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Visit Bulgaria

Bulgaria provides you access to the western side of the Black Sea. You’ll find incredible beaches waiting for you there, beautiful churches to explore, and fantastic trekking opportunities. Winter sports are easily accessible thanks to its location in the Balkans as well, which means a visit to this nation can be tempting all year long.

Each region offers a different opportunity to enjoy Bulgaria.

Popular resort areas, such as Golden Sands or Sunny Beach, bring out the full potential of the coastal areas along the Black Sea. Ancient communities like Sozopol and Nesebar introduce you to the authentic culture that this country offers. You can also explore communities like Rousse or Lovech, near the Danube River, and the picturesque vistas that can be found there.

If you’ve never visited Bulgaria before, plan to spend some time in the area around the Maritsa River. This region contains many sites from Thrace, with several of them listed as world heritage sites. One of the world’s oldest cities, Plovdiv, has had evidence of habitation that dates back over 8,000 years. You can explore to your heart’s content.

You’ll find numerous outdoor opportunities to explore thanks to Rila National Park, Nature Park Bulgarka, and Central Balkan National Park. Whether you prefer the mountains, the beach, or a little of both, there is something for you to be found here.

From skiing to snorkeling, diving to beautiful drives lined with ancient castles, Bulgaria is one of Europe’s exotic treasures. Beautiful landscapes, quiet lakes, and the whispers of history await your arrival.

Travel and vacation in Bulgaria

Here you can find information about travel and holiday trips to Bulgaria. You will find travel deals as well as general travel information, guides, “good to know” and facts about Bulgaria. You will also find updated current weather and forecasts.

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City Guides

Balchik

#Balchik Visit Balchik You’ll find Balchick along the northern shores of the Bulgarian Black Coast, just a quick day trip from Varna.  It’s a sprawling community,...

Bansko

#Bansko Visit Bansko Bansko is a well known ski and snow boarding resort in Southwest Bulgaria about 170 km from the capital Sofia and about 180 km from...

Belogradchik

#Belogradchik Visit Belogradchik Belogradchik is a small community that you’ll find in the foothills of the Balkan Mountains. It is right on the border of Serbia...

Borovets

#Borovets Visit Borovets Borovets, or Chamkoria as it was originally known, is a beautiful mountain resort community that is located on the northern slops of Rila....

Burgas

#Burgas Visit Burgas Situated on the Black Sea, Burgas is the center of the commercial fishing industry for its country, as well as being the home...

Chepelare

#Chepelare Visit Chepelare One could say that skiing and snowboarding is life in Chepelare. It is the home of the only factory of skis and snowboards...

Golden Sands

#Golden Sands Visit Golden Sands Located on the Black Sea and sitting right next door to a spectacular national park, Golden Sands is an extensive resort...

Koprivshtitsa

#Koprivshtitsa Visit Koprivshtitsa Koprivshtitsa is a historic town lying on the Topolnitsa River among the Sredna Gora mountains about 110 kilometers from Sofia. Koprivshtitsa is a very popular tourist destination, specially know for...

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Coronavirus & travel restrictions Bulgaria

#Coronavirus Bulgaria Coronavirus status - Bulgaria How is the coronavirus situation in Bulgaria ? See the statistics for the country in confirmed and present active Covid-19...

Dentist in Bulgaria

Dentist in Bulgaria Vacation and dentist at the same time ? You can do both !  Going abroad for cheaper dental treatment is increasingly popular. Many...

Discover Bulgaria In Narrated Video

#Bulgaria Bulgaria Video Discover Bulgaria With Guide Why You Should Visit Bulgaria ! Bulgaria is vibrant, beautiful, and teeming with opportunities for you to explore during your next...

Weather and forecast

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Largest cities

See the list of the largest and most important cities in the country, and the size of the cities by population.

