Bulgarian in Rila Mountains

Gaze at the glassy surface of Lake Iskâr from this chic hotel-restaurant, which draws stressed-out city dwellers to its tranquil, pine-fringed setting. Kamelot serves shish kebab skewers and barbecued fish with finesse, and has sun loungers perched on a private lake beach. It's on route 62, 32km north of Samokov, a refreshing bolthole from either Sofia or Borovets.

Parking costs 10 lv, necessary to access the site, which is signposted downhill from the main road. There is simple accommodation available in Kamelot's chalet-style huts (69/79 lv per weekday/weekend).