The newbie on the holiday scene
Bulgaria was a bit of a late bloomer on the tourism front. While Spain, France and Italy were travel industry debutantes in the Fifties, Bulgaria wasn’t formally introduced to the world until the Nineties came around.
It was well worth the wait, though. For starters, the beaches on the Black Sea Coast are world-class. Nature took a ‘bigger is better’ approach when it created these seaside stretches, and if you need proof, just take a look at Sunny Beach. This 8-kilometre sweep of sand is backed by hotels, bars and clubs. And if you fancy something a bit quieter, head a bit further south to Duni. Beaches don’t get much more untouched than the ones you’ll find at Alepou and Arkoutino.
History and heritage sites
Coastline aside, Bulgaria showcases 13 centuries’ worth of history with forensic detail. Between its borders, the country notches up more than 200 museums, 160 monasteries and 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The majority of them are in Bulgaria’s cosmopolitan capital, Sofia. But you’ll find plenty more in the way of ancient sights in cities like Bourgas, Nessebar and Varna.