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RankNamePop.State
1Sofia1204.685Sofia
2Plovdiv338.153Plovdiv
3Varna334.870Varna
4Burgas200.271Burgas
5Ruse149.642Ruse
6Stara Zagora138.272Stara Zagora
7Pleven106.954Pleven
8Sliven91.620Sliven
9Dobrich91.030Dobrich
10Shumen80.855Shumen
11Pernik80.191Pernik
12Haskovo76.397Haskovo
13Yambol74.132Yambol
14Pazardzhik71.979Pazardzhik
15Blagoevgrad70.881Blagoevgrad
16Veliko Tarnovo68.783Veliko Tarnovo
17Vratsa60.692Vratsa
18Gabrovo58.950Gabrovo
19Asenovgrad50.846Plovdiv
20Vidin48.071Vidin

Official National Holidays

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DateHolidayRemarks
1 JanuaryNew Year's DayFixed
3 MarchLiberation DayFixed
1 MayWorkers' DayFixed
6 MaySaint George's DayFixed
24 MaySlavonic Literature DayFixed
6 SeptemberUnification DayFixed
22 SeptemberIndependence DayFixed
1 NovemberNational AwakeningFixed
24 DecemberChristmas EveFixed
25 DecemberChristmasFixed
26 DecemberChristmasFixed
Orthodox Good FridayOrthodox Good FridayVariable
Orthodox EasterOrthodox EasterVariable

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Best of Bulgaria.

If you’re looking for a cheap skiing holiday, Bulgaria is the perfect choice for you. Ideal for beginners and intermediate skiers and snowboarders and with snowfall until June in the highest peaks, make Bulgaria your skiing holiday destination this year. Bulgaria offers a good range of ski slopes, from beginner standard through to more challenging. Other things you can do here include sightseeing, as you check out some of the beautiful orthodox churches and monasteries that lie scattered across the landscape. Hiking and cycling are other popular pastimes. Unlike some of the steeper alpine ski regions, Bulgaria is known for its gently sloping mountains and as such, the country’s ski resorts are often well suited for beginners and advanced, young and old alike.

There are 3 main ski resorts in Bulgaria; Bansko, Borovets and Pamporovo. Borovets is the largest and most developed ski resort situated in the Rila Mountains. With beautiful scenery and first rate ski schools, it is the perfect ski holiday destination if you’re looking to try out skiing or snowboarding for the first time. Pamporovo is the sunniest ski resort in Bulgaria. It is situated at the foot of Peak Snezanko in the Rhodopes Mountains. Ideal for family ski holidays, with modern facilities and lively après ski for those of you looking to kick back and have fun in the evenings. Or if you’re looking for something different, then Bansko is the skiing holiday destination for you. It is the newest ski resort in Bulgaria and offers more of a cultural experience in an ancient and unspoilt town at the foothills of the Pirin Mountain. Skiing holidays in Bulgaria are a great way to get a real cultural experience. So why not head to the Rila Monastery located between Bansko and Borovets for a taste of traditional Bulgarian culture.

Bulgaria is split down the middle by the eastern arm of the Balkan Mountains, known here as the Stara Planina. This picturesque mountain landscape lends itself well to outdoor sports, as well as featuring a number of popular tourist attractions, such as the war museum at Shipka Pass or the old capital of Veliko Tarnovo, just north of the mountains. When it comes to winter sports, Bulgaria has a lot to offer. You’ll be able to try your hand at skiing or snowboarding – even beginners are welcome to have a go and all the equipment you need can usually be hired out from a ski lodge. You’ll also be able to take in the spectacular view from a cable car ride through the mountains.

The ski resorts of Bulgaria are known for two things –the range of gentle beginner’s slopes on offer and the great value for money! The mountains of Bulgaria will provide the perfect backdrop for your next romantic break, as you take in a snow-covered landscape of rocky cliffs, pine forests and mountain lakes. You’ll find there’s plenty to do, during your stay in Bulgaria. The choice of winter sports on offer is extensive – skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing to name just a few – but you’ll also have the chance to go shopping or even indulge yourself with a trip to one of the country’s numerous spas!

