So, should we all be heading to Sunny Beach this summer instead of more familiar hotspots in Portugal, Spain and Greece, particularly given that the weak pound is making holidays across most of Europe much dearer?
I recently spent a few days in Sunny Beach to find out just how cheap it is – and whether it is cheerful, too.
Hristova was this week jailed for 20 months at Bournemouth Crown Court after admitting her crimes.
Sentencing the pickpocket, Judge Brian Forster told her: "It is clear to me that you travelled to this area to steal. Easy targets." Dubbing her crimes "heartless" the judge added: "The lady, who was 102 at the time, describes how she has lived through two world wars and has not ever been a victim of crime." Robert Grey, defending, said Hristova had come to the UK to send money back to her children, aged 10 and 15, in Bulgaria and claimed she targeted open handbags rather than elderly people specifically.
A number of the incidents were captured on CCTV and she was eventually arrested at Stansted Airport in February after returning to the UK from Bulgaria.
In total she pocketed £1,050 from her spate of thefts.
While legends about blood-drinking ghouls date back thousands of years, the modern figure of the vampire was encapsulated in the Irish author Bram Stoker's 1897 novel 'Dracula,' based on 18th century eastern European folktales.
Matteo Borrini, an anthropologist from the University of Florence, said the discovery on the small island of Lazzaretto Nuovo in the Venice lagoon supported the medieval belief that vampires were behind the spread of plagues like the Black Death.
Sozopol: According to the head of Bulgaria's natural history museum 100 corpses of people who were stabbed to prevent them from becoming vampires have been discovered across the country over the years The skeleton was unearthed in a mass grave from the Venetian plague of 1576 - in which the artist Titian died - on Lazzaretto Nuovo, which lies around two miles northeast of Venice and was used as a sanitorium for plague sufferers.
While concerns persist over how many Bulgarians and Romanians might move to the UK in search of work, some Brits have upped sticks and made the opposite journey. All, as Kate says, "for around the price of a new family car in the UK".
Amid increased restrictions in the UK on benefit payments for EU migrants, the BBC has caught up with one British couple who left their home in a quiet village in Rutland in favour of the snow-capped terrain of north-west Bulgaria. Their idea is to be self-sufficient in terms of food.