Rural Tourism in Bulgaria


The three fourths of the Bulgarian population live in cities of Bulgaria, and only one fourth of population in villages. However the Bulgarian villages are wonderful and provide excellent conditions for holidays throughout the year, but also for true life of a decent human! According to data of BAAT – Bulgarian Association for Alternative Tourism, nearly three hundred and forty thousand Bulgarians and 220 thousand foreigners have chosen rural tourism in Bulgaria in 2007. The total income from rural tourism in Bulgaria is 65 million Euro for 2007 and turnover from alternative tourism – 130 million leva. The advantages of the Bulgarian rural tourism are determined by : the clean and virgin nature, the varied landscape, the availability of numerous natural and other places of interest, the unique culture, hospitable population motivated to offer tourist services. Most of the houses in Bulgarian countryside are turned into guesthouses, apartments, cottages and other forms of tourist facilities – houses to rent, designed for eco-tourism holidays and suitable for children and family vacations, offering their visitors coziness and comfort, and typical and unique experiences. Some of those guesthouses are more than 300 years old and are a living memory for the village’s heroic past, being at the same time an interesting tourist destination…


Rural tourism of Bulgaria is characterized as a sojourn in rural environment (house, camping or other accommodation situated close to the villages), contact with the locals, and access to the farm. Rural tourism might be a part of a round-trip, a weekend holiday or longer stay. In both cases tourists expect to participate in everyday life of the local people – gathering of fruits and vegetables from the farm, cooking of traditional dishes, celebrating local holidays, watching or training in traditional handicrafts, folklore or agriculture traditions. These activities are usually combined with other tourism practices such as: hiking, biking, horseback riding, snowshoeing, visits of monasteries, museums, archeological and other landmarks.