Are You Ready for Your Next Adventure?
If we only had to use one word to describe Bulgaria, it would be the word „magic“. This is a country that captivates everybody with its magnificent nature, centuries old traditions and rich history. The Bulgarian cities, resorts, villages and nature allow visitors to immerse in a different varieties of tourism. Regardless of what type of adventure is on your mind, our goal is to help you with some initial information and resources to enjoy all that Bulgaria has to offer.
From wild, wooded mountain ranges speckled with remote villages and enchanting monasteries to vibrant modern cities and long sandy beaches hugging the Black Sea coast, Bulgaria rewards exploration.
Churches & Icons Bulgaria has a long tradition of religious art, and wherever you go, you can’t fail to notice the beautiful, timeless icons appearing in museums and, of course, countless churches and monasteries. The luminous images of saints are at their most evocative and powerful inside candlelit Orthodox churches, often set into a gilded wooden screen known as an iconostasis. Engaging religious murals were created in the 19th century and adorn the walls of Bulgaria’s most important monasteries. Older churches built during the Ottoman occupation can be identified by their sunken and deliberately unobtrusive appearance.
Mountains & Forests With no fewer than seven diverse mountain ranges criss-crossing the country, Bulgaria is a true haven for hikers, mountaineers and anyone interested in wildlife and the great outdoors. An extensive system of hiking trails and huts makes it easy for walkers to enjoy the country’s rich and varied landscapes. Unspoiled alpine forests, lakes, waterfalls and bubbling streams are all there to explore; bears, lynx and wolves still roam and activities from skiing and snowshoeing to caving and kayaking are all available.
Black Sea Beaches It isn’t hard to see why so many foreign – and Bulgarian – holidaymakers descend on the Black Sea coastline each summer. The long, professionally maintained sandy beaches at the big resorts are the equal of some of the most popular Mediterranean destinations, and, if you just want to relax, top up your tan or try out some water sports, there’s nowhere better. Away from the parasols and jet skis you’ll find smaller, more traditional seaside towns ideal for young families, as well as ancient settlements with cobbled lanes, quaint wooden houses and long, fascinating histories. Even the coast’s two big cities, Varna and Burgas, have attractive beaches within minutes of their busy urban hearts.
Ancient Ruins With such a long and tumultuous history, it’s hardly surprising to find that Bulgaria still harbours impressive stony reminders of the ancient peoples and civilisations that have risen, fallen, conquered and passed through this land. The fearsome Thracians left their mark across the southern and central areas of Bulgaria, and the tombs of some of their kings and nobility can still be seen today. Signs of 2500-year-old Greek and Hellenistic colonisation are evident along the coast, while elsewhere, fortifications, bathhouses and theatres indicate the reach and resources of the Roman Empire at its zenith.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a Visa to Enter Bulgaria?
Residents of the USA and the EU do not need a visa for up to a 90-day stay in Bulgaria. For information about other countries or cases, please see the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
What is the Climate in Bulgaria?
The climate is temperate continental with four pronounced seasons.
Which Season is Best for Visiting the Country?
The most appropriate time for a visit depends on the reason for your trip. The most suitable months for skiing are December, January, February and March. If you are interested in visiting the Black Sea beaches – June, July, August and September. If you are a hiker or camper, the most appropriate times are the late spring, the beginning of summer and early autumn. Any time of year is a good time to visit one of Bulgaria’s many spa resorts.
Which are the Best-known Sea Resorts?
Sunny Beach, Golden Sands, Albena, Dyuni, Elenite, Primorsko, St. Konstantin and St. Helena and the cities of Varna and Burgas.
Which are the Country’s Best-known Mountain Resorts?
Borovets, Pamporovo, Bansko and Vitosha.
What Currency is Used for Daily Transactions in the Country?
The official currency of the country is the lev, which is equal to 100 stotinki. All banks and licensed exchange offices are suitable for exchanging currency.
Is the Use of Credit Cards Widely Spread?
The major credit cards such as Visa and MasterCard are accepted in large stores, hotels, and catering and entertainment establishments, It is advisable to have cash for smaller stores, hotels, and catering and entertainment establishments.
Where are the International Airports in the Country?
There are international airports in Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna and Burgas. Direct charter flights are available to the Black Sea airports in Varna and Burgas during the summer season.
What are the Options for Renting a Car in Bulgaria?
Visitors can hire motor vehicles from one of the international rent-a-car companies such as Hertz, Budget, Eurocar, and others. Also, many hotels now offer this service through licensed Bulgarian car rental companies.
What are the Speed Limits for Motor Vehicles in Bulgaria?
50 km/h in populated areas; 90 km/h outside populated areas; 130 km/h on limited access highways and 140 km on the motorways.
What is the Electric Voltage in the Country?
220 V, 50 Hz.
What is the Country’s Emergency Phone Number?