'Vampire' Tourism in Bulgaria?
The discovery of medieval skeletons treated for vampirism is arguably the Bulgarian news of the week in terms of international media coverage.
The discovery is not groundbreaking, since over 100 similar graves have been discovered over the years – and vampires are a well-known part of Bulgaria's folklore.
It is the current global vampire hype that attracted so many media outlets to this particular discovery.
If anything, the considerable interest from abroad can prove to be a perfect opportunity for popularizing Bulgaria's traditional folklore and its bizarre creatures and tales around the world.
Who knows, maybe a movie based on Bulgarian folklore can pour some fresh blood into the repetitive vampire film industry (pun not intended)?
Bulgarian tour operators have been quoted saying that the interest has been huge and Germans, Brits and Russians have already inquired about "vampire vacations" in Sozopol.
I do not want to discourage potential tourists, but travelling all the way to Bulgaria to see a skeleton pierced with an iron rod feels like a lame idea.
Firstly, Bulgaria has much more fascinating stuff to offer as a tourist destination, and secondly, vampires are truly great, but they belong to fiction. Looking at perfectly normal skeletons placed in a museum is not the point.