First visit: July 1998
Subsequent visits: December 1999, January 2000, July 2000, September 2000, January 2004, November 2004 (twice), December 2004, August 2007, July 2012, September 2012, November 2012, July 2013.
Visited: Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna, Burgas, Veliko Tarnovo, Gabrovo, Sipka,Tryavna, Blagoevgrad, Sandanski, Svilengrad, Teteven, Koprivshtica, Melnik.
Bulgaria is not bad at all, but it doesn't spark either. It is ideal for a road trip by car where you can see its picturesque villages, some of which, like Koprivshtica, have been nicely redone in traditional style. Sofia is not the world's nicest capital, but there is good food at low prices here and some pleasant parks. And then there is skiing of course, which this country is becoming increasingly popular for.
Highlight: Plovdiv. A true surprise. Great people, lots to see and do, cheap, nice location. A gem.