REASONS TO VISIT Bulgaria
The Land of History is awaiting
Founded in 681, Bulgaria is Europe’s oldest country and is a place which is rich in history, beauty and culture. It is a member of the European Union, NATO and WTO and has a very strategic geographic location. Its position on the European continent allows investors to reach the entire market of the European Union and the markets of Central and Eastern Europe, which represent a total population of about 853 million. It is also one of the most rapidly changing European Countries. Foreign investment in Bulgaria has never been so dynamic and so massive.
During recent years, a significant number of international companies have opened offices in Bulgaria, just to name a few: Hewlett Packard, IBM, Sony, KPMG, Procter & Gamble, PWC, Coca-Cola and Nestle. As a result of a liberal financial policy and continuous economic growth, Bulgaria has become very attractive to foreign investments. In addition, local companies are also increasing their share of business in Bulgaria and abroad.
OFFICIAL NAME Republic of Bulgaria / LOCATION Southeast Europe /CAPITAL & LARGEST CITY Sofia
OTHER LARGE CITIES Plovdiv, Varna & Burgas / TIME ZONE Eastern European Time (UTC + 2)
POPULATION 7,205,677 (2014) /OFFICIAL LANGUAGE Bulgarian
AGE DEMOGRAPHICS 0-14: 13.2% 15-64: 68.3% 65+: 18.5%
GOVERNMENT TYPE Unitary Parliamentary Republic
CURRENCY The BGN Lev (лв) Pegged with the Euro = 1.95 leva.
TOTAL AREA 110,994 square kilometres (42,855 sq. mi)
RELIGION Predominantly Eastern Orthodox
Amazing Natural Beauty
The Seven Rila Lakes are without a doubt one of the most notable natural attractions on the Balkan Peninsula, a dream destination not to be missed. Their beauty touches the thousands of Bulgarian and international visitors who visit them.
The Seven Rila Lakes, located in the Dangskiya region of the northwestern Rila Mountains, are glacial lakes. They are scattered at the foot of a massive cirque that includes the peaks Suhi Chal (Dry Peak), Otovishki, and Haramiya. The lakes have been named for their shapes and qualities. The highest of them is Tear Lake, which gained its name for its crystal-clear water. It is 2,535 meters high, directly beneath the Otovishki Peak. Next is Eye Lake, the deepest of the seven at 37.5 meters.
Every year on August 19, there is a large gathering of the White Brotherhood or Danovites, who congregate to celebrate their New Year. The celebration takes place near Kidney Lake and consists of ritual rhythmic unison dancing in a large circle. For the Danovites, the Rila Mountains are a holy place where thousands of devotees gather every year to greet the dawn.
The Ancient Thrace
The indigenous population of Thrace was a people called the Thracians, divided into numerous tribal groups. The region was controlled by the Persian Empire at its greatest extent, and Thracian soldiers were known to be used in the Persian armies. Later on, Thracian troops were known to accompany neighboring ruler Alexander the Great when he crossed the Hellespont which abuts Thrace, during the invasion of the Persian Empire itself.
The Thracians did not describe themselves by name; terms such as Thrace and Thracians are simply the names given them by the Greeks.
Divided into separate tribes, the Thracians did not form any lasting political organizations until the founding of the Odrysian state in the 4th century BC. Like Illyrians, the locally ruled Thracian tribes of the mountainous regions maintained a warrior tradition, while the tribes based in the plains were purportedly more peaceable. Recently discovered funeral mounds in Bulgaria suggest that Thracian kings did rule regions of Thrace with distinct Thracian national identity.
Traditions, Wine and Food
If you are planning your first trip to Bulgaria our tour packages are just for you! The itinerary will give you the opportunity to discover the country: traditions, lots of interesting historic facts, visit the most important historic, cultural and religious centers, communicate with people, taste Bulgarian national dishes, wine and local Brandy named "Rakia You will enjoy all the above mentioned within your stay.
World’s Oldest Gold
The oldest golden treasure in the world was found neither in Sumer, nor in Egypt, nor in pre-Columbus America, but in Bulgaria, in an Eneolithic necropolis, found near Varna city in 1972. The treasure has an exceptional value because according to scientists it dates back to the 6th millennium BC. This sensational find posed new questions before science in terms of the ancient civilizations, which had inhabited the Bulgarian lands before the Thracians. Even now, the Varna treasure attracts the attention of scientists from around the whole world. 294 graves of the necropolis had been researched until the present moment, and more than 3,000 golden articles had been found in them. The artifacts impress viewers with their exceptional diversity – more than 38 types of articles, totally weighing more than 6 kilograms. Besides the golden ones, many copper and flint articles were found, as well as articles made of stone and silver, and many clay vessels. Presently the artifacts of the necropolis are presented in the Archaeological Museum in Varna, and because of their exceptional value and the interest that they provoke; they are often shown in museums in the country and abroad.
To see UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites are among the most attractive hotspots for tourists in Bulgaria. While some of them are well-known and appreciated by thousands of people each year, a few of the sites are surprisingly somewhat off-the-beaten-track and away from traditional tourism regions. A rare chance to see another side of Bulgaria and amaze yourself!
For its relatively compact territory, Bulgaria has a large number of World Heritage Sites protected by UNESCO. Seven of these are cultural, showcasing Bulgaria’s history from the time of the Thracians through the Middle Ages to the Ottoman period, and two of them are nature reserves conserving two very different natural habitats.
Explore Bulgaria in a flowest way!