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Bulgaria. Earth as a human hand...

INTERESTING TOURIST DESTINATIONS IN BULGARIA

 

Azure sea and fine-sand fascinating beaches, magnificent mountains with overwhelming views, crystal lakes and beautiful valleys, marvellous sea and mountain resorts, peculiarities that are typical of a few countries. Good and hospitable people, lovely villages and modern towns and cities that have yet preserved their history, lifestyle and culture.

This is Bulgaria – the country you chose for your holiday.

 

 

Bulgarian tourism capacity.

Bulgaria is a full UNWTO member since 1976. Our membership in the organization allows good positioning of the country as a tourist destination and provision of support for the development of tourism.

The geographical space of Bulgaria covers an area of approximately 111 000 sq.km., and it therefore ranks 14th in Europe and 105th in the world. Situated in the South-Easternmost parts of the European continent, its location has an impact on the diversity of its natural potential and potential for tourism. The clearly distinguished four seasons and the relatively milder climate compared to the one of the Central, Eastern and Northern Europe are a prerequisite for an all-year round tourist destination.

The high variety of tourist landmarks – their total number is about 40 thousand – ranks it among the top 10 in Europe. The most significant of them are included in the "100 national tourist landmarks" system, and the other large group are the natural landmarks. Their density is very high in the mountain and semi-mountain territories where they are either territories with a special nature-protection status or places belonging to the "Natura 2000" ecological network.

There are more than 4 000 caves in the country, 9 of which are fitted for tour visits (lighted and secured). Some picturesque river gorges have a pronounced tourist function. Lots of rock formations are also valuable from a tourist point of view. The mineral spring waters of Bulgaria are also interesting.

The biological resources play an important role in the building of the geosystem of the system of tourism in our country. The flora and fauna diversity underlie the natural landscape potential, which creates prerequisites for the development of the ecological, rural, hunting and ornithological tourism. In our country there are 55 reserves, 364 natural landmarks, 3 national and 11 natural parks. The total number of protected territories and landmarks is 1 012, and the protected species are 574.

The festivals and events are also interesting for tourists. The register of tourist festivals and events contains 1 278 events and festivals. The ones among them having an international importance are 99.

There are 143 resorts in Bulgaria, of which 54 balneological, 55 climate-mountain and 34 climate-seaside resorts. The capacity and healing capabilities of some of them are the reason why some of them have been awarded a national importance status: Varna, Balchik, Nesebar, Sozopol among the seaside ones; Bankya, Velingrad, Sandaski, Hisarya among the balneological ones; Borovets, Pamporovo, Govedartsi among the mountain ones.

The spatial distribution of the tourist resources of the country is characterized by the high extent of overlapping and/or territorial proximity of the natural and cultural landmarks. This geographical specificity allows combining different types of tourism.

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Sea tourism

Bulgaria enjoys a good geographical position and an attractive seaside with coasts with quality sand and wide strips of shallow water. The offering of sea tourism is traditional and included in all information sources for Bulgaria, which ranks our country in the list of mass tourism destinations. In Bulgaria there are 18 climate sea resorts of national importance and 16 climate sea resorts of local importance.

209 beaches with a total area of around 12 thousand decares are a main tourist resource of the country.

Mountain and winter tourism

The mountain tourism in Bulgaria is being developed in 5 mountain climate resorts of national importance and in more than 100 villages without an official resort status.
The total length of the ski tracks in Bulgaria is around 210 km. The major resorts are: Borovets - 58 km., Bansko - 50 km., Pamporovo - 37 km., Vitosha - 19 km.

Cultural tourism

Cultural tourism is a particularly important part of the potential for tourism of Bulgaria. Bulgaria is one of the oldest European countries and is an heir of ancient civilizations, Thracians, Romans, Byzantines and proto-Bulgarians, who all left artefacts of art and architecture. Cultural tourism includes archaeological, architectural, ethnological, religious landmarks, historical landmarks, as well as cultural institutions, museums, galleries, cultural centres (chitalishta) and cultural events of different nature related to the intangible culture, as well as "creative" tourism, in which tourists create culture. They all are distinguished for their variety, authenticity and uniqueness.

