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Most Interesting Facts about Bulgaria

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Bulgaria is an Eastern European Country on the Eastern side of Balkan Peninsula A blend of Western and Eastern cultures; it contains the second oldest occupied town in Europe and a relatively urban lifestyle. Not only that, it is a country filled with pristine coastlines, towering mountains, never-ending waterfalls, and a generally lush nature that is extremely inviting. It’s much cheaper than other countries in Europe, the food is delicious, and Bulgarians are warm-hearted and very welcoming. Here are some amazing facts about Bulgaria you might not know, but definitely should!

1. Bulgaria is the only country in Europe that hasn’t changed its name since it was first established. This happened in 681 AD.

2. Bulgarian yogurt is the best in the world, no doubt about it. This is because of Lactobacillus Bulgaricus, the bacterium that is responsible for giving Bulgarian yoghurt its unique flavour and consistency, can be found only in Bulgarian air.

3. The roses grown in Bulgaria’s “Rose Valley” produce most (70-85%) of the world’s rose oil – a component in most perfumes. If you want a very “Bulgarian” souvenir to take home, be sure to pick up some rose oil, which can be found for sale just about everywhere.

4. Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, has Bulgarian roots. He was named after his Bulgarian grandfather Marko.

5. The oldest golden treasure in the world was found in Varna. In 1972, almost 300 graves were discovered in a necropolis in the industrial zone of Bulgaria’s Black Sea capital. The artefacts are dated at 4600 – 4200 BC! The treasure consists of a total of 3,000 items and weighs six kilograms. Currently, you can awe at the sophisticated gold, copper, and pottery items at the National Historical Museum in Sofia and at the Varna Archaeological Museum.

Varna Archaeological Museum
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6. The Bulgarian folk song “Izlel e Delyu Haydutin” by the Bulgarian folk music singer Valya Balkanska was sent in deep space on the board of the US Space Probe – Voyager I, as part of a collection of our civilization’s finest cultural artifacts – a message to an alien intelligence.

7. Bulgarians invented the first electronic computer, digital watch and car air bag. John Atanasoff is the scientist of Bulgarian descent who designed and developed the first electronic digital computer device together with Clifford Berry.

8. The Cyrillic alphabet was invented by two Bulgarian monks – Cyril and Methodius back in 9th century. It became the third official alphabet of the EU after the accession of Bulgaria to the EU on January 1, 2007.

9. Bulgarians are smart. The country takes second place in the world in international IQ tests and SAT scores.

10. “Name Days’’ are celebrated in addition to birthdays in Bulgaria and even more valued by some people.

11. Bulgaria is the second country in Europe with the highest number of natural mineral springs. Bulgaria is heaven for SPA.

12. Bulgarian primary and secondary education are state-supported. The country has a literacy rate of 98 percent.

13. In 2010, a city councillor in Bulgaria was fired from work because of Farmville. Dimitar Kerin of Plovdiv was dismissed so he can “have more time to tend his virtual farm”.

14. Bulgaria was one of the two countries that protected their Jewish inhabitants from being sent to the Nazi concentration camps.

15. Dan Kolov is the first World wrestling champion with an astonishing 1,500 wins and only 2 lost matches. He remained a proud Bulgarian until his death. He was even quoted saying, “I feel strong because I am Bulgarian.”

16. Bulgarians welcome spring with Baba Marta. Every year on March 1st, red-and-white woven bracelets with one another. They wear these Martenitsi bracelets throughout the month, until they see a stork or a blooming tree. Then, the bracelets are tied to trees as a way of welcoming springtime.

How to Reach?

Bulgaria is very well connected to most of the European countries and the Middle East. The main airport is the Sofia International Airport which receives all the international flights.

There are good rail connections between Bulgaria and other countries. Sofia and Verna are the major two stations which receive international trains. Serbia (Belgrade), Romania (Bucharest), Hungary (Budapest) and Greece (Thessaloniki) have regular train services till Sofia.

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Captain Nero’s recommendations in Bulgaria:

Seven Rila Lakes: The Seven Rila Lakes are the most visited group of lakes in Bulgaria, both by locals and tourists. They are situated in Rila National Park and are perfect for hikers, but also for nature lovers with less hiking experience. Each lake carries a name associated with its most characteristic feature. The highest one is Salzata (“The Tear”), the deepest one is Okoto (“The Eye”), and the larger one is Bliznaka (“The Twin”).

Click here to know about other adventurous activities in Bulgaria!

Seven Rila Lakes
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Plovdiv: One of the most ancient cities in Europe and among the best cities to visit in Bulgaria, Plovdiv surprises visitors with its diversity. Located in southern Bulgaria, Plovdiv is like an open-air museum of Bulgaria’s history. Featuring fortresses, amphitheatres, churches, cobbled stone roads, and vintage houses; Plovdiv offers utmost holiday charm, like none other.

Nessebar: Often referred to as the Pearl of the Black Sea, Nessebar is one of the best places to visit in Bulgaria. This is another pretty town, located by the Black Sea coast, known for its ancient ruins, edifices, and stunning beaches. Walking towards the Old Town you will pass by one of the last remaining windmills in Bulgaria. Visit the old churches in Nessebar and walk along the Thracian fortifications. It’s a must visit.

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Sozopol: Sozopol is another gem of a place on the Black Sea Coast. Hosting one of the country’s largest art festivals every September, the Old Town is a popular destination among the artsy tourists. There are several remains of ancient walls, fortresses, and medieval Christian Complexes. The major attractions to this coastal city currently include the romantic cobblestone streets, the beautiful beaches with various water sports options, and the great dining and nightlife experiences.

Source: The Global Eyes

Koprivshtitsa: Surrounded by beautiful mountains, Koprivshtitsa is a lovely place that still keeps the spirit of revolutionary Bulgaria and of the April Uprising of 1876. With the backdrop of Sredna Gora mountains; this historic town is perfectly set on the banks of Topolnita River and is famous for its folk festivals and carnivals.

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Veliko Tarnovo: This small city in central Bulgaria is most well-known as the home of Tsarevets Fortress. A huge chunk of the city occupies the hills and as such, it has magnificent cobblestone streets, lots of ancient churches and several traditional homes. Veliko Tarnovo looks surreal and a visit to this place during Bulgaria holiday is worth in every sense.

Bansko: The town of Bansko is renowned as Bulgaria’s number one skiing mecca. It is nestled at the foot of the Pirin Mountains whose peak reaches 2914 meters. In addition to skiing, the town boasts several après-ski restaurants, world-class spas, and robust nightlife, and hosts the Bansko Jazz Festival every year.

Source: SUITCASE Magazine
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