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5 Facts About Bulgaria - The Gem of Eastern Europe

Where is Bulgaria?

1 - Bulgaria Has Beautiful Seaside - Black Sea

Contrary to the general believe, Bulgaria has a beautiful seaside which is located on the country`s east side. From top to bottom, the flawless Bulgarian coast offers top of the line world class beaches, hotels and attractions.
Some of the most notable resorts on the Black Sea are: Sunny Beach - located near Burgas, Sunny Beach is considered one of the best summer vacation destinations not only in Eastern Europe but in Europe in general. Just an hour south from Sunny Beach and Burgas is Varna. Varna is the third biggest city in Bulgaria and it is considered one of the most beautiful seacoast cities in Bulgaria. Near Varna there are top resorts as well with Albena and Golden Sands being just several minutes away. In general Bulgaria offers amazing options for summer vacations, as Bulgaria offers a much better summer vacation package than most countries in Europe.

The Most Memorable Goal in Bulgarian Football History

The Most Memorable Goal in Bulgarian Football History

2 - Bulgaria Produces Great Soccer/Football Players

Bulgaria is well known around the world for many reasons. One of them is the fact that the country is a factory for amazing soccer players. For such small country, the amount of quality players that have come out of it is simply amazing.
The most well known football Bulgarian football player from the recent past is Hristo Stoichkov. Stoichkov is one of the biggest legends in Barcelona FC, as he was the play-maker during the 1990s for the Spanish giants. Stoichkov has also helped Bulgarian national team achieve the biggest achievement in Bulgarian sports history: 4th place in the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States.
Another modern day example of a great player from Bulgaria is Dimitar Berbatov. Berbatov has played for some of the best teams in Europe including Manchester United. Unfortunately Berbatov did not have the same success as Hristo Stoichkov had with the national team, however Dimitar is still considered one of the top 3 Bulgarian football players to ever play the beautiful game.
Currently Bulgarian football is in a transitional period, where the new generation is taking over, and it will take some time for them to reach glory again. However everyone in Bulgaria believes that the new generation of youngsters will bring success to Bulgarian football in the near future (Euro 2016)

3 - Bulgaria Has Amazing Mountain Ranges - Winter Sports

Bulgaria pretty much has it all. Beautiful beaches (Black Sea - East Side) and amazing mountain ranges (the Balkans). Stara Planina, Rila and Rodopi are the largest most massive mountain ranges in Bulgaria. They are simply stunning, as thousands of people come to Bulgaria from all over the world to see the unbelievable mountain ranges that the country offers.
With such great mountains, Bulgaria has invested in winter resorts such as Bansko, Borovec and Pamporovo. Bansko is the most famous Bulgarian winter resort as it offers world class amenities. To even further solidify the greatness of Bansko, the small city is the host of a round of the Ski World Cup as the world skiing elite gathers in Bansko.
If you are a winter sport enthusiast and love skiing or snowboarding Bulgaria is the perfect place for you. Also Bulgaria has become a top tourist destination for hikers in the summer as the weather is great and all the resorts stay open all year long.

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Bulgarian yogurt is considered to be the best in the world.

Bulgarian yogurt is considered to be the best in the world.

4 - Yogurt Originated First in Bulgaria

Contrary to the popular belief that