With its traditional beach resorts, stunning scenery and plenty of family fun, it’s no wonder that Bulgaria is one of Europe’s favourite new holiday destinations. From all-action water sports to tranquil days at the seaside, you can spend your time relaxing, adventuring, or enjoying the best of both worlds on your trip to this diverse and beautiful country.

If you love spending your holidays getting back to nature, there are all kinds of landscapes to explore in Bulgaria. Take a trip through the countryside, stumbling across wild woodlands and quaint villages along the way, or put on your hiking boots and go trekking in the vast mountain ranges. Along the coast, the golden sands give way to the waters of the Black Sea for the ultimate in beachside relaxation. During the winter months, the ski resorts in Bansko come to life as powder descends on the quaint cobbled village.

Steeped in ancient history, Bulgaria has some fascinating historic sites to explore. From traditional monasteries to Byzantine churches, you’ll uncover stunning architecture at every turn as you travel from place to place. At Beglik Tash, you can get up close to the mystical rocks at the ‘Bulgarian Stonehenge’.

After exploring the countryside, head back to Bulgaria’s towns and cities to browse modern shopping centres, eat at family-run restaurants and catch a glimpse of traditional folk festivals. In capital Varna, don’t miss a trip to the cathedral where you’ll be greeted by a huge Orthodox building topped with dazzling golden domes.

Your holiday to Bulgaria would not be complete without tucking into the delicious local food. Inspired by its Greek and Turkish neighbours, traditional dishes are a wonderful fusion of Middle-Eastern and Mediterranean flavours.