Sunny morning on a Varna beach along Bulgaria's Black Sea Coast.
Romania to the north, Serbia
to the northwest, and Greece
and Turkey to the South,
the country once considered one of the dreariest of USSR satellite
nations is today enjoying a booming revival.
As one of
the EU's newest members (January 2007), Bulgaria is now attracting
visitors from around the continent to its major cities offering
a vibrant shopping scene and happening nightlife.
Black Sea coast is also currently enjoying an investment
boom by Europeans who have suddenly discovered a cheap summer
home away from home in Bulgaria's growing seaside resort communities.
world class ski resorts in its mountainous western regions
leading down to the sunny 232-mile-long Bulgarian
Black Sea coast visitors to Bulgaria often choose
the capital city of Sofia
as their main point of entry.
taken in the pubs and discos, but also don't overlook the rich
history and culture that one of the oldest cities in all of Europe
has to offer, capped by St. Sofia church - the oldest in the city,
dating to the 5th century.
(L to R) More memorable trips around Bulgaria await in quaint Old Nessebar town, which has been
for 9,000 years -- followed by a tour of Rila Monastery, the largest in Bulgaria with
and 60 monks who still call it home. With more time to spare, head to
for a stunning view of unique pyramid-shaped mountains in Pirin National Park.
want to go straight for the beach will head for Bulgaria's sea
and the country's second largest city boasting a mix of Baroque,
20th century and contemporary architecture.
Today, Varnia also happens to have the best resorts and the wildest nightlife, but by day, also don't overlook the Varna
Archaelogical Museum with one of Bulgaria's richest collections of
to Bulgaria - Excellent
guide to the entire Bulgarian travel scene with information on
top attractions including an interactive map, photos, videos,
weather info and practical travel tips.
- Lonely Planet World Guide - Fast facts, when
to go, how to get there plus maps, typical travel costs, photo
galleries, with informative overviews of Sofia, the Rila Monastery,
Plovdiv, Koprivshtitsa, and the Bansko ski resort.