As you explore Bulgaria you might forget you’re in Europe. Immaculate Black Sea beaches with endless turquoise water, Neolithic caves and a myriad of ski-friendly mountains make it uniquely exotic compared to its continental counterparts. The capital and largest city of Sofia makes for a great base. Roman ruins are still being uncovered beneath the ancient streets, whilst above ground you’ll experience a youthful and modern vibe. Festivals are held throughout most of year and showcase a range of genres from drum and bass to rock. Beautiful orthodox churches are dotted throughout the city, including fresco-filled Boyana and St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. The historical treasure chest of Plovdiv is claimed by many to be the oldest city in Europe. Known as the City of the Seven Hills, it was once a bustling Roman town and a magnificent amphitheatre from the time still remains.
Finding accommodation in most parts of Bulgaria is easy, with hotels, hostels, guest houses and self-catering apartments found in all corners.
The 12 best places to stay in Bulgaria: Top hotels, B&Bs, inns, and vacation rentals — Based on real reviews from real guests