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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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See the list of the largest and most important cities in the country, and the size of the cities by population.
Important: the informations are from various external sources. If you are using the informations professional please seek official confirmation whether the figures are actual or not. Last update august 2017
|6||Stara Zagora||138.272||Stara Zagora|
|16||Veliko Tarnovo||68.783||Veliko Tarnovo|
Official National Holidays
Below you can see the list with official national holidays in the country.
|1 January||New Year's Day||Fixed|
|3 March||Liberation Day||Fixed|
|1 May||Workers' Day||Fixed|
|6 May||Saint George's Day||Fixed|
|24 May||Slavonic Literature Day||Fixed|
|6 September||Unification Day||Fixed|
|22 September||Independence Day||Fixed|
|1 November||National Awakening||Fixed|
|24 December||Christmas Eve||Fixed|
|Orthodox Good Friday||Orthodox Good Friday||Variable|
|Orthodox Easter||Orthodox Easter||Variable|
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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