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Discover a country with all the beauties of nature …….. and much more!

BULGARIA has it all what is missing is just YOU!

Location Bulgaria is situated in South-Eastern Europe and occupies an area of 111 000 in the NorthEastern part of the Balkan Peninsula. Its length is 520 km and its width is 330 km. The overall length of its borders is 2245 km. Bulgaria borders to the north on Rumania (the frontier line runs along the Danube river and continues on land to the north-east), to the south - on Greece and Turkey, to the west - on Serbia and Macedonia (former Yugoslavia) and to the east - on the Black Sea. The average altitude is 470 m.

Population about 8 million the average density of the population is 76, 2 people per a square kilometer. The number of the town population (68, 3%) prevails over the number of the rural population. The main part of the population are Bulgarians numbering 7 200 000. Beside them in the country live about 800 000 Bulgarian Turks, 300 000 Gypsies and small number of Jews, Armenians, Russians and Greeks.

Relief The relief of Bulgaria is extremely varied. Vast plains and valleys, precipitous ravines and gorges, deep glens nestling among hills, lowlands and high mountains alternate together on its comparatively small territory. The average altitude above sea level is 470 m. The Rila Mountains are the highest in Bulgaria as well as in the whole Balkan Peninsula with Mt. Moussala - 2925 m. 34% of the seaside consists of beaches and dunes. Along the seaside there are 18 lakes and many bays, the largest of which are the bays of Varna and Bourgas.

Climate The climate in Northern Bulgaria is moderate continental, while the climate in Southern Bulgaria is intermediate continental tending to Mediterranean. The climate in the regions with an altitude of 19002000 m above sea level is mountainous and along the Black Sea coast it is maritime. The climate of the seaside regions is milder in the winter and cooler in the summer than the climate of the interior of the country. The average annual temperature is 10.5째C. The average January temperature is around O째C. Average summer temperatures rarely exceed 30째C.

Capital Sofia - population over one and half million .

Other main cities Plovdiv, Varna, Burgas, Rousse, Pleven,Veliko Turnovo

Language the official language is Bulgarian and uses only the Cyrillic alphabet. To facilitate tourists, road and direction signs in populated areas, resorts, railway stations, airports and along the main motorways are also spelled in Roman letters. English, German, French, Russian and other languages are spoken in the country.

Culture It will be omnipresent in your days with unique finds in the museums, including the world s oldest gold; with beautiful collections of works from self-taught old masters to modern painters in the art galleries; with classical concerts and folklore song-and-dance festivals.

Typical Bulgarian Dance on the fire

Tourism Bulgaria offers excellent conditions for tourism. The Black Sea Coast has become world known for its wonderful geographical and climatic conditions: a warm sea, with almost imperceptible tides, wellwooded shores and vast beaches covered with fine golden sand. Modern resorts offer excellent conditions for rest and recreations, such as Zlatni Pyassatsi (the Golden Sands), Drouzba, Slunchev Bryag (the Sunny Beach), Rousalka, Albena, Duni, Elenite, St. Constantine and Elena, motels, camping sites and summer camps.

Sunny Beach, Black Sea

Each of the Bulgarian mountains has a charm of its own - their snow-capped peaks sparkling in the sun, covered with thick pine or deciduous forests interspersed with fragrant alpine meadows. There are numerous cosy chalets and pleasant holiday houses, snuggling in the mountains folds. The mountain and ski resorts of Borovets, Bansko, Pamporovo, Malyovitsa, Velingrad, Yundola and many others are equally attractive in summer and in winter.

Rila Lakes

There are 2000 explored and unexplored caves in Bulgaria. In one of them, the Magoura Cave, the unique rock drawings made by people from the pre-historical time can be seen. The Belogradchik rocks, the natural pyramids at Melnik, the Pobiti Kamuni (Stone Forests) near Varna, the Er Kyupria (Devil s Bridges) in the Rhodopes are some of the most curious sights of Bulgaria.

Magura Cave

Beside the natural beauties of Bulgaria there are countless historical and cultural monuments. The Thracian tumulus (burial mound) near Kazanluk and the Proto-Bulgarian Madara Horseman near Shoumen are two of them. Entire towns and villages in Bulgaria are nominated as museum towns – Turnovo, Koprivshtitsa, Old Plovdiv, Melnik, Zheravna, Kotel, Tryavna, Nessebur and many other places where memories of the past still linger.

Passport and visa EU nationals and some other European citizens do not need a visa!

Currency and currency exchange The Bulgarian national monetary unit is the LEV. 1 EURO = approx. 2 LEVA 1 LEV = approx. LM 0.20 Coins of 1, 2, 5, 10, 50 stotinki (coins, 100 stotinki = 1 LEV) and banknotes of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50,100, 200 leva are in use. The exchange of currency is unrestricted and there is no compulsory exchange. Upon departure from the country any unused Bulgarian currency may be changed back into the respective national currency.

Working hours Banks usually work with clients from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., offices from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. Most shops are open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Monday to Saturday and many are open on Sunday.

SVISHTOV (VELIKO TARNOVO) – BULGARIA Tourism: The town of Svishtov (30 591 inhabitants, above 100 meters above the sea level) is situated at a high terrace on the right bank of the Danube River, in the right place where the river reaches its most southern point. It is situated at the distance of 250 km north-east from the capital – Sofia.

History of Svishtov: The town is a successor of the Roman (and later on of the Early Byzantine) town of Nove (1st century) – an important strategic centre with naval functions. During the Middle Ages it was called Stuklen, and in the map of Fra Mauro of 1459 it was marked under the name of Sistovo, which is the transcription of today’s name of the town. Svishtov comes from “svesht” (candle). During the first centuries of the Ottoman Rule there were several huts here, which lit up with fires along the river banks the way of boats and sailing-vessels during the night-time. Gradually the future town of Svishtov was formed around them. Svishtov is the birthplace of Dragan Tsankov, Grigor Nachevich, Nikolay Pavlovich. Dimitar Tsenov, Alexander Bozhinov, Tsvetan Radoslalov (author of the song, on the basis of which “Mila Rodino” (“Dear Motherland”) – Bulgarian national anthem was composed and of the great Bulgarian writer – humorist, democrat and creator of the organized hiking movement in our country - Aleko Konstantinov.

Weather in Svishtov: Svishtov has a typical Mediterranean Climate Summers are hot, winters are cold. It’s often snowing. The lowest degrees are in winter (-10; -15 C) and the hottest in the summer – it can be up to 35-37 C. So there are nothing to worry about weather conditions. It is pretty cool – you can enjoy all kinds of weather conditions here.

Transport: Bus and railway transport. There are regular bus lines to Rousse, Pleven, Veliko Tarnovo, Lovech and other smaller settlements within the region. There is a bus transport functioning in Svishtov, too.

Prices: Prices in Bulgaria for some items are around half that of Western Europe, and good bargains are to be had on shoes and leather goods as well as other clothing. Note that clothes from famous international brands, perfumes, electronic equipment, etc. often are more expensive than in other parts of Europe.

We hope that this information will be useful for you! ď Š

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