2008 News Archive - Holidays - Bulgaria prepares for summer boom
02 01 2007
Travel experts are expecting a considerable rise in the number of tourists visiting Bulgaria this year following the country's accession to the European Union.
Along with Romania, Bulgaria joined the EU on January 1st, prompting major celebrations in the capital cities of both countries.
Bulgaria's president Georgi Parvanov referred to the accession as a "heavenly moment" but he stressed that the country still has a long way to go.
"The day we are welcoming - January 1st 2007 - will undoubtedly find its place among the most important dates in our national history," he said.
"But let's make it clear, our future success as a nation depends not on European funds and resources, but on our own work."
A great deal of hard work has already been completed, however, including the building of a new airport terminal at Sofia Airport. The â‚¬150 million terminal is the airport's second and it can accommodate 2.6 million passengers during the course of a single year.
Skiers and snowboarders will perhaps make most use of the terminal in the next couple of months, but the arrival of the summer season will see millions more arrive to enjoy Bulgaria's beautiful sandy beaches and the turquoise waters of the Black Sea.
Sunny Beach and Golden Sands are two of Bulgaria's most popular resorts and both are now well-equipped with the kinds of facilities and amenities found around the Costa del Sol.
Bulgaria also boasts a number of smaller and less well-known beach resorts, many of which can be reached via a short bus journey from the bigger destinations.