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Bulgaria is situated in the Balkans in south-eastern Europe. More than half of Bulgaria is made up of mountains. The Balkan Mountains separate Bulgaria in two parts. They reach the Black Sea to the east and the Bulgarian-Serbian border to the West. Bulgaria experiences a continental climate, with cold winters and warm summers and little rainfall due to the country being sheltered from the westerlies.
Bulgaria has grown in popularity as a tourist destination over the last number of years. Visitors have been attracted to the country due to its mixture of golden sand beaches and picturesque coastal areas with buzzing cities which offer great nightlife and entertainment facilities.
Bulgaria is a great holiday destination for all travellers looking to escape to the sun. There is plenty to do to keep everyone busy, from couples and families to groups. The varied and diverse nature of Bulgaria means there will be something to appeal to everyone.
There are regular flights from Dublin to Bulgaria in the summer months, with an estimated flight time of 3 hours and 40 minutes. From Bourgas Airport to the city, it is approximately a 13 minute drive. There are always great deals on holidays to Bulgaria from Dublin.
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Bulgaria is a hotspot for nightlife, with a multitude of bars, clubs and restaurants. Regardless of the type of night out you’re looking for, Bulgaria has it. From beach bars to karaoke bars, live music venues to pulsing nightclubs, you’re sure to have great night in Bulgaria.
Bulgarian cuisine is sure to satiate every palate. Kapama, a meat and potato dish baked in covered clay pots, will go down a treat with meat lovers. Salads are also very popular in Bulgaria, with one of the most popular being shopska salad, a mixture of cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, peppers and white brined sheeps’ cheese.
Kids will love a day out at Aqua Park in Ravda, Bulgaria’s largest waterpark with a range of pools, slides and toys. Go on a family cruise which will take the whole family out on the tides, with some of these cruises even being themed. You can never go wrong with a day at the beach, and many of Bulgaria’s beaches are perfect for kids. There’s lots to do for families in Bulgaria.
Bulgaria has lots of beautiful beaches which are popular amongst tourists. Younger tourists love Sunny Beach due to its expansive shores which are perfect for sunbathing on as well as the multitude of nightclubs and beach bars in its vicinity. Harmanite Beach is another popular beach more suited for families or those looking to relax. There are still lots of establishments like restaurants and hotels surrounding it, so you’ll never be too far from a spot to grab a bite to eat or a drink.
Bulgaria’s various shopping districts are sure to provide you with everything you could possibly want. Tsum Retail Centre, formerly a department store, is now a bustling marketplace for clothing, jewellery and hand-crafted items. See the best of Bulgarian trades at Samovodska Charshiya, where you can find antiques, art works and pottery stores nestled along cobblestoned streets.
Bulgaria is well-known for its beautiful roses. Held in Kazanlak during the first weekend in June, the Rose Festival includes events such as a parade, a crowning ceremony for the Queen Rose and various concerts and workshops. This festival is a must-see for anyone visiting the region while it's taking place!
The best time to visit Bulgaria is during the summer months between June and August. This is when temperatures will be at their highest, sometimes reaching up to 29 degrees, and the country will be at its liveliest due to the high volume of tourists it sees.
Bulgaria uses the Bulgarian Lev.
Bulgaria is 2 hours ahead of Ireland.
The preferred way of getting around Bulgaria is by bus as the country has a well-developed and cost-effective bus network. Alternatively, taking the train will allow you to see some amazing sights that you might miss otherwise.