It is difficult to say what a general impression of Bulgaria is. It is surely a state of strange connections – viewed architecturally, artistically and „Balkanically“. The streets smell on coffee, sausages and roses. It’s all at the same time big and small. Bulgaria does not look like Western Europe. This country you can like, and do not like it. One thing is for sure. One will always be happy to return in Bulgaria.
The Republic of Bulgaria boasts numerous and varied sights, museums, monuments and natural beauties. This country is known for its roses, sugar desserts and other gastronomic delicacies. Even in 2019, Bulgaria is constantly building, roads are being repaired, which is why constant confusion is in the traffic flow.
When you come to Bulgaria forget about online search for a restaurant or coffee bar (because it is a charged and sponsored category), but let them find you. Reward yourself (after walks and tours) by random selection of local cookie cakes or coffee, to be baked by the cafe owner, who will be telling you an interesting story.
The capital of Sofia with its wide streets and boulevards is a combination of harmony and chaos. The most important and most visited sacral monument of architecture is the magnificent temple devoted to Alexander Nevsky. In addition to the Temple / Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevskoga, the capital of Bulgaria, keeps its ancient history, ancient ruins, Turkish mosque and the millennial synagogue. The city offers a rich nightlife, creating a metropolis that is constantly on the go.
The Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevski was built during the 19th and 20th centuries. This monument is devoted to Russian soldiers who died in the Russian-Turkish War. The incredible blend of gold and green colors, monumentality and firmness, leave visitors a strong impression. This patriarchal cathedral of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church is an architectural jewel of the Orthodox world. Nearby is the church of St. Sophia, an interesting building of warm reddish colors, which has been demolished many times during history.
In the segment of church architecture , you should also visit the church of Sv. Nedelja- The church history is not very well known, but it is assumed to have been built in the 10th century. And this facility has survived destruction and renewal. Today’s appearance dates back to the 30s of the 20th century. If you are still in the spirit of Indiana Jones, well observe the archaeological remains of the old town of Serdica (located in the center) and enjoy the dignity of the ancient Romans.
Make a break and move to the nearby park, lie on the grass and enjoy it. You will notice that apart from the ecclesiastical architecture, the city of Sofia and the whole of Bulgaria is rich in greenery, trees and nature. This gives instant relief.
The palace of justice (Palata Pravde) is a strange and large building, which is guarded by two lions. The main street in Sofia is Vitoša boulevard – this is a street that has all the bigger cities, where coffee bars, shops and boutiques are located.
Be sure to visit the National Gallery of Art in Sofia. The richness of national art is immense. Pay special attention to the subtlety in making Bulgarian Orthodox icons. Visit at least the nearby National Theater Ivan Vazov – to see and enjoy an outdoor architecture with your eyes!
Vitosha is a mountain, located above Sofia. The highest peak is Crni vrh (2.290 m).
Rila Mountain is 31 miles taller than 2600m, and more than a third of the mountain massif enjoys the status of national park protection. It was named after the word ” full of water” („puna vode“), which explains two hundred glacial lakes and sources of thermal water.
Rilski monastery is founded in the 10th century. It is the most important cultural monument of Bulgaria. Carries the name of the famous Bulgarian anchorite St. Ivan Rilski. Since 1983, this monastery is on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Musala, or “place near God” with an altitude of 2,925 m, is the highest peak of the Balkan Peninsula, and thus the largest bait for every mountain traveler to Bulgaria.
The highest peak of the Pirine, or to call it Peruna-Vihren (2914 m), is the second highest peak in Bulgaria and the third in the Balkan Peninsula. A special attraction to the mountains is the numerous lakeside lakes. Because of its natural beauty ,it is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Bulgarian cuisine is a mix of Slavic, Greek and Oriental cuisine that will not leave anyone hungry. The most famous and most cheerful Bulgarian dishes are: banica, kebapče, musaka, salad, tarator.
The tradition of wine production in Bulgaria dates from the time of Tračani. Today, Bulgaria is one of the world’s largest wine exporters, many of which are among the top quality wines of the world. The average price of 0.7 liter wine bottles in restaurants is only around 8 euros.
Great hotel accommodation provides the necessary relaxation after mileage and prepares body for the next day and new tourist challenges.
Bulgarian is a group of South Slavic languages, so you can negotiate without major problems if you know some of the South Slavic languages. This, of course, enhances the enthusiasm and hospitality of the host.
If you are wondering whether you are spending your holidays in Bulgaria, the answer is definitely YES. Bulgaria has achieved the largest range in the development of tourism on the Black Sea coast.
The most interesting feature of the Black Sea is low salinity. This is due to the fact that about 320 cubic meters of fresh water, headed by the Danube basin, are planted annually. Although many people advocate that the sea needs to be salted, leaving the Black Sea water does not bother your skin, so there is no need for showering. That is, I guess, and the reason why most Bulgarian beaches do not have showers. The color of the sea is not turquoise blue as on the Greek oysters, but it is not muddy brown as some visitors say. If you choose the right place, you will enjoy the clear clear sea. The bad choice, on the other hand, can withstand algae problems, which create this muddy visual effect. Plićak has just as much as enough, without having to throw a hundred feet to swim as a man. The sea is rarely completely calm, and there are almost always smaller waves. Water is nice to swim in even in September, but keep in mind that a breeze is possible.
Meduse is present in the water, but not so much, though it is certainly a craving to know how to cope with the consequences if you are “broke”. If this happens, rinse the salted place with salt water (with no sweetness), sirloin or alcohol, to remove the remaining icing containing the poison. To make sure that you have removed the cups, you can also take some items like a credit card and carefully scrap the skin in that place. The next day’s skin is treated with a cream containing corticosteroids or an adequate herbal preparation.
