Bulgaria – Practical information

In fact, in every Bulgarian city a tourist will find something interesting, and this is a building dating back to ancient times, and this is a secret monastery, rich museum, balnearium with hot mineral water, water sports center, picturesque ski slope, a cavernous cave with rock drawings, and certainly a nice restaurant, cafe or bar, not to mention the beautiful views of the mountains, rivers, the sea and wonderful Bulgarian vegetation.

Most Bulgarian museums and galleries use only Bulgarian to describe their collections. The only exceptions are the National Historical Museum in Sofia, where the descriptions in English are given for the collections of the collections, and the International Art Gallery (Sofia), with subtitles in English. male, Poles, Bulgarian words will not be difficult to read and understand, because we rather know the Cyrillic alphabet and still have “words” Russian, and the Bulgarian language is close to Russian.

There are now a lot of high-class private restaurants in Bulgaria. Prices offered, half or two-thirds lower than in comparable Western European facilities make, that using them is extremely attractive, especially, that Bulgarian cuisine is very varied and tasty.

The landscape of Bulgaria is littered with numerous buildings of fallen and abandoned factories, which are the legacy of the socialist economy.

At every step, the visitor is accompanied by the sounds of hits from the top of the Western charts. You can hear them in kiosks, cafes, restaurants and shops. This can be a bit irritating at times, especially someone, who expects really beautiful Bulgarian music.

City and suburban buses, unfortunately, they are not very clean, and in addition stuck with erotic photos. It is probably just choking on freedom after many years of different pointless prohibitions and soon people will regain their normal breath.

SUGGESTED COUNTRY ROUTES

Depending on this, how long will the planned stay in Bulgaria be, you can visit the following parts of the country:

Two days

Sofia

Week

Sofia, Weliko Tyrnowo, Color

Two weeks

Sofia, Rila Monastery, Melnik, Kopriwsztica, Weliko Tyrnowo, Madara, Color and Nesebyt

When to go

Bulgaria has a temperate climate. Winters are cool and humid, and the summers are hot and dry. Rhodope Mountains are a natural barrier to the influence of the moderate Mediterranean climate from the Aegean Sea. The Danube Plain remains open to the influence of atmospheric conditions in Central Europe. The average daytime temperature in Sofia is 15 ° C from May to September, above 11 ° C in April and October, above 5 ° C in March and November and below 0 ° C in December and January. The Black Sea contributes to the equalization of temperature in the south of the country. In the mountains, rainfall is greater, and in winter heavy snowfall can occur, and even violent blizzards.

Before traveling, get yourself a map of Bulgaria. Unfortunately, in Poland, the selection of Bulgaria maps is small. Beadeker Bulgaria map is available for purchase, as well as a Central Europe road map (1:2000 000) Geocenter Publishing House. However, on the spot, In Bulgaria, you can buy the Sofia plan without any problems, which will prove to be useful, because the use of old Polish city plans will be very difficult due to the change of street names in the capital after the fall of communism.

What to take on a trip

Universal access to consumer goods in Bulgaria is a result of the democratic transformations that have taken place. It is not necessary to take the batteries with you, tampons, painkillers or soap. Everything can be bought cheaply on the spot. When planning a trip by car or bicycle, however, it is worth remembering to bring spare parts.

TOURIST INFORMATION OFFICES

Balkantourist, old government monopoly, still deals with the organization of accommodation, money exchange, booking tours for visitors, etc.. The company operates under a changed name in some cities, e.g.. as Puldin Tours (in Plovdiv), Mesem-bria Tourist (in Nessebar) or Dunav Tours (w Ruse). It performs abroad under the name Bałkan Holidays. Unfortunately, in Poland, these offices do not have their representation.

Students are served by Orbita Youthh Travel Agency and Pirin – travel agency of the Bulgarian Tourism Association. However, many Orbita and Pirin offices were closed due to a lack of funding to maintain them, a te, which remain, they fell into such a numbness, that they have nothing to offer.

Rila train ticket offices can be found in city centers. Shipka is a travel agency of the Bulgarian Automotive Association. There are also many minor ones, private travel agencies.

VISAS AND EMBASSIES

Polish citizens, as well as the United States and the European Community have the right to enter without a visa for a period not exceeding 30 days.

We provide this information only as a cultural curiosity: tourists visiting Bulgaria coming from the countries of the 'foreign exchange zone” Paid visas are still issued, which are among the most expensive in the world (from 35 do 85 $), in addition, citizens of these countries pay a border tax on entry in the amount of 23 $. Fortunately, in the, Poles, this provision does not apply.

Accommodation confirmations

Every tourist entering Bulgaria receives a statistical card from the immigration officer (statisticzeska karta). The card must remain in the passport of the traveler until he leaves Bulgaria, because it will be stamped with a stamp confirming the stay in all hotels or in renting rooms. When leaving Bulgaria, the immigration officer collects the card from the traveler, so be careful, so as not to lose her. If the traveler is staying with friends, is required to report within 48 hours to the local police station, to register. Sometimes it is necessary to provide details of the host or the host has to personally register his visitor.