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Overview

Subjected to Ottoman rule for 500 years and more recently, locked behind the Iron Curtin for 40 years, Bulgaria has a lot to recover from. In the past ten years, however, it's come a long way in coming into its own. Bulgaria tourism offers some great opportunities for naturists. For most tourists, the main allure of Bulgaria is the sandy coast of the Black Sea with its long beautiful beaches and stunning bays. There's a lot more to this country though, much of it unvisited and even untouched. If you like hiking, for example, extensive hiking trails snake through Bulgaria's mountains, as do horse riding trails. These are especially common around the Rila and Pirin Mountains where wildlife is easy to spot. (In fact, the mountains of Bulgaria are a popular bird watching spot for many European bird watchers).

Getting around Bulgaria isn't difficult with its inexpensive public transport. The pace of life is slow in the countryside but public transport tends to run on time, all be it slowly at times. In the villages you'll find centuries-old monasteries, timber framed houses with stone roofs, donkeys, mules, and old ladies in headscarves carrying baskets for the market. People are still surprised to see visitors and you'll be the center of attention in the countryside. Visit Bulgaria for its natural attractions.

As for the Bulgarian cities, some are surprisingly cosmopolitan, especially Sofia, full of cafes, bars, parks and museums. The biggest of Bulgaria's cities, Sofia is also one of the most walkable cities in Europe. Often overlooked by tourists who are headed for the Black Sea, or else to the ski slopes, Sofia has much to offer. It's full of a youthful energy and has been called a city waking up after a long dark sleep. Scattered with Red Army statues and monuments some would rather forget, onion domed churches, and Ottoman mosques, also popping up on the skyline are shopping malls, fancy hotels and steel and glass high rises.

Other interesting cities are Plovdiv with its Roman remains and other ancient architecture, and Varna, with its youthful feel due to the marine sailors coming in for a night of excitement.

Prices in Bulgaria have risen since they've joined the EU, but it's still relatively cheap compared to countries of Western Europe. If you can figure out the Cyrillic alphabet and you learn enough Bulgarian to negotiate the buying of bus tickets, the country is easy to explore.

Bulgaria has a temperate climate with long, warm, dry summers. Winters are wet and often receive heavy snowfall. The Black Sea coast and southern Bulgaria get the highest temperatures, with the town of Sandanski being the sunniest in the whole country.


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