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Bulgaria is one of the oldest European countries, with a rich history and well-preserved traditions. Here you will find picturesque mountains, a long Black Sea shoreline with wide stretches of beach, mineral spa resorts, and wonderful cultural and natural attractions.

You shouldn’t expect excellent service, as the tourism infrastructure in Bulgaria is still in the stages of active development. However, food, transportation and leisure costs are relatively low. Most of the Black Sea resorts have already westernised their socialist and minimalist look and are now attracting visitors from wealthy countries.

Swimming season in Bulgaria starts at the beginning of June, when the sea temperature reaches 23-24 °C. Those wanting to go on holiday in May or the beginning of June might be disappointed by cold water and cloudy weather – this time of year is best for visiting tourist attractions.

The peak season for holidaymakers is July-August; it ends in the middle of September, when autumn vacation season starts. If you choose to visit the Bulgarian seaside from mid-September to October, you’ll be rewarded with surprisingly good weather, a fresh sea breeze and delicious meals from the s year’s harvest.

In winter, travellers to the country can enjoy perfect ski tracks that are already on a par with the best skiing resorts of Western Europe.

Bulgaria is first of all known for its Black Sea resorts, and all Bulgarian beaches are sandy. While access to the strip is free, you will be asked to pay for deckchairs, beach umbrellas and air mattresses.

Albena is situated on the shore of a picturesque bay. It is especially suited for those in poor health, as it is home to many mineral spa and mud bath resorts.

The Riviera hotel is well-suited for families with children. It is equipped with a modern balneotherapy centre.

Couples and elderly people seeking a calm vacation are well advised to choose the green Burgas resort. The well-developed Golden Sands resort town filled with party destinations is best suited for fun-loving young people. The Golden Sands Resort got its name because of the perfect sand of its beaches. It’s an exceptionally clean resort that has received the Blue Flag award.

Balchik is a popular destination for sailing enthusiasts. A yacht club has recently opened its doors, and holidaymakers can also rent motorboats and cut through the waves of the bay. Nature lovers usually go for the green Saints Constantine and Helena island resort because of the rare plants found there.

If you are new to skiing but eager to learn, the Pamporovo resort is just the place for you, as it has safe and easy ski tracks, and qualified instructors. The Borovets mountain resort enchants its visitors not only with its unique ski tracks, but also its beautiful nature. The Bansko Resort, on the other hand, is no place for newcomers, as the ski tracks here are rather difficult and the slopes are quite steep.

Sightseeing trips are a perfect addition to a beach holiday. No doubt, one simply must see Plovdiv, Sofia and Nesebar (all of them are among Europe’s most ancient cities), take a trip to the unique Pobiti Kamani stone forest, and visit impressive old monasteries and the Rose Valley.

In Bulgaria you’ll have the opportunity to feast on heavenly delicious fruits and vegetables, taste superb meat, fish and vegetarian dishes, and try great wine. It may even be good for your health – experts speculate that food is one of the main reasons why Bulgaria has such a high number of centenarians.

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