The country has rich cultural heritage, around 40 000 registered landmarks of various historical ages, of which more than 10 000 are of national importance. The list of the global cultural and natural heritage of UNESCO includes 7 cultural and two natural landmarks, and 16 more are waiting for a nomination. Bulgaria ranks third in Europe in terms of archaeological cultural valuables, only Italy and Greece being ahead. In the country there are also 33 archaeological and 10 ethnographical, architectural and historical reserves, about 1000 burial facilities and Thracian treasuries are discovered.

The advantages of this tourism are high cultural heritage from various historical ages and high diversity of different types, territorial concentration and favourable position of the cultural-and-historical attractions, preserved authentic local folklore, developed network of museums and the possibility to combine the cultural tourism with all other types of tourism.

The festival and event tourism

The register of tourist festivals and events contains 1278 events and festivals, of which 99 – of international importance.

Wine tourism

In the recent years, the country has turned into an attractive wine tourism destination not only because of the diversity of wine grape varieties, the wine-production traditions and the culture of wine, but also due to the many successfully functioning cellars, part of which are already successful tourist attractions. Three wine clusters are also created in Bulgaria, Antique Route of Thracian Wine, Orpheus’ Route and the Dionysius’ Route. Nine national routes are outlined: The Bdin Route, the Strimon Route, the Antique Route of Thracian Wine, Orpheus’ Route, Dionysius’ Route, Etar Route, Hemus Route, Madara Route, Odesos Route.

Wine tourism is characterised by modern specialized infrastructure in harmony with the state-of-the-art requirements for the development of wine tourism: good transportation accessibility to the cellars, presence of quality accommodation in the cellars themselves or near them. It is possible to combine the visits with different events related to wine, holidays, fairs, wine fairs, wine festivals, etc., as well as with holidays, customs and rites related to the daily life of locals.

Culinary tourism

Considering its traditional cuisine and diverse dishes, typical of the different areas of the country, Bulgaria is a wonderful destination for the fans of culinary tourism aimed at recreation and entertainment, which is to include food-related events – festivals, competitions, demonstrations, culinary show programmes, etc. This type of tourism satisfies also the needs of the modern tourists for new experiences and knowledge.
You will be interested not only in the traditional Bulgarian cuisine but also the regional culinary specifics allowing the development of culinary routes and the possibilities of combining the product with wine and cultural tourism.

Health tourism

For the last three years the global wellness industry grew up from EUR 2.98 trillion to EUR 3.30 trillion. 691 million wellness trips were made for one year, which is 104.4 million more than the previous year. The sector with the highest contribution to the wellness economy are: beauty and anti-age (EUR 887 billion), healthy nutrition and weight-reduction (EUR 576 billion), wellness tourism (EUR 500 billion), fitness and mind-body (EUR 481 billion), prevention and individual medicine and health (EUR 474 billion), additional care and alternative medicine (EUR 177 billion), real estates related to wellness (EUR 106 billion), spa industry (EUR 88 billion), thermal/mineral springs (EUR 45 billion), wellness at the workplace (EUR 38 billion).

Bulgaria is not an exception and is in the top of Europe in terms of wealth and diversity of hydrothermal waters and bio-climate treatment. The country ranks second in Europe after Iceland and is ahead of countries having established traditions in balneology with respect to existing, developed and registered (certified) mineral water resources.

In Bulgaria there are 142 mineral water deposits. A major part of the mineral water in our country issues from a great depth, which is a guarantee for their purity. The characteristics of the mineral waters are favourable for recovery and treatment of more than 90% of the most widely spread diseases treated and paid for under clinical paths by the European health funds. An interesting supplementation are also deposits of healing mud, in 54 separated balneological resorts.

