Perched on the crossroads of Europe and Asia, Bulgaria is a tapestry of cultural epochs woven together over centuries.
From the Black Sea's golden beaches to the snow-draped Rila and Pirin Mountains, this unspoiled Balkan gem tells tales of Thracians, Romans, Byzantines, and Bulgars in its diverse landscapes.
Explore Sofia, the eclectic capital city with its Byzantine churches, Soviet buildings, and modernist 21st-century architecture. Wander in the ancient city of Plovdiv, Europe’s oldest inhabited city, where layers of history merge seamlessly with a vibrant art scene. Traverse the quaint rural villages of the Rhodope Mountains, where time seems to stand still and traditions run deep.
Bulgaria’s unique fusion of influences is also reflected in its cuisine—a delightful amalgamation of hearty Slavic dishes, Turkish spices, and Greek culinary traditions, paired perfectly with the country’s rich wines.
Bulgaria is part of the EU, so EU citizens can enter without a visa. Citizens of the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand can stay for up to 90 days visa-free.
The official currency is the Bulgarian Lev (BGN).
The official language is Bulgarian. English is understood in larger towns and cities, especially by younger people.
Internet and Communication
Wi-Fi is widely available in urban areas. Vivacom, Telenor, and A1 Bulgaria offer prepaid SIM cards.
Bulgarians shake their head to mean 'yes' and nod for 'no', which can be confusing for foreigners. Dress modestly when visiting churches and monasteries.
Try banitsa, a flaky pastry filled with cheese, or kavarma, a slow-cooked stew typically made with pork and vegetables.
Public transportation includes buses, trains, and trams. Rental cars are available, but be aware of poor road conditions in some rural areas.
Health and Safety
Bulgaria is generally safe, but watch out for pickpockets in crowded places. Ensure you have health insurance as public health care facilities may be below standard.
The trick to discovering the soul of Bulgaria lies in its festivals. The Kukeri festival in winter, with its elaborate costumes and rituals to ward off evil spirits, is a sight to behold. For a culinary trick, visit a local 'mehana' (tavern) for a traditional Bulgarian meal and enjoy the live folk music and dance performances, capturing the spirit of Bulgaria in the most authentic way.