Facts about Bulgaria

Bulgaria is located in the southeastern corner of Europe and is divided by the Balkan Mountains, which cut through the middle of the country. Bulgaria has 220 kilometers of beautiful coastline on the Black Sea. Bulgaria is a very popular destination among those who love nature. The country has 3 national parks, 11 nature parks and 17 biosphere reserves.

What to see in Bulgaria?

The capital, Sofia, is located in the western part of the country and the city has an exciting architecture with styles from the Roman, Middle Ages and Soviet times. Sofia is a cosmopolitan city with wide boulevards, cozy parks and historic buildings, churches and cathedrals.

Bulgaria’s second largest city, Plovdiv, has a long history dating back 6000 years, making it one of the oldest cities in the world. It is a beautiful city with many parks, gardens, museums and monuments. The city is best known for the Baroque houses from the 18th and 19th centuries and the Roman amphitheater from the 2nd century BC.

Veliko Tarnovo is a city with a rich history, the city was the capital of the second Bulgarian empire. The city has many museums and historical sites. It also has a lively nightlife, due to the many students studying at one of the largest universities in Bulgaria.

Varna is located by the Black Sea and it is the third largest city in Bulgaria, Varna is a major tourist destination with fine sandy beaches. The city is known for the large park which is the oldest and largest park in the country.


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    Questions and answers

    The language of Bulgaria?

    What language is spoken in Bulgaria?

    The official language of Bulgaria is Bulgarian and it is spoken by about 85% of the population. Turkish and Romani are the other two languages ​​spoken in Bulgaria. In the tourist places and among the younger part of the population, English is well spoken.

    How many inhabitants does Bulgaria have?

    The total population of Bulgaria is approximately 1,300,000

    What is the capital of Bulgaria?

    The capital and largest city of Bulgaria is Sofia

    When did Bulgaria join the EU?

    Bulgaria is a member of the EU, the country was acceded to on 1 January 2007

    Is Bulgaria part of Schengen?

    Bulgaria does not participate in the Schengen cooperation

    Is Bulgaria a member of NATO?

    Yes, Bulgaria has been a member of the NATO Alliance since March 29, 2004

    What time is it in Bulgaria?

    Bulgaria has a time zone of UTC +2. So no matter where you are in the country, the time is the same.

    Can you drink tap water in Bulgaria?

    There are generally no problems with drinking the water from the taps. Those who want to be on the safe side buy bottled water, it is not very expensive and it can be bought in kiosks everywhere.

    When is the best time to travel to Bulgaria?

    When is the best time to holiday in Bulgaria?

    The most popular time to visit Bulgaria is the month of July. The average temperature in Sofia is around 27 ℃. In the cold months like January, the average temperature is -5 ℃. Temperatures often vary depending on the area you are in.

    On average, it rains most days in the month of June. If you are going on a ski holiday in Bulgaria, the ski season is usually from December to the beginning of March.

    Is it safe to travel in Bulgaria?

    In general, it is safe to travel in Bulgaria as long as you take the same precautions as you would in any other country. This means avoiding deserted areas and refraining from openly displaying valuables in public places.

    The only thing you need to take care of is, like all places where there are tourists, pickpockets. Apart from these pickpockets, there is nothing to fear.

    Family vacation with children in Bulgaria

    If you need to take children on holiday to Bulgaria, here is a link to experiences for children and families.

    Website – Family vacation – Bulgaria with kids


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