In south-eastern Europe, bordered to the east by the Black Sea, Bulgaria is appreciated by tourists for its seaside resorts, including the festive Varna, notably in Albena, Slantchev Briag and Les Sables d'Or. It also attracts hiking enthusiasts for its natural environment, lakes, forests and mountains combined. Its capital, Sofia, rich in historical monuments, is home to jewels such as St Alexander's Cathedral and the National History Museum. There are also major remains such as the Roman amphitheatre (2nd century) in Plovdiv. This destination is also characterized by its location between Europe and the Middle East, and its history where communist and capitalist episodes follow one another, all balanced by the ancestral Balkan culture. So to enjoy the magnificent landscapes and search for the Balkan identity, dare to take the unusual paths. Often neglected by travellers for the benefit of its neighbours such as Greece, Turkey and Romania, enjoy travelling in a country that remains affordable while being rich in mountains and beaches, historic cities and natural heritage, while enjoying a Slavic culture tinged with the East. So, to enjoy the best of nature, steep mountains and sunny beaches, not to miss any of the heritage treasures, from Romanesque ruins to Byzantine remains, make the most of your Bulgarian tour guide.
When to go to Bulgaria?
There is a wide disparity between the low tourist season (October-April) and the high season (May-September), especially on the coast, in terms of prices, attendance, the opening of infrastructures, museums, etc. In the mountains, the contrast is less pronounced, as there are ski resorts in winter; the off-season is more in November and March, when the cold is there but not the snow. In the rest of the country, the seasons also play a role, but to a lesser extent. The capital Sofia is the least affected by the seasons. A few cultural or spiritual events can help you choose your dates and itinerary. Koukeri folk carnival in Chiroka Laka, the first weekend of March. Religious festival in Buglari, in May. Folklore festival in Haskovo, end of May. Rose Festival in Kazanlak, the first week of June. Varna summers, classical music and jazz, from June to August. Appollonia Festival in Sozopol at the end of August-beginning of September. But the most spectacular, most typical and popular are the Orthodox festivals in the monasteries (Rila, Batchkovo, Troyan), at Easter, Christmas, Pentecost, and in general all the traditional festivals... Your tourist guide will be useful to you to make your choice of dates and itinerary