Turkey. It has some major mountain ranges, as Rila, Pirin and the Balkan Mountains.

Mount Perelik is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 2.180m (7,152ft) above the sea level, located in Smolyan Province, in Southern-central Bulgaria, near the border with Greece.

Goljam Medarnik is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.541m (8,336ft) above the sea level, located in the Rila Mountains of Sofia Province, in Bulgaria. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of the country.

Pass of the Republic is a mountain pass at an elevation of 700m (2,297ft) above the sea level, located on the boundary of Stara Zagora and Veliko Tarnovo provinces, in central Bulgaria.

Varbitsa Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 900m (2,953ft) above the sea level, located in the Balkan Mountains in Bulgaria.

Vratnik Pass (Door pass) is a mountain pass at an elevation of 921m (3,021ft) above the sea level, located in the Sliven Province of Bulgaria.

Vihren Chalet is a high mountain refuge at an elevation of 1.981m (6,499ft) above the sea level, located in southwestern Bulgaria.

Karagyol Reservoir is a high mountain reservoir at an elevation of 2.359m (7,739ft) above the sea level, located in Kyustendil Province, southwestern Bulgaria. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of the country.

Dzhanka Saddle is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.346m (7,696ft) above the sea level, located on the boundary between Sofia and Blagoevgrad provinces in Bulgaria. It’s one of the highest roads of the country.

Set high in Stara Zagora Province in the historical region of Thrace of Bulgaria, the mountain road from Shanovo to Kolena is not for the faint of heart.

Radomir is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.031m (6,663ft) above the sea level, located on the Bulgarian–Greek border.

Ruen Peak is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.246m (7,368ft) above the sea level, located on the border of southwestern Bulgaria and northeastern Republic of North Macedonia.

The Road death rate in Bulgaria was the highest in the EU in 2016, according to figures released by the European Commission.

Todorka is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 2.534m (8,313ft) above the sea level, located in Blagoevgrad Province, also known as Pirin Macedonia, a province of southwestern Bulgaria. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of the country.

Musalenski Ezera is a high mountain lake at an elevation of 2.399m (7,870ft) above the sea level, located in Sofia Province in southwestern Bulgaria, within the Borovets mountain resort. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of the country.

Bezbog is a high mountain lake at an elevation of 2.242m (7,355ft) above the sea level, located in Blagoevgrad Province, also known as Pirin Macedonia, a province of southwestern Bulgaria.

Buzludzha Peak is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 1.416m (4,645ft) above the sea level, located in central Bulgaria.

Mazalat is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 2.269m (7,444ft) above the sea level, located in Stara Zagora province of south-central Bulgaria.

Yastrebets Summit is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 2.358m (7,736ft) above the sea level, located in Sofia province, in southwestern Bulgaria, within the Borovets mountain resort. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of the country.

Cherni Vrah (Black Peak) is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 2.274m (7,460ft) above the sea level, located in Pernik Province, in western Bulgaria.

Midžor is an international high mountain peak at an elevation of 2.142m (7,027ft) above the sea level, on the border of Bulgaria and Serbia.

Markudzhik is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 2.479m (8,133ft) above the sea level, located in Sofia province, in southwestern Bulgaria, within the Borovets mountain resort. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of the country.

Kartala is a ski resort at an elevation of 1.453m (4,767ft) above the sea level, located in Blagoevgrad Province, in southwestern Bulgaria.

Golyam Kupen is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 1.870m (6,135ft) above the sea level, located in Vitosha Mountain, Bulgaria. The average gradient is 16.92% with some sections up to 25%.

Zavratchitsa Hut is a high mountain refuge at an elevation of 2.188m (7,178ft) above the sea level, located in Sofia province, in southwestern Bulgaria.

Rilaseen hut is a high mountain refuge at an elevation of 2.107m (6,912ft) above the sea level, located in Kyustendil Province is a province in southwestern Bulgaria, above the resort village of Panichishte.

Located on the boundary of Lovech and Plovdiv provinces of Bulgaria, the Arch of Freedom stands as a monument commemorating the Bulgarians' heroic liberation struggle.