Best time to visit: January, February, March, July, August, September
Average high: 15˚C
Average low: 6˚C
Price of meals: 2/5
Holiday type: Adventure / Beach / Culture / Family / Party / Romantic
From snowy mountains to sunny beach resorts and with nature hikes and centuries of varied history, Bulgaria is one of Europe’s most exotic countries and boasts a wide range of activities for travellers of all types. Sunny Beach is among Bulgaria’s top destinations for holiday makers. ( Check out our Sunny beach last minute holidays)
Bulgaria’s close proximity to the Black Sea meant it has long been considered an important gateway between the East and the West. Each culture to inhabit the country has left its mark, and the central and northern regions, especially, are full of both ancient and contemporary historical sites to explore. However, to see Europe’s oldest city, visitors should travel to Plovdiv in the south. Ancient ruins mark its significance, while the relaxed, artsy attitude of the locals is a highlight for backpackers.
A largely mountainous nation, Bulgaria’s cold winters make in the perfect spot for a winter holiday, with numerous opportunities to ski, snowboard and even horse ride through its wonderland resorts, like Bansko.
The eastern side of the country borders the Black Sea, and the warmer weather and sandy beaches have seen the region filled with popular resorts where individuals, couples and families alike can relax in the hot summer sun or indulge in exciting water sports. The Black Sea Coast is an excellent hub for most sun-worshippers who also want to take a few day trips away from the beach for more cultural or natural sites. Ancient towns, like Nessebar and Sozopol, are a great way to get a condensed version of the country’s history without going too far, while shoppers and families will want to head to Burgas for modern malls and delightful parks.
However, weekend-getaway travellers who have just a couple of days to soak up as much of Bulgaria’s varied culture and nature should not miss the capital, Sofia. The city is full of delicious restaurants, shopping experiences, pretty parks and busy bars and clubs, has over 250 historic monuments and cultural sites, and visitors can get amazing views of the city and the surrounding nature by hiking the nearby Mount Vitosha.
Bulgaria has a temperate-Mediterranean climate, so enjoys its warmest weather in June, July and August, when temperatures reach 30˚C, although August and September are the most reliably dry months of the year. The warmest and driest weather is around the Black Sea beaches. During the winter, winds bring cold weather from Russia, and the mountainous regions in Bovorets and Bankso provide excellent opportunities for skiing, sledging and other winter sports.
Meal prices in Bulgaria are relatively cheap. While an inexpensive meal for one costs an average of £4.50, a more substantial three-course meal for two will only cost around £20-30. Beer is very cheap, with imported bottles rarely exceeding £2 and domestic beer averaging £1. A cup of coffee costs between 70p and £1.40, while bottles of water can be purchased for less than £1.
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