Vacation in Bulgaria

Walking

While many visitors to Bulgaria rush straight for the beaches, there is also an awful lot on offer further inland. If you head up into the mountains for example, you’ll be able to find some superb terrain for hiking and walking trips. Around the Old Capital of Veliko Tarnovo for example, holidaymakers can enjoy a breathtaking landscape of mountains, forests and lakes.

Water Sports

For many people, the beaches of Bulgaria will be one of the country’s largest attractions. Head anywhere along the Black Sea coast, and you’ll be able to enjoy fine sand, warm, crystal clear waters, and a good provision of facilities such as sun beds and parasols. The resorts of Sunny Beach and Golden Sands in particular, are geared up towards group trips. At Golden Sands you’ll find the Aquapolis water park, offering an excellent selection of slides and flumes, in addition to a number of different splash pools and bathing areas. In the coastal city of Varna you will also be able to visit the Sea Gardens, a peaceful stretch of park which can be found just behind the beach.

You will be able to find a superb range of water sports on offer at coastal resorts such as Golden Sands and Sunny Beach – ranging from water skiing to scuba diving in the Black Sea! However, these aren’t the only water sports that Bulgaria has to offer. Head inland and you’ll be able to have a go at rafting on the Struma River, or sailing on the mountain lakes near Veliko Tarnovo.

Mountain Biking

With so many miles of unspoiled mountain scenery, it should be no surprise that mountain biking has become a popular pastime in Bulgaria! Head to destinations such as Gabrovo, Veliko Tarnovo or Shipka in the Balkan Mountains, and you will be able to find plenty of places to hire bikes, as well as miles upon miles of scenic mountain trails.

Rock Climbing

Those looking to try their hand at rock climbing during their holiday to Bulgaria will find some superb spots to try along the Yantra Gorge. Located just outside the city of Veliko Tarnovo, the gorge offers breathtaking scenery looking out over the river valley and the old castle beyond… as well as a selection of climbing courses that range from beginner to expert difficulty levels.

Discover

There are some great options when it comes to planning a day out in Bulgaria. You could visit the picturesque Sea Gardens in Varna, or even head to the Greek ruins at Nessebar! If you’re looking for a taste of the local culture, then cities such as Bourgas and Varna boast a wide selection of museums and galleries that you’ll be able to visit as well. The aviation museum in Bourgas makes for a fascinating trip, while the coastal town of Nessebar offers some of the best-preserved ancient Greek architecture in Europe.

Spas

One great way to pass your holiday in Bulgaria would be to indulge yourselves with a spa treatment! At Pomorie you will find the country’s most famous mud treatment resort, while the city of Varna was built upon natural hot springs – here you can enjoy a range of luxurious treatments at a selection of spas, or even bathe in the springs themselves!

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Bulgaria Covid-19 / Coronavirus

