Many people will admit it – Bulgaria is probably not at the top of their list of countries that instantly appeal to them as a holiday destination. With the abundance of great, low cost all inclusive holidays to hotspots such as Tenerife, Majorca and Greece, why choose to go to a place that they know nothing about?

The truth is, however, that Bulgaria is a country that is rich with culture, history, exciting activities to enjoy and a fantastic climate. With that in mind, here are the top five reasons why this Eastern European destination should definitely be a strong contender for your next break, whether you are traveling with family, friends, or even on your own.

The first reason that Bulgaria is worth visiting is that it boasts a beautiful Black Sea coastline that has all the amenities and facilities of a Mediterranean resort, but without the associated expense or huge hoards of Western European tourists that the latter attracts.

Bulgaria is a holiday destination of choice for many Eastern Europeans, but its seaside towns and stunning beaches have not quite caught on yet with the vast majority of Western holidaymakers. What this means is that there is still chance to take advantage of some truly unspoiled beaches and avoid the crowds that can be a nuisance when visiting Spain, Greece or the Canary Islands.

This leads to the second key reason why you should consider travelling here – it is a great deal less expensive that other major resorts. Despite not having European hotspot status,there are several companies offering low cost all inclusive holidays to Bulgaria, which means that it is possible to get a real bargain in addition to enjoying the peace and quiet and the pristine white sands on offer.

The cost of living is low here too, which means that you can afford to fill up on tasty local dishes and the local brews of Kamenitza and Astika for very little cost. Hotel accommodation, entry to attractions and prices in local supermarkets are also low when compared with those in Western Europe, which means your holiday budget will stretch a lot further here.

The third reason why you should consider making Bulgaria your next holiday destination is that it boasts some fantastic natural wonders. Although the beaches are sublime, most people like to do at least a little bit of exploring on their holiday, and you do not have to go far from the coast to discover some unforgettable sights.

There are two stunning nature reserves not far from the Black Sea, which means that anyone on an all inclusive holiday to this region can benefit from some excellent variety on their break. The nearby Ropotamo and Kamchia parks feature dense forests, an abundance of wildlife, unique rock formations and organised boat trips to discover virtually untouched parts of the country.

Bulgaria is also rich in history and culture, and is a favourite with holidaymakers for its impressive monasteries, including the vast Rila Monastery, the equally huge Bachkovo Monastery and the 700 year old Aladzha Monastery. These fantastic feats of architecture are fine examples of the country’s religious history, and are also mostly in easy reach of popular Bulgarian resorts.

Our final reason why this beautiful country should be next on your list of places to visit is due to its healing mineral waters and spas. Regardless of whether travellers are on low cost all inclusive holidays or expensive tailored tours, everyone likes to indulge in some serious relaxation on their break, and with its 200 mineral water springs, Bulgaria is the ideal location for this.

Dotted throughout the country – including in key locations such as Sofia, Velingrad, Varshets and Sandanski – each and every holidaymaker is sure to find a spa close to them so that they can experience a slice of Bulgarian tradition and also the soothing effects of the steaming hot mineral waters that draw locals all year round.