BULGARIA

BULGARIA

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Bulgaria is located in Southeast Europe, in the northeast part of the Balkan Peninsula. Its territory is located between 44°13’ and 41°14’ north latitude, 22°22’ and 28°37’ east longitude. It is a European, Balkan, Black Sea and Danube country. This geographic location places it on the crossroad between Europe, Asia and Africa.

Bulgaria is situated closer to the Equator than the pole. It falls within the southern part of the temperate climate zone with subtropical influence. Its location on the transition line between two climate zones influences the climate, soils, vegetation and animal species. All of them are characterized by great diversity. The country’s geographic position also determines the relatively wide angle of sunlight that falls on the country, making the country predominantly sunny. The official time in Bulgaria is Eastern European Time, which is two hours ahead of Greenwich Time. The Black and the Aegean Sea also influence the country’s climate. The influence of the Mediterranean is extensive for the climate in the southern parts of the country, while the Black Sea influences the climate over an area extending some 40 km inland, supporting diverse flora and fauna. The Danube River is important for the country, both with regard to water resources and for species diversity. Bulgaria’s favorable geographic location creates excellent preconditions for the development of tourism.

Bulgaria is also a transport crossroad, affording access to Western Europe, the Near East and the Middle East, and the Mediterranean. A series of major European transport corridors pass through Bulgaria. These corridors include the international highways that connect Western and Central Europe the Near East and the Middle East (through Beograd to Sofia and Svilengrad), including connections to Baghdad and Basra on the Persian Bay; from the Baltic Sea to the Aegean Sea (from Moscow to Kiev, Bucharest, Ruse, and Stara Zagora to Thessaloniki) and to the Adriatic Sea (from Sofia through Skopje to Drach). Another important transport route is the road from Constanta to Varna, Burgas, Tsarevo, Malko Tarnovo and Istanbul. Bulgaria is also connected to the Trans-European networks that lead from Berlin to Prague, Budapest, Sofia, Thessaloniki, and Istanbul and from Durres to Tirana, Skopje, and Sofia to the Black Sea ports of Varna and Burgas. These transport corridors are also serviced by rail. Bulgaria’s Black Sea ports connect with all other countries that border the Black Sea countries, offering particularly excellent opportunities for the development of transport through the large bays that front Burgas and Varna. Along the Danube River the country connects with the transport corridor that leads to the Rhine and the network of waterways that crisscross Western Europe.

The total length of Bulgaria’s borders is 2,245 km. Of these borders, 1,181 km are on land, 686 km are on rivers, and 378 km are on the sea. Bulgaria borders to the north with Romania, to the east with the Black Sea, to the south with Turkey and Greece, and to the west with Macedonia1 and Serbia. The distances between Sofia and the capitals of the neighboring Balkan states are: Skopje - 239 km, Beograd – 374 km, Bucharest – 395 km, Athens – 837 km, Ankara – 1,012 km. The following checkpoints (BCCP) operate on Bulgaria’s borders – along the Bulgaria-Serbia border – BCCP Bregovo, BCCP Vrashka Chuka, BCCP Kalotina, BCCP Strezimirovtsi, BCCP Oltomantsi; along the Bulgaria-Macedonia border – BCCP Gyueshevo, BCCP Stanke Lisichkovo, BCCP Zlatarevo; along the Bulgaria-Turkey border – BCCP Malko Tarnovo, BCCP Lesovo, BCCP Kapitan Andreevo; along the Bulgaria-Greek border – BCCP Kulata, BCCP Ilinden, BCCP Kapitan Petko Voyvoda, BCCP Ivaylovgrad, BCCP Zlatograd; along the Bulgaria-Romania border – BCCP Vidin (by ferry), BCCP Oryahovo (by ferry), BCCP Ruse – the Danube bridge, BCCP Silistra, BCCP Kardam, BCCP Durankulak; on the river ports – BCCP Vidin, BCCP Lom, BCCP Somovit - Nikopol, BCCP Svishtov, BCCP Ruse, BCCP Tutrakan, BCCP Silistra; at the sea ports – BCCP Balchik, BCCP Varna, BCCP Burgas, BCCP Tsarevo, and at the airports – BCCP Sofia Airport, BCCP Plovdiv Airport, BCCP Gorna Oryahovitsa Airport, BCCP Varna Airport, and BCCP Burgas Airport.

Key information

Time difference
+ 2 hours
Local currency
Bulgarian lev
Peak season
May - August
ALBENA

Surrounded by lush forests, Albena’s attraction is undoubtedly the magnificent, wide 7-kilometre long sandy beach, which slopes gently into safe and calm waters, perfect for children. Elsewhere, neat flowerbeds and lawns fringe the sands and the well-kept streets are largely traffic free, adding to its child-friendly appeal.

Albena holidays offer all you could ask for, from sun to golden beaches and when you feel energetic, there are many sporting amenities available for all ages, including waterskiing, minigolf, ten-pin bowling and beach volleyball, together with amusement arcades and a fun fair for children. Around the rest of the holiday resort - the mini-trains are a fun mode of transport - you will find two bazaar-style shopping malls, together with restaurants, pavement cafes and bars, many of which are right next to the beach.

