Palamartsa Village

Goats, Wild Thyme Eco-farm, Palamartsa, Popovo, Bulgaria

The pace of life in this traditional village has not changed much in hundreds of years. The rhythm of each day revolves around the herds of goats, sheep and cows going out to pasture in the morning and returning just before it gets dark.

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Horse and cart, Wild Thyme Eco-farm, Bulgaria

Bulgarian Village Life

Villagers have been living on small-scale farms for generations and many skills lost to us have been preserved here. Each house is equipped with land and outbuildings designed for small numbers of animals. Living in a village farming community also means that people help each other and exchange is a part of village life.

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Playing the pipes, traditional musician, Palamartsa

Bulgarian Traditional Music

There is also a lively cultural life.  Palamartsa is famous for its Bulgarian traditional music band, Balkan dancing group and Bulgarian choir made up of women from the village.  They perform not only throughout Bulgaria but also take trips to Eastern Europe, visiting countries like Romania.  They bring lots of life and fun to the village, performing at various village festivals throughout the year and invite dancers from other areas to perform here.


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Thracian barrow

Thracian Bulgaria

The earliest record of the village is the 16th century but the history of the area goes back much further. The Thracians who lived here in the first millennium BC had a stronghold on the hill above the village and buried their dead in huge burial mounds in prominent places in the surrounding countryside. A little further afield are the remains of an old Roman fort.  Join one of our archaeological excursions to learn more.


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Wild Thyme Organic Farm, Palamartsa, Bulgaria

The Farmhouse History

Our own home and Wild Thyme Eco-cottage next door are two of the oldest houses in the village. They were built at the same time by the two Ivanov brothers who inherited the land from their father.

They built them both in the same style with art deco flourish, seen in the elaborate plasterwork exteriors.  Many of the original features are still evident including exposed timbers, mud plaster finished with clay paint, bread oven and solid timber entrance gates.

Both brothers were involved in trade in what was then one of the main streets in Palamartsa.   Ivan Ivanov was a tailor and the bottom floor was originally divided into a shop accessed from the front street and a barn accessed from the rear.

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