Nestled between ethereal Romania and crowded Greece, Bulgaria basks in untrampled beauty. Of course the Black Sea is popular in the holiday catalogues, but you’re here for something special, so venture inland: away from the tourists you’ll discover snowcapped mountains, roaming wolves and glacial lakes. The area is beloved by hikers and birdwatchers, and you’ll leave with a story to tell. When you’ve filled up on mountains, stroll through the medieval towns to discover religious frescoes and graceful chapels, or venture into the Devil’s Throat in the Rhodope Mountains, where you’ll find a 140-foot underground waterfall. Bulgaria hasn’t entirely been discovered yet, so there’s space to breathe. Here is our choice of luxury hotels in Bulgaria.