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"Legend has it that when God was giving lands to the peoples of the world he forgot the Bulgarians. To set things right he took a piece of Heaven and gave it to them."
 
  
 
 
 
 
Nature of Bulgaria

A holiday oasis, generously endowed by nature!

First time visitors to Bulgaria are often surprised by the diversity and stunning natural beauty. For years a real effort has been made in order to preserve the country's rich and unspoilt flora and fauna. As a result, today's Bulgaria is environmentally one of the purest countries in Europe, with exceptionally clear air and water resources. There are 7 national parks, more than 3000 protected natural sites and 17 bio-spherical reserves (the greatest recorded number in Europe). There are also 419 protected animal species and 63 protected types of plant
As Bulgaria continues to attract more and more visitors, the list of activities available continues to grow. Bulgaria has no less than four different mountain ranges, the Stara Planina, the Rhodope, the Rila and the Pirin mountains. After receiving major investment from the EU Bulgaria now boasts three international quality ski resorts, Pamporovo, Borovets and Bansko. These resorts offer runs up to 2715m above sea level with ski runs totalling up to 75km.

 

In the summer the mountains continue to attract a large number of visitors with some of the best hiking in Europe available. Mountain bikers and horse riders are also beginning to discover the attractions of Bulgaria.

The area around Sopot in the Stara Planina also boasts some of the best hand-gliding and paragliding conditions in Europe.

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For the first time ever Bulgaria was included in the catalogue for golf tourism with the Association of British Travel Agents ABTA for 2007.
A lot of companies have expressed sound interest in the possibilities for constructions of golf courses in Bulgaria. Bulgaria has all the chances to attract the interest of golf lovers from all countries as the climate and the Bulgarian nature are just marvellous. The golf season lasts from 8 to 10 months a year. In this respect, Bulgaria is a tough competitor to Spain, Cyprus and Turkey, where the grass becomes brownish in the summer and the temperatures are too high for playing.

 

 
Piece of Heaven...