Bulgaria
253,183
Total confirmed cases
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Bulgaria
33,770
Total active cases
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Country/Region
Confirmed cases
Deaths
Active cases
Afghanistan
55,797
2,447
3,991
Albania
109,674
1,856
35,742
Algeria
113,593
2,996
32,073
Andorra
10,948
112
276
Angola
20,923
510
904
Anguilla
18
0
0
Antigua and Barbuda
769
19
441
Argentina
2,126,531
52,453
152,489
Armenia
172,816
3,202
5,708
Aruba
7,973
75
174
Australia
29,007
909
1,912
Austria
465,322
8,625
21,028
Azerbaijan
235,333
3,230
2,960
Bahamas
8,573
181
994
Bahrain
124,269
458
6,785
Bangladesh
547,930
8,428
39,875
Barbados
3,163
37
520
Belarus
290,447
2,002
7,679
Belgium
777,608
22,169
702,576
Belize
12,328
315
118
Benin
6,071
75
1,033
Bermuda
713
12
19
Bhutan
867
1
1
Bolivia
251,391
11,734
44,558
Bosnia
133,982
5,174
11,412
Botswana
30,727
332
5,511
Brazil
10,722,221
259,402
871,229
British Virgin Islands
153
1
21
Brunei
187
3
3
Bulgaria
253,183
10,413
33,770
Burkina Faso
12,071
143
271
Burundi
2,240
3
1,464
Cabo Verde
15,558
150
487
Cambodia
909
0
425
Cameroon
35,714
551
2,569
Canada
875,559
22,105
29,930
Caribbean Netherlands
429
4
23
Cayman Islands
447
2
30
Central African Republic
5,004
63
21
Chad
4,056
140
374
Channel Islands
4,040
86
10
Chile
835,552
20,704
24,320
China
89,943
4,636
177
Colombia
2,262,646
60,082
42,009
Comoros
3,580
144
67
Congo
8,820
128
1,673
Costa Rica
205,890
2,824
18,021
Croatia
244,205
5,555
3,322
Cuba
52,501
333
4,542
Curaçao
4,740
22
60
Cyprus
35,620
232
33,331
Czechia
1,269,058
20,941
154,580
Côte d'Ivoire
33,285
194
1,054
DRC
26,247
711
4,935
Denmark
212,798
2,370
6,995
Diamond Princess
712
13
0
Djibouti
6,102
63
119
Dominica
144
0
14
Dominican Republic
240,773
3,130
44,210
Ecuador
289,472
15,921
25,653
Egypt
184,168
10,822
31,191
El Salvador
60,491
1,878
2,274
Equatorial Guinea
6,210
93
427
Eritrea
2,892
7
501
Estonia
69,193
615
17,938
Ethiopia
161,974
2,391
23,140
Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
54
0
3
Faroe Islands
658
1
0
Fiji
63
2
7
Finland
59,442
759
12,683
France
3,810,316
87,542
3,461,485
French Guiana
16,627
85
6,547
French Polynesia
18,452
140
13,470
Gabon
15,254
88
1,671
Gambia
4,735
151
473
Georgia
271,739
3,541
2,393
Germany
2,472,896
71,711
126,785
Ghana
84,349
611
5,295
Gibraltar
4,243
93
23
Greece
197,279
6,597
21,157
Greenland
30
0
0
Grenada
148
1
0
Guadeloupe
10,149
162
7,745
Guatemala
176,250
6,427
6,814
Guinea
16,291
92
1,131
Guinea-Bissau
3,282
48
610
Guyana
8,648
199
406
Haiti
12,536
250
2,458
Holy See (Vatican City State)
27
0
12
Honduras
172,100
4,214
100,647
Hong Kong
11,047
200
269
Hungary
439,900
15,324
98,361
Iceland
6,058
29
11
India
11,156,923
157,471
173,377
Indonesia
1,353,834
36,721
147,197
Iran
1,656,699
60,353
182,629
Iraq
708,951
13,483
48,849
Ireland
221,189
4,357
193,468
Isle of Man
511
25
70
Israel
789,485
5,803
42,515
Italy
2,976,274
98,635
437,421
Jamaica
24,103
435
9,923
Japan
434,356
7,984
13,038
Jordan
407,617
4,793
47,043
Kazakhstan
214,806
2,540
13,540
Kenya
106,801
1,866
18,021
Kuwait
194,781
1,097
11,488
Kyrgyzstan
86,410
1,468
1,567
