Located in Southeast Europe, in the Northeast part of the Balkan Peninsula, Bulgaria is just a couple of hours away from most European capitals.
Our country offers an incredible voyage through mystical forests, golden shores, snowy peaks, ancient fortresses, heavenly monasteries and astounding natural wonders. It is a place where civilization and nature meet to create the perfect blend between urban life and great outdoors and where everything is at hands. The country offers are varied and exciting atractions: skiing, windsurfing, hiking, spa, golf, etc.
Bulgaria is among the most affordable destinations in Europe where even the most demanding tourists' wishes will be satisfied. And once visited, it will always give you something to come back for.
These advantages together with the growing number of three, four, and five-star hotels in the large city centers along the Black Sea coast and at the mountain resorts make the country more and more attractive for congress tourism.
For residents of the EU and the USA, no visa is required for up to a 90-day stay in Bulgaria. For information about other countries, see the following site: http://www.mfa.bg/en/pages/109/index.html
At present, only BGN (lev) is accepted. The official currency of the country is the lev, which is equal to 100 stotinki. All banks and licensed exchange offices are suitable for exchanging currency.
Climate & Time for Visit
You can enjoy four lovely seasons in Bulgaria. Beautiful blooming spring, dry and hot summer, long and pleasant autumn, and mild winter with lots of opportunities for skiing. The most appropriate time for a visit depends on the reason for your trip. The most suitable months for skiing are December, January, February and March. If you are interested in visiting the Black Sea coast, do it in June, July, August and September. If you are a hiker or camper, the most appropriate times are the late spring, the beginning of summer and early autumn. Any season is a good time to visit one of Bulgaria’s many spa resorts. For business travelers there are not any climate limitations to visit the country.
Bulgaria is located in the Eastern European Time Zone, which is GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) +2 hours.
Language & Religion
The official national language is Bulgarian. The alphabet is Cyrillic. In tourist resorts and large cities most signs and menus are translated and the service staff speaks foreign languages. The official religion in Bulgaria is Eastern Orthodox.
Credit Cards Usage
In large stores, hotels, catering and entertainment establishments the following credit cards are generally accepted: Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club. In smaller stores and hotels it is necessary to pay cash.
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There are international airports in Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna and Burgas. They also serve charter flights and helicopters. Direct charter flights are available to the Black Sea airports in Varna and Burgas during the summer season. Gliders piloted by amateur pilots need special permission, since air corridors are provided solely for them by The Bulgarian Aviation Dispatchers.
Auto Transport & Speed Limits
The road network in the country consists of highways, first-class, second-class and third-class roads. Bus transport is well developed. There are express buses serving most of the large towns and cities in the country. The speed limits are 50 km/h in populated areas, 90 km/h outside populated areas and130 km/h on highways.
Mobile Operators & Internet
Vivacom, Globul and Mtel are the mobile operators, covering the entire territory of the country. They maintain 2G and 3G networks and GSM 900/1800. Bulgaria is in Top 10 of the countries with the fastest Internet speed.
Emergency Telephone Number
The national phone number for emergencies is 112.
Bulgarians greet each other by shaking hands. The Bulgarian gestures for "yes" and "no" often confuse people from other countries. For "Yes," one shakes one's head from side to side. "No" is signaled by one or two nods up and down.
Bulgaria occupies a strategic location at the heart of the Balkan Peninsula, at the crossroads of three continents. With its four international airports the country is no more than two hours by plane from most European capitals and their large international airports with scheduled flights to all destinations around the world.
These advantages, together with the growing number of three, four, and five-star hotels in the large city centers, along the Black Sea coast, and at the mountain resorts, make the country more and more attractive for congress tourism.
Particularly suitable conditions for congress tourism are offered in Sofia, the national capital. There are numerous hotels with suitable conference halls, as well as congress centers, such as the National Palace of Culture and the INTER EXPO Center. Almost all of the larger hotels provide equipment for business meetings and seminars. There are also many educational institutions offering facilities for such gatherings. Additional facilities are available at the Central Army Club, the Boyana Residence, the Universiada Hall and in the recently completed multifunctional Arena Armeets Hall. Participants in business meetings can also take advantage of the varied possibilities for cultural tourism in the city, as well as the facilities in Vitosha Mountain, located in the city suburbs. Those interested in rural tourism, ecotourism, and golf will also find opportunities almost on their doorstep.
The city of Plovdiv, located in the South Central Bulgaria, is another excellent choice for congress tourism. Plovdiv not only hosts a variety of cultural events, but also attracts visitors interested in the city’s rich history, architecture, educational institutions, and research centers. The city is also justly famous for its international trade fairs.
The Black Sea resorts can offer a perfect combination of congress tourism, relaxation and SPA facilities. Many resorts at Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast provide facilities and accommodation year-round, such as those in the cities of Varna, Burgas and at the resort complexes at Albena, Golden Sands, Sunny Beach, St. Konstantin and St. Helena, Dyuni, and St. Vlas. The guests of the Northern Black Sea resorts have also the option of playing golf on some of the best courses in Europe.
The mountain resorts of Bansko, Borovets and Pamporovo combine year-round, world-class facilities for hiking, skiing, and ecotourism with excellent venues for business-related events.
The Danube cities of Vidin and Ruse also offer opportunities for congress forums. The former capital of Bulgaria, Veliko Tarnovo, comes forward with impressive halls for congresses and opportunities to explore the city’s many cultural monuments.