Bulgaria parties hard – you just need to choose the right city or season. Sofia and Plovdiv have great clubbing and bar scenes year-round. University towns such as Veliko Târnovo and Blagoevgrad enjoy sweltering nightlife, except during summer when students leave and club nights go on pause; head instead to Varna and the Black Sea coast for beach parties and festivals. Winter brings pounding après-ski events to Bansko and other major winter resorts.

Top Thirst-Quenchers

Rakia Bulgaria's signature spirit made of plums, grapes or other fruit, best served ice-cold (and in moderation!)

Melnik wine Bulgaria's most famous wine region is served by the glass around the country.

Menta and lemonade Refreshingly minty spirit topped up with Sprite into a vivid green cocktail.

Kamenitza beer The most popular beer brand in Bulgaria (though there's stiff competition from Shumensko and Zagorka).