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Bulgaria Outdoor Pursuits

Despite being a small country Bulgaria has a varied topography. You will find mountains, vast plains, deep gorges, the spectacular River Danube, marshes and the Black Sea coast. These combined with a varied climate attract both summer and winter visitors. offers Sofia holiday rental and villa rentals. You can rent a private villa in Bansko directly from your local home owner
In summer apart from the obvious attraction of the Black Sea coast and its stunning beaches and huge choice of water sports (see coasts) many tourists are drawn by the hiking and bird watching opportunities. There are several National Parks to choose from such as Vitosha just outside Sofia and Rusenski Lom in the northnear Ruse. It is a good idea to buy a good hiking map in advance so that you can plan your route. The best places for bird watching are the Kaliakra Nature Reserve which follows the Black Sea coastline and boasts almost 300 native and migratory species. Ropotamo Nature Reserve protects a vast area of marshland wilderness and is an important habitat for flora and as well as birds. Wildlife tours can be arranged and if you are lucky enough you might get to see a brown bear, wolf or golden jackal not to mention the wild cats and chamois goats. If you are really keen you could join one of the local volunteer wildlife protection projects for the duration of your stay.
In winter the mountain ranges offer good value skiing. The season runs between mid December to the end of May and Bansko in the Pirin mountains has the best snow record. Borovets and Pamporovo are the other two popular resorts. Mount Vitosha near Sofia tends to be crowded with locals at weekends. brings together a great collection of Bulgaria holiday accommodation, Bulgaria holiday apartments, Bulgaria holiday villas and cottages. is unique in providing Bulgaria holiday lettings because we are the only site that allows you to find someone local to you who may have advertised their Bulgaria home.
For those of you looking for more adventurous outdoor activities you could try rafting, canoeing or kayaking on the Arda or Ossam rivers. The Alpine Rila and Pirin range have many climbing routes and local caving organisations can offer maps and tours. Please make sure you have adequate insurance cover before setting off!
Bulgaria has three golf courses with more in the pipeline, the best one at the moment being the St Sofia Golf Club and Spa and the course at Silven offers spectacular views across the Balkan mountains. Horse riding and cycling are ideal ways to explore the Bulgarian countryside and local tourist offices can provide details of these activities on arrival.
If none of the above are of interest then simply pack a picnic, get out into the countryside and enjoy the stunning scenery Bulgaria has to offer. Don't forget, a holiday in the Bansko or Sunny Beach, Bulgaria, staying in self catering accommodation makes an ideal family break.

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