In the last years health tourism in Bulgaria combines traditional resort therapeutic activities – such as balneotherapy, rehabilitation and prophylaxis, with modern wellness and spa programmes. This type of tourism is more and more frequently combined with other tourist products, e.g. cultural, culinary, sport tourism.

Ecotourism

Ecotourism is a relatively new but fast-developing sector in the tourism industry of the country. In the context of the global changes in climate and the increasing negative impact of human activity on the environment, ecotourism becomes a more and more preferred way to rest and relax. It is in its essence a "responsible trip to natural locations (territories, regions, areas), which preserves the environment.

In Bulgaria there are more than 1 000 protected territories and sites, among which 55 reserves, 344 natural landmarks, 564 protected localities, 3 national and 11 natural parks, 35 supported reserves, 574 protected plant varieties, 483 protected animal species and 1646 protected trees. 17 of the reserves in the country are declared biosphere ones under the UNESCO’S Man and Biosphere programme, and two of the natural sites, "Pirin" National Park and "Srebarna" reserve, are included in the UNESCO’S List of World Natural Heritage.

Bulgaria ranks third in the EU in terms of share of the protected areas from the European Ecological Network "Natura 2000", with 34% given an average 18% share for EU.

The marked trails in the mountains have a total length in excess of 37 000 km. International tourist routes pass through the territory of the country: Kom-Emine (its route coincides with the final section of European tourist route E-3), European tourist route Е-4 (Vitosha, Verila,Rila, Pirin) and European tourist route Е-8 (Rila, the Rhodopes). The good network of mountain trails, constructed and maintained park infrastructure, attractive routes, as well as conditions for accommodation in guest houses and tourist base conformed to the peculiarities of the regions are a good prerequisite for a pleasant and well-organized rest in the nature.

You can also combine ecological tourism with the conducted scientific and research-and-applied activities in the protected territories under diverse programmes and projects for long-term protection, defence and for restoration of populations, monitoring of biological species, development of the network of protected territories.

Rural tourism

Rural torusim is also a prospective niche in the tourism. Its main objective is to engage the population in the villages with an additional alternative business, which will not take them away of their main occupation – agriculture and animal-breeding. Rural tourism provides good opportunities for the creation of employment of a large part of the population of the villages and for an increase in the incomes of the people.

Adventure tourism

Adventure tourism is among the fastest developing sectors in the tourism industry, which attracts solvent users, supports local economies and encourages the application of sustainable practices. It includes such activities as underwater safari and underwater archaeology, canoe, rafting, adventure, mountain and road biking, riding, certain types of off-road safari, survival programmes, climbing with a mountain guide, mountain trips of varying difficulty, incl. hiking, trekking, snowshoeing, or dog-sledge riding, extreme skiing, expedition/height tourism to peaks exceeding 6000 m, snowboard, etc.

Urban and entertainment tourism

The towns and cities in the country have rich history and cultural and historical heritage, they are rich in events and provide many opportunities for entertainment and sports. A huge advantage of the Bulgarian towns and cities is the proximity to nature and the possibility to combine cultural and other types of tourism. Excellent shopping opportunities are offered as well as a diversity of restaurants with a traditional and foreign cuisine, bars and night-life establishments.

Sofia

Sofia is the biggest city and the capital of Bulgaria. Founded thousands of years ago, the city continues developing today, as it is turning into a cultural and economic centre of Bulgaria. Sofia provides convenient access to all big and European towns and cities, and from the Central Railway Station and the Bus Station of the city you can reach any point of the country.

The city keeps valuable monuments from the past ages. Tourists can see the exposed remains from the Eastern Gate of Serdica, Sredets, dating back to the ІІ-ХІV century period. There are lots of museums in the capital – archaeological, ethnographic, historical, of nature and science and others, which keep some of the most valuable exhibits of the country.

Sofia is the host of many cultural, musical, sport and other events. The National Palace of Culture, the stadiums and the big halls in the city host many concerts of famous groups and performers. The great number of theatres and galleries offer an interesting and diverse programme.

