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Practical information


In this section you'll find some practical info to help you organise your holiday to Bulgaria.

About Bulgaria

Bulgaria is located in the most southeast corner of Europe. It borders Greece and Turkey in the South, Macedonia in the West, and Romania in the North. Bulgaria is about half the size of the UK and roughly 8 million Bulgarians live in this Eastern European country.

Bulgaria has a very varied landscape, with over 40 different mountain ranges. Combined with traditional agriculture that is still widely practised, this results in extremely rich habitats and wildlife.

Most people know Bulgaria as a seaside holiday destination. But Bulgaria has so much more to offer. Rich wildlife, stunning landscapes, archaeological sites, intriguing ancient rituals and picturesque villages.

More and more people discover Bulgaria, but it is still a more quiet destination away from the beaten path. Within Bulgaria, Strandja Nature Park combines the Black Sea with mountains, clean rivers, quiet villages and unspoilt nature. If you like to see undiscovered places, Strandja will be a wonderful new destination for you.

Bulgarian money

Bulgaria has joined the EU in 2007, but doesn't use the Euro yet.

The Bulgarian currency is the Lev (plural Leva), abbreviated as лв in Cyrillic. The Lev is divided into 100 stotinki. The Lev is pegged to the Euro and one Lev is worth about 50 Eurocents.

It is possible to obtain Bulgarian Leva abroad. However, there are cash machines at the airport, and in Malko Turnovo and Tsarevo in Strandja Nature Park. Or you can change money in a bank in Tsarevo or Malko Turnovo.

Common sense really, but never change money on the street. Euros are often accepted instead of Leva so it is advisable to take some Euros with you to be sure you have cash on hand in case you need some immediately.

Bulgarian language

Bulgarian is a Slavic language written in the Cyrillic alphabet. Most people recognise it as Russian. However, the Cyrillic alphabet was actually created by two Bulgarian monks, Kiril and Metodii, especially for the Bulgarian language. The Bulgarians are justly proud of their alphabet and even have a special day to celebrate it.

We recommend you bring a phrasebook during your holiday to Bulgaria. This way you can communicate on a basic level while you are here, and make your stay even more special.

The Cyrillic alphabet has 30 letters and the writing is phonetic. With a little practise, you will be able to pronounce the 30 letters of the Bulgarian alphabet. Yyou can then enjoy reading the signs in during your holiday to Bulgaria.

It is quite easy to recognise all sorts of familiar words. An example is the word ресторант. If you know the Bulgarian 'P' is pronounced as r, the 'c' is an s, and the 'н' is the letter n, you see the word is pronounced as restorant! Бон апети!

Visas and entry regulations

Bulgaria joined the European Union in 2007. You do not need a visa for a holiday to Bulgaria when you live in an EU country. If you live outside the EU, you should check with your embassy or consulate.

It is always a good idea to ensure your passport is valid for at least three months when travelling abroad.

Health

There are no compulsory vaccinations for travel to Bulgaria. For more information on health-related issues for travel to Bulgaria, see the website of the National Travel Health Network and Centre .

Travel and medical insurance

We highly recommend taking out travel insurance.

We will ask you for some details (like policy number, contact details of your insurance company, and next of kin contact details) before you arrive in Strandja. This information helps us help you in case of any problems during your stay in Strandja.

We recommend your insurance includes cover for all medical expenses and emergency repatriation.

Snorkel on a tree trunk at a beach in Strandja Nature Park Bulgaria. Outline of Bulgaria's location in Southeast Europe.

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