Bulgaria

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Lying in the Northeastern part of the Balkan Peninsula, Bulgaria boasts a vibrant 1,300 year history and over the centuries has been an important crossroad between Europe and Asia.

Bulgaria is rich in beautiful diverse landscapes and is full of surprises, with long sandy beaches, green fertile valleys, wild mountain ranges, rivers, gorges, and natural springs. Summers are long and warm with rich colors and scents of the fields and harvests of organic fruits and vegetables. The beaches are extensive and surrounded by rocky coves and inlets encompassing the idyllic serene waters of the Black Sea. The winters are full of deep natural snow, making it a wonderland for winter vacations with skiing in the mountains, relaxing by roaring log fires, or strolling through snow filled pine forests.

Bulgaria is an interesting and intriguing experience for anyone: for those who love the warm southern sea or snow-covered slopes, for those who want to see its cultural and historic monuments, or for those who wish to delight in its unique and living folklore. Young people fond of sports, families with children, retirees, and anyone seeking a carefree holiday can all find activities that suit their needs. In short, Bulgaria has something for everyone in the form of an all year round unspoiled playground ready to be discovered by those adventurous in spirit, but not wanting to stray too far from the central hub of Europe.

POPULATION: 7.8 million inhabitants

LAND AREA: 111,000 sq km

CAPITAL: Sofia (pop. 1,500,000)

LARGE CITIES: Plovdiv, Varna, and Veliko Turnovo

RELIGION: Eastern Orthodox. The Bulgarian Church is autonomous and headed by a Patriarch

STATE GOVERNMENT: Bulgaria is a parliamentary republic

VOLTAGE: 220 V only, you will need a standard round two-pin adapter available in the UK for powering equipment

CURRENCY: Bulgarien Lev, fixed to the Euro (1 Euro = 1.95 Lev)