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Consider a private home rental for your source of lodging in Bulgaria. Hotels can be nice, but staying in a private home rented for the occasion can give you a chance to see the real Bulgaria. Explore the countryside, walk into the village and visit with the residents, and see what it feels like to actually go home, to a cabin or villa at the end of the day, living as the Bulgarians do.
Bulgaria offers pleasures for each one’s taste. Thinking of an active holiday? Bulgaria has it - swimming, skiing, riding, climbing, hunting, fishing... Thinking of relaxing - amazing nature, sunny beaches, healing spas, monasteries and churches, hospitable towns and villages... Ancient culture, endless beaches and an emerald sea, high mountains with marvelous gorges and caves, clear lakes and rivers full of fish, wide valleys, healing springs, ancient culture, hospitable people, tempting cuisine and wines, diverse flora and fauna...

All accommodation places in Bulgaria have been categorized according to the 5-star international system. Privatization has had a favorable impact and today the country is proud of hotels and restaurants that meet the modern world standard.

Nessebur, Black Sea Coast, Bulgaria
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When you are ready for that once in a lifetime experience of an Bulgarian vacation, consider a private home rental for your source of lodging. Hotels can be nice, but staying in a private home rented for the occasion can give you a chance to see the real Bulgaria. Explore the countryside, walk into the village and visit with the residents, and see what it feels like to actually go home, to a cabin or villa at the end of the day, living as the Bulgarians do. Or, try a beach house if that suits you or an apartment if you prefer a more urban setting. Getting to know the local people by living among them for an extended stay of a few weeks will give you a chance to learn some of the language, or if you already speak Bulgarian to brush up on your skills. It will also give you a chance to learn local history in a very unique way, from the people themselves. You will appreciate all of the similarities of Bulgarian culture with your own, and learn to appreciate the differences as well. The Bulgarians are a wonderful, friendly people with a rich culture and history. Taking the time to live among them, getting to know them as friends and neighbors, is truly an experience you will always remember.

Private homes for rent to vacationers in Bulgaria can be found in various price ranges. If you are looking for luxury, there are villas available. If something more rustic suits your taste and budget, then smaller homes and even old farmhouses are available to appeal to all tastes. Just as an example, one property includes two bedrooms, queen size beds, kitchen, laundry area, bathroom, central eat and the satellite television, telephone and VCR that most tourists are used to having. Imagine though the coziness and comfort of coming back to the house after a day of sight seeing to sit by the fire place, drinking a glass of a local wine, having a light dinner of pasta, and enjoying the peace and quiet of your surroundings. Staying in a hotel in a major city will certainly show you the tourist hot spots, but staying in a private home will show you the real Bulgaria.

There are so many wonderful places to visit in Bulgaria like:

  • Nessebar - beautiful small town on Bulgaria's Black Sea coast a few hours south of Varna. Another one of Bulgaria's many UNESCO world heritage sites.
  • Sozopol - together with Nessebar these are the two sea towns with traditional houses and ancient dig sites.
  • Bansko - a beautiful old village in the Pirin mountains with refurbished homes, stone wall, and cobblestone streets, but increasingly overtaken by resort hotels. Good place for skiing in winter and hiking in summer. The birthplace of the Bulgarian revival movement. If you want a true mountain village experience, there are a few other villages nearby from which to choose. In the beginning of august an annual Jazz festival is being held in the town. Skiiers and Snowboarders could find BanskoSki useful.
No visa is required for entry for citizens of the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

However, foreigners have to register at the police after 72 hours. If you have booked with a travel agency, this will be taken care of. If not - usually, your hotel will handle the necessary paperwork (ask). If you do not stay in a hotel, you will need to go to the police and take the tedious task of registering on your own. Especially for UK and US citizens, Bulgaria is really cracking down on this. Failure to register might mean a 2000 Leva fine (about $1200 US). Also take care that you have an entry stamp in your passport, otherwise your exit could be quite troublesome.

Bulgaria offers tourist attractions all around the year. Most popular are summer seaside resorts, along the entire Black Sea coastline. In winter numerous ski resorts are there to attract tourists. There are many spa, treking and historical destinations that offer incredibly rich variety of experiences.

There are hundreds, maybe thousands of mineral water springs around the country, so this is something you'd better taste and drink. Ayrian and boza are two traditional Balkan non-alcoholic beverages.

