Bulgaria is a postage stamp sized country with long history, beautiful scenery, and destinations for every kind of tourist. Looking for an urban experience? Visit Sofia, the lively capital city of 2 million people, Varna, the jewel of the Bulgarian Black Sea, or Plovdiv, the European Capital of Culture 2019.
Bulgaria is home to 10 entries on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Cultural heritage sites include Rila Monastery, Boyana Church and the Ivanovo Rock-Hewn Churches, the Madara Horseman monumental relief, the Kazanlak and Sveshtari Thracian Tombs, and the ancient city of Nesebar. Pirin National Park, the Ancient European Beech Forests, and the Srebarna Nature Reserve are natural heritage sites included on the list.
Bulgaria is a year round holiday destination, with good family oriented ski resorts at Bansko, Borovets and Pamporovo, and over 130 kilometers of sandy beaches beckoning summer tourists to the Bulgarian Black Sea coast.
The Bulgarian Tourist Union operates a special program showcasing the top 100 tourist sites in the country. In addition to the UNESCO world heritage sites, all of which show up one way or another in top 100 program, the tourist union program includes a wide variety of historical places, museums, cultural monuments and natural features spread around all 28 Bulgarian provinces.