Enjoy a relaxing swim on Sunny Beach.
Bask in the late afternoon sun as you stroll around the history-laden
Glide down the slopes in the ski resort of Bansko.
Language: The language spoken in
Bulgaria is Bulgarian.
Currency: The currency used in
Bulgaria is leva, but the Euro (€) is widely used.
Local time: Bulgaria is 2 hours ahead
of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: If you’re going to the Black
Sea resorts, Bourgas airport lies 35km south of Sunny Beach and 40km northwest of Duni. If
you’re heading to Bansko, fly to Sofia, 120km north.
Flight time from UK: 3-3.5
Tourist Information: Further Bulgaria
tourist information can be found here.
Visa & Health: Before you travel,
click here for recommendations and advice on visas and
health for your holiday to Bulgaria.
Temperature: Up to 28°C in July and
Best time to visit Bulgaria: Spring
and autumn mean fewer crowds and a still-comfortable climate of around 20°C.
From warm, dry summers on the Black Sea coast, to snowy winters on the
Pirin Mountain ski resorts, take your pick of your favourite climate in Bulgaria. At the
resorts of Sunny Beach and Duni, enjoy a climate like the Mediterranean with up to 300
sun-filled days each year. Watch out for rain though, it can happen any month! For the other
extreme, Bansko’s typical ski season is the longest in the country – from mid December to mid
By bus: There’s a great network of
high-speed buses and coaches to help you get around Bulgaria between most towns and cities,
privately run, on good highways.
By hire car: Renting a car means that
you can really get off the beaten track and explore the country’s hidden-away villages –
although bear in mind that most signs are in Cyrillic.
By train: Why not take a leisurely
train journey? In addition to domestic journeys, there are also buses and trains over
international borders, to Turkey, Greece and Romania.
By taxi: Within all towns and cities,
taxis will take you around – make sure the meter is switched on, and try and get your
destination written in Bulgarian script in case the driver can’t speak English.
Easter: During Orthodox Easter
families head to local churches and play games with coloured eggs on Holy Saturday.
Varna: In Varna, it’s a packed
programme throughout the summer with music, theatre and folklore in outdoor stages across the
Folklore festival: The ancient
capital, Veliko Tarnovo, stages its annual Folklore Festival where acts gather from all over
the world in the picturesque medieval city.
Bansko: The mountainous resort Bansko
enjoys the International Jazz Festival for a week in August, where the quaint old town becomes
a hub of world musicians.
Roses are red: Harvests are widely
celebrated – enjoy one of the sweetest ones, June’s Rose Festival in Kazanlak.