Bachkovo, the second biggest monastery in Bulgaria is situated close to the city of Plovdiv in the Rhodope Mountains. On August 15 thousands of people flock to the monastery to attend a special Mass dedicated to Mary. Once you have seen the monastery, take the path up the mountain. It will take you to several beautiful chapels in the forest, one hewn out of a rock.
Aladzha Monastery is a gorgeous rock hewn building not far from the seaside (2 mi/3 km from Golden Sands resort and 10 mi/17 km from the city of Varna). Its name derives from Turkish and means “colorful”. During the summer a film about the history of the monastery is projected on the rocks in the evenings.