10 reasons you should book your next trip to Bulgaria
1. Air travel is easier and cheaper than you think!
More and more low cost airlines start operating flights to Sofia, like Wizz Air, Ryan Air, Transavia, Easy Jet, Windrose and many more!
Whenever you are in Europe you could easily get to our capital - Sofia, from here we will help you to explore Bulgaria!
However, if you are not in Europe - Turkish Airlines are operating flights to Sofia from 110 countries from all over the world!
2. It's safe!
You can walk back home in 2 a.m. with no reason to be afraid of. Of course there are few parts in each city you should avoid, but commonly all streets are lit, calm and safe. Whenever you are in Sofia or one of the seaside towns you could see young peoples and families walking in the middle of the night. We could say that Bulgarians love to celebrate every day of the week!
3. Locals are friendly and almost everyone speaks English!
One of our main characteristics is that we really know what hospitality is! If you need something or you are looking for a place - there will be always a Bulgarian willing to help you!
4. One of a kind traditional festivals
Do you know a better way to experience a local culture than attending a traditional festival? Through the whole year it is possible to see unique festivals in Bulgaria:
- Bulgarian man dance "horo" in icy cold waters in Kalofer - January;
- International festival of the Masquerade games "Surva" in Pernik - January;
- Nestinarstvo (fire-dancing ritual) in Bulgari village - June;
- Rose festival in Kazanlak - June;
- Rozhen National Folklore festival - July;
- International Bagpipe Contest in Gela village - August;
- Zheravna Festival of the National costume - August;
- Wines of the ages in Plovdiv - September.
5. The country with more than 120 monasteries
The most famous and largest is the Rila monastery - founded in the 10th century and listed in the UNESCO World Heritage list. You should definitely visit also:
- Bachkovo monastery "Virgin Mary" - founded in 1083;
- Troyan monastery "The Assumption";
- Aladzha monastery - carved in caves, inhabited in the early Byzantine era;
- Cave churches in Ivanovo Village;
- Boyana church - with its frescoes dating back to 1259.
6. Bulgarian Natural Wonders
Bulgaria is a country with beautiful landscapes and pleasant climate. The natural wonders of Bulgaria act as an inspirational reminder of the amazing natural diversity of our planet.
- Belogradchik rocks;
- Pobitite kamani (The Standing stones);
- The Seven Rila Lakes;
- The Melnik pyramides;
- Beglik Tash - ancient sanctuary and observatory;
- Devetashka cave;
- The Eyes of God cave;
- Eagle's eye (orlovo oko) - sightseeing platform;
- Bolata bay;
- Cape Kaliakra;
- Pirin National Park;
- And many many more!
7. The beaches... yes, exactly this beaches!
On the East, the whole Bulgarian border is Black sea. On almost 350 kilometers of our seaside you could find everything for everyone. You could enjoy white sand beaches with really exotic beach bars in Sunny beach. You could leave yourself to the calm and wild south seaside. You could scuba-dive and explore the underwater caves near Tiulenovo village. If you are a golf person - visit the 3 one of a kind golf courses near Balchik. Or maybe a visit to one of the biggest Water parks in Europe located in Nessebar? If you are planning your next summer vacation - do not hesitate to consider Bulgaria!
8. Delicious cuisine! Mmm...
Bulgarian food is tasty, fresh and hearty. Bulgaria is famous for its quality vegetables and dairy products and its variety of mild spices. Pork and chicken are the most common forms of meat, though seafood, fish and veal dishes are also popular and lamb has a special traditional place in Bulgarian cooking.
9. Visit one of Europe's Oldest Inhabited Cities
Yes, it is located in Bulgaria and this is Plovdiv! Plovdiv is in the Thrace region of Bulgaria, and boasts around 6,000 years of history thanks to traces of a Neolithic settlement being found in the location of the current city. The settlement moved from being the Thracian city Eumolpias to being renamed Philippoupolis before becoming a major Roman town by the name of Trimontium in 72 AD. Many buildings from this period have, at least partially, survived. After the Romans, the city was passed between the Bulgarian, Ottoman and Byzantine empires, and it is now the second largest city in Bulgaria.
10. Where can you find the oldest gold treasure in the world?
The answer is - in Bulgaria! Found in the not so distant 1972, during archaeological excavations in the city of Varna. Gold ornaments produced as early as 5-4 century BC, were found in the Varna necropolis. Their total weight is 1.5 kg of pure gold. The ornaments are Thracian and found on the skeleton of a 45 year old man who was buried ceremoniously, with golden treasures. Every visit to the Archaeological Museum will leave you amazed at the inventions and lifestyle of every ancient culture passed and lived in these places.
In the past, the territory of Bulgaria has been the cultural center of Europe, inhabited by the most advanced civilizations of the world.