Bulgaria is on a mission to attract visitors, flaunting its attributes and recent development to appeal to people previously put off by its past.
The capital Sofia dates back to the fourth century and contains architectural styles and relics relating to all of the empires to pass through the city; the majestic Hrelyu Tower and church domes of the Rila Monastery are particularly impressive. These days it's a bustling, interesting place to spend time.
Just outside the capital stands the Vitosha mountain range, the setting for Bulgaria's burgeoning cheap ski scene. A national park here is also home to wolves, bears and wild cats. The Rila Mountains are also home to a range of wildlife, with deer, wild goats and eagles spotted amidst the forest trees.
Situated on the Black Sea, Burgas has some attractive beaches whilst Sozopol, to the south, has two sandy stretches, several pretty offshore islands and an attractive centre stood on a peninsula.