In the surroundings of Sofia, mostly in the nearby mountains Vitosha, Lozenska and Stara Planina, lots of monasteries have been erected over the centuries, which set up the so called Sofia Holy Forest (Sofiyska Sveta Gora). In the past they used to be cultural centres, which preserved the Bulgarian spirit in the age of Osman yoke.

The capital has diverse sports facilities, outdoors and indoors pools, tennis courts, modern sports halls, parks, and the city stadiums meet the numerous fans of the big Bulgarian football teams.

The parks in Sofia are an attractive option for rest and sport. In the very city centre the Boris Garden (Borisova Gradina) park is situated, and the South Park (Yuznen Park) is near the National Palace of Culture. Two golf courses are built near Sofia, in the town of Ihtiman and the village of Ravno Pole, which offer good conditions for practicing this sport, which is already popular in Bulgaria too. In the winter, the Vitosha mountain is a favourite place for skiers and snowboarders, and in the summer it is a preferred picnic and walking-tourism destination.

Sofia offers lots of entertainment opportunities for children. In many of the parks there are modern and safe play facilities, children’s parks are available, as well as indoors playhouses.
Spa tourism is also well developed. The mineral resources in the nearby resort Bankya offer wonderful conditions for medical treatment, recreation and wellness. In the very capital there are tens of daily spa centres.

The popular Vitosha Boulevard is among the favourite places of the guests and residents of the capital. It accommodates global-brand shops and its status of a pedestrian area makes it a pleasant place for walking and recreation. The shopping opportunities in the city are many and diverse, it contains some of the largest commercial centres on the Balkan Peninsula.

Sofia is a year-long tourist destination and there are no high month-to-month fluctuations. In the past year more than 1 million people slept in Sofia, 63% of whom are foreigners. The average number of nights spent is 1 to 2, both for Bulgarians and for foreigners.

"The charmingly careless capital of Bulgaria is frequently underestimated by visitors who set off directly to the see and skiing resorts. However, they miss something special. Sofia is not a huge metropolis, but is still a big, modern and young-looking city, scattered with churches, Osman mosques and monuments of the Red Army, which leave an eclectic and exotic feeling. The last excavation works during the construction of the city subway reveal a treasury of Roman ruins taking us back almost 2000 years ago, when the town was named Serdica. Outside the buildings and streets, spacious parks and maintained gardens offer rest to the visitors and the ski-tracks and the walking places in the magnificent Vitosha mountain are only a short bus-run away from the city centre. Being the home of many of the best Bulgarian museums, galleries, restaurants and clubs, Sofia can convince you to hang around and then continue your travel."

(Lonely Planet)

Plovdiv

Plovdiv is the second biggest city in Bulgaria. This is one of the oldest cities in Europe, as it was founded about B.C. 4 000. The city is build around seven hills, the Plovdiv hills ("tepes"), which are an integral part of the history of the city.

The city is a host of theatrical, dance and movie festivals and the numerous archaeological discoveries from the Thracian, Roman and Byzantium ages not only remind of the glorious past but are also successfully combined with the modern architecture of the city.

In the city there is a historical museum, archaeological museum, ethnographic museum and museum of nature and science, art gallery, opera and a drama theatre. The fully renewed Museum of Nature and Science accommodates the first 3D planetarium in the country. One of the most famous landmarks is the Architectural-and-historical reserve "Ancient Plovdiv", where beautiful houses of the Bulgarian revival are preserved and restored, many of them being still inhabitable.

Hard efforts are being made also for the restoration of the Bishop’s Basilica, the largest Early-Christian basilica on the Balkans, with which Plovdiv will apply for its inclusion in the list of the sites recognized as cultural heritage by UNESCO.

In addition to cultural landmarks, the city offers very good conditions for sport and entertainment. An Olympic-size rowing channel is built, which offers very good conditions for rowing, running and biking.

Plovdiv was awarded in two categories at the first Balkan Awards for Tourism Industry, "Cultural Tourism 2015" award and "Balkan Cultural Capital" award. In 2016 the city was declared a leading tourist destination in "The Best European Destinations, 2016" ranking.

