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Bulgarian Tourism-Not just Sea and Ski

Bulgaria has a reputation of being an inexpensive sea and ski holiday destination offering to most, a better value holiday compared to that of other E.U countries.

Recently Bulgaria has been attempting to promote other attractions to offer tourists who want an alternative break.

Here we have just a few ideas that are available to those who want something different to pursue any time of year.

Cultural and Historical - With a vast choice of Ancient Buildings and treasures, medieval Fortresses, monasteries, monuments and museums.

Rural - Inland countryside, lakes and mountain villages offering fresh air and relaxation, with fishing, horse riding, hunting and walking. Sample fresh organic fruit and vegetables at the local markets or restaurants. Paragliding and car racing are also popular pastimes for those who like life a little more adventurous.

Wine - Opportunities to sample the best of Bulgarian Wine within the numerous vineyards around the country.

Spa and well being hotels -Bulgaria has an abundance of natural resources and mineral springs that have always been a popular attraction with pre communist Bulgarians. Well being hotels and spas offer a high quality of service and employ trained specialists to help in the rehabilitation of minor health problems. Treatment has recently been available for minor health conditions such as gallstones, some using the water from the natural springs to remove them. Others simply enjoy the forms of relaxation on offer at the spas. Bulgaria has an ageing and very low population but nevertheless, this spa and health tourism has always been popular with Bulgarian's of all ages.

Eco - Bulgaria has an abundance of national parks with activities for those who adore the outdoors -Bird watching, biking, caving, camping, plant identification, photography, mountaineering, trekking, rock climbing and wildlife.

Cities - Not forgetting the cities of Bulgaria which are lined with pavement cafes and restaurants. Pedestrian  areas and modern shopping malls being constructed in most major cities with all the latest shops, cinema and bowling.

Visitors to Bulgaria will observe the outdated travel infrastructure that can result in long transfers from the airports and slower car travel on roads that are in need of repair and modernisation in the country.

Bulgaria`s  tourism accounts for 10 % GDP, so marketing year round cultural and historical vacations needs to improve and show the attractions and opportunities available for visitors in a country with a vast amount of natural resources.