Bulgaria is a country in Southeast Europe, famous with its beautiful nature, its rich history and its symbol- the Bulgarian rose.

Location: Southeast Europe

Capital: Sofia

Area: 111 000 km2

Population: 7 200 000

Official language: Bulgarian

Other spoken languages: English (mainly the younger people), Russian (mainly the older people), and minorities languages.

Ethnic groups: Bulgarians, Turkish, Gypsies, Armenians, Jews, other (Russians, Serbians, Romanians, Karakachan Greeks, etc.)

Currency: LEV (1 USD = 1,58 LEV; 1 EUR = 1,956 LEV)

Basic facts: Bulgaria is a democratic republic, now part of European Union, but still outside Schengen zone.

Travel tips:

  1. Bulgaria is famous with its rose oil, sour milk and wine. But aside of this, there are many other reasons to visit Bulgaria.
  2. Bulgaria is a small country, but offers various geographical landscapes and zones, enable to be visited within one day.
  3. Bulgarian seaside offers excellent beaches and sea relax at the Black Sea coast.
  4. Bulgarian mountains are some of the highest mountains in Europe, outside of the Alps.
  5. Bulgaria has 4000 years history, offering a lot of historic remains.
  6. For those who are interesting in on land traveling from Europe to Asia or from Asia to Europe, Bulgaria is exactly on their way, and is part of “Orient express”

10 best destinations and routes in Bulgaria:

Plovdiv: One of the most ancient cities in the world, famous with its history, rich culture and art life.

Bansko and Pirin: An small traditional town-resort in the foot of the most beautiful Bulgarian mountain.

Gabrovo-Tarnovo: A route north of Balkan (Stara planina) mountain, full of history and traditional culture. Tarnovo is the old capital of Bulgaria.

Rose valley: A valley south of Balkan (Stara planina) mountain, home of the famous Bulgarian rose.

Nesebar and Sozopol: Two famous Black sea coast towns, ancient Greek colonies, now architectural reservations, turned into sea resorts.

Rodopi- Beglika and Trigrad: A route in some of the most beautiful mountain forests in Europe, presenting woods, lakes, valleys, meadows, deep canyons and caves.

South Black sea coast: A route south of Sozopol, leading to the border with Turkey, presenting beautiful beaches, river lagunas and forests and exotic resorts.

Sofia and Vitosha: The capital of Bulgaria, located in the foot of a high beautiful mountain.

Rila mountain: The highest mountain in Southeast Europe, full of alpine peaks, glacier lakes and beautiful forests.

Vratza-Belogradchik: A mountain area in the Northwest part of Bulgaria, famous with its canyons, rocky phenomenons, caves and high mountains.


A journey to Nessebar, Bulgaria- an ancient pearl on the Black Sea Coast

The Bulgarian Black Sea Riviera is one of the most attractive seacoasts in Europe. When summer comes, millions of tourists visit it to enjoy the beautiful beaches and the waves of the sea. Then, fall comes and the tourists leave because the sea becomes cold and not so attractive. But there are some spots which remain always attractive- throughout the…

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A journey to Hisarya and Starosel, Bulgaria- a trip to a mysterious ancient history

Bulgaria is a quiet country, full of nice towns and villages. Some of them are just places for relaxation, but others also hide ancient secrets- remains from more than two thousand years ago. Let’s make a journey to two of these mysterious places. They are called Hisarya and Starosel- a small town and a big village in a hilly area,…

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Hiking and biking Rhodope in Bulgaria (and Greece)- one of the wildest mountains in Europe

Everybody who likes wild adventures, usually looks into some wild place, far from the civilization, to a natural area as less as possible touched by humans. And while there are many mountain areas on the Earth now turned into parks, adventurers would prefer something different. So, let’s look into a mountain system in Southeast Europe, a place with endless forests,…

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A journey to Beglika in Rhodope Mountains, Bulgaria- adventures in the southernmost taiga forest in Europe

From the Alps to the highest mountains on the Earth in Asia- there is a long chain of mountain ranges. One of them, a small range compared to the Alps is the Rhodope Mountains. It is situated in the Eastern part of the Balkans, mainly in Bulgaria and part of Greece. Aside of its geographic, historic and cultural features, there you can find some…

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Rhodope mountain in Bulgaria has been always my favorite mountain. It’s not so high, its highest peaks reach only a little more than 2000 m altitude. Located “in the shadow” of the Balkan’s Rila and Pirin, Rhodope mountain is often ignored by the mountain lovers. But one of the things that really impresses me there, is its wild endless forests,…

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