In addition to obtaining the star of the European Union, Bulgaria has done a lot on their own development and emancipation, development of infrastructure and changing their own image. Bulgaria is a country whose tourism is in rapid expansion, or rather, to flourish. It has a particular preserved nature and in that sense it is considered a European oasis. Mountains with clear streams and green pastures, meadows, valleys and natural phenomena such as natural stone bridges here called “Skalno bridges”. Another feature of the Bulgaria is vast Rose Valleys. This “national” flower and also the symbol found its place in the frontal image of Bulgaria in respect of the whole world.
Growing and harvesting roses are important elements of the national economy, tradition and culture. Picking roses in Bulgaria turned into a tourist attraction.
How to get ready for visiting Bulgaria
The climate, as well as the nature of Bulgaria is quite diverse. Climatic conditions of each region are determined by the uniqueness of its landscape. Thus, in the winter the climate is continental with low temperatures and heavy snowfall, and in the summer Mediterranean climate, which ensures warm weather during the summer months. Whether you’re a winter or summer type, whether it pleases you more to spend your vacation in the hot summer months or you enjoy skiing, snowboarding, sledging and snowballing, Bulgaria has an offer for you.
Although Bulgaria is a member of the EU you can pay only in local currency – lev. 1€ amounts to 1.90 – 1.95 lev. It is best to exchange the money in banks or authorized exchange offices. The fact is that in terms of summer holiday Bulgaria is still the cheapest area in the region. But lately this difference in price drastically decreases. The dominant destinations are Varna and Golden Sands in the north, Burgas, Pomorie, Sozopol and Nesebar on the central part of the coast, Ahtopol at the south end. Cities like St. Vlas and Elena are the backbone of elite tourism. Medical tourism is also on the rise.
Sofia has a rich history, wonderful scenery and beautiful architecture and attracts visitors throughout the year. Historical monuments meet its streets, such as the extravagant church of Alexander Nevsky, which is located in the heart of the city. There are plenty of museums and galleries that exhibit works of art and objects of Bulgarian history.
What to see in Bulgaria
Plovdiv is Bulgarian second largest city after the capital Sofia. It was recently declared the oldest city in Europe and the sixth oldest in the world, with a history dating back more than 6,000 years. The old town of Plovdiv is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The most valuable reflection of the ancient period is the ancient theater. Roman stadium, which is located in the main pedestrian street of Plovdiv, is another important monument of the ancient city. Today, this city is an important economic, transport, cultural, sports and educational center. Plovdiv offers its visitors many museums, art galleries, friendly hotels, restaurants, cafes and night clubs, and all at very reasonable prices.
Bansko is today the best ski resort in Bulgaria, and this is the result of many years of multimillion investments. The entire center is evolving rapidly, and sometimes low prices are now closer to the EU. In total there are 70 km of trails, and the highest point in the ski resort is 2600 m. In 2003 a new lift was built with gondolas of the settlement that goes directly to the trails, to which formerly occurred only by ski bus or by car. There is 160 km from Sofia to Bansko and it takes about 3 hours to drive, from the Greek border about an hour. Bansko has a railway station.
Getting around in Bulgaria
All types of transport in Bulgaria are extremely developed. Whether you want to travel by air, water or by land, roads or railways safe and secure you arrive at your destination. In Bulgaria there are four international airports. They are located in different parts of the country. One is located in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia, Others in Plovdiv, in Bourgas the third, and the fourth in Varna. The primary ports that offer maritime transport are ports of Varna and Burgas Airport. Smaller ports that are used for vessels in transit are those Bulgaria is entered through Romania – Durankuluk port and a harbor where Bulgaria is entered from Turkey – the port Rezovo. The port Rezovo and Durankuluk can dock only smaller vessels, while large sea ships dock exclusively in Varna and Burgas. River water transport in Bulgaria is mainly on the Danube. Ports on the Danube are port of Ruse, Lom, Vidin and Silistra.
These cities are ports that are located on the banks of the famous European river. The railway network all over Bulgaria is well distributed and railways are possible to reach in any major populated city in Bulgaria. The important information is that all the cities on the coast are connected by railway with the capital, Sofia. Bulgaria’s railways are also used by the European service, called the Orient Express. Departure to Bulgaria assumes that you have a sighting passport. Visa is free, but you need to get it by going to the consulate of the Republic of Bulgaria. To enter by car you need the international driver’s permit, driving license and green card – international insurance policy. If you borrowed a car, it is also necessary to have authorization to manage someone else’s car abroad.