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Travel tips for Bulgaria - what to prepare in advance and what to obey

Plovdiv Sunset 1. The national currency of Bulgaria is lev (lion) and a small change coin is a stotinka. Changing money in Bulgaria is best in banks. Before the exchange you need to know in advance about the commission which banks take for the provision of services.
2. For the last few years, the tourism industry in Bulgaria has moved far ahead. The tourism infrastructure is actively developing, new hotels, parks and water parks are being created, which allows Bulgaria to be considered one of the most comfortable resorts on the Black Sea coast.
3. In Bulgaria, sign language is very different from traditional European. The nod of a local's head does not mean consent. On the contrary, it means dissent. Many Bulgarians working in the tourist sphere knowing this feature use traditional gestures.
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4. Bulgaria has restrictions on the importation of alcoholic beverages, cigarettes, coffee and tea into the country.
5. All the beaches in the country belong to the state; hotels do not have their own beaches. If the tour operator claims the opposite, then he resorts to deception.
6. When planning a holiday in Bulgaria, be sure to take into account that the country offers ample opportunities for excursion recreation. On its territory there are many ancient cities and temples that will be of interest to history lovers.
7. On the beaches, rescuers hang out flags for the convenience of tourists: green, yellow and red. If the red flag hangs for example, then you cannot go further than 3 meters into the sea. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
8. When choosing a hotel, you can choose the diet plan: "all inclusive" or "breakfast only." Local restaurants offer a huge variety of dishes at low prices. Besides, in the markets you can always buy fresh fruits and vegetables.
9. The size of the tip in local restaurants is not included in the bill and is 10% of the bill’s value.
10. Moving around the country is best on intercity buses or on trains. If desired, you can order a private bus. This service will cost more, but the movement will be more comfortable.
11. The most actual souvenirs in Bulgaria are textiles, wooden and pottery, wine, rose water and sweets.
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12. In Bulgaria you can find a large number of options for accommodation. You can stop at a hotel or rent an apartment or a private house; this option will be somewhat cheaper and more suitable for families and large companies. The Bulgarian language is Slavic, most of the inscriptions and signposts are written in Cyrillic. The language is simple and understandable to the inhabitants of Eastern Europe, but it has nothing to do with the Romanic languages. The older generation does not speak English very much, for help in this language it is better to address youths.
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Skull Rhodope

From the series “Most Curious Artifacts of Extraterrestrial Origin”
In 2001 the skull of the unknown being was discovered in Ostrhodopenes. The story of the discovery of this artifact is interwoven with the mystical legends. The skull was found by Roman Gentschev, the inhabitant of Plovdiv. The realistic dreams forced the 38 year old man to go to the search for the artifact. In dreams, Roman has seen five men in the unusual silver dresses that have shown the spot of the find exactly.

In search of the skull, the local inhabitant went along with his wife and the comrade. Surprisingly, they have exactly the place where the small skull is discovered. Its weight does not exceed 250 grams. The brain bowl of the specimen is greatly enlarged and there is no oral cavity. Not far from the skull was still found an object of unknown origin-the fragment of the metal ... Read all

Plovdiv

From the series “The Oldest Inhabited Cities on the Planet”
Plovdiv is the oldest city in Bulgaria and one of oldest cities in the world that never ceases to attract with its cultural and historical charm. According to scientists, it was founded in 4000 BC, so the city is over 6,000 years old. Currently, the city is home to about 400,000 people; it’s the second largest settlement of the country after the capital.

Cultural and historical objects represented in Plovdiv have a value of global significance. The city has more than 200 objects of world cultural heritage. Rich historical heritage didn’t prevent Plovdiv from developing as a great economic, trade and cultural center. For many years, it has remained a venue for major international events; there are always interesting exhibitions here in spring and autumn.

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Advices for popular cities of Bulgaria

Sunny Beach
1. The main form of public transport is a bus. It can easily reach not only to all parts of the resort, but also to nearby cities. Thus, you can reach Nessebar from the center of the resort in just 15 minutes. Ticket fare has to be paid to the bus man. 2. Fans of beach vacations are recommended to visit the resort in summer or at the beginning of September. The fact is that in July and August in case of the warm weather the coast is always full of jellyfish, which make staying on the beach … Read more
Sofia
1. Most tourists visit Sofia from May to October, as at this time there is always warm weather favorable for excursions. Winters in Sofia are warm and soft, so fans of festivals would be interested in visiting the city on the New Year’s Eve. 2. The city has an excellent transport system, so you can travel through its territory by underground, buses, trolley buses and trams. Many major attractions are within walking distance of each other, so it is comfortable to explore interesting areas of … Read more
Golden Sands
1. The resort is a perfect choice for both single travelers and tourists who prefer to spend their holidays as a family. Due to a rich choice of hotel complexes and entertainment facilities simply everyone will easily find a place to fit own taste. 2. Tourists who plan to travel across the territory of the country and visit neighboring towns are recommended to use rail transport. This is the fastest and most convenient way to get to suburban areas of Golden Sands. When buying tickets, … Read more
Varna
1. A significant part of local people can speak foreign languages - Italian, English or German, so communicating with them will be not difficult in most cases. Tourists who try to speak their native language always win great respect for the side of locals. 2. Make sure you have enough of the national currency when you plan to visit local markets and shops. You can often pay by euros and U.S. dollars, but they are usually accepted at very disadvantageous rates. 3. Currency may be … Read more
Nessebar
1. National currency is the only means to pay for purchases and services in the city. Tourists can exchange currency in one of the local banks or private exchange offices. Large supermarkets, shopping centers, restaurants and hotels accept international credit cards. The credit cards of major international types are accepted. Among them there are Cirrus, JCB, Maestro, Visa, American Express and MasterCard. 2. Banks and other governmental institutions start working from 8:30 and serve customers … Read more
Burgas
1. A significant part of local people can speak different foreign languages – English, German, or Italian, so it will be not hard to ask help or communicate with them. 2. Tourists should stock up on the national currency when they plan to visit local shops or markets. Even US dollars may be not accepted in local shops and shopping centers. Even if some store accepts foreign currency, they will surely apply an unfavorable rate. 3. Don’t forget to bargain on markets as it is possible … Read more

Trip preparations to popular regions of Bulgaria

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