Bulgaria – Summer Sun and Winter Ski – And Plenty in Between!

There’s no secret why Bulgaria has come to prominence over the last few years – it’s the best value beach holiday destination in Europe. Here are ten tips on what Bulgaria offers the holidaymaker, year round.

Beaches: You might not expect to find places with English names like Sunny Beach and Golden Sands, but these 1960s resorts have been brought right up to date while living up to their names. Sunny Beach is big and brash – Golden Sands is better for a more relaxed holiday.

Beaches plus: You don’t have to stay in a purpose-built resort to enjoy the beach. Nessebar, just a few miles from Sunny Beach, is a “living museum” town of cobbled streets and historic buildings reached by causeway from its beach hotels. Sozopol is another old town with a busy modern quarter.

Spa and wellness: Many of the new hotels that have sprung up in beach resorts offer beauty treatments and therapies. Aromatherapy and thalassotherapy, using sea water, are among the options.

Skiing: The resorts of Pamporovo and Borovets are especially good for beginners and a lot of money has been spent to improve accommodation standards, ski schools and ski lifts. The resort of Bansko is also good for intermediate and expert grades too, and is the most extensive with 40 miles of marked pistes.

Mountain activities: Bansko is a year-round resort with lots going on in the summer too. Try kayaking, mountain biking, rafting or trekking to the peak of Mount Vihren, at nearly 3,000 metres above sea level.

Cruising: Embark at the port of Varna to discover the Black Sea, stopping at places including Sozopol and Nessebar. Longer cruises visit Romania and Turkey.

History:A tour of the interior opens your eyes to a land of medieval towns and Orthodox monasteries. Don’t miss ancient Plovdiv (Bulgaria’s second city), the former capital of Veliko Tarnovo, and Rila monastery.

Wine: Many vineyards welcome visitors, where you can sample little-known and under-rated vintages such as Lyaskovets and Haskovo.

Country pleasures: Villages have come back to life after the collectivisation policy of the Communists. Farmhouse accommodation is starting to develop – and the food is delicious.

Culture capital: Sofia is a surprisingly diverse city, with ancient mosques and synagogues among its Orthodox cathedral and churches. It is close to Mount Vitosha, for a day or half-day glimpse of nature.

Bulgaria is not just a great choice for sun and sand but a place of history and culture, where people have re-discovered their traditions after the dismal years of Communism.

With availability of low cost flights to Bulgaria from all over Europe, holidays in Bulgaria remain affordable and a great alternative to the more traditional European holiday centres.

Winter Sports and Ski Chalet Vacations

For a lot of people their idea of an ideal escape is normally looking ahead to the summer months and then flocking to the beaches and resorts to spend a week or two taking in the hot sunshine. But for others, their concept of the perfect trip is a vacation in much cooler climates. For this reason some of us journey around the globe to seek winter anywhere it can be located.

One place where winter sports enthusiasts can find ideal skiing environments during our summer season is New Zealand, when their winter weather is in June, July and August the same as our summer time. Through New Zealand’s winter, the tourists go away, leaving the fantastic mountain scenery virtually deserted.

But, should you not have the time or the funds to go half-way around the world to ski, short skiing trips nearer to home are getting to be increasingly popular. This is perfect for those who are not able to afford to enjoy lengthy winter holidays, but still wish to use their leisure time skiing. With the help of advance planning together with a little shopping around, it is easy to get a hold of reasonably priced packages for extremely good skiing weekend break vacation spots. Short ski vacations offer skiing enthusiasts a super chance to have a weekend break doing what they love most.

When you plan a longer ski chalet vacation, you need to reserve your resort ahead of time to ensure that you’ll find a good location that falls within your spending budget. Finding a superb but economical ski chalet vacation is simply dependent on making the best choices. However, it really is crucial that you do your research to identify a nice ski location. Considering the growing popularity of ski chalet holidays, ending up with your ideal one really should not be too difficult.

The great thing about ski chalet vacations is the fact that you don’t need to worry about cleaning and food preparation. The reason being that this stuff is already looked after for you. Traditionally, your ski chalet managers will see to the preparation of the guests meals. The staff will also be a great resource to get tips for finding excellent skiing spots. Remember, ski chalet tourists can be certain to make the most of their winter trip by allowing themselves to enjoy their skiing time to the fullest.