Bulgaria is a country of dramatic mountain ranges, charming beach resorts and traditional villages with all of the charm of the nineteenth century, and all of the modern comforts of today.
Despite the language barrier, its people will welcome you with open arms, and its culture will warm its way into your heart. There is much of the dark fairy tales so typical of Eastern Europe in Bulgaria’s landscape. The woods are as mysterious as they are inviting and road signs and timetables disappear the deeper into the countryside you go. But that only adds to the beautiful country’s appeal.
The capital, Sofia, may not be as picturesque as some of Europe’s main cities, but a trip to the charming town of Plovdiv fixes that. Four hundred kilometres of stunning Black Sea coast stretch to Bulgaria’s east. Here you’ll find popular spots like the iconic Sunny Beach – perfect for party animals and couples – and the family-friendly resorts of Nessebar and Sozopol.
Skiers can hit the slopes at Bansko and Pamporovo, where picture postcard snow-capped mountains will take your breath away as much as the skiing itself. Plus, the nearby mountain village of Rila is perfect for a quick stopover before visiting the breathtaking Rila Monastery.
Holidaymakers from all walks of life will fall in love with this Eastern European gem. It has something for everyone, from lush natural surroundings for outdoors lovers to golden beach resorts for soaking up the sun. Plus, it’s extremely affordable so you won’t break the bank!
The second largest city in Bulgaria has all the history and charm Sofia lacks. Culture vultures and couples looking for a romantic urban escape will especially enjoy this traditional Balkan town. The Old Town is lined with houses built by Bulgarian, Greek and Armenian merchants, while you can happen upon Roman ruins during a relaxed stroll through the cobbled streets. Old and new meet in the bustling district of Kapana, the former bazaar quarter turned nightlife hotspot. The best time to visit is in September when the city comes alive for the Night of Museums and Galleries.
Goodtime guys and gals will want to head to Sunny Beach, Bulgaria’s most famous party beach resort. The purpose-built resort is fully equipped for a wild holiday soaking up the sun and hitting the clubs hard. Despite the resort’s popularity with party animals, the eight-kilometre-long Blue Flag beach also attracts families of all shapes and sizes.
Sunny Beach is home to some of the Black Sea coast’s last natural sand dunes and rare plant species. It’s just a stone’s throw from historic – and quieter – coastal town of Nesebar.
Looking for a ski holiday that is affordable, unpretentious and bursting with charm? Bansko is just the place. The village is nestled at the foot of the Pirin mountain range, a picture postcard little town close to breathtaking Rila Monastery. Skiing is not the only sport popular amongst Bansko holidaymakers; snowboarding is also widely practised. Like in the lavish ski resorts of the Alps, you can hit the clubs as hard as you hit the slopes, as Bansko is home to some of the best nightlife spots in Bulgaria.
Black Sea Coast
The relatively undiscovered Black Sea Coast has a great selection of beautiful beaches to soak up the sun on. There’s a slice of golden land to suit every holidaymaker’s needs. Sunny Beach is definitely the most famous, and a must stop for party animals. Families should head to Albena, where mini trains take you to a golden beach of shallow waters – perfect for the little ones to splash around while the adults kick back and relax.
Get your culture on
Visit Bulgaria in March and watch locals celebrate the arrival of spring by honouring Baba Marta – Grandmother March – with red and white martenitsas. Visit any other time of the year and there’s still plenty to discover, from exploring Rila Monastery – the most iconic Eastern Orthodox monastery in the country – to Plovdiv’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Centre.
Hike the Pirin range
The skiing resort of Bansko is not the only jewel of the dramatic Pirin mountain range. If you visit Bulgaria outside of the prime skiing season – which runs from December to May – you can enjoy plenty of hiking routes across these rugged peaks.
Visit Seven Rila Lakes
Nature lovers won’t want to miss Bulgaria’s most famous group of lakes. Spread across the north-western stretch of the Rila mountains, the seven lakes of glacial origin and surrounding scenery give the iconic shot of Daniel Craig staring into the Scottish Highlands a run for its money.
Nothing is labelled as organic in Bulgaria because everything is organic. The vegetables are bursting with flavour, and spiced pork and chicken dishes are as fresh as the seafood in the coastal towns. Bulgarian cuisine shares much common ground with Turkey, Greece and Serbia, but there are some dishes native to the region you must try. Bantisa pastries are a perfect breakfast treat, a kebapche meat platter is best enjoyed with a pint of Bulgarian beer and a jar of lyutenitsa relish is the perfect souvenir to bring back home.
Bulgaria’s restaurant scene varies from modern eateries in the capital, to traditional mehana restaurants tucked away in mountain towns. Sunny Beach also has a wide selection of international cuisines.
Visit Bulgaria for a taste of Eastern European charm. With a lengthy coast home to golden beaches, ski resorts at the foot of rugged mountain ranges and old villages tucked away in the countryside, Bulgaria is the treat you can’t wait to tell people about.
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