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Discover the Black Sea Riviera with a holiday to Bulgaria. The country is becoming one of Europe's most popular emerging destinations as a cheap beach holiday. Sunny Beach does just what it says on the tin while Nessebar is a little quieter and quainter. Those looking for the perfect family holiday in Bulgaria should try Elenite. Bulgaria is one of a dwindling number of places where your money buys you far more than it does in the UK - hence, a cheap holiday to Bulgaria is easily accomplished. Naturally our cheap holidays in Bulgaria are only priced cheaply: quality, like value for money, is high.

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Long, sun-drenched sandy beaches, awesome mountains and national parks where bears and golden eagles roam, scented rose valleys and the chance to let your cares slip away with indulgent natural spa therapies - Bulgaria is fill of pleasures and amazing surprises. So don't wait around, take advantage of one of loveholidays brilliant offers on Bulgaria holidays and book yours online now.

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Most popular hotels in Bulgaria

Ivana Palace
Ivana Palace
Ivana Palace

Sunny Beach

from £183 pp
Lion Bansko
Lion Bansko
Lion Bansko

Bansko

from £285 pp
Euphoria Club Hotel
Euphoria Club Hotel
Euphoria Club Hotel

Borovets

from £227 pp
Iceberg
Iceberg
Iceberg

Borovets

from £197 pp
Regnum Bansko Apartments Hotel and SPA
Regnum Bansko Apartments Hotel and SPA
Regnum Bansko Apartments Hotel and SPA

Bansko

from £306 pp
Samokov
Samokov
Samokov

Borovets

from £195 pp
Galeon Residence and SPA
Galeon Residence and SPA
Galeon Residence and SPA

Sunny Beach

from £287 pp
Garden of Eden
Garden of Eden
Garden of Eden

Sveti Vlas

from £202 pp

Culture

Social conventions

The first thing to remember is that, in Bulgaria, a shake of the head means 'yes' and a nod means 'no'. In the cities and resorts the locals are used to tourists and make allowances. However, if you're a regular nodder, it's worth sparing a thought for the person you are talking to, who may be a little disconcerted by the barrage of negative gestures.

Bulgaria is a friendly country, but some locals can be quite reserved and formal in dealing with foreigners. The usual courtesies will do the trick, including a handshake to say 'hello'.

If you're visiting a mosque, remember to remove your shoes before entering, and women should cover their heads, arms and legs. It's also worth watching your step; walking in front of someone who is kneeling in prayer is a 'no-no'!

Since January 2005, Bulgarian restaurants, cafes and nightclubs have had 'smoking' and 'no-smoking' areas. There is no smoking in public places.

Religion

Most people in Bulgaria are associated with the Bulgarian Orthodox Church. However, there are significant minorities of Muslims, Roman Catholics and Protestants.

History

From around 2000 BC, Bulgaria was part of an empire ruled by the Thracians, a powerful and rich civilisation. By the late 7th century the empire had fragmented and some Bulgars migrated into the northern Balkans, where they merged Slavs and Thracians to form the First Bulgarian Empire in AD 681. Constantine IV called them a 'new and vulgar people'.

Around 1185 the 'Second Kingdom' was formed as a breakaway state from the Byzantine Empire, creating a truly independent Bulgarian state. But by the end of the 14th century, weakened by internal feuding, it had been conquered by the Ottomans.

It wasn't until the 19th century that Bulgarian nationalism began to re-establish itself. The War of Liberation in 1877-78 led to the Treaty of Berlin, which provided for an autonomous Bulgarian principality comprising Moesia and Sofia. After uniting with Eastern Rumelia in 1885, it became a fully independent kingdom in 1908.

The Balkan Wars of 1912 and 1913 re-drew the map of Bulgaria once again, and hopes of regaining territory drew the country into the First World War in 1915. A military coup and political unrest characterised the 20s and 30s, while Bulgaria was overrun by the Nazis early in World War II. Thereafter, the country fell within the Soviet sphere of influence, becoming a strict communist state, until the collapse of the Soviet Union in the late 1980s.

Bulgaria joined NATO on 29 March 2004 and joined the European Union on 1 January 2007.

Demographics

Bulgaria's population is mainly ethnic Bulgarian, with two sizable minorities, Turks and Roma, as well as some 40 other ethnic groups, including Russians, Armenians, Vlachs, Jews, Crimean Tatars and Karakachans.

The population of Bulgaria is just under 8 million. Apart from the tiny Caribbean island of St Kitts Nevis, Bulgaria has had the slowest population growth of any country in the world since 1950. In fact, population growth has been negative since the early 1990s, due to the economic collapse and a high emigration rate.

The majority of inhabitants speak Bulgarian, a South Slavonic language akin to Slovene and Serbo-Croat. It's also close to Russian, which many Bulgarians learnt in school before 1989. Since the fall of Communism, English language lessons have become much more popular, and in major cities and resorts, English is widely spoken, particularly amongst younger people. However, in rural areas a few words of Bulgarian will prove invaluable.