Bulgaria is situated on the western side of the Black Sea. Bulgaria is one of the most affordable, attractive and underrated countries in Europe. This Balkan country has sublime beaches, spectacular mountains, mystical forests, remarkably rich history, thriving nightlife and breathtaking scenery. So it seems to tick all the boxes and yet remains surprisingly off the beaten tourist track. Active tourists are well catered for in Bulgaria.
The mountainous interior is ideal for all kinds of outdoor activities. In winter you can even go skiing. For mountain bikers, special cycling routes have been created around small towns such as Apriltzi, Teteven, Tryavna, Gabrovo and Troyan. There are also good cycling and mountaineering routes in the Rila and Pirin mountains, with beautiful limestone formations and various waterfalls.
While cities such as the capital of Sofia are bang up to date, hip, urban centres, its numerous historic towns seem to have changed very little since the 19th century. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy countless adventurous activities including excellent skiing, windsurfing, hiking, and golf, to name but a few. If you are seeking historical and cultural intrigue, astounding natural wonders, modern cities and quaint traditional villages all conveniently crammed into one compact country, look no further than the remarkably diverse nation of Bulgaria.