Bulgaria Travel Guide

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See Also: Ski Bulgaria

Bulgaria (the Republic of Bulgaria) is in Southeast Europe in the northeast of the Balkan Peninsula. The country shares borders with Romania to the north, the Black Sea to the east, Turkey and Greece to the south, and Macedonia and Serbia to the west.  


Bulgaria has a very diverse landscape and climate, from snow-capped mountain peaks in winter, to the sunny beach resorts of the Black Sea coast. 


Bulgaria has a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the ancient city of Nessebar, the tombs at Sveshtari and Kazanlak, the Rila Monastery, three National Parks, and the Srebarna Nature Reserve.  Close to the popular resort of Sunny Beach on the Black Sea coast is Nessebar (also Nesebar) with its picturesque and historic Old Town that sits on a peninsula connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus (similar in appearance to Dubrovnik).   


The 3rd Century B.C. Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari and 4th Century Tomb at Kazanlak are World Heritage Sites and popular visitor attractions.   Bulgaria has three National Parks (Rila, Pirin, and Central Balkan) with spectacular scenery, lakes, rivers and waterfalls.  The Srebarna Nature Reserve in the northeast is popular with birdwatchers and on the bird migration routes.


The capital city of Sofia is in the west of the country.  Most visitors to Bulgaria arrive via Sofia, which is the main financial and business centre of Bulgaria. It offers plenty for visitors, with many historical sites as well as shopping, restaurants and theatre.   Bulgaria is also popular for its mineral springs and spas. 


During summer beach lovers flock to the many popular Black Sea resorts on the ‘Bulgarian Riviera’, such as Golden Sands, Sunny Beach, Varna, Obzol and Sozopol. Visitors have miles of white and gold sand beaches and all types of beach activities for outdoor enthusiasts and children to enjoy.  The international airports at the cities of Varna (north) and Burgas (south) are the main hubs to reach the Black Sea resorts. 

In winter skiers and snowboarders head for winter fun at the many ski resorts such as Bansko, Pamporovo and Borovetz.  


European Health Insurance Card


Visitors with a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) are entitled to free emergency medical care, but this should never be used in place of comprehensive travel insurance.  For example, the EHIC does not cover travel problems such as lost or stolen luggage or property, cancellation and curtailment, and expensive matters like personal liability, legal costs, ongoing or non-urgent medical care, air ambulance and medical repatriation.



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