Holidays in Bulgaria can be spent lounging on golden sands, on a city break, or zipping down the mountain slopes on skis and snowboards...
The beaches are set at the edge of the Black Sea, with a number of bustling resorts along the coast. Inland, you'll find culture and history in the capital Sofia, whereas further west are the country's mountains, ideal for winter sports. It's all there for you to create your holiday memories.
The Black Sea nation remains a relatively well-kept secret when it comes to great-value family holidays that feature all the trappings of the more popular sunshine resorts: miles of Blue Flag accredited clean sand, lovely warm waters, a good choice of restaurants and bars, accommodation for a range of budgets, and plenty of history and culture to keep the entire party happy.
Bulgaria really is a jewel of Europe that keeps its dazzle concealed. That's why you can still find bargain breaks to this special country, which shares it southern border with Greece. From wooded hillsides that tumble down to golden sands, and from soaring mountains to impressive cityscapes: Bulgaria is a real beauty.
If you're flying to Bulgaria to enjoy part of the 400 kilometres of coastline in one of the Black Sea resorts, you'll land at either Bourgas Airport (BOJ) in the south, or Varna Airport (VAR), which is further north.
Popular resorts around Bourgas include Sunny Beach, the biggest resort on the Black Sea, the ancient peninsular city and resort of Nessebar, Elenite, Pomorie, Sozopol, and Duni.
From Varna you can reach the resorts of Golden Sands, Albena, St. Konstantin, and the city and seaside resort of Varna itself.
You'll need to fly into Sofia (SOF) if you are visiting the beguiling capital, while skiers and other adventure enthusiasts should start their holidays in Bulgaria at Plovdiv (PDV), where a world of skiing, biking, hiking and caving awaits. The on- and off-piste action can be found in the ski resorts of Borovets, Pamporovo and elsewhere in the Bansko Mountains. Read our guide here.
Wherever you are, make sure you dive headfirst into the local culture: try Bulgarian dishes, which have Turkish, Slavic and Greek influences; taste the local tipple; and be mesmerised by traditional dancing and music. Traditional roots are strong here and cultural festivals are frequent and not to be missed.