This past year I had the incredible opportunity to travel to Bulgaria for the first time. Thanks to a trip arranged by the Kosovo Houses (check out my profile of this mountain retreat on EuroCheapo), I was able to explore the beautiful Rhodope Mountains, the charming city of Plovdiv (where I stayed at Guest House Old Plovdiv), and the vibrant capital city of Sofia.
Another bonus of Bulgaria are the very low costs. If you had the chance to backpack around Europe in the 1990s like I did, you’ll feel like you’re on a trip back in time with beers for $1 and good hotel rooms for $30 or less. Both Plovdiv and Sofia have fantastic walking tours that I highly recommend — check out Free Plovdiv Tour and Free Sofia Tour for more information.
Here are just a few of the scenes I wandered upon during my trip. With warm people and stunning scenery both in the countryside and cities, you should add Bulgaria to your travel list in 2017.