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For everyone who has at least once been on vacation in Bulgaria, the country becomes an instant favorite, where you want to return again and again. Everything is done with a certain energy, which has a remarkably beneficial effect on a person and gives a feeling of harmony and happiness. Try to understand what the secret of this wonderful country - Bulgaria is!
Bulgaria - a small Balkan state, which is located on the south-eastern part of Europe and occupies an area of 111,000 sq.m. The present capital is Sofia. Bulgaria's neighbors are Greece, Turkey, Serbia, Macedonia, and Romania. The main population is Bulgarians but in the country you will find also other nationalities: Greeks, Macedonians, Armenians, Turks, Gypsies, Russians, Ukrainians. Official language is Bulgarian, very understandable for all Slavic speakers.
Bulgaria was founded in the year 681 by Khan Asparuh. Until this time on its territory have lived Thracians, Greeks, Romans and Slavs. Many centuries Bulgaria attracted attention from the developed civilizations due to the favorable geographical position and natural wealth. It should be noted that, despite the influence of many cultures, and in some cases, this influence was of the warlike character (the period of Turkish slavery 14-19 cc.), Bulgaria has retained its identity and uniqueness. Today this small state has a large number of natural and cultural-historical monuments (9 of them are under protection of UNESCO), which tourists can visit during their summer or winter holidays in Bulgaria.
In 2007 Bulgaria became a full EU member. Today Bulgaria is considered to be one of the most favorable areas for investment in Europe.
One-third of Bulgaria is covered by mountains. The largest mountain chain - Stara Planina - divides the country exactly into two parts, thus defining a microclimate of individual regions. So, moving by car from Sofia to the coast (400 km), we can observe the fluctuation in temperature from -15 to +5 in the winter time, from +15 to +35 in the summer. Other well-known mountains include the Rhodopes, Rila and Pirin Mountains, on the slopes of which are the world-renowned ski resorts - Pamporovo, Borovets and Bansko, annually attracting thousands of fans of winter holidays in Bulgaria. The most beautiful resort – Borovets is surrounded by centuries-old pine forest,and is known for the fact that on its territory is the highest point of the Balkan Peninsula – mount Musala (2925 m).
Bulgaria has a lot of reserves and national parks, most notably Sreburna and Pirin.
Bulgaria is rich in water resources. The largest rivers are the Danube, Maritsa, Struma, Rila, Iskar. Almost all of them are with mountainous origin, and as a result are very abundant and fast. And, of course, one cannot forget to mention the mineral springs. Today Bulgaria can rightly be regarded as a European balneology center. Modern Spa-resorts are Devin, Velingrad, Sandanski, Sapareva Banja, Gorna Banya, Pchelin. Even the ancient Romans knew about the unique healing properties of mineral water in Bulgaria so in the districts of Varna, Kavarna, Nessebar and Sofia you can still find remains of ancient Roman baths.
You can safely say that nowadays the face of Bulgaria in front of the world is the Black Sea coast and the main summer resort there - Sunny Beach. Perfectly equipped with sandy beaches they are ideal for active children- and a family summer holidays.
The climate in Bulgaria is very favorable - temperate continental with no sudden temperature fluctuations in the offseason, which is a feature of the country. The average summer temperature is +26˚ C,for the water + 24˚C, the duration of the summer season is 4 months - from June to early October, in the winter on the coast the temperature is +3˚, and in the mountains the average temperature is - 8˚C.
Holidays in Bulgaria
Bulgaria is an attractive tourist destination. It is for people who love beaches and winter holidays and also for active travelers coming into the country to explore its historical and cultural heritage. The Bulgarian coast can be divided into a northern and southern part. "Capital" of the northern coast is the city of Varna. In its vicinity are the resorts of “St. Constantine and Helen”, the famous Golden Sands, Kranevo, Albena, Balchik, Kavarna. Center of the southern Bulgarian coast is the city of Bourgas, around which are the most popular in recent years resorts and cities for a summer holiday in Bulgaria: Sozopol, Ravda, Nessebar, Sunny Beach, Sveti Vlas, Elenite, Obzor. It should be noted that in Bulgaria there are no identical cities, each place has its own unique atmosphere. But what unites all the modern Bulgarian resorts, is the well-developed infrastructure, which ensures relaxation and comfort in Bulgaria for all types of tourists. Arriving in Bulgaria, you can stay in hotel or rent an apartment or a whole villa.
Thanks to the relatively short distances and the developed transportation system sightseeing tourism is popular in Bulgaria. During your summer vacation visit the oldest European city -Nessebar, Bulgaria's medieval capital Veliko Tarnovo, Kazanlak valley, where the Bulgarian rose grows, the botanical garden and the palace of the Romanian Queen Maria in Balchik, the Stone Forest which is 40 km away from Varna and is enveloped by numerous legends. During the winter, a pleasant ski-trip can be combined with a visit to the Rila Monastery (one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites), Plovdiv and the smallest town in Bulgaria - Melnik, famous for its wine cellars.
