BULGARIA

An Introduction To Bulgaria

A Rich Heritage, Land and Culture...

The Balkan country of Bulgaria has a multitude of different terrains from the pristine sandy beaches on the Black sea to the rugged mountain interior including at the base of the Vitosha mountain, the capital city of Sofia.

The country is made up of various cultures including its Greek, Slavic, Ottoman, and Persian influences.

There is a rich heritage of traditional dance, music, costumes, and crafts which are most visible off the beaten track rather than in the purpose built holiday resorts of Sunny Beach and Golden Sands for which the country is currently best known.

The age old tradition of shaking your head for yes and nodding for no is a quirky oddity and one which throws an unsuspecting tourist so beware !

Getting Around...

Car
If you are heading to the more remote villages or monasteries then by far the most convenient way to get around is by car although road conditions vary from good to downright awlful.

Bus
The most reliable and favourable means of transport between cities is by bus. Local buses reach most villages, though these services are usually infrequent, or seasonal in ski or beach destinations.

Taxi
Standard rules for taxis abroad in that you should agree a fare in advance of the trip.

Train
Not the quickest form of transport in Bulgaria however if you like the slow pace of life then the scenery can be enjoyed to the fullest.

Air
Bulgaria Air features internal services between Sofia and Varna and Sofia and Bourgas.

Boat
There are some seasonal Black Sea routes however it is of course best to check at the time of your stay to ensure all is running to plan.

Top Places to Discover...

The Rila Monastery
Located in a nature park deep in the Rila mountains is the Rila monastery which dates back to the 10th century and is one of Bulgaria’s most famous visitor attractions. Home to over 60 monks the site is protected by UNESCO.

Plovdiv
For history lovers Plovdiv has a wealth of attractions including the regional archaeological museum and the Roman-era Ancient Theatre of Philippopolis.

Sofia
Half way between the Adriatic and the Black Sea and with roots going back 30,000 years Sofia is the second oldest capital in Europe. The National Historical Museum is one of the top sights together with great shopping and a lively nightlife.

Golden Sands
The largest holiday resort in the northern region of the Black Sea Coast. Boasting a huge choice of bars, restaurants and attractions as well as the famous Blue flag beach from which its name is derived.

Cape Kaliakra (Golf)
The three golf courses of Lighthouse, Black Sea Rama and the signature Thracian Cliffs make a golfing holiday to Bulgaria a fantastic well priced high quality alternative to more traditional countries.
 

Sunny Beach
The most popular yet maligned resort on the Black Sea Coast attracting young party lovers to the resort for a holiday of sun, sea and everything else.

Nessebar
This UNESCO protected town is a delight with its fortress ruins, its cobbled streets and charming atmosphere.

Pomorie
For health and wellness treatments Pomorie is the place to go. Whether its mud, clay salt or water you can be smothered in it and feel a million dollars.
 
The Black Sea
Take a catamaran trip out on to the high seas and witness wild dolphins and the beautiful Bulgarian coast.
 
Bansko
The leading winter ski resort, Bansko has developed in recent years and offers high quality skiing and boarding facilities and a range of hotels, bars and attractions to accompany this winter pastime.
 
Balchik Botanical Gardens
One of the most popular and enduring attractions on the Black Sea coast, the Balchik Botanical Garden was built almost a century ago as a summer residence of Queen Maria, wife of King Ferdinand I of Romania.

 

Essential information

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Continent:                         Europe

Capital:
Sofia

Time Difference:              Local Time +2 hours

Currency: 
                          Lev

 

Flight Time:
3h 15 from London

Visa:                                     No (FCO Advice)

Language:                          Bulgarian

Vaccinations:
None required

 

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