Bulgaria has a 5,000-year-old history, which one can admire throughout the country with its ruins, museums and natural sights. Stone-age people have left traces all over the country, and visitors can admire caves, mineral springs and waterfalls in Pirin National Park. Bulgaria's culture is characterised by folk music, which helped the Bulgarians express their sadness and hope during Turkish rule, as well as to remind them of better times. Today, folk songs are sung by women's choirs, which is a special experience for tourists. In all of Bulgaria, visitors can find ruins of fortresses from the past 3,000 years, as well as many cultural monuments, some of which have been declared UNESCO world cultural heritage sites. A further experience is the start of Lent, when the men run through villages in animal costumes. A diverse cultural life can be found in the larger cities, including theatre and operas, where ballets are also performed. Bulgaria is also famous for its ceramic arts, especially the jugs with extended neck or the flat bottles. If you can't get enough of Bulgarian culture, simply buy a souvenir in the many souvenir shops.