Resting on the western side of the Black Sea, Bulgaria is one of the most affordable, attractive and underrated countries in Europe. With its sublime beaches, spectacular mountains, mystical forests, remarkably rich history, thriving nightlife and breathtaking scenery, Bulgaria seems to tick all the boxes, and yet it surprisingly remains off the beaten tourist track. Active tourists are well catered for in Bulgaria. The mountainous interior is ideal for all kinds of outdoor activities and in winter you can even ski here. For mountain bikers, special cycling routes have been designed along small towns such as Apriltzi, Teteven, Tryavna, Gabrovo and Troyan. There is also good cycling and mountaineering in, for example, 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.