For one year, more than 240 thousand persons slept in Plovdiv municipality. The average length of the stay is 1 to 2 nights

"Plovdiv easily combines fresh night life with ancient ruins. Just like Rome, Plovdiv is situated on seven hills, but is much more ancient – this is the oldest permanently inhabited European town. It is loved for its romantic old town, full of colourful and creaking 19th century estates, which are now houses-museums, galleries and family hotels. But the cobblestone streets and the nostalgia from the Bulgarian revival period are only a part of the history. The cosmopolitan second biggest city of Bulgaria has always followed closely Sofia, and its election as a European capital of culture 2019 will certainly provide the city with a big advantage. The musical and art festivals attract more and more visitors and the renovation of the Kapana art quarter and Tsar Simeon’s gardens gives the city new assurance. Once being a wonderful road between Bulgaria and Greece or Turkey, now the city flourishes as an independent destination – one of these that must be included in any route in central Bulgaria."

(Lonely Planet)

Varna

Varna is the third biggest city in Bulgaria and the biggest city along the Bulgarian seaside. Due to its history and economic and cultural importance it is frequently referred to as the "Sea Capital of Bulgaria". The city is founded in the VI century B.C. under the name Odessos.

With its modern port, railway unit and international airport establishing contact with 35 countries and more than 100 cities in the world, today Varna is one of the biggest transport centres in Bulgaria.
Two of the most contemporary multifunctional halls in the country are situated in the city – the Palace of Culture and Sport and the Festival and Congress Centre, which allow the conduction of international festivals, scientific forums and sport events. The city has a rich cultural calendar.

Many monuments exposed in the city Archaeological museum date back to high antiquity. Its collection includes also the discoveries in the Varna chalcolithic necropolis, the most ancient gold treasure in the world, which dates six thousand years ago. The visitors are also interested in the Naval and the Ethnographic museums. Varna accommodates one of the largest and richest fine-art galleries in Bulgaria. The Roman thermae in the city are the largest Roman bath on the Balkan Peninsula, having an area of 7000 sq.m. It is the fourth largest one in Europe after the thermae of Karakala and Diocletian in Rome and in Trevira (Trir, Germany).

An attractive tour landmark is the Aquarium, a Black-Sea flora and fauna promotion centre, which presents the first and only marine biological exposition in the country. In the Dolphinarium tourists can enjoy a unique Dolphin show.

Not far from Varna is the University Botanical Garden – the first ecological park in the country, which combines artificial and natural ecosystems. The "Golden sands" Natural Park, a protected territory with rare tree varieties, is where Aladzha Monastery is situated – one of the few rock monasteries in Bulgaria, where the individual premises with different function are clearly discernible.

Varna beaches offer good conditions for recreation, as well as for practicing water sports, beach volleyball, surfing, diving, jet riding, boat trips, banana rides, etc. There are also good conditions in the city for health tourism, sea holiday is successfully combined with health-recovery camps, pre-hospital and hospital help, recreation services and healthy lifestyle.

The catering and entertainment options in Varna are extensive, seaside restaurants, pizzas, bistros, beer-houses, fast-food establishments, clubs and discotheques.

In the immediate proximity of Varna there is a training golf course, and not far from the city there are 3 other big and modern golf courses.

There are opportunities for practicing hunting and fishing tourism in 6 forestry units and 3 hunting enterprises. 8 hunting huts are also situated on their territory.

More than 840 thousand tourists sleep in Varna per year. The average length of the stay is about 5 nights.

"Being the third biggest city and the sea capital of Bulgaria, Varna is the most interesting and cosmopolitan city along the Black-Sea coast. The combination between a harbour city, naval base and sea resort makes it an attractive place for a several-day rest. The city is full of history and is still modern, with a huge park for a slow walk and a long beach, where you can let yourself go. In the city centre you will find the largest complex of Roman baths in Bulgaria and its wonderful archaeological museum, as well as a busy cultural stage and many good restaurants. The city is an ideal starting point for one-day trips to the nearby sea resorts like St. Konstantin and Elena and Golden Sands and the fascinating town of Balchik."

