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For many years the Bulgarian States were controlled as part of the Ottoman Empire. By the 1870s they were being run as a principality. Bulgaria finally became a self ruling state in 1908 and then a communist country after WWII.
Bulgaria has become popular as a travel destination and visitors top the 9 million mark with many nationalities visiting including Greek, German, British and Russian. The country was in the top ten travel destinations in 2010 according to The Lonely Planet guide. There are various places to visit and each one will bring their own special atmosphere. The capital Sophia is full of historical sites while there are rural area such as Arbanasi, summer beach resorts including Albena and Nesebar and the winter retreats of Pamporovo and Bankso.
In Sofia there are some beautiful parks and many historical buildings. There is a National Palace of Culture, the National Museum of Military History and plenty of night life. As one of the oldest European cities there is so much history to discover.
Nesebar is ideal as it has many historical attractions and beaches surrounding it. Most people will stay in Sunny beach and travel around each day. Bankso is the country’s main resort for skiing. Its name comes from the Bulgarian for master and it is located 160km from Sofia.
Eating in Bulgaria was quite basic at one time and meals tended to consist of what was available but now there is much more choice. Stews are still very popular and much of the food is grilled rather than fried. Bulgarian dishes often contain pork but there are many foreign dishes such as Greek and Oriental becoming part of the menus. With cheese and salads there is a good choice and Bulgarian wine such as Mavrud is exported worldwide.
Travelling around Bulgaria can be enjoyable as there are so many places to visit. Car hire in Bulgaria will give so much more freedom and scope to see the sites than public transport. By checking www.anycarhire.com it will be easy to book a car hire in advance for your trip.
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