Bulgaria lies in the southeast of Europe bordering the black sea sandwiched between Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, Serbia and Romania. In recent years it has become a more popular destination with the British holiday for both summer and winter holidays. With the Bulgaria beaches in the South East of the country and the mountains in the North West, Bulgaria offers not just a summer destination but also a winter destination with its many ski resorts to choose from.
The highest of the mountain range reaching 3000m which attracts many British skiers to Bulgaria. In recent years the development of property in Bulgaria has attracted many investors throughout Europe, particularly from the United Kingdom.
The Capital of Sofia lies in the North of the Country and has daily flights to its International Airport from many destinations in Europe including the UK. Sofia is a beautiful city ringed with mountains offering many museums, cathedrals and churches to explore all within an easy walk. Many bars and restaurants add to the experience of a city break in Sofia.
British Airways offers a daily service from London to the capital city Sofia which is also the main airport for access to the Mountains and the Ski resorts of Bulgaria, other International airports in Bulgaria are Bourgas, Plodiv and Varna.
Restaurants and Food in Bulgaria
Bulgarian Food is very similar to traditional European cuisine but they do have some of their own traditional recipes that you can sample. Traditional Bulgarian food comprises ingredients such as; beans, sour and fresh milk, cheese, tomatoes, paprika, potatoes, onions, apples, water-melons, and grapes.
Some of the local specialities to look out for are tarator (cold summer soup), beans soup, banitsa (sheeted pastry with cheese), paprika stuffed with eggs and cheese, aubergine puree, shish kebab (grilled meat) on skewers, kebapcheta (minced-meat rolls) and kyufteta (meatballs), loukanka (salami) just to name a few.
Bulgaria is very famous for the produce of it’s sour milk which it produces from cows, sheep and Buffalo-cow. It has a unique taste and is extremely popular at the local and worldwide markets.
Eating out in Bulgaria is relatively cheap in comparison to the UK and is one of the reasons it has become very popular. The local currency is still outside the Euro and the Bulgarian Lev will go a long way. Typically expect to pay around 3Lev per person for breakfast and 10Lev per person for dinner.
Accommodation in Bulgaria
Bulgaria offers a wide range of accommodation ranging from self-catering apartments and villas to small bed and breakfast hotels up to Five-star luxury hotels. Whatever the budget Bulgaria has something to offer everyone from family holidays in Bulgaria to luxury honeymoons.
Accommodation in Bulgaria can also be found in all areas of the country from the Bulgarian Beach resorts such as Sunny Beach, Golden Sands, Elenite and Nessebar to name but a few. The city centers of Sofia, Plodiv and Varna and the Bulgaria ski resorts of Bansko, Borovets and Pamporovo.
Weather in Bulgaria
Bulgarian weather is made up of long hot summers in the south and cold winters in the North. In the mountains the temperature in summer varies from 2.6°C to 25°C and from 8°C to 35°C in the summer months in the coastal resorts.
Annual average rainfall is about 700 mm, more in the mountains (up to 1000 mm and more) and less on the south coast (around 400-600 mm).
Getting Married in Bulgaria
In order to get married in Bulgaria you will need to have been living in Bulgaria for more than 21 days. You will need to file a Notice of Marriage at the British Embassy at least 3 weeks before the day of the wedding. This document is the official notice of the forthcoming nuptials, which will satisfy the British regulations.
You will also need to file a Statutory declaration which is a statement that you are not currently married. If you have been married before then you will need to present a Decree Absolute or a Death certificate if a widower.
A Certificate of Law will also be required, which is a statement of the validity of the marriage in English law. Lastly a Bulgarian health certificate is required, which can be obtained from a Bulgarian clinic by asking for a general marriage check-up which will require a blood test.
Honeymoons in Bulgaria
As Bulgaria develops as a destination as does it’s hotels and some of the lovely new Five star hotels offer some great Honeymoon freebies to the Bride and Groom. Check out the Kempinski hotels in Bansko and Sofia which offer some lovely honeymoon packages. Small leading hotels of the world also offer luxury hotels in Bulgaria in the resorts of Bansko, Borovets and Sofia. Golden Sands and sunny beach also offer Five-star accommodation for honeymoons in Bulgaria.
Bulgaria Car Hire and Driving tips:
Speed restrictions are as follows; 120 km/h on motorways and dual carriageways, 90 km/h on the open road and 50 km/h in towns. Compulsory items, which must be in your vehicle, are a fire extinguisher, first aid kit and a warning triangle. On one-way streets park on the right only. Blue Zone parking is in effect in many built-up areas and tickets are used instead of discs. When outside of built-up areas, you may park off the road.
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Languages spoken Bulgarian, English
Currency Bulgarian lev
Visa requirements A Visa is not required for Bulgaria for most European passport holders if visiting the country for less than 90 days.
Opening times for banks in Bulgaria tend to be Normal banking hours of 09.00 to 16.00, Mondays to Fridays. However, Bulgarian banks can open any time between 08.00 and 10.00 and close between 15.00 and 17.00.