During the winter months, Borovetz, Bansko, Pamporovo and
Vitosha are ski resorts. During the summer season tourists
visit Bulgaria's resorts along the Black Sea coast. Summer
resorts include Sozopol, Nessebur, Golden Sands, Sunny Beach,
Sveti Vlas, Albena and St. St. Constantine & Helena.
Bulgaria has enjoyed a growth in income from international
tourism over the past decade. Beach resorts are popular
with tourists from Germany, Russia and Scandinavia. The
ski resorts are a favorite destination for English tourists.
Emerging Forms of Tourism
Besides the traditionally developed forms of tourism new
types are also gaining popularity. Ethno tourism is one
such kind, where tourists explore living among local people,
particularly in small mountain villages far from five star
hotels and luxury shops.
Bike tourism and mountain hiking have also shown strong
growth in popularity among foreign tourists. The mountains
of Rila, Pirin and the Balkan attract climbers. Hikers enjoy
the mountains of Vitosha and the Rhodopes. Bicycling is
popular, Bulgaria is one of only six countries to annually
host official 1200km Randonnees - ultra-marathon bicycle
rides patterned after Paris-Brest-Paris.
Historical tourism is undeveloped in Bulgaria. The country
is situated at crossroads linking East and West. It has
been home to many civilisations, including the Thracians,
Slavs, Romans, Byzantines, Proto-Bulgarians, and Ottomans.
Although the country is rich in historical ruins, museums
and monasteries those are not properly advertised and maintained.
Some are not tourist-accessible due to poor infrastructure.
This underdevelopment is regarded as desirable by some tourists
who prefer to experience history first-hand rather than
look at artefacts behind glass.
Albena, Ahtopol, Balchik, Dyuni, Elenite, Golden Sands,
Kiten, Lozenets, Nesseba,r Obzor, Pomorie, Primorsko,
Riviera ,Rusalka, Sinemorets, Sozopol, St. Constantine,
St. Vlas, Sunny Beach, Tsarevo
Bansko, Chepelare, Borovetz, Pamporovo, Uzana, Vitosha,
Arbanasi, Bozhentsi, Kumani, Ethnographic museum Etara,
Shiroka Laka, Tryavna, Zheravna, Orehovo, Madzharovo ,
Sofia, Varna, Burga,s Plovdiv, Rousse, Kardzhali
Balkan Mountains, Pirin Mountains, Rila Mountains, Rhodopi
Mountains, Strandzha Mountains, Sakar Mountains, Vitosha
Central Balkan Mountains
Rila Monastery, Rozhen Monastery, Bachkovo Monastery ,
Drianovo Monastery, Pomorie Monastery ,
Sokolsky Monastery, Troyan Monastery, The Assumption Monastery
in Kardzhali town
Most Picturesque Bulgarian
Villages (per National Geographic, January 2005)