November Sunrise, Bulgaria

The Year-Round Delights of Bulgaria

With its beautiful beaches, historic cities and stunning mountain regions, the enchanting and diverse Bulgaria appeals to all kinds of holidaymaker, offering activities and sports all year-round. Temperatures will generally stay above 68°F from May through October while the peak summer months can bring temperatures of 86°F, which is perfect for long days on the beach.

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But Bulgaria isn’t just a summer destination: there are numerous modern ski resorts dotted over the seven mountain ranges in the country. What’s more, the fact that your money will stretch a lot further in Bulgaria also helps to make this a desirable holiday destination. Here’s how to push your time in Bulgaria to the max, whatever time of year you go”¦

November Sunrise, Bulgaria
November Sunrise, Bulgaria © Evgeni Dinev

Bulgaria’s Beautiful Beaches

Bulgaria’s coastal resorts attracts millions of sun-worshippers with excellent value for money package holiday deals. As you would expect from names like Sunny Beach and Golden Sands, the Black Sea beaches are among the most beautiful and well maintained.

Many of the larger beaches have been awarded the European Blue Flag for cleanliness and for the high standards of facilities available. Golden Sands beach is considered one of the best and not only can you enjoy a wealth of water sports but you can also relax and rejuvenate in the hot mineral water springs that this area is famous for.

Step Into the Past

Sofia is Bulgaria’s capital, a city that dates back several thousand years and offers a wealth of historic buildings to explore. It’s filled with historic churches such as the Alexander Nevsky Church, which dates back to 1882 and is home to Bulgaria’s immense collection of religious icons. If you wish to view a 4th century BC golden burial mask and an abundance of medieval artifacts then a visit to Sofia’s Archaeological Museum is a must.

And if you’re still thirsting for more historic buildings then a trip from Sofia to the famous Orthodox monastery of Rila, located 1,147m above sea level and dating back to the 12th century, should be included in your itinerary.

Hit the Ski Slopes

Winter in Bulgaria means snow sports and there are many major ski resorts where you can ski and snowboard for a fraction of the cost of vacationing at an Alpine resort. If you’re staying in Sofia then Vitosha mountain lies only 10Km from the city and features two ski centres with the highest peak, Cherni Vruh, at 2290m.

Borovets is the largest ski resort in the country and the highest piste is 2600m. Borovets offer 58Km of pistes as well as a wealth of luxury hotels, restaurants and bars for that après ski experience.

The Great Outdoors

Bulgaria offers a wealth of mountains, forests and lakes making it a nature lover’s paradise. If you are looking to safely explore Bulgaria’s great outdoors then Pirin National Park will be place to stretch your legs. This UNESCO World Heritage site stretches for 40,000 decares and includes an international hikers’ route that includes the Tevno Lake and the Popov Grasslands. Hiking, cycling, caving and mountain climbing are just a few of the activities available at this stunning park.

Bulgaria is frequently cited as an ”˜up-and coming’ destination, and it’s not difficult to see the appeal; as an unusual country with a vast breadth of attractions, the fact that it’s inexpensive to get around here is only the icing on the baklava.

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