Bulgaria has shaken off its cold war stereotypes in the last years, and is now well known as a popular holiday rentals destination all year round. Spring and Summer bring good weather, and busy beach resorts, while December to April sees the influx of winter sports tourists and busy ski resorts.
A holiday in Bulgaria is ideal for those who want to do something different, and nowhere in the country offers such magnificent scenery or such pure escapism as the Eastern Rhodope Mountains.
The skiing is excellent as well as being less expensive and less crowded than some of Europes better known ski destinations. A holiday house in Bulgaria (or chalet) is ten a penny in amongst the snow covered mountains. The main lure for Bulgarian visitors is the long sandy Black Sea coastline, no less than 370km, dotted with stunning beaches and bays. September is an excellent month to find a holiday house in Bulgaria when the autumn countryside is blooming, the hoardes of tourist have returned home and the weather is still good enough that you can sunbathe and swim at the Black Sea. You do need to pick your spot carefully, as some areas can be truly heaving with tourists during peak season, so find yourself a self catering villa or house in a more secluded area if you're after some peace and quiet. Bulgaria has much more to offer than its stunning coastline. Inland there are spectacular mountains, which occupy half of the country, and in amongst these mountain ranges are some excellent hiking and horse-riding trails which give you the chance to explore Bulgarias rural landscapes. Visitors to the inland can easily find a holiday house in Bulgaria in small towns and villages along the way, where they can experience authentic Bulgarian village life and find out a bit more about its rich folklore traditions. The main cities have shrugged off their communist-era image and have lots to offer the visitor whether you choose a holiday house in Bulgaria outside the cities and visit them for day trips, or find yourself and apartment in the city to experience urban life.