Bulgaria has long been associated with cheap beach holidays on the Black Sea coast or bargain ski holidays, but now Bulgaria is revealing a side to it which remains little visited by foreign tourists. One of the EU's newest members, but for so long a satellite of the Soviet Union, democratic elections in 1990 saw Bulgaria slowly emerging as a vibrant economy with so much to offer visitors.
Bulgaria holidays reveal a land of contrasts. With its mix of Byzantine and Turkish architectural styles, attractive Sofia is crammed with churches, museums and galleries. The Black Sea resorts, particularly Varna are still a magnet for visitors but those in the know head inland.
Trace Bulgaria's rich heritage in the picturesque historic towns of Koprivshtitza and Veliko Turnovo with their preserved architecture. Take in the breathtaking scenery of Rila National Park with its 11th-century monastery. Head up Mount Vitosha by cable car for stunning mountain scenery, explore the narrow cobbled streets and Roman amphitheatre of Plovdiv and make sure you sample fine local wine at Melnik, famed for its wine cellars.