Bulgaria should please fans of active shopping. In the major cities - Sofia, Varna, Bourgas, Veliko Tarnovo large shopping malls are built, where you can buy goods from world famous brands, as well as some of the popular Bulgarian ones (knitwear, leather goods). In December, January and August big sales are organized.
As a souvenir from Bulgaria people usually bring ceramic ware with traditional paintings, Bulgarian rose oil and cosmetics produced by its base, silver jewelry and handmade leather goods.
CULTURE AND TRADITION:
Modern Bulgarians honor and respect the ancient traditions. Thus, in addition to public holidays, many holidays of pagan origins are celebrated by the people. The most popular is Trifon's Day (February 14) the day of the wine, a feast of Saints Constantine and Helen (June 24), accompanied by ritual dancing on hot coals.
Another interesting tradition is on 1st of March to give each other bracelets made of red and white threads, which symbolize the masculine and feminine, with the wish for wealth, success and health.
Religious holidays are celebrated according to the canons of the Eastern Orthodox Church.
Major public and church holidays are:
January 1 - New Year's Eve
March 3 - the liberation of Bulgaria from Ottoman yoke
in April - Easter
May 1 - Labor Day
May 6 - Day of the Bulgarian Army
May 24 - Celebration of Slavic culture and literature, the day of Saints Cyril and Methodius
6 September - Unification Day
September 22 - Independence Day
December 25-26 - Christmas
During his stay in Bulgaria everybody should visit a National Restaurant (“mehana”).Despite the fact that the Bulgarian cuisine has been influenced by many culinary traditions: the Balkans, the Caucasus, the Turkish, it has its own specific characteristics. Bulgarians can safely be attributed to a nation, leading a healthy lifestyle. Daily diet includes fresh vegetables and meat cooked over an open fire or on a lattice (“skara”) using unique Bulgarian spices, and during the summer - fresh fish. One of the most popular salads are "Shopska” (cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, onion and grated cheese)," Ovcharska "," Snezhanka”. From the meat dishes you must taste the "Kavarma", "Gyuvech", and “Ludy Drobcheta (this is for special gourmet) A separate place is given for dishes prepared on the basis of Bulgarian feta cheese: "Sirene po shopski", "Piyano sirene”, etc. Yogurt in Bulgaria contains unique bacteria that is beneficial to the immune and digestive system.
Traditional alcoholic drinks include Rakiya (Bulgarian vodka, which is similar in the taste to the Georgian Chachu), red and white wine. On the territory of Bulgaria are grown more than 1300 varieties of grapes, which determine the wine industry as one of the pillars of the economy. From the soft drinks the most popular are Airan(yogurt-based beverage) and herbal teas.
In restaurants, it is accepted to leave a tip amounting to 10% of the order value (unless already included in the bill). Payment of gratuity is not mandatory, but if the client was satisfied with the service, a gratuity is a sign of good taste.
TELEPHONES IN BULGARIA:
While in Bulgaria, you can call home from almost anywhere. You can call from the post office or from a vending machine via a telephone card. It's cheaper than a phone call from the hotel.
There is another good way: in Bulgaria, the three main mobile phone operator: Mtel, Globul and Vivacom all offer a sim-card for about 5 euros, which will have that amount as a credit. When buying a sim–card you must show some identification (ID card, driving license or passport). Sim-Cards works with no monthly fees, you pay only for the conversation (you can buy a voucher, or put the money in the office of the mobile operator). The card works for one year. If at the end of the year you pay 15lv (about 7.5 euros), then your card will be active for another year. This is a convenient way to get high-quality communications in the territory of Bulgaria for a reasonable price.
Working hours of stores, banks, restaurants
In big cities clothing stores, cosmetics and household products work from 9.00 to 19.00. Grocery stores and shopping malls are open till 22.00, in some cases they work around the clock. Banks accept clients from Monday to Friday from 9.00 to 17.00. The resorts exchange bureau may work up to 23.00.
If you plan to visit a museum in Bulgaria, it is necessary to remember that museums are closed on Mondays. Standard working time is from 9.00 to 18.00.
Official currency of Bulgaria is Lev (1 lev = 100 stotinki). All other types of currency need to be exchanged. Exchange points are open in all banks, hotels and many private exchange bureaus. Currency exchange from individuals on the street is highly inadvisable. Making purchases, you can also pay by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express and others). But it is important to remember that in small shops, bars, cafes, especially in small resorts, using a card for payment can be difficult.
CUSTOMS REGULATIONS IN BULGARIA:
In Bulgaria the European Union customs rules are common. Without the declaration you are allowed to import and export foreign currency equivalent to EUR 10 000. Import and export of Leva is prohibited. For the export of antiquities and works of art you must have a special permit. Also, when entering Bulgaria in order to avoid confusion upon leaving it is desirable to declare the photo and video equipment, laptop computer and jewelry you are caring with you. Import and export of drugs and weapons is prohibited. You are allowed a duty free export of 250 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco, as well as 2 liters of wine and 1 liter of spirits.
Planning a trip to Beach in Bulgaria, it is recommended you make a health insurance, so you will get free medical care if needed.
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