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ABOUT BULGARIA Situated in southeastern Europe, Bulgaria occupies the northeastern part of the Balkan Peninsula. To the North, via the Danube River, it borders on Romania, to the West – on Serbia and on the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. To the South its neighbours are Greece and Turkey. To the East Bulgaria touches the Black Sea, which links it also to Russia, Ukraine, and Georgia. Bulgaria occupies a relatively small area - 111 000 sq. km, but is nevertheless distinguished by generous and varied nature - a sea with a 380 km. long coastal strip and golden beaches, 16 mountains with their own characteristic features, shelters valleys and high plateaus, over 550 curative mineral springs, dozen of unique natural phenomena and 2000 thrilling caves, a healthy climate and diverse flora and fauna.
AVERAGE TEMPERATURES The average January temperature in Sofia ranges between -4° and 2°. The July temperature ranges between 16° and 27° C. Along the Black Sea, the average January temperature ranges between -1° and 6° C and the July temperature ranges between 19° and 30° C. The soft transitional Mediterranean climate and the fertile soils are very suitable for growing the century-famed Bulgarian attar-yielding rose – a valuable raw material for perfumery, medical products, food and wine, and tobacco industries.
MINERAL SPRINGS Bulgaria has some 500 deposits of mineral waters with over 1,600 water sources. These are localised chiefly at the mountain foothills. The spa resorts of national significance are Velingrad, Sandanski, Bankya the mineral baths of Stara Zagora, Narechen, Sliven and Haskovo, as well as Kyustendil, Varshets, Pavel Banya, Hissarya, Merichleri, Momin Prohod, and Kostenets. Climatic sea-side resorts offering various recreation services are Albena, Balchik, Bourgas, Varna (Zlatni Pyassatzi – Golden Sands), Kiten, Pomorie, Primorsko, Nessebur (Slantchev Bryag – Sunny Beach) and Sozopol. Picturesque lakes hide in the folds of the Rila and Pirin mountain ranges. Reservoirs of recreational potential are to be found in the Rhodope Mountains – namely Batak, Vatcha, Studen Kladenets, at the foot of the Balkan Range – Ticha, as well as in some other places. There are good prerequisites for the development of adventure tourism: wild waters– rafting and canoe, diving, delta and para glidting in the river valleys of Vatcha, Iskar, Chepelarska, Struma, and Mesta rivers.
TRADITIONS Bulgaria is especially proud of its rich folklore traditions. Folk dances, music, national costumes and traditional rituals have an important place in the life of Bulgarians. Every town and village celebrates Christian holidays and folk festivities in its own special way.
WORLD HERITAGE The World Register of Historical Sites, established by UNESCO, includes seven cultural sites and two nature reserves in Bulgaria - Tracian tomb - Sveshtari, Tracian tomb - Kazanlak, The Madara Horseman, The Boyana Church-Sofia, Ivanovo Rock Monasteries, The Rila Monastery, Old Nessebar, Sreburna Nature Reserve, Pirin National Park. 
PUBLIC HOLIDAYS:
January 1 - New Year ;
March 3 - National day of the Liberation from Ottoman Domination ;
Easter - Two days (Sunday and Monday) according to the Orthodox calendar ;
May 6 - St. George\'s Day ;
May 24 - the Day of Bulgarian Enlightenment and Culture and Slav Script ;
September 6 - National Day of Bulgaria\'s Reunion in the year of 1885 ;
September 22 - Independence Day ;
November 1 - Day of the Bulgarian Revival Leaders ;
December 24-26 - Christmas Eve and Christmas ;
December 31 - New Year\'s Eve.
BRITISH EMBASSY IN BULGARIA:
9 Moskovska Street
Sofia
+359 (0) 2 933 9222
www.british-embassy.bg 
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS:
Sofia airport – tel.: +359 2/ 937 22 12
Plovdiv airport – tel.: +359 32/ 60 11 11
Varna airport – tel.: +359 52/ 50 08 34, 50 08 40
Bourgas airport – tel.: +359 56/ 87 02
BORDER CROSSING POINTS YOU CAN USE FOR ENTER IN BULGARIA BY CAR 
Bulgarian - Serbian Border, Kalotina - Motorway E-6, Vrushka Chuka - Belgrad-Zajcar-Koulata-Sofia Motorway, Strejimirovci - Tran-Silistra E-6, Otomansi Bulgarian - Macedonian Border, Gyueshevo - Sofia-Kyustendil-Skopje Motorway, Stanke Lisichkovo - Stip-Delchevo-Blagoevgrad-Sofia Motorway, Zlatarevo - Strumica-Petrich-Sofia Motorway, Bulgarian - Greek Border, Koulata - Motorway E-20, Novo Selo - Motorway E-80, Bulgarian - Turkish Border, Kapitan Andreevo - Motorway E-5, Malko Turnovo - Motorway E-95, Bulgarian - Romanian Border, Rousse - Motorway E-97, Kardam - Constanta-Dobrich-Kula Motorway 14, Durankulak - Motorway E-95, Silistra – Motorway 7.
CUSTOMS INFORMATION Foreign citizens are allowed to import 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars, 1 litre of spirits or 2 litres of wine, gifts up to a reasonable amount, and unlimited foreign currency if declared.
Foreign citizens are allowed to export valuable goods, imported or declared, foreign currency amounting to USD 1000 without a document and up to 10000 if declared. Special bank permission is necessary for larger sums. Cigarettes and alcohol can be exported as above.
BORDER INFORMATION You should be handed a yellow "statistical card" which you have to fill with your name, address, reasons for visit, etc. If you are staying in a hotel get them to stamp it for you, but if you are visiting friends or staying in private accomodation you have to go to the local police station for a stamp. In case you do not do this you may sometimes, though not always, have to pay a fine of up to USD100 when leaving the country.
You can buy the compolsory visa on the border but it will cost you about twice as much as from the Bulgarian Embassy in your own country. In case of arriving by plane new Border tax USD20 has recently been introduced and is usually added to the price of your ticket.


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