ABOUT The land of roses, Bulgaria, is a small country of ancient culture, scenic beauty, friendly people, hospitality and warmth. Bulgaria is situated in south-eastern Europe. It occupies the central part of Balkan peninsula on both sides of the Balkan Range (the Balkans), from which the peninsula hase taken its name. The grater part of the northern border with Romania passes along the Danube, and the eastern border is the Black Sea. The land borders with Yugoslavia and Macedonia to the west, with Turkey to the south-east, and with Greece to the south. Bulgaria is a beautiful mountainous country, with tourism opportunities being one of its biggest assets. Bulgaria possesses beautiful landscapes and beaches, and is becoming a real resort paradise. The Black Sea Coast on its East border is famous for its fine sanded beaches, and perfect temperatures of water and air. The larger seaside resorts draw huge crowds of tourists from Western Europe, who come attracted by the low prices.

CLIMATE Weather in Bulgaria adheres to the traditional four seasons of spring, summer, autumn and winter. The summer season is June to August and tends to be the most unpleasant and can become dry and dusty at times with temperatures reaching 36°C. Autumn is September to October and is a welcome relief from the hot, dry summer with temperatures dropping down to 19 to 24°C. Winter is November to February and brings cold, dry snow which blankets the ski resort while temperatures range from -3 to 6 °C. Spring is March to May and brings back more moderate temperatures ranging from 0 to 21°C.

BEWARE Some tourists have been victims of overcharging in strip clubs in Sofia and in some ski resorts, particularly Bansko. Overcharging can amount to hundreds of pounds and victims have been threatened with violence if they don’t pay. Tourists are targeted by thieves and pickpockets in Sunny Beach and other resorts. Don’t take valuables to the beach and be wary of poorly lit roads around the resort at night. There have been reports of car tyres being deliberately punctured across Bulgaria. While investigating the puncture, someone distracts the driver and personal belongings and documents are stolen from the vehicle.