The poorest country in the EU is also one of the richest.
It is after all home of the Cyrillic alphabet and not Russia as some may assume.
It has many orthodox saints and beautiful churches. The black sea and a once great power before it was subdued by the Ottomans. Despite this, and the usual influence of food etc, Bulgaria is distinctly Bulgarian and the hospitality is second to none.
Oh and wherever you go don’t miss Veliko Tarnovo.