Widely known as the cheapest country in Europe, Bulgaria is not only the perfect trip on a budget, but also simply, the perfect trip. With coastal towns as pretty as a picture to epic mountain ranges, Bulgaria has something for everyone.
Where to first?
It’s summer, so head to the coast. Sunny Beach, one of the country’s most popular beach resorts on the Black Sea will give you pretty beaches in spades and a three-course meal for two, with wine, for around £20 – what’s not to love?
What’s more, approximately a third of Bulgaria’s 378km Black Sea coast is made up of golden, sandy beaches. Take time to visit Nessebar, a Unesco World Heritage site and well worth a good portion of your trip time.
With Glastonbury done and dusted, rejoice in some local Balkan festivities. From International music festivals to folk festivals, and cultural feasts, you can experience it all here.
The European Capital of Culture 2019
If you want to really explore the culture and admire some Bulgarian architecture then look no further than this year’s European Capital of Culture, Plovdiv. Venture into the old town for some traditional dishes such as Lozovi Sarmi (stuffed grape leaves) and explore the ruins of the ancient city. Plovdiv is often referred to as one of the oldest cities in the world and has a rich history that crosses paths with the Roman Empire.
If you’re not a warm weather person then skiing is always an option in Bulgaria. There are a few resorts to choose from with Bansko and Borovets being two of the best. Although lacking the amount of runs that other ski resorts in Europe may have, the cost is far more affordable and the traditional feel of the villages around the resort add a unique element to your stay.
Mountains. All the mountains. The Rila range, Bulgaria’s highest are built for hiking, rambling and adventures abound. The Rila are complete with beautiful lakes to stop and stare at, eat your packed lunch by, and generally allow yourself the time to reflect and deep breath.
SO MUCH MORE
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