Bulgaria Travel Guide
A Discovery to Share
With several dramatic mountain ranges, superb beaches, numerous historic towns and a web of working villages with traditions straight out of the nineteenth century, Bulgaria has a wealth of attractions crammed into a relatively compact country. More than anything else, this is a land of adventures: once you step off the beaten track, road signs and bus timetables often disappear, and few people speak a foreign language but almost everyone you meet will be determined to help you on your way.
Bulgaria’s image has altered dramatically in recent years, thanks largely to the modernization of the country’s tourist infrastructure coupled with soaring foreign interest in inexpensive rural and coastal properties. Independent travel is common: costs are relatively low, and for the committed there is much to take in. Romantic National Revival era architecture is a particular draw, with Koprivshtitsa, Bansko and Plovdiv foremost amongst examples of the genre. The monasteries are stunning too the finest, Rila, should be on every itinerary, while for city life aim for Sofia, Plovdiv, and the cosmopolitan coastal resorts of Varna and Burgas.
Bulgaria Travel Essentials
WHEN TO GO
May/Jun (summer peak season; best for trekking) or Sep/Oct.
HOW LONG IN ALBANIA?
1-2 full days for Sofia; 7 days for the highlights; 2 weeks to see everything.
Fly into Sofia, Burgas, Varna airports, train from Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest into Sofia, or drive/bus from any neighboring country.
Visa-free for most passports (90 days).
Hire a car or use intercity buses.
50-55 USD per person per day (mid-range hotel; restaurant meals; bus fares; museum tickets,