One of the main tourist destinations in Bulgaria is the Black Sea area and, specifically, Slanchev Bryag (what means the Sunny Coast), which many do not hesitate to compare to Ibiza. Located near Nessebar or Nesebar - a city near the hotel in Bulgaria of Iberostar -, it is a wonderful bay with a half-moon shape and close to the attractive town of Burgas.
Its 10 km (6.2 miles) of beaches are the main attractions of Nesebar, this city also has many other attractions. One of them is its old town, which has dozens of churches dating mainly from the 14th century. Among the most notable, we should refer to those of the Christ Pantocrator, Saint Sophia, Saint John the Baptist, Saint Paraskevi and the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel, as well as the Basilica of the Holy Mother of God Eleusa, originally from the late 5th century.
Another place that is worth discovering is the aforementioned Burgas, the second most important coastal town on the Black Sea. Despite being a modern city, it still preserves interesting buildings from the 19th century. In addition, its streets are dotted with pleasant gardens and green areas. One of its main attractions is the Sea Garden, with a casino built in 1938 and a striking bridge. In the surroundings, it is advisable to visit the protected area of Poda, a natural area with beautiful lakes.
Take the most of your holidays in Bulgaria visiting the national capital, Sofia. Located on a plateau at 500 m (1,804 feet) above sea level, it is home to some of the most spectacular monuments and buildings in the country, such as the public mineral baths, the Palace of Justice, the Ivan Vazov National Theatre, the Bulgarian Academy of Science and the Boyana church, declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1979.
From Sofia, you can take a bus that, after a journey of 3 hours, will take you to the Rila monastery. This construction, perched on a mountain of more than 1,100 m (3,600 feet) high, exhibits an original bell tower, a building that serves as a residence for monks and a church.
Do not miss the Veliko Tárnao, the cultural centre of northern Bulgaria, located 250 km (155 miles) from Sofia.
Other places you must visit, and which are also UNESCO sites, are the Thracian tomb of Kazanlak, located in the town of the same name, crafted in Adobe during the third or fourth centuries BC, the Thracian tomb of Svechtari, from the third century BC and discovered in 1982, the rock churches of Ivanovo, located 16 km (10 miles) from the city of Ruse; the Madara Horseman, an early medieval relief carved into the rock, east of the village of Sumen, the city of Nesebar, on the Bulgarian coast, the Natural Reserve of Srebarna and the Pirin National Park. The mountains here give rise to the town of Bansko, famous for its ski slopes.