(Lonely Planet)

Veliko Tarnovo

Veliko Tarnovo is situated in Northern Bulgaria, along the Yantra river valley. It is one of the most ancient towns in the country, its history dates back to more than five thousand years ago.

After being declared a capital of the restored Bulgarian state by the brothers Asen and Peter in 1185, the town developed quickly, as in the period XII-XIV century it was the most impregnable Bulgarian fortress and cultural and spiritual centre of the country.

The most significant cultural monument in Veliko Tarnovo is the medieval Tsarevets fortress. The excavations show that Tsarevets, although surrounded by a fortress wall, was not a closed fortress but a true medieval town, in the centre of which was the palace, the St. Petka church, multiple residential and business buildings, water-storage basins and battle towers.

In addition to its historical hills, Veliko Tarnovo is known also for the many Orthodox churches. Some of the most famous Bulgarian monasteries are also in the outskirts of the town.

In architectural terms, the appearance of the oldest part of the town takes the visitors back to the past. Walking along the Gurko str. or along the Samovodska Charshiya (Samovodska Market)(the street of crafts), the visitors of the town are able to take a view of buildings erected more than 200 years ago, as well as to feel a completely different atmosphere. The market is a kind of an ethnographic complex of craftsmen’s shops, souvenir shops and galleries.

The oldest part of the town accommodates most of the local museums and 20 km away from Veliko Tarnovo is also the archaeological reserve Nicopolis ad Istrum, a Roman and Early-Byzantium town founded by emperor Trayan (98-117) in B.C. 106. Another attraction for the tourists is also the Arbanasi architectural reserve, which is situated nearby the town. The ancient village has preserved brilliant architectural monuments from the times of the Bulgarian revival, old churches and lovely yards all flowers and green.

The symbol of the town is the audio-visual show "Sound and Light", which tells the glorious but also tragic history of Bulgaria through music, lights, lasers and church bells.

The town offers extensive entertainment and night-life opportunities. The main street offers diversity of shops, hotels, entertainment and catering establishments. The restaurants in the town are known for their good cuisine.

Lots of eco-trails are made for the fans of active recreation. The area offers rock-climbing opportunities, mountain biking, horse-riding, and the many rivers and dam-lakes allow fishing and swimming.

More than 143 thousand tourist sleep in the municipality of Veliko Tarnovo per year. The average length of the stay is 1-2 nights.

"Medieval history flows out of the fortress walls and the cobblestone streets of Veliko Tarnovo. The wonderful restored fortress of the Second Bulgarian State – Tsarevets – is central to one of the oldest towns of Bulgaria. The historical town of Tarnovo is woven in between the dramatic curves of the Yantra river and is hugged by an amphitheatre of afforested hills. The magnificence of 19th century Bulgarian revival is brought back to life along historical streets like "Gurko". The feeling is similar also on the craftsmen market Samovodska Charshiya, which has almost preserved the atmosphere from two centuries ago. The modern town cracks open these historical layers with the busy Bulgaria blvd. Today Tarnovo is a university town with a multicultural environment. It is situated on the Bucharest-Istanbul road, the town is a favourite stop for tourists. However it is worth spending more time in it to see it from the height of its fortress."

(Lonely Planet)

Burgas

Burgas is the fourth biggest city in Bulgaria. It is situated on the Black-Sea coast. The proximity to the sea and the plane nature of the region are why it is inhabited since antiquity. The earliest discoveries in the region refer to the Bronze Age and Early-Iron Age. There are also many archaeological findings of the Thracian period (ІV century B.C.).

Burgas is an attractive destination – both for Bulgarian and foreign tourists. The city and the region offer various opportunities for tourism, sea, cultural, balneo and spa, ornithological, wine tourism, etc.

