"When the goods distributed by God were running out the turn of Bulgaria came, too, as a smaller country. He gave it a bit of everything: sea, mountains, forests, mineral springs and four seasons"
Whoever wrote those words for a government speech couldn't have been more accurate - a trip to Bulgaria has a little something for everyone, whatever your age, whatever your predilection.
Nature has bestowed bountiful gifts, the most important of which for the modern holidaymaker are superb beaches and warm summer days. Tourists from all across Europe and from Russia, too, flock to the grand strands of the Black Sea coast for simple relaxation and a first-class suntan. In the winter months the appeal of hot sand gives way to the allure of soft snow as skiers and snowboarders head for the mountain slopes. Bulgaria is the number one destination for good-value skiing packages and its snow record is second to none in Europe.
Bulgaria caters admirably to its 'snow bunnies' and 'beach bums', but there's so much more to discover about this intriguing place. The countryside invites exploration. Outside the main holiday hotspots, tourists are still few and far between and it is replete with treasures - natural and man-made. UNESCO has recognised nine sites as important enough to be placed on the world heritage list. That's an impressive number for such a small nation.