Lao People's Democratic Republic
45
0
3
Latvia
88,022
1,654
9,233
Lebanon
383,499
4,866
80,227
Lesotho
10,521
305
6,328
Liberia
2,017
85
48
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
135,585
2,219
10,363
Liechtenstein
2,577
54
37
Lithuania
200,349
3,281
10,859
Luxembourg
55,902
643
3,074
MS Zaandam
9
2
0
Macao
48
0
1
Macedonia
104,548
3,156
9,203
Madagascar
19,831
297
238
Malawi
32,229
1,056
10,969
Malaysia
305,880
1,148
24,025
Maldives
20,280
63
2,622
Mali
8,446
357
1,671
Malta
23,226
321
3,000
Marshall Islands
4
0
0
Martinique
6,818
46
6,674
Mauritania
17,252
442
190
Mauritius
619
10
21
Mayotte
17,600
112
14,524
Mexico
2,104,987
188,044
266,713
Micronesia
1
0
0
Moldova
189,397
4,026
17,228
Monaco
1,981
26
201
Mongolia
3,076
2
659
Montenegro
77,493
1,031
8,775
Montserrat
20
1
6
Morocco
484,753
8,653
5,675
Mozambique
60,395
668
15,725
Myanmar
141,984
3,199
7,246
Namibia
39,297
434
1,883
Nepal
274,381
2,778
998
Netherlands
1,101,430
15,697
1,085,733
New Caledonia
58
0
0
New Zealand
2,389
26
68
Nicaragua
6,489
174
2,090
Niger
4,740
172
318
Nigeria
156,960
1,939
19,209
Norway
72,923
632
6,277
Oman
142,527
1,583
7,806
Pakistan
585,435
13,076
17,117
Palestine
189,326
2,078
17,333
Panama
342,741
5,884
7,912
Papua New Guinea
1,365
14
505
Paraguay
162,871
3,239
23,266
Peru
1,344,969
47,089
47,833
Philippines
582,223
12,389
35,056
Poland
1,735,406
44,360
249,567
Portugal
806,626
16,430
64,797
Qatar
165,071
260
10,059
Romania
812,318
20,586
44,953
Russia
4,278,750
87,348
337,668
Rwanda
19,198
265
1,364
Réunion
13,125
59
1,110
S. Korea
91,240
1,619
7,459
Saint Kitts and Nevis
41
0
1
Saint Lucia
3,803
39
540
Saint Martin
1,571
12
160
Saint Pierre Miquelon
24
0
8
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
1,645
8
688
Samoa
3
0
1
San Marino
3,829
75
409
Sao Tome and Principe
1,881
30
381
Saudi Arabia
378,333
6,510
2,546
Senegal
35,037
896
4,521
Serbia
470,941
4,491
66,103
Seychelles
2,890
13
345
Sierra Leone
3,900
79
1,169
Singapore
59,979
29
101
Sint Maarten
2,065
27
20
Slovakia
314,359
7,489
51,570
Slovenia
192,266
3,874
10,751
Solomon Islands
18
0
4
Somalia
7,727
260
3,600
South Africa
1,516,262
50,366
31,124
South Sudan
8,305
97
3,991
Spain
3,136,321
70,247
343,770
Sri Lanka
84,226
484
3,305
St. Barth
638
1
175
Sudan
28,545
1,895
3,566
Suriname
8,953
173
341
Swaziland
17,103
652
1,499
Sweden
675,292
12,964
662,328
Switzerland
559,845
10,014
34,643
Syrian Arab Republic
15,753
1,045
4,669
Taiwan
958
9
23
Tajikistan
13,308
90
0
Tanzania
509
21
305
Thailand
26,162
85
515
Timor-Leste
113
0
23
Togo
7,188
85
1,185
Trinidad and Tobago
7,723
139
99
Tunisia
235,008
8,074
26,705
Turkey
2,734,836
28,771
112,801
Turks and Caicos Islands
2,132
14
178
UAE
399,463
1,269
12,607
UK
4,194,785
123,783
1,065,282
USA
29,456,377
531,652
8,921,400
Uganda
40,408
334
25,025
Ukraine
1,364,705
26,397
156,272
Uruguay
60,074
624
7,472
Uzbekistan
80,006
622
835
Vanuatu
1
0
0
Venezuela
140,383
1,358
6,522
Vietnam
2,482
35
549
Wallis and Futuna
9
0
2
Western Sahara
10
1
1
Yemen
2,363
643
285
Zambia
80,090
1,108
2,683
Zimbabwe
36,179
1,478
1,309
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