A Country of Superb Variations
A backpacking holiday in Bulgaria is a great way to discover this beautiful country on a budget, and accommodation in Bulgaria is still remarkably cheap compared to Western Europe, helping you to make the most of your holiday money. Backpacker hostels in Bulgaria are a relatively recent phenomenon, but there are now several excellent hostels in Sofia and other major cities, and a bed in a dorm will cost around 10 Euros, and this price often includes a simple breakfast. Outside the big cities, there’s a wide range of budget accommodation across Bulgaria, including atmospheric family-run guesthouses in pretty rural villages and, if you want to go hiking in the stunning Bulgarian mountains, there’s a whole network of very cheap mountain huts – called ‘hizhas’ – along popular walking trails, which can cost as little as 5 Euros per person, though usually you will need your own sleeping bag and provisions, and you may have use of a communal kitchen. Other backpacker hostels can be found in the cities of Plovdiv and Varna, but if you fancy a bit more comfort, some of the older, formerly state-run hotels offer rooms with ensuite bathrooms and TVs at modest rates – expect to pay from about 20 Euros for a single room, including breakfast.