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 Explore Bulgaria, with all it’s antiquity and nature. Bulgaria as a destination for your holidays is the perfect choice for a round trip in Balkans.

Since decades not anymore the nightmare country that was close to Soviet Unioon, Bulgaria has quickly won the reputation of one of the top Europe destinations of every season. The country situates in georgous natural scenery in center and east of the Balkan peninsula, sharing borders with Romania, Macedonia, Serbia, Greece, a bit of Turkey, and some 380 kilometers with the Black Sea.

The history of Bulgaria is as complicated as of any other Balkan country. The Bulgar tribes in the 6th century invaded and inherited an area that previously had been occupied by Greek, Roman and Byzantine culture. Soon they adopted Easter Orthodoxy and this has left us with numerous of churches, cathedrals and monasteries throughout all Bulgaria. Also the Ottomans left their mark in Bulgaria with their almost 4 centuries invasion.

One may only have a flank idea of the touristic attractions that may be in Bulgaria only by taking a look at the map of the country. Physically, Bulgaria is divided into two mountain ranges that have a corridore between them. In this particular model, think of the many rivers that stream quickly and with noise throught the forests with snow. And in your imagination go on up the mountains to reach the tops of the Rhodope Mountains and to be left breathless from the view atop of them. The name of the peninsula comes from mountains here that locals call Stara Planina. Skiining? Not a bad idea; in fact, your biggest problem is to choose between the Stara Planina, the Rila or the Pirin mountains.

From there, fly to the golden shores of the Black Sea (as ironic as it may be the name). Do you preferr the modern fancy resorts where you can rest and just enjoy everything that is in front of you? Or you would like to enjoy something more pure, something more virgin and untouched by any man made creation? The vast choices will make you think if you have time to visit them all.

With all that Bulgaria offers, you should be careful you might fall in love with this wonderful piece of nature.

 

  • sofiaSofia, the capital of Bulgaria since 1879, may not be the most attractive destination the you can find in Bulgaria, but it sure will not dissappoint you. It is a combination of the face of a Balkan capital and a European capital, offering the best of both. Ruins of the ancient roman city of Serdica are found all over the city (you can’t miss the amphitheatre) and especially in the museum. Notable is also that remains of different Greek periods are also wide spread around Sofia. But advancing a bit more in time, in Sofia you can get your spiritual dose in the Alexander Nevsky orthodox cathedral, one of the biggest in the country. And if you can’t get enough of Sofia, luckily, the capital is located pretty much in the center of the country and it is not difficult to reach other destinations quite fast.

     

  • plovdivPlovdiv is Bulgaria’s second largest city and maybe the most important reason to visit the city, is the incredibly well preserved Ancient theatre, situated in between two of what is now 6 hills, but the original plan was build on 7 hills on the side of the Rhodope mountain range. Plovdiv is filled with Roman ruins and magnificient Old Town of cobbled streets and where time is stuck in 19th century in the buildings. Considered as one of the oldest cities in Europe (from the ancient roman settlement), actually has a much older history with Neolithic settlements dated at around 6000 B.C. Plovdiv was developed before Bulgaria separated from the Ottoman Empire and the people contributed in the Orthodox church, Bulgarian-language education and culture and in ‘National Revival Architecture’ which we can enjoy today. Nowadays, Plovdiv has the looks of a modern European city but without erasing the traces of history, which you can notice in every corner of the city. Nature does not stands back far behid for it’s river Maritsa streams throughout the city to give more delight to it.

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  • varnaBeing the third largest country in Bulgaria is not something taken easily because the top spots are hugely attractive. Neverthelss, Varna compensates the podium with the Black Sea. While Sofia is the capital city all the time, Varna takes that title in the summer, being the most populated and overcrowded city for the hot months. Its golden sand beaches are of the most frequented in Bulgaria. And not just this, but Varna is also the center of the Bulgarian navy and several sea life museums.

 

  • General Information

    Surface area: 110,994 km2

    Time zone: GMT + 2

    Population: Over 7,364,000

    Capital: Sofia

    Coast line: 356 km

    Climate: Typical Mediterranean climate with hot dry summers and mild winters. It is one of the sunniest and warmest countries but with continental climate inland of the country.

    Religions: Mostly Bulgarian orthodox

    Official language and alphabet: Bulgarian language and Cyrillic alphabet

    Political system: Unitary Parliamentary Republic

    Monetary unit: Bulgarian Lev (BGN

    International telephone code: ++359

    Pets: Allowed, is better to have a vaccination record and veterinary certificate.

    Customs formalities: Expensive professional and technical equipment should be declared at the border crossing.

    Traveling documents: To enter Bulgaria you need a valid passport depending on international agreement between the countries.

    Visa: If required, please check with the nearest Bulgarian Consulate or Embassy

    Currency: Foreign currency can be changed at Banks, Exchange Offices, Post Offices, Tourist agencies, hotels etc. All major cards (American Express, Visa, Euro/MasterCard, Diners) are accepted for a wide range of services.

    Medical services: Medical care for foreigners can be provided at hospitals and clinics in all major cities in Bulgaria.

    Drivers: Valid documents for themselves and for the vehicle, as well as the green insurance card.

    Rent-a-Car & Taxi: Cars and Taxi can be rented at the airport, in towns and in all major tourist centers.

    Cellular phone range: Communication by cellular phone is possible throughout Bulgaria.

    Postal services: Postage stamps are sold at post offices, hotel receptions and newspaper stands. FedEx, EMS and DHL air-express carrier services are also available. For international calls, besides using hotel and post office services, phone cards (for sale in all post offices) are used in all public phone booths.

     

  • Top Ten facts about Bulgaria

    Fact #1

    Bulgaria is the only country in the world to have fired an elected municipal official over playing Farmville. In 2010, Dimitar Kerin, a Plovdiv city councilor, was dismissed in order to “have more time to tend to his virtual farm”.

    Fact #2

    The famous Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg has a Bulgarian origin and he is named after his Bulgarian grandfather – Marko. His grandfather emigrated from Bulgaria in 1940.

    Fact #3

    Bulgarians express approval by shaking their heads rather than nodding.

    Fact #4

    The Bulgarian national football team finished fourth in the 1994 World Cup. Their best footballer, Hristo Stoichkov, finished the tournament as a top scorer, netting six goals in seven games. Later that year, he also went on to become the first Bulgarian player to win the Ballon d’Or.

    Fact #5

    The Bulgarian army has never lost a single flag in battle despite actively participating in wars in Europe since the 19th century.

    Fact #6

    Bulgarian yogurt is considered of the best in the world. This is thanks to the unique Lactobacillus bulgaricus bacteria used for its production that can only be found in Bulgaria.

    Fact #7

    The famous Bulgarian rose-oil, produced in the region of Kazanlak, is a component of French and of other world-famous perfumes.

    Fact #8

    Bulgaria was once home of the Thracians, and a certain hero called Spartacus was born there.

    Fact #9

    The only nations in the world that use the bagpipe as an instrument are Scotland, Ireland and Bulgaria.

    Fact #10

    “Name Days” are celebrated in addition to birthdays in Bulgaria. As a matter of fact, most Bulgarians value their ‘Name Day’ more than their birthday. A Name Day, or “Saints Day” is celebrated by people named after a particular Saint.

  • Top Ten famous Bulgarian people

    Vasil Levsky

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    Dimitri Berbatov

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    Nina Dobrev

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    Elin Pelin

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    Kubrat Pulev

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    Georgi Ivanov

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    Atanas Dalchev

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    Moni Moshonov

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    Boris Christopf

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    Dora Gabe

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