Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do I need a visa to come to Bulgaria?
A: Bulgaria is part of the European Union and citizens of all European countries, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and some other countries can stay without a visa. The rest should obtain a tourist visa (around 30 euro) from the closest Bulgarian embassy.
Q: Is it safe there?
A: Yes. Bulgaria is a geopoliticaly stable, with harmonious relations with the neighboring countries and world forces. After the breakdown of Socialism in Eastern Europe and a big change to a market economy the country is member of the European Union and NATO. Despite some Bulgarians who plant viruses in the Matrix (car theft, prostitution, money faking, drug traffic ) the crime rate in Bulgaria is low and normal safety precautions will make your stay trouble free.
Q: What are the people like?
A: Hot blooded and emotional. Normal and different. In big cities you will find more stressed hard workers. In the countryside you can enjoy space and contact with friendly and welcoming people.
After the post-socialism changes about 1 million (the population of Bulgaria is 8 million) mostly young and skillful people emmigrated to the western world and richer countries. Some remained there and some returned bringing investment and ideas. Many of the people who stayed in Bulgaria (mostly middle aged and older) were disappointed by the change and many still live with little money. In order to survive many people returned back to nature and in the countryside you can still see people using horses for pulling carts or working the soil. Others pick up herbs and develop alternative and traditional medicine (to complement medical treatment). Every year many destill alcohol from the grapes and fruits they produce... The wild spirit in the mountains still escapes the globalization.
Q: What is the food and drinks like in Bulgaria?
A: Tasty and natural! The founders of the Bulgarian state hit bingo because except the variety of landscape, Bulgaria enjoys a very fertile climate and soil: corn, grain, rice, bean, potatoes, grape, tomatoes, peppers, melons, cherries, rose berries, strawberries, blueberries, apples, pears, plums, figs, peaches, apricots, walnuts, peanuts and many other full -flavor vegetables and fruits.
If you have an opportunity try the famous Bulgarian red wine, yoghourt and cheese. In many restaurants you can find some traditional dishes like: "shopska salata" (tomatoes, peppers and cheese salad), "tarator" (cold soup with yoghourt, cucumber and garlic), "mish-mash" (peppers, cheese, eggs...), "kavarma" (meat with vegetables), "drob sarma" (lamb liver with rice), "musaka" (meat, eggs, potatoes)...
Beer is also good and goes well with fried tzatza (small fish from Black Sea)
Q: Is it expensive in Bulgaria?
A: Visitors from Western Europe and America find prices in Bulgaria 2-3 times cheaper. For example a beer is about 0.5 €, a bottle of excellent red wine is 3 ^, a dinner in a good restaurant is 5 € per person. Craft souvenirs, textiles, shoes etc. are also a good purchase.