There is especially 2 things I would say.
First of all, don't change money on the street. They will fool you. You will get the best currencyrate at your hotel. The second thing is don't give money to the beggers. They are pro...
ok, there is a big tourist trap that every tourist will fall for, even if you know it already.
When bulgarians shake their heads, they are saying yes, when they nod they are saying no.
And yes you will fall for it, it will take you to comical situations
1. Hmmm, well, when people see u r a tourist they r inclined to boost prices without any reason and then although it's be still cheap for u u should keep in mind that normally Bulgarians get different prices.
2. Pick-pocketing is wide-spread! Not by white Bulgarians though - beware Gypsies in groups in the transportation, and as a whole keep an eye around ..
When you are in a ski resort or a sea resort and you have to take a taxi, always bargain the price. If a taxi driver doesn't accept a lower price, it seems this is the lowest one and no taxi driver will accept for less (they are coleagues you see). Don't take a taxi outside a RR station or a bus station.
Vitosha National Park
Although just a half an hour's drive from Sofia, Vitosha National Park is a home to
a multitude of species of butterflies, birds and many mammals. Opened in 1934,
it covers the whole of Vitosha mountain, once covered by the 'Great Bulgarian
Forest'. Besides being rich in fauna, it also offers shelter to wolves, bears and
even wild cats and a host of less dangerous animals like the badger and the deer.
When we passed the frontier from Romania to Bulgaria in Vidin, one of the douane officers founded that the documents of my motorbike did not correspond for Bulgaria ( They do in Begium ), he didn't let me in, this guy just wanted money, he asked me 200 DM, at the end I had to give him 50 DM. About 50 meters after this frontier, we had to pass another office, a guy was standing at a barrier and asked us 10 DM 'tax' for each motorbike, before paying I asked him to give a receive, his aswer was ' shuls ' ( something like that ) and he went away.
This was our first contact with the country !!!
I don't know if what I write need to be here, but it want to contest what I have read before I went to Bulgaria. I have driven from more than 1000 kms ( by motorbike )without having any problem concerning rockets or police.
Great Monastaries, with beautiful indoor and outdoor art. This country is rich with a unique history, and not what you expect! They are an old people made up of several different peoples originally. All, including various conquerers, have melded into a great culture. Not Mediteranian, not Balkan, not Slav, not Greek, not Central Asian, not Turk and not quite east but not quite west either! WOW! A mix of all of them!
Less of a problem in the last 2 or so years, but NEVER change money on the street, whatever the rate! People have been given old Leva notes (worth 1/1000 of a new Lev) or even notes from the old Yugoslavia (they figure that most westerners can't read Cyrillic script).
Most definitely have a copy of the Cyrillic alphabet with you, The black sea area is fine for navigating and most signs will be is the western alphabet however we found Sofia was totally Cyrillic and it does make for hard navigation.
I climbed the peak behind and I can assure you it was a quite touph task, though it is not very high one. check yourself!
Never change money on roads! Go to banks or officals exchange offices. Else you may get counterfeit money.
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3 Musala Street, Varna, Varna, 9000, Bulgaria
Good for: Couples
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