Bulgaria lies in the southeast corner of Europe on the Black Sea. It is a land of contrasts with high mountains, plains and beaches and therefore has much to offer the holidaymaker. Bulgaria’s ancient cultural history is evident in the many ancient remains and the medieval churches found throughout the country Its Black Sea coast has developed into a first class beach resort area with excellent facilities. The winter snow in the mountains and hills is ideal for skiing. Bulgaria is, therefore, a year round holiday destination.
Why Go To Bulgaria?
Bulgaria offers many types of holiday and as such has wide ranging appeal. Those wanting peace and relaxation will find it at the Black Sea resorts, while those looking for adventure will discover that the National Parks fit the bill. Towns and cities, with their churches and museums cater for those who like to delve into the past.
Who Is Bulgaria Popular With?
Bulgaria caters for all age ranges from the very young to those in the autumn of their lives. Families can enjoy the beach with its warm water. Those seeking a more active holiday will find a large range of water sporting activities at most resorts. Older people with an interest in history or architecture will find the towns and cities enthralling.
When To Go To Bulgaria
Bulgaria has a moderate climate. The summer temperatures range between mid twenties and thirty degrees, rarely rising above thirty and with an average of eight hours sunshine daily. Early in the year when there is a good covering of snow the skiers and snow boarders descend on Bulgaria.
Bulgaria - The Place
Bulgaria has some spectacular landscapes with its high mountains, hills, gorges and broad plains. Almost one third of the country is mountainous. There are three large National Parks which provide a range of activities from rock climbing to caving and from mountain biking to horse riding. In the winter of course there is snow for skiing.
Bulgaria has had a fascinating history and there is a wealth of evidence to illustrate this with Greek, Roman, Ottoman and medieval remains. The village of Madara in the Shoumen Region has a medieval rock relief depicting the Madara horseman. Many of the old churches have wonderful murals such as those found in the Nanavo Rock Churches and the Boyana Church. A third century BC tomb was discovered in the village of Sveshtari which is very well preserved.
The Black Sea coast is where the majority of visitors spend their summer holiday. Here you will find over three hundred kilometres of sandy beaches. The tideless nature of the Black Sea and the gently sloping sand make it an extremely safe place for small children. The sea temperature lies very pleasantly in the low twenties. The resorts of Burgas and Varna are very popular with families.
Sailing, water skiing and diving are among the activities provided for the more energetic holiday maker.
For a quiet retreat the charming old fishing villages of Nessebur and Sozopol would be a good option.
Bulgaria has many thermal springs where spa treatments can be enjoyed.
Whether you are lying on a beach in the sun or sitting around an open fire in a log cabin sipping a glass of Melnik’s famous full bodied red wine, the people of Bulgaria will ensure you enjoy your stay.
Traditional music is very important in Bulgarian culture and there are many folklore festivals throughout the year. The brightly coloured national costume is worn on these occasions and it is exciting to watch them swirling round in their lively dances.
The nightlife in Bulgaria caters for all tastes. The larger towns and resorts offer vibrant bars, clubs and casinos. In the smaller resorts there are many family run restaurants and bars where you can enjoy a quiet evening.
Bulgaria provides many opportunities for buying your holiday souvenirs and gifts. Markets sell a wide variety of merchandise including handmade wooden boxes and carvings, leather goods and jewellery.
The food in Bulgaria is of good quality and generally spicy with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. Stuffed vine leaves and peppers are popular. Try the speciality ‘Banista’ a cheese pie which melts in the mouth.
Bulgaria is a large European wine producer. The north is noted for its whites and the south for its reds. They are of good quality and are inexpensive.
Local Bulgaria Customs
The Bulgarian people take a great pride in their country and celebrate their national days with enthusiasm.
Workers in the tourist industry are heavily reliant on tips and good service should be rewarded. However, leave the tip on the table rather than handing it to the recipient, in order to avoid offence.