How to safely relax in Bulgaria and what to do
So, from May 1, Bulgaria opened for foreign tourists, which means that you can plan holidays. The country is inexpensive, with sea and sanatoriums – just what you need to be tired after spring. In this article we understand how to spend time in Bulgaria, so that it is cool, and not sad.
Conditions of entry
Tourists from Russia can enter one of the three documents:
- Certificate of vaccination, and since the introduction of the second dose, must pass at least 14 days. Make the second vaccination and fly out the next day will not work.
- Negative PCR test made 72 hours before departure or test for antibodies not older than 48 hours.
- Certificate of transferred coronavirus. Here you need a positive test that is at least 15 days.
For entry, you need a visa, but if there is no Bulgarian, the Schengen is suitable. The government promised to simplify the receipt of Bulgarian visas to the ours, but so far there is no information about the rules for submission of documents.
From the airport to the city
All roads lead to Sofia – the capital of sunny Bulgaria. If you have never been in the country, then you start to get acquainted just better from Sofia.
The airport is just 10 km from the city center, you can drive bus, metro, taxi or rented car.
Buses number 84 and №184 take to the center in 45 minutes. Run daily from 6 am to 12 night. More detailed schedule here . Bus tickets can be bought in the "Print" kiosks or directly from the driver. There is a passage of about two Bulgarian Levs (about 100 rubles).
Underground – The fastest way to get to the city center is only 20 minutes. In 2015, opened the station Sofia Airport in Terminal 2. You can buy a ticket at the station, costs 1 lion.
Taxi Here as a lottery. Ride the same 20 minutes, but the cost can be any. Typically, 0.80 lips are considered for 1 km, but the experienced says that counters include not all drivers. So be careful and, if possible, negotiate price.
Rent a Car – A good option for those who are not used to rely on schedules and plans to go beyond the city and ride around the country. See both in the arrival area, there are a lot of rental companies: Sixt, Europcar, Hertz, Top Rent-A-Car, Enterprise, Avis. But we recommend reading about these rides in advance on the Internet and book a car before arrival. Usually it is cheaper than taking immediately on the spot. Yes, and faster.
What to see in Sofia
If you do not yet get to Greece, do not worry – in Sofia, there are also many ancient monuments and structures, even remembering the times of the Ottoman rule and the Byzantine Empire. At the same time, there are also later buildings, such as the temple of Alexander Nevsky, Church of St. Nicholas and even Sofia Synagogue! But first things first.
On the territory of the city used to be Roman amphitheater angry , not strongly inferior in terms of the sizes. And in 2004, during the construction of the hotel, his ruins were found. It did not prevent building a hotel, but it is still possible to look at these ruins inside – they have saved them.
Be sure to look at the Cathedral Holy Week . Inside incredibly beautiful. And since I decided to walk along the temples and cathedrals, reach Temple Alexander Nevsky , built at the beginning of the twentieth century. It is strongly distinguished against the background of the cityscape, so I will definitely do not pass. Sofia synagogue also different from the architecture of the city. Although it is easy to go inside, but there is a museum dedicated to the Bulgarian Jews nearby.
Be sure to free one evening to visit Ivan Vazov Theater. Beauty outside and inside, and in the poster a lot of interesting productions! If the weather allows, we recommend to arrange a picnic in Park Boris – He is the Park Borisov Gradina, located in the city center. Interesting story of this garden. He was created on the initiative of one Swiss gardener, but over time the territory of the park increased, fountains, rosary, pond and a Japanese kindergarten were added, and soon they built there and the observatory.
If you travel with children, reduce the child in "Museumo". This is an interactive museum about science, where you can touch, sniff, and climb on exhibits. What else is needed for children’s happiness? From entertainment will also like the local zoo and open karting Straight in the city!
Synagogue in Sofia
Rest at nature
Popular Place near Sofia – Mountain Array Vitoshi And the National Park. In winter, they go on skis here, and in the summer – to engage in trekking on a variety of proposed routes. Here you will find Boyan waterfall, which is lowered from a height of 15 meters.
How to get: From the metro station "G. M. Dimitrov "Location number 123 goes to an hour. On the way of 20 minutes, it will bring it right to the funicular "Simeonovo-Aleko".
Mineral sources in Bulgaria – valuable resource. It goes here not only from Russia, but also Europe. The most popular resorts are in Sandanski, Velingrad, Hisar, Devin, Sapareva Ban, Kyustendil. There are marine – Pomorie, Sveti-Konstantin-I-Elena and Golden Sands.
But it is necessary to clearly understand what problems are you going, and what do you want from the resort. If you need Thermal waters, Go to Sandanski and Velingrad. There in waters a great content of fluorine. With skin and intestinal problems the most will be in Hisar, Sandanski, Velingrad, Kyustendil. There is still an interesting place – Saparheva-Banya resort. In these sources, the water temperature can reach 100 degrees!
If you Fan of mud baths, then immediately go to the Black Sea Resort Pomorie. There are many varieties of therapeutic mud suitable for the treatment of a large spectrum of diseases. Also in Varna, Burgas and Balchik there are mud lakes with resort complexes on the shore.
It is only one of the few examples, how to spend time in Bulgaria with benefit and pleasure. Good trips!