Since decades not anymore the nightmare country that was close to Soviet Unioon, Bulgaria has quickly won the reputation of one of the top Europe destinations of every season. The country situates in georgous natural scenery in center and east of the Balkan peninsula, sharing borders with Romania, Macedonia, Serbia, Greece, a bit of Turkey, and some 380 kilometers with the Black Sea.
The history of Bulgaria is as complicated as of any other Balkan country. The Bulgar tribes in the 6th century invaded and inherited an area that previously had been occupied by Greek, Roman and Byzantine culture. Soon they adopted Easter Orthodoxy and this has left us with numerous of churches, cathedrals and monasteries throughout all Bulgaria. Also the Ottomans left their mark in Bulgaria with their almost 4 centuries invasion.
One may only have a flank idea of the touristic attractions that may be in Bulgaria only by taking a look at the map of the country. Physically, Bulgaria is divided into two mountain ranges that have a corridore between them. In this particular model, think of the many rivers that stream quickly and with noise throught the forests with snow. And in your imagination go on up the mountains to reach the tops of the Rhodope Mountains and to be left breathless from the view atop of them. The name of the peninsula comes from mountains here that locals call Stara Planina. Skiining? Not a bad idea; in fact, your biggest problem is to choose between the Stara Planina, the Rila or the Pirin mountains.
From there, fly to the golden shores of the Black Sea (as ironic as it may be the name). Do you preferr the modern fancy resorts where you can rest and just enjoy everything that is in front of you? Or you would like to enjoy something more pure, something more virgin and untouched by any man made creation? The vast choices will make you think if you have time to visit them all.
With all that Bulgaria offers, you should be careful you might fall in love with this wonderful piece of nature.
Population: 7,1million | Capital: Sofia | Language: Bulgarian | Surface: 110,994 km2