Bulgaria has been listed among the top nine global tourist destinations for 2011 in a CNN article.
Building upon recommendations from three travel experts, Robert Reid, US travel editor for Lonely Planet; Pauline Frommer, creator of Pauline Frommer's guidebooks; and Martin Rapp, senior vice president of leisure sales at Altour, the CNN article places Bulgaria ninth in a list also featuring New York City, New Zealand, the Peruvian Amazon, Barcelona, Norway, Albania, Japan, and Guatemala.
Bulgaria has been recommended by Robert Reid, pointing out it has the best Black Sea coastline for beach enthusiasts and offers great skiing in the mountains in the winter.
"I love doing road trips in Bulgaria. It begs for it. It's beautiful, and there's not much traffic. It feels very safe," said Reid, who rode around the country last year in a Soviet-era 1972 Moskovich, which he bought for USD 500.
Reid recommended visiting Veliko Tarnovo, an ancient capital, and the picturesque city of Plovdiv, home to Roman ruins.