Bulgaria is a country in Southern Europe. It borders Romania to the north, Greece and Turkey to the south, Serbia and Macedonia to the west. The Black Sea washes its coast in the east. The capital city is Sofia, it’s also the center of cultural and commercial activities.

Tourism is a significant sector of the Bulgarian economy. Due to its being home for many empires and civilizations, the country has a rich cultural and historical heritage. Sights and artifacts from Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Bulgar and Ottoman empires are numerous here and scattered on a relatively small, and also easily accessible territory.

The official currency is Lev. One Lev is equal to 0, 53 US Dollars. The currency exchange is available at banks, major hotels, and official currency exchange offices. It is illegal to exchange money on the black market. Also, taking the commission for exchange is illegal for official exchange facilities. Large hotels, car hire offices, some restaurants, and shops, mainly in Sofia, accept credit cards. However, Bulgaria still operates mainly on the cash economy. ATMs are available widely. But not all of them accept overseas cards. 

Taxis are available in towns and for intercity trips as well. They have meters unless they are private, but some drivers “forget” to turn them on. You can also hire a car at Sofia Airport, through hotel reception desks or online. Cars drive on the right side of the road here. Roads are in reasonable condition. However, car-theft and car-jacking are a great risk nowadays, so be aware. 

The electric sockets and plugs here are of types C and F, as everywhere in Europe. Also, the standard voltage is 230V.

Approximately ten million people visit the country annually. A major amount of visitors come from Romania, Greece, Turkey and Germany.This country embodies exploration at its best with many destinations in store for adventurous travelers. You will encounter vast mountain ranges with remote villages at every turn. Abundant monasteries enchant visitors.

However, Bulgaria is also a destination for those who love modern city architecture. Beach lovers will want to visit the white sand beaches found on the Black Sea Coast. Churches and religious art are abundant. Immortal icons are fixtures in both museums and monasteries. Enjoy images of saints nestled in gilded wood screens scattered throughout Orthodox churches.  Hike through the misty mountains and discover why it is also a favorite activity.

Bulgaria boasts of numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as Rila Monastery, Boyana Church, Madara Rider, Ancient city of Nessebar, Pirin National Park, Srebarna Natural Reserve, and much more. Other popular cultural and historical sites include Perperikon, Baba Vida, Nicopolis ad Istrum, Belogradchik Fortress, Preslav, Vrana Palace, and so on.

Bulgaria offers its visitors numerous opportunities for rural tourism. However, if you like city attractions more, come to Sofia. Other major tourist cities in Bulgaria are Plovdiv, Varna, and Ruse, also called “The Little Vienna”.

Bulgaria as a tourist destination has very much to offer. From sunny beaches to snowy mountains, from calm rural areas to vivid city life, and from historical artifacts to modern music festivals. Just come and see it yourself!

July 22, 2016 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

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