A visit to Eastern Europe wouldn't be complete without a trip to Bulgaria. It has the history, culture, and modern attractions that add up to a great vacation. From four-star hotels in Sofia, the capital city, to Bulgaria resorts on Sunny Beach, there's a place for every traveler here.
Officially known as the Republic of Bulgaria, this country offers a diverse landscape. It has some of the oldest forests in the world, with 35 percent of its land comprised of forests. With aspects of the Arctic in its higher elevations, in addition to its alpine features, you can find flora and fauna you won't find in any other country. This includes a variety of tulips and poppies, as well as several insects and snails. It's also on the coast of the Black Sea, so coastal waters factor into the ecosystem as well.
Start your vacation with one of the many flights to Sofia and explore this cosmopolitan city. Churches are a big draw for tourists, so if these architectural marvels appeal to you, stay in one of the nearby Bulgaria hotels. From small neighborhood houses of worship like the Sveta Petka Samardjiyska to major cathedrals such as the Cathedral Saint Alexandar Nevski, your senses will be on overload. You can also tour the many museums in the city, like the National Museum of Military History or the Art Shop Hand Made, which is dedicated to handmade arts and crafts. They are located all over the city, so get a map and plan out a path to hit all the ones that pique your interest. Exploring the great outdoors is popular in Burgas, which is about 240 miles east of Sofia on the Black Sea. Check out one of the guided ATV tours or kayaking trips on Lake Mandrensko.
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