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Guide to Bulgaria

Overview of Bulgaria

The Republic of Bulgaria is a Balkan country in southeastern Europe. Founded in the 7th century, Bulgaria is one of the oldest states in Europe. It is intersected by historically important routes from northern and eastern Europe to the Mediterranean basin and from western and central Europe to the Middle East. Before the creation of the Bulgarian state, the empires of ancient Rome, Greece, and Byzantium were strong presences, and people and goods traveled through Bulgaria a lot.

Why visit Bulgaria?

Ancient history, incredible food, friendly people, and a range of natural beauty from majestic mountains to the black sea. In Bulgaria, there is something for everyone’s tastes.

In summer, the country’s Black Sea coastline is a hub for foreigners from all over the world seeking sun, sea, and relaxation. In winter, the country’s tourism industry gravitates towards the ski resorts nestled in the Bulgarian mountains.

Most importantly, the hospitality of local people in Bulgaria means you’re guaranteed a warm welcome and great quality service in all kinds of accommodation, from five star hotels to cosy family owned guesthouses. Visitors can expect relaxation in great surroundings well away from the crowds, and all at a very good price.

Things to do in Bulgaria

Bulgaria is such a diverse country that the list of things to do is very extensive. From exploring former communist Headquarters on mountain peaks to relaxing on the shores of the Black Sea, you will not be bored in Bulgaria. The country has a hearty mixture of historic, cultural, and nightlife spots to check out so there is definitely something for everyone to enjoy in Bulgaria.

How to get to Bulgaria

There is an abundance of ways to enter Bulgaria. Almost all of the borders can be crossed via road and there are various airports throughout the country. American, Canadian, all European Union member states citizens can visit Ukraine visa-free for up to 90 days within a 180 day period. However, this varies for other nationalities so it’s best to check the visa rules laid out by Bulgaria on the country’s ministry of foreign affairs.

Hotels in Bulgaria

Like most countries in Eastern Europe, Bulgaria has a range of hotels that offer everything from

the height of luxury to the lesser luxurious Communist-era nostalgia. The cheaper the hotel, the bigger the chance of unfortunate surprises, this can be a problem for those not familiar with the Communist-era style of service which still remains in many places.

There are a number of 5-star hotels in Sofia, Varna, and other major cities. but a better option is to rent an apartment online in advance. There are many to choose from in major cities and they are very cheap. If you would like to go down this route you can either look at Airbnb which will have English speaking hosts or Facebook groups.

What to eat in Bulgaria?

Bulgarian food is famous for being some top notch cuisine. The country produces a range of quality vegetables and dairy products and a variety of spices. Pork and chicken tend to be the most common forms of meat, though fish and veal dishes are also popular and lamb has a special traditional place in Bulgarian cooking. And of course no visit would be complete without tasting the world famous Bulgarian wines.

Nightlife in Ukraine

Bulgarians are known for being a fun-loving nation that likes to drink, party and have fun. There is a lot on offer in Bulgaria, from classy piano bars to casual pubs and from noisy rock clubs to booming nightclubs. Dancing and having fun is obligatory. And you won’t have to worry about the party ending at midnight either because clubs in Bulgaria stay open all night. The large cities and the sea and the ski resorts happen to be the country’s biggest entertainment centres.

Shopping in Bulgaria

For shopping, Bulgaria has an abundance of things on offer. Bulgarians themselves like to shop

and all tourist towns have malls. Naturally, big cities like Sofia, Plovdiv and Varna have the most options and are home to a variety of malls, bustling markets, and boutiques. Popular souvenirs from Bulgaria include ceramics, jewelry, art, and carved Russian matryoshka dolls. For our clients, Communist-era relics are the most popular.

When is the best time to visit Bulgaria?

In our opinion, the best time to visit Ukraine is either side of summer in May-June or September. Temperatures are comfortable, sightseeing is less crowded and there are fewer holidaymakers

However, if you like skiing as well as the real Cold War-era vibe and can handle the cold, then winter is also an attractive time to visit Bulgaria for many people.

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