- Bulgaria Luxury holidays
Bulgaria joined the EU in 2007 and is one of the most south-easterly countries in the union, with only a small part of Romania, the Greek Islands and Cyprus extending further to the east, and the southernmost promontories of the European mainland further south, including parts of Italy, Spain and Portugal. This makes Bulgaria one of the furthest destinations you can travel to on mainland Europe under the relaxed tourism rules of the EU, and in recent years since its EU accession, Bulgaria has rapidly gained popularity as a less crowded destination - although with visitor numbers rising year by year, you might want to take your own trip sooner rather than later.
Tourism is one of the fastest growing industries in Bulgaria, but for now the resorts and beaches remain less crowded and more affordable, despite being served by fewer travel operators. The UK is a key overseas market, along with Russia, Romania and Germany. With charmingly named resorts like Sunny Beach and Golden Sands, it certainly sounds appealing, and the authorities are making sure Bulgaria remains that way. Golden Sands in particular is unofficially protected against further development, so its surrounding natural forest is unlikely to be replaced by hotels and car parks any time soon.
Going green in Bulgaria
Bulgaria is protecting its landscape in other ways, too. The country does not have substantial fossil fuel deposits, and as such its energy mix already includes a good amount of other methods - including wind, thermal and solar generation. Some of this is exported to neighbouring countries, and Bulgaria has a target to generate about 16 per cent of its own energy through renewable methods in the coming years. Meanwhile, natural gas deposits deep below the surface are unlikely to be tapped, as Bulgaria opposes methods such as fracking, making the country a compelling destination for eco-tourism within the EU.
When should I visit Bulgaria?
If you want to enjoy the picturesque beaches and untouched natural surroundings, it's probably best to visit Bulgaria as soon as you can. Although the authorities have so far rejected more large-scale development of the main resorts, tourism is an increasingly lucrative sector in Bulgaria, and eventually more capacity may be needed. In the meantime, the coastal resorts are well worth a visit in the summertime, while winter resorts including Pamporovo, Borovets and Bansko take advantage of the heavy snowfall over the mountainous regions.
What’s on offer on a luxury holiday?
Luxury holidays to Bulgaria are all about you. If you’re in the mood for champagne by the pool, your luxury hotel will make it happen, and if your heart is set on a room with a mountain view, they’ll arrange it. Luxury holidays should include every last detail you have dreamed of. Paying a little extra for a luxury package in Bulgaria is a good idea, and remember that you can have as much or as little pampering as you want. Bulgaria offers world-class luxury, and while you may be a long way from a rainforest or desert, you will have a rich culture and beautiful scenery to explore, and enjoy a luxury holiday that's made all the better thanks to the meticulous attention to detail Bulgarians are known for.