Bulgaria's spectacular mountains, swathe of golden beaches and vibrant cities have begun attracting hordes of eager-eyed tourists over the past few years - a dramatic change to how the country was a mere 10 years ago. In fact, Bulgaria has been through stupendous changes in the last few years, with many of the cities and resorts undergoing construction booms galore, tempting buyers from Western Europe with relatively cheap property and stunning landscapes. Bulgaria's beautiful beach and ski resorts are elaborating quickly and as a result have discouraged visitors from relying on the expensive European destinations with an exchange for a rather a low-priced lift passes and accommodation options. The main cities have shrugged off their weary Communist-era image and have become vibrant and magnetic, with well-preserved boulevards, varied shopping and lively nightlife. In contrast, many towns and villages have acquired the authentic Bulgarian spirit and hospitality. Furthermore, the country is most significantly proud of its affluent folklore traditions.
Languages, its religion and culture
Bulgarian is the official language and the Cyrillic alphabet is used, as the EU only nation to be put into requisition. Turkish and Macedonian are among the minority languages. English, German including French are spoken in major tourist resorts and hotels. As far as morality is concerned, the majority of the population in the country are Christian, the main denomination being Bulgarian Orthodox Church with a membership of 83% of the community. Eastern Orthodox Christianity is considered to be the traditional communion in Bulgaria. There is also a symbolic Muslim minority (13%) and a small Jewish society.
Weather & Climate
Most suitable period for a visit
The climate in Bulgaria varies according to altitude. Summers are warmest with some rainfall, with the south feeling the influence of the Mediterranean. The predominantly recommendable months to visit are mid-June to September when the days are long and sunny. Winters are cold with good snowfall in the mountains. On the other side, January may the best time for skiing in Bulgaria. It rains frequently during spring and autumn season.
Visa and Passport authorities
A passport valid for at least three months beyond the length of stay is required by foreign citizens traveling to Bulgaria.
Note: EU nationals (1) are only obligated to produce an evidence of their EU nationality and identity in order to be admitted to any EU member state. This evidence can take the form of a valid national passport or national identity card. Either is acceptable. Please note that validity of the documents - EU passport and/or ID card issued from one of the EU countries - should extend for at least three months past the day within the departure from Bulgaria. Possession of a return ticket and sufficient funds for the length of their proposed arrival is compulsory.
Nationals of EU countries for a stay of up to 90 days; for residence longer than 90 days nationals will need to register with the local police and obtain the appropriate permit;
Citizen members of Australia, Canada and USA for touristic lodging programmed of up to 90 days.
Types and expenses - Single-entry visa: US$90; transit visa: US$90; long-term visa: US$150.
Validity - Single - entry visas are valid for entering Bulgaria no later than 3 months of the date of issue.
Working days - The process of the application after its submission can take from 10 to 30 days, depending on the type of visa claimed for.
A couple of of the specific places you might just consider worth a visit with your family and friends.
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The Ivan Vazov National Theater is one of the particularly important landmarks of Sofia. Also it portrays the role of being Bulgaria's national theater and the most authentic building in the country. It is located in the center of the city, with the facade facing the City Garden. Among other places of interest are the Palace of Justice, Sts. Cyril and Methodius National Library, National Palace of Culture, Monument to the Tsar Liberator, St Nedelya Church, National Historical Museum, Boris-ova gradina, Vitosha mountain and many other sights and enchantment.Nowadays, Sofia is a cosmopolitan city and is the center of various international events, offering an excellent opportunities for congresses, conferences, meetings and fairs. Special business facilities and a deluxe range of hotels are situated in the vicinity of the bustling city center. There are also numerous small private hotels within the district for those who love tranquility.
The second monumental Bulgarian monastery, the Bachkovo cloister, lies in the valley of the Chepelare river (also recognized by the locals as Chaya), about 10km to the south of the town of Assenovgrad. On all sides, the monastery is surrounded by the hills of the Rhodopi mountain, which together with its size and ancient spirit make it one of the most visited monasteries in Bulgaria. The complex and its neighborhood have grown into a well-established tourist sight where dozens of small markets, stalls, restaurants occupy both the sides of the walkway towards the gates and appeal with their variety for travelers. One can find everything here that grows or is being manufactured in the Rhodopi
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
It is one of the symbols of Sofia and primary tourist incentives, and is certainly the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in the world. The St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral can take 5,000 people into the building that measures an average of 45 m high gold-plated dome, along with the bell tower reaching up to 50.52 m. The total weight of temple’s 12 bells is around 23 tons. And the interior environment is embellished with many luxurious material elements, such as Italian marble in various capacities as well as Brazilian onyx and other.
The experience of tourism at its best when visiting Varna, Bulgaria’s sea capital popularity which are in-recompensed of rabies tides, is sure to captivate you and help you relax while you are taking another glimpse of the city. Along the coast are picturesque places such as the Royal Palace in Balchik, Kamchiya of nature reserves, and the hillside monastery Aladzha. The high season for tourism in Varna is during the months of July and August, when people flock to the beaches and enjoy the summer heat. Varna as well as the amazing city of Plovdiv and Sofia, has its impartial share of contribution to Bulgarian's culture, history and tourism.
Beautiful park along the Danube River
Located on the banks of the river Danube, Vi-din is one of the oldest towns in Bulgaria, since it was constituted over 2,000 years ago.Vidin can not be one of the wealthiest cities in Bulgaria, but is abundant in natural beauty that attracts many tourists. One district of the Bulgaria is consolidated with a city park formed with trees, ranging from the cruise port to the medieval fortress along the river Danube. Built between the ages 10 and 13, Baba Vida is one of the few remaining strongholds in Bulgaria and is a milestone not to be missed when he set foot in the town of Vi-din.
The city of Bulgaria - ''The experience of the journey you will always be willing to remember.''