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  • Sofia
Ever growing, never old - this is the motto of the Bulgarian capital. Sofia offers as many attractions /St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, Rotunda, the National Theater, St. Sofia Church and many others/, as a rich nightlife and entertainments. Sofia is one of the most green capital in Europe with its numerous parks. The Bulgarian capital is - modern, changing and alive.
Do not miss to visit the beautiful Boyana Church and the National History Museum with its unique Thracian treasure in Boyana district near Sofia.
Capital offers several Malls suitable for shoping goers.

  • Plovdiv
This is one of the oldest towns in Europe that hides remains from Thracian, Roman and medieval times. Eumolpia, Philippopolis, Pulpudeva, Trimontzium, Filibe - these were some of the ancient names of Plovdiv throughout its 6000 to 8000 years of existence. Apart from its rich historical background, one can find beautiful examples of Bulgarian National Revival style houses from the 18th and 19th century - colourful, symmetrical architectural creations, reminding of the glorious past of the town.
The most romantic part of Plovdiv is the Old Town, where you can walk on the cobbled streets and climb to the top of the hill to find the Roman amphitheather that dates back to 2nd c. A.D.

  • Bansko
Bansko is the best and most rapidly developing Bulgarian ski resort, situated into the picturesque Pirin Mountain and nearby the Glazne River. The Pirin Mountain has predominantly Alpine character and its highest peak is Vihren (2914 m). The town of Bansko is located on 925 m above sea level and its skiing area is on 2000-2600 m. Bansko has the best snow record and the longest ski season from December till May of all Bulgarian ski resorts. The ski zone is serviced by 25 km of speedy and comfortable lifts. It offers 17 ski slopes of various difficulties for both beginners and experts, including a 16 km uninterrupted ski run as well as extremely fast temps and a night run for a fascinating experience.

During spring and summer, Bansko transforms itself into a wonderful, cool and refreshing mountain resort which offers many other activities. Surrounded by the Pirin, Rila and Rodopi Mountains, the towns settings are ideal for biking, climbing and eco tourism. The healing power of its mineral springs and its quite and peaceful environment provide a perfect relaxation and recreation.

Bansko has also a glorious history appreciated by its visitors. Its beauty and magnificence are well preserved not only in the towns architecture style and unique atmosphere, but also in its ambience, impression and of course, its friendly and hospitable people.

  • Veliko Turnovo
Veliko Turnovo the old Bulgarian capital from the time of the second Bulgarian Kingdom (1187-1393). The town is situated on three hills at the picturesque banks of the Yantra river.
Once you've been to Veliko Turnovo, your heart is forever captured by its magical beauty and splendour. This is a place where the future meets the past to build the present. The air is filled with the breath of many national heroes and many legendary men. When you walk around you can feel the holy atmosphere and the energy of a place like this.

  • Varna
Varna is an ancient town of centuries-old traditions. Today it is a large industrial, transport and academic center, as well as an international sea tourism center.
Successor to ancient civilizations, survivor of time transformations, the present-day city of Varna, is one of the most attractive Bulgarian towns, the Pearl of the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast. Commonly referred to as the marine capital (or the summer capital) of Bulgaria, Varna is a major tourist destination, seaport, and headquarters of the Bulgarian Navy and merchant marine.

  • Melnik and Winetasting
The small village of Melnik is an unique combination of almost sub-tropical landscape and 18-th century architecture nestled in the very southwest end of Bulgaria, only few miles from Greece. It is one of the most famous regions of red wine production.

  • The Nine Bulgarian Wonders Protected by UNESCO
1. The Rila Monastery
2. Rock churches of Ivanovo
3. The Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak
4. Threcian Tomb of Sveshtari
5. Madara Rider
6. The old town of Nessebar
7. The Church of Boyana
8. The biosphere reserve Srebarna
9. The National reserve Pirin

  • Bulgarian Cuisine
Bulgarian Cuisine has grown out of wealth of culinary traditions, both local and foreign, combined in a way which is uniquely Bulgarian, offering cuisine with its own characteristics, originality and exceptional variety.

  • Bulgarian Icons
Bulgarian Icons have millennial history. Under the reign of tsar Boris I, in 865, Bulgaria was the first of all Slav peoples to adopt Christianity from Byzantium as its official religion. Since then the icon, venerated as an especially sacred object of cult and rite, has developed as a fundamental part of the Bulgarian art from the ninth century through the present day.

  • Bulgarian Traditions:

Fire Dancing This is a custom that can be seen only in some villages between Strandzha and the Black Sea, around Bourgas. A basic element of the custom is the dance in fire ( glowing embers). The whole village takes part in the celebration but it is only the fire-dancers that participate in the ritual dance. They are chosen by the saint who is patron of the holiday. The dancers are able to "see" his face, to "hear" his voice and his spirit is transferred in them and on his behalf they can interpret omens , give advices and scorn people.

Mummers- Kukeri On New Year's Eve and Zagovezni in Bulgaria special rituals called Mummer's games take place. The Mummer's games are performed by men only. They put on special masks hand-made by each of the participants. The mummer's games aim to scary and sweep away forever the evil spirits and the weird sisters with the help of the special magic dances and the scary masks, so that the crops for the next year are rich.

Martenitsa Day- 1 st of March Third day is considered the first day of the spring and is celebrated with a great joy. A red cloth is hung on top of the door or under the eaves. It is believed that the red color will make Baba Marta happy and the weather will be nice.The martenicas are carried on until the first storks and swallow come. When you have seem a stork you can take you martenica off and put it on a blossomed tree or throw it towards the bird and say: "Take the ugliness of the winter away, bring forth the beauty of the spring!"

Important telephone numbers:
Dialling code for Bulgaria from abroad + 359
Fire-brigade 160
First aid 150
Police 166
Traffic police car accidents + 359 2/ 982 72 823, 866 50 60
Road aid + 359 2/ 962 54 12, 962 52 99
Airport + 359 2/ 937 22 13
Central railway station in Sofia+ 359 2/ 931 11 11
International airport + 359 2/ 952 50 04