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Holidays in Bulgaria

A Diverse, Exciting Destination

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Parasols on the sand at Sunny Beach, Bulgaria

Bulgaria - A 'Must-Visit' European Destination

Bulgaria is a popular destination situated in the Black Sea on the southeast corner of Europe. Holidays in Bulgaria are ideal for tourists that relish the opportunity to explore a diverse landscape, as a country of contrasts Bulgaria boasts high mountains, flat plains and idyllic golden beaches that are just waiting to be discovered. With an abundance of traditional history and culture to discover, Bulgaria is popular with a wide range of travellers including families, couples and groups of young travellers. With plenty of modern facilities and a vibrant nightlife, it is no surprise that Bulgaria is one of the most popular destinations in the world. Whatever you want from a break you are guaranteed to find it on a Bulgaria holiday, from peace and relaxation in a Black Sea resort to a city break in one of the many vibrant cities.

Those enjoying Bulgaria holidays can take their pick from a wide range of fantastic Bulgaria hotels. From budget hostels to luxury resorts, there is something to suit all holiday budgets. Many travellers choose to stay in one of the larger hotels in the city centre, ideal for being close to the action and really discovering what Bulgaria has to offer. For a more scenic retreat, there are many countryside villas and apartments to hire throughout your trip.

Bulgaria holidays cater for all ages and tastes and can be enjoyed all year round due to the consistent warm climate. With amazing cheap Bulgaria holiday deals available right now, make sure you don’t miss out on the trip of a lifetime.

Bulgaria - Sightseeing and Activities

The Madara Rider - an early medieval large rock relief in Bulgaria

Bulgaria offers some of the world’s most spectacular natural landscapes with hills, gorges, vast countryside and plenty of mountain ranges to explore. The three large National Parks are especially popular with visitors enjoying Bulgaria breaks, within them there are many activities to enjoy including horse riding, rock climbing and mountain biking. During the winter months Bulgaria holidays are ideal for fans of winter sports especially skiing as the mountains are covered in think snow.

No holiday in Bulgaria would be complete without exploring the many ancient sites and ruins that are scattered around the country. Bulgaria has a rich history influenced by the many settlers who lived within the country; expect to find evidence of Greek, Roman and Medieval remains during a Bulgaria break. One of the most popular tourist spots is the village of Madara, within the village is a large rock carving depicting the famous Madara horsemen. There are many ancient churches and cathedrals in Bulgaria to explore that offer fascinating murals and carvings that tell the stories of famous Bulgarian battles. The Navaro Rock Church and the Boyana Church are two of the most popular.

A holiday in Bulgaria is perfect for beach lovers; there are over three hundred kilometres of golden sandy beaches that lead to crystal clear waters, perfect for families with small children due to the gentle nature of the Black Sea. The beaches boast a wide range of water sport facilities including water skiing and sailing, those looking to explore the underwater world during a Bulgaria holiday can take advantage of the fantastic diving facilities.

Shopping is a popular pastime during Bulgaria holidays; there are plenty of markets and gift shops around the resorts that offer a wide range of local crafts and souvenirs. For a wide selection of shops there are several large shopping malls that offer designer labels and well known European brands.

Bulgaria - Nightlife and Cuisine

Grape-stuffed vine leaves, Bulgarian cuisine

The nightlife in Bulgaria is as diverse as the landscape with everything from vibrant nightclubs to cocktail bars available for visitors to enjoy. Those looking for a lively Bulgaria break will love the larger cities and towns within the country that are full of bars, clubs and casinos, ideal for an action packed night. Within the more lively areas the party continues until dawn, ideal for those looking to party into the night. The smaller resorts are significantly calmer with plenty of traditional taverns and beach front bars that are perfect for enjoying a quiet drink overlooking the sunset. The most popular drink in Bulgaria is wine; the country boasts a wide selection of locally produced wines that compliment the delicious Bulgarian cuisine. Traditional culture is very important in Bulgaria especially music and dance, during a Bulgaria holiday it is recommended to try and experience one of the many festivals and carnivals that take place throughout the year.

The food in Bulgaria is definitely worth sampling, with many authentic Bulgarian restaurants around the tourist areas. During a holiday to Bulgaria it is recommended to try some of the many local dishes and delicacies that the country offers, some of the staple dishes include stuffed vine leaves and peppers along with plenty of fresh local produce.

Bulgaria - Weather and Climate

Golden Sands beach (Zlatni Piasci) in Bulgaria

Bulgaria holidays are ideal for anyone looking for a break in the sun. The year round warm climate ensures that the summers are long and dry and the winters are mild and ideal for escaping for a winter break. The summer temperatures range from the mid twenties to the late thirties with the highest temperatures found in July and August. From December to March there is a chance of snowfall in the mountainous Bulgarian regions, those looking for a Bulgaria ski holiday will enjoy the fantastic winter sport conditions.

There is a chance of rainfall throughout the year however showers usually clear up quickly. During the peak summer seasons, thunder storms are common therefore it is advised to pack a waterproof.

Where is Bulgaria?

Take a look at this map of Bulgaria before you go. Click to view an interactive version.

Map of Bulgaria
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