Tourists can learn more about the history of the city in the expositions of the Regional Historical Museum. The cathedral church "St.St. Kiril and Metodiy" is also among the top visited landmarks in the city. Near the church there is an ethnographic exposition presenting the culture and life and Burgas in the past. It accommodates also the richest collection of traditional costumes from all ethnographic groups in the Burgas area.

Burgas is a cultural centre of the region with its opera and theatre performance. There are also numerous galleries in the city. The restored Sea Casino by the Sea Garden frequently hosts cultural events. The sea garden is an appropriate place for a walk and rest. Here is also the straw-hat theatre, where diverse concerts and performances are shown. The Burgas fore-bridge is one of the favourite places for a walk of the residents and guests of the city.

In the "Lake" park (at the entry of the Sea Garden) there is a bike part and those who seek for more adrenaline will find a special track for the so called "dirt jumping".

In the summer, Burgas turns into a festival centre too. For several years a Festival of Sand Figures is held in the city, and since 2008 the city hosts the Spirit of Burgas – the festival that brought international reputation to Burgas and Bulgaria. Many literature, musical and folklore festivals are organized – mostly in the summer season.

Almost 136 thousand tourists sleep in the town of Burgas per year. The average length of the stay is 2 to 3 nights.

"For most visitors, the harbour city of Burgas is nothing more than a transit point to the obviously more attractive resorts and historical towns to the north and south along the coast. However, if you decide to stay in Burgas, you will find a lively, well-preserved city with a tidy pedestrian centre, long, calm beach, beautiful seaside park and several interesting museums. The combination of hotels with reasonable price offers and some of the best restaurants in this part of the country makes the city a good place of the southern seaside. The lovers of nature come to Burgas also because of the four lakes outside the city, which are also habitats of an abundance of birds. You can watch them, ride a kayak or impulsively dive into a salty pool."

(Lonely Planet)

Sport

Bulgaria has an international image of a country that has and symbolizes sports fame and achievements. This creates in a natural way incentives for the development of the Bulgarian tourism in integration with the physical culture and sports.

Bulgaria provides favourable conditions for this type of tourism. In the recent years a considerable part of the sport base is renovated, new modern facilities are constructed. The country attracts more and more international sport events. In the last two years Bulgaria has been the host of an ATP 250 tournament of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) calendar. The tournament is conducted in the multifunctional sports hall "Arena Armeec Sofia", which has a capacity of 12 000 seats.

Bulgaria has 14 stadiums with 20 thousand and more seats, which shows a potential for the destination to be the host of large sports events. In 2015 the multifunctional sports hall "Kolodrum Plovdiv" was also opened, in which more than 20 types of sport can be practiced. Concerts and other entertainment events are also conducted.

The total number of the sports facilities in the country is more than 4 000.

Fishing and hunting

The hunting stock of Bulgaria amounts to more than 10 million hectares, of which the big-game enterprise covers about 1.4 million hectares and the small-game enterprise – around 8.8 million. The hunting enterprises are 40. Two of them - "Voden, Iri Hisar" and "Iskar" are managed by the Council of Ministers, and the others are under the custody of the State Forest Agency. For the needs of the hunting activity 68 bases are built for intensive breeding, resettlement and use of a fallow deer, mouflon and wild boar and 15 farms for the production of hunting birds, 9 of which for the production of pheasants and 5 – for the production of semi-wild ducks.

The fish wealth of Bulgaria is also big and diverse. There are opportunities for fishing fresh-water species, such as carp, trout, sheat-fish, perch, perchpike, Squalis leuciscus, nose carp, etc. The fish caught in Black-Sea includes hausen, turbot, sea wolf, blue-fish, umbrina, etc. Appropriate fishing sites are the damlakes of Iskar, Belmeken, Golyam Beglik, Shiroka Polyana, Dospat, Batak, Vacha, Rabisha, Bakar dere, Karadzha dere. The river fishing is accessible along the waters of Kamchiya, Tundzha, Ropotamo, Veleka and their tributaries, which attract both amateurs and professionals.

 

 

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