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Bulgarian Black Sea Coast Cities and Resorts  by Ivaylo Yordanov

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Bulgaria with its capital city Sofia is like a lesser child of Europe. The country was pretty popular tourist destination and before when was under a communist regime. But with the coming of Democracy, the country has seen quite major economic reforms and continuously growing tourist flow.
The beautiful ancient cities of Bulgaria are now enjoying a great number for tourists and travelers from across the globe, but most of these are coming mostly because of the unique ski, spa and Black Sea resorts. Bulgaria offers some of the most exciting destinations for tourists looking to enjoy a vacation for less in Europe, offering unique and unspoiled nature. Further the country is still quite less expensive as compared to most of the other European countries. But this country of almost 8000000 people has much to offer for a tourist wanting to explore. Bulgaria is full of rich flora and fauna and fresh water springs and curative mineral mud coasts. Bulgaria is well connected to by Eurail, European budget flyers and the Eurolines bus service and the of course, if you have rented a car in Europe mainland, you very well drive in to the country with a valid passport and visa for any of the EU member countries. 
Main Church, Rila Monastery, Unesco World Heritage Site, Bulgaria
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Apart from the springs and the mineral mud coasts, Bulgaria has on offer its beautiful Black Sea Coast and the amazing seaside resorts surrounding it.

Every year thousands of tourists from all over the world flock to the various cities of Bulgaria located on the side of Black Sea. The largest and most important cities located on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast are Bourgas and Varna. 
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Although Bourgas is more of an industrial town located on the Black Sea coast, it is fast becoming a favored tourist destination because of the free trade zone and its great night life. Apart from that, the fact that Bourgas is one of the two airports on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast where your flights would land, it has also ensured that it develops faster as compared to other smaller towns. Bourgas is also surrounded by various beautiful sea coast resorts like the Sunny Beach resort for example. This resort boasts one of the longest and widest beaches privately owned. Just 35 km away from the city of Bourgas, it ensures that you can peacefully lie in the sun and still are never too far from the city. The resort has fabulous restaurants, discos and pubs to suit everyone’s needs. Another amazing hotel cum resort on the outskirts of Bulgaria is Barcelo Royal Beach Resort.

On only 25 km away from the town of Bourgas, it has on offer all the modern facilities that you can ever ask for and at prices that will make you want to stay longer. Varna is the other the major city on the Black Sea coast which attracts a number of tourists each year. Actually most of the tourists coming to Bulgarian Black Sea are landing in Varna’s international airport. It is also one the most beautiful and modern towns in Bulgaria. Varna is a town where the renaissance, medieval and the modern world meet. The city is full of amazing pieces of architecture and is surrounded by many beautiful beach resorts, such as Albena, St. Konstantin & Elena, Golden Sands and many more. The most famous beachside hotel cum resort in Varna is the Dallas Residence. It is located at walking distance from the beach front and offers all the modern amenities with a peaceful surrounding. Being within the city, it ensures that you can always go around the city any moment to see its beautifully landscaped gardens and many other attractions that the city has on offer for every tourist.

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Hilton Sofia Hilton Sofia
The urban business Hilton Sofia hotel is located in Sofia, Bulgaria, within two kilometres of Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. The nearest ski resort is 10 kilometres away. Sofia Airport (SOF) is 10 kilometres from the hotel. Hotel Features. The Hilton Sofia hotel has views of the Vitosha Mountain. Multilingual concierge staff at the 24-hour front desk are on hand to offer sightseeing and local transport advice. Dining options include the stylish Artists Bar and Café, which serves light meals and drinks and hosts monthly exhibitions of contemporary Bulgarian Art. The all-day Seasons Restaurant has a menu of Bulgarian specialities, and a summer terrace with views of Vitosha Mountain.  All rooms feature satellite television, high- speed Internet connections, minibars, tea/coffee making facilities and safes.
Holiday Inn Sofia Holiday Inn Sofia
Offering a spa and fitness area with an indoor pool, this 5-star hotel in the foothills of the Vitosha Mountains is just a 10-minute drive from the city centre and Sofia Airport. The Business Park Sofia underground railway station can be reached in 200 m. The spacious, air-conditioned rooms at Holiday Inn Sofia all feature a minibar and an LCD flat-screen TV with a wide range of satellite channels. Bathrooms feature separate baths and showers. Some rooms offer views of the Vitosha Mountains. The Sofia Holiday Inn’s Esprit Fitness & Spa features indoor and outdoor hot tubs, a sauna, steam bath, sun bed, and separate children’s pool. Various beauty treatments and massages are offered. The modern, air-conditioned gym provides the latest TechnoGym equipment.
Radisson Blu Grand Hotel Radisson Blu Grand Hotel Sofia
The modern Radisson BLU Grand Hotel is located in the centre of Sofia, opposite the Parliament building and the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, 500 metres from the shopping centre. The 136 guestrooms feature a modern décor with oak furnishings and warm fabrics, while marble bathrooms are complete with separate showers and bathtubs, telephones, bathrobes, complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Other room amenities include air conditioning, cable television with pay movies, coffee and tea making facilities, direct-dial phones, safes, wireless Internet access and minibars.  Guests can work out in the fitness centre or unwind in the sauna or steam bath. Those in need of serious pampering can enjoy a massage or aromatherapy treatment courtesy of the hotel's professionally trained staff. 
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