The beaches are long, spacious and mostly sandy, without trees near the water. So, it is guaranteed that you will have enough space for yourself. In general, the sea and the beach remind you of Tunisia. Sunshades and parasols vary from 8 to 10 lbs per piece, depending on the city and the beach. If there is a bar at the beach and in front of it, a more convenient option is their free use with drinks.
The most popular seaside resorts on the Bulgarian coast are:
If you’ve heard about a coastal destination in Bulgaria, the biggest chances are that it is Sunny Beach. Sunce Brijeg is the largest resort on the Bulgarian coast with a 5 km long beach, whose construction commenced during the Communist era of 1958. The settlement was planned to be built (although recently this plan is somewhat out of control). It has a very small population, but it floods thousands of tourists during the summer season. The streets are mostly very long and wide, and the complete infrastructure of the resort is made up of hotels and apartments recently.
There is no central point of the town, a square with a monument, a fountain or anything that would mark the city center. Closest to this is one street, where there are restaurants with fast food chains, a large striptease bar and several other shops. Daily, and especially nightlife is mostly on the promenade next to the beach, which is not even noticeable, because both footpaths have been produced with endless stands with copies of famous brands, souvenirs, beach equipment and so on.
Sunny Beech (Sunčev Brijeg) is mostly intended for young people who came to entertain and drink. Alcohol is inexpensive. On every corner are sex boobs. Drugs and prostitutes are readily available. In discotheques near the beach, visitors are mostly barely older kids and some old-fashioned people. Music has been in the past, but everyone is dancing in combination with the most bizarre movements. You feel the admiration for the absence of complexes and samobles. Sunny Beech is completely Las Vegas in the Bulgarian way.
The place is mostly intended for young people. Still, no one will harass you on the beach. Beaches are very decent, often the presence of algae in the sea, which is sometimes impossible to swim. It should be said that Sunny Beech has no sights.
The town of Nesebar is located 5 km south of the Sun Brijeg. It is a combination of an ancient city and a modern settlement. Nesebar is virtually connected with the Sun’s Brijeg, although it overcomes all the flaws of the previous one. First of all, the sea is extremely clean and there is no algae as in Sunce Brijeg, which allows you to fully enjoy your vacation. Nesebar is even more favorable than the Sunny Hill, although the Bulgarian coast is generally cheaper than Greece and Croatia. For those who do not want to spend all day on the beach, Nesebar offers a wonderful old town with numerous medieval churches, archaeological sites, museums and other interesting attractions.
Varna is the largest seaside town in Bulgaria and its most important port, which is why this fact can be rejected in the choice of this destination. Do not worry, because the city beach is more than decent, so if you want a vacation in a large and urban city that offers far more opportunities than the Sunny Hills or Nesebar, Varna is the right place for you. Nearby are also other attractive summer resorts such as Golden Pits and St. Constantine and Elena, so you can make frequent trips if you have your own transport, although local agencies offer a lot of it.
The Golden Shores are located about 17 km from Varna, and represent the most attractive summer resort on the northern part of the Bulgarian coast. It is built on a plan, roughly at the same time and in a similar way as the Sun Brijeg, from which it differs in that it is mostly visited by families with children. The content is more adapted to this type of tourist (playgrounds for children, parks etc.). Many give it an advantage over Sunny Brijeg. Popular excursions from the Golden Pjasaka are a visit to the Aladja monastery in the cave, visits to the beach in Balčik or going to Varnu. Given that it applies to the most luxurious resort in Bulgaria, Golden Pits are somewhat expensive compared to other places, although still affordable.
The resort of St. Konstantin and Elena are the suburbs of Varna and the former baths. The name was obtained by a nearby monastery, becoming a destination for itself. Although less luxurious and with not so glittering sand as the Golden Pays, this place has managed to keep the spirit of bathing, with beautiful parks and the absence of anything bad that mass tourism is bringing. Bathing facilities are also available today, and if you want vacation in every sense of the word, this is probably the right place for you.
Sozopol is one of the hottest Bulgarian resorts and is close to Nesebar as it is near to two large sandy beaches, and has an interesting old town with charming wooden houses. Lovers of cultural and historical heritage will find something here for themselves. Various excursions are also available from Sozopol, the most interesting of which is Istanbul, and if you want to spend your time in the nearby area, visit Ravadinovo Castle, a contemporary stone castle with a beautifully landscaped park (ticket of 20 leva).
Burgas is the second largest city on the Bulgarian coast and the fourth largest city in the country. Burgas is not the place with the most beautiful beaches on the Black Sea coast, but this disadvantage compensates for the benefits provided by the big city. In the vicinity of Burgas there are numerous summer resorts such as Pomorje, Sozopol and others, so it is possible to make daily excursions if you have reached your car.
Additional useful information about Bulgaria:
– Exchange offices are available in Bulgarian summer resorts. The course is usually around 1.90 leva for 1 euro. In Varna and Burgas, this relationship is somewhat more favorable, so you get 1.94 levers for 1 euro.
– Market prices are favorable.
– Fast food prices are somewhat higher, so the giros cost 8-10 lbs, baked potatoes with 10 leva attachments and so on.
– Sun lounger and sunshade prices vary from 8 to 10 leva.
– Bulgarian roads are in good condition and driving is pretty safe. There are frequent police patrols on the roads.
“There is a theoretical chance that your appliances will not accept the card, so keep your cash in stock.
– If you travel by car, avoid returning to the last weekend of August because you will be waiting at the border in miles.
– Bulgarians are poorly spoken in English, so you will find it easier to agree on one of the South Slavic languages, with additional gesture of hands and feet.