And when night falls, Albena moves up a gear – but not too much - with a choice of lively night clubs and taverns open till late. When you fancy a change, there’s also the bonus of regular buses to take you to nearby Golden Sands with all its bright lights and attractions. Albena holidays are perfect for all people including families with small children or couples looking for a realxing break in the sun.

BANSKO

Bansko Ski Holidays offer a unique combination for holidays to a modern winter sports resort and a living town, offering an affordable holiday alternative to the Alps at a fraction of the price.

Situated at the foot of the Pirin Mountains, Bansko Holidays take place on a UNESCO World Heritage sight, and it's easy to see why with its quaint cobbled streets, where you can still hear the local Bansko dialect being used and old clock tower, where the bell has been measuring the hours for over 150 years. 

BOROVETS

Set amidst the majestic forest-clad Rila Mountains, once a hunting ground for Bulgarian Kings, Borovets was Bulgaria’s first ski resort, dating from the 19th century when it was only known to an exclusive few.

Now everyone has the opportunity to experience this fun-packed, snow filled spectacular destination, Borovets truly has got the lot and is firmly established as one of Bulgaria most popular ski resorts. At a height of 1,300 metres Borovets is a lively resort full of bars and cafes and these along with the many clubs make après-ski a real attraction. Quite rightly, skiing is its prime concern and Borovets is justly popular with all grades of skiers, with a setting that’s near perfect right at the foot of Mount Moussala (2925 metres), the highest peak on the Balkan region. Borovets is easily accessible only 72 kilometres away from Sofia and just 126 kilometres away from Plovdiv. With a well-developed lift network Borovets can carry up to 15,600 tourists per hour and provides quick access to its ski runs. If you haven’t discovered this premier ski resort yet, you’re in for a treat!

NESSEBAR

The magnificent old quarter is under a preservation order as a living museum town, housing the remains of 40 churches from different periods of history. You will find superb opportunities for photography and painting here.

The narrow cobbled streets and gabled houses make Nessebar holidays an ideal way for guests to relax and experience a traditional Bulgarian setting. Both the old and the new town are full of life with music and entertainment sometimes late into night. UNESCO protected Nessebar  is the perfect choice for families wanting to escape the noise and truly be able to relax.

PAMPOROVO

The resort of Pamporovo has a unique claim to fame – this bright, modern ski resort high in the Rhodope mountains is the sunniest mountain resort in Europe. Pamporovo boasts on average no less than 270 sunny days a year and in the winter provides an ideal combination – plenty of snow and sparkling sunshine to show off the resort at its best. Pamporovo holidays are particularly suited for both beginners and intermediates, however Pamporovo's Giant Slalom run will ensure that any experts are more than happy.

This compact resort has 35 kilometres of marked ski runs, accessible by a combination of chair and drag lifts, including a 6 man chairlift and 38 kilometres of cross country trails, making Pamporovo holidays a great choice for any ski addicts. After a great day's skiing the après-ski in Pamporovo is fun and inexpensive with lively bars and disco's waiting to welcome you in. For those wanting to sample a bit of true Bulgarian life, head to one of the many local folk restaurants to try the local specialities accompanied by some popular Bulgarian wine.

POMORIE TOWN

The town of Pomorie, situated on a rocky peninsula, was founded in IV century B.C. near a salt lake considered “sacred” by the ancient Thracians because of its healing powers. Pomorie once rivaled Nessebar in antiquity and architecture but was mostly destroyed by fire in 1906. There are still interesting things to see in the town with its occasional cobblestone streets and traditional wooden houses. Pomorie is ideal for anyone who like to relax and get away from the busy beaches and is an attractive place for year round recreation and various health treatments.

SUNNY BEACH

Sunny Beach is the largest resort in Bulgaria. It is situated on a bay in the shape of a crescent between the town of Nesebar and the resort Sveti Vlas. With its hundreds of hotels, multiple entertainment and catering establishments, shops and its developed infrastructure, the resort complex can presently receive thousands of tourists.

The climate here is distinguished by hot summer and average July temperatures of 22-23° С. The beach line is over 10 km in length and in some places it is more than 60 meters wide. The fine sand, the natural sand dunes and the gradually deepening sea bottom attract thousands of tourists from around the world. The beach of Sunny Beach is the holder of the Blue Flag prize in 2011 – a distinction of a clean environment.

The accommodation options in the complex are exceptionally diverse – there are luxurious five star complexes here, as well as various categories of hotels, villas, guest houses, apartment hotels, etc. The catering and entertainment establishments in the resort are numbering in the hundreds and offer diverse Bulgarian and international cuisine.

The clubs and discotheques of Sunny Beach are famous and known all over the world. Popular DJs and performers are often guests here, and their parties attract many young people.

Entertainment of tourists is guaranteed by diverse attractions – water sports, surfing, beach volleyball, aqua park, bowling, various installations for children, etc.

The resort has also established itself as one of the largest complexes in the country, offering wonderful conditions for conference and business tourism. The big hotels have large conference rooms and installations, required for these types of services.

The town of Nesebar is situated in close proximity. Due to its multiple cultural monuments it is included in the UNESCO list of cultural inheritance sites. The largest yacht port on the Bulgarian Black Sea shore is situated in the nearby resort of Sveti Vlas.