From the magnificent Balkan Mountains to its sunny Black Sea coast, Bulgaria doesn’t put a foot wrong for family holidays.
From the magnificent Balkan Mountains to its sunny Black Sea coast, Bulgaria doesn’t put a foot wrong for family holidays. Gorgeous seaside resorts in summer are matched by Europe’s lowest cost skiing from December to April. Choose pretty Plovdiv for an urban break with festivals, ancient history and breathtaking architecture and then drop in on Sofia too – both cities are less than two hours apart. Or head for the hills and pick from an unfair number of Bulgarian ranges where everything from mineral spas to extreme mountain biking are part of the adventure.
Direct flights from the UK to Sofia all year round take just over three hours.
Direct flights from the UK to Varna and Bourgas access all Bulgaria’s Black Sea summer holiday resorts, north and south.
Black Sea beaches enjoy sunshine and temperatures of between 22 and 25˚ from May to September.
Bulgaria’s ski resorts open in December, remain snow-sure until April and offer some of the best value family ski holidays in Europe.
Stara Planina or the Balkan Range, runs across Central Bulgaria for outdoor adventure holidays less than two hours drive from Sofia.
Plovdiv, in Southern Bulgaria, is the country’s ‘second city’ but considered more captivating than the capital. It’s under two hour’s from Sofia and hosts many of the country’s annual festivals and events.
If you’re travelling with older kids or teens, the Istanbul Night Train from Plovdiv to the Turkish capital is an iconic journey. Trains leave every evening at 9.15pm and arrive in Istanbul at 8am.
Bulgaria isn’t a huge country but, once you’re outside cities and towns, it becomes quite rural, very quickly. Public transport isn’t great and almost every journey is probably more of an expedition than you want with kids. So unless you’re sticking in and around one of the Black Sea resorts, hiring a car is the way to go here. On the plus side, it’s an incredibly beautiful country to drive through and the roads are never too busy.