Bulgaria

Bulgaria

Country profile

For UK travellers, Bulgaria is among the cheapest holiday spots out there. With sunny beaches, pretty coastal towns and picturesque scenery, the country has plenty to offer – including numerous Unesco World Heritage sites, from monasteries to mountains. Here, the beer is cheap and the food hearty: a winning combination.

KEY INFORMATION
Capital: Sofia
Visa requirements: No visa required
Time zone: GMT + 2 
Language: Bulgarian
Currency: Lev
Population: 7.1 million
Electricity: 220V and 50Hz 

Tipping policy: Around ten per cent of the bill is customary in all service sectors 

AIRPORTS AND FLYING TIME FROM THE UK
Direct flights to Sofia (average flight time: 3h 15m): Birmingham, Edinburgh, Liverpool, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton, London Stansted

TOP FIVE ATTRACTIONS
Rila Monastery
Vitosha Mountain
Belogradchik Fortress
Plovdiv Old Town
Boyana Waterfall

MAJOR EVENTS
Rose Festival
Kapana Fest
International Jazz Festival
Varna Summer International Music Festival
Apollonia Arts Festival

WEDDINGS
Documents needed:
Proof of identity;
Proof that you are legally allowed to marry;
A divorce and/or death certificate of former spouse(s), if applicable;
A medical certificate, as certain diseases constitute an obstacle for marriage here;
A declaration of marriage.

Same-sex and LGBTQ marriages are not recognised in Bulgaria.

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