While most European tourists know Bulgaria for the beautiful beaches on its Black Sea Coast, Lonely Planet.com’s Bulgaria page emphasizes that there is much more to the country than sand. Of particular note are Bulgaria’s miles of hiking and horse-riding trails that allow you to explore its interior forests and mountains, where you’ll encounter wildlife that is increasingly rare in Europe such as brown bears, gray wolves and wild boar. (Okay, you may not want to actually encounter any of those. So how about Bulgarian “cats n kittens?”) Bulgaria has a reliable and inexpensive transportation infrastructure that can take you to rural villages where the pace of life is refreshingly slow. Despite a frantic building boom, Bulgaria is still a place where you can find a bit of history, a bit of nature, a bit of of nightlife and, if you’re lucky, maybe even get invited to a Bulgarian wedding.