Tourism in Bulgaria

Traditional Tourism
During the winter months, Borovetz, Bansko, Pamporovo and Vitosha are ski resorts. During the summer season tourists visit Bulgaria's resorts along the Black Sea coast. Summer resorts include Sozopol, Nessebur, Golden Sands, Sunny Beach, Sveti Vlas, Albena and St. St. Constantine & Helena.

Bulgaria has enjoyed a growth in income from international tourism over the past decade. Beach resorts are popular with tourists from Germany, Russia and Scandinavia. The ski resorts are a favorite destination for English tourists.

Emerging Forms of Tourism
Besides the traditionally developed forms of tourism new types are also gaining popularity. Ethno tourism is one such kind, where tourists explore living among local people, particularly in small mountain villages far from five star hotels and luxury shops.

Bike tourism and mountain hiking have also shown strong growth in popularity among foreign tourists. The mountains of Rila, Pirin and the Balkan attract climbers. Hikers enjoy the mountains of Vitosha and the Rhodopes. Bicycling is popular, Bulgaria is one of only six countries to annually host official 1200km Randonnees - ultra-marathon bicycle rides patterned after Paris-Brest-Paris.

History Tourism

Historical tourism is undeveloped in Bulgaria. The country is situated at crossroads linking East and West. It has been home to many civilisations, including the Thracians, Slavs, Romans, Byzantines, Proto-Bulgarians, and Ottomans.

Although the country is rich in historical ruins, museums and monasteries those are not properly advertised and maintained. Some are not tourist-accessible due to poor infrastructure. This underdevelopment is regarded as desirable by some tourists who prefer to experience history first-hand rather than look at artefacts behind glass.

Popular Destinations

  • Summer Resorts
    Albena, Ahtopol, Balchik, Dyuni, Elenite, Golden Sands, Kiten, Lozenets, Nesseba,r Obzor, Pomorie, Primorsko, Riviera ,Rusalka, Sinemorets, Sozopol, St. Constantine, St. Vlas, Sunny Beach, Tsarevo
  • Winter Resorts
    Bansko, Chepelare, Borovetz, Pamporovo, Uzana, Vitosha,
  • Rural Tourism
    Arbanasi, Bozhentsi, Kumani, Ethnographic museum Etara, Shiroka Laka, Tryavna, Zheravna, Orehovo, Madzharovo ,
  • City Tourism
    Sofia, Varna, Burga,s Plovdiv, Rousse, Kardzhali
  • Hiking
    Balkan Mountains, Pirin Mountains, Rila Mountains, Rhodopi Mountains, Strandzha Mountains, Sakar Mountains, Vitosha Mountains
  • Paragliding
    Central Balkan Mountains
  • Monasteries
    Rila Monastery, Rozhen Monastery, Bachkovo Monastery ,
    Drianovo Monastery, Pomorie Monastery ,
    Sokolsky Monastery, Troyan Monastery, The Assumption Monastery in Kardzhali town
  • Most Picturesque Bulgarian Villages (per National Geographic, January 2005)
    1. Orehovo
    2. Narechen