Many European travellers claim Bulgaria Eden on Earth for although quite a small country it has it all: sea, rivers and lakes, high mountains, virgin forests, plateaus and plains, hot and cold mineral springs. Inhabited since prehistoric times, Bulgaria is home to a host of traditions, cultures and peoples. Possessing remnants of the oldest processed gold in the world, the most ancient copper mines in Europe dating back to the 5th millennium BC and examples of treasured Thracian architecture from the late Bronze Age, the country is underscored by a wealth of historic archives.
Currently one of the least populated European states, Bulgaria is approximately the size of England, but with a population of only eight million people. Not only enjoying 354 km of Black Sea coastline with ten blue flag beaches, the country also boasts 37,000 km of mountainous hiking paths, a series of Roman, Greek and Thracian historical attractions, including nine UNESCO world heritage sites and a blossoming ski culture.