Bulgaria is truly a land of outstanding beauty and astonishing heritage linking the East and the West, located on the northeastern portion of the Balkan Peninsula, in southeastern Europe and on the Black Sea. Bulgaria borders five other Balkan countries: Romania to the north /mostly along the Danube/, Serbia and Macedonia to the west, and Greece and Turkey to the south. Population of Bulgaria is approximately 8.8 million, of which about 1,2 million inhabitants live in the Capital of Sofia. With a territory of 110,994 square kilometers, Bulgaria ranks as the 16th largest country in Europe.
Bulgaria has a wealth of attractions for visitors, much more beautiful and diverse than you would ever expect, including wealth of historical monuments, long and beautiful sandy beaches, gorgeous mountain landscape with intriguing caves, waterfalls, striking rock formations, picturesque lakes and rivers, numerous different species of birds, plants and butterflies, ancient cultural and religious monuments, well-preserved medieval monasteries, vineyards and wineries, delicious traditional food, and welcoming and nice people. Many villages hidden in the Bulgarian mountains, pretty and colorful, keep alive the spirit and the culture of the Bulgarian Revival. Bulgaria is a vibrant Balkan country and therefore offers a wide variety of holidays as memorable cultural tours, beach holidays, ski holidays, golf, lakes and mountains holidays, horse-back riding and city breaks.
Bulgaria’s geography varies from vast lowlands in the north, highlands and elevated plains in the south, and the beautiful Black Sea coast in the east. Bulgaria features notable natural diversity, which consists of the Rila, Pirin and the Balkan Mountains landscape of the Alpine snow-capped peaks, the mild and sunny Black Sea coast, the fertile area of the typically continental Danube Plain /ancient Moesia/ occupying one-third of the country and the strong Mediterranean climatic influence in the valleys of Macedonia and in the lowlands in the southernmost parts of Thrace. Plains make about 30% of Bulgaria, while plateaus, mountains and hills account for 41%. The part of Southern Bulgaria that is not taken up by mountains carries the ancient name of Thrace (Northern Thrace, to be exact) and is home to wineries, orchards and fields of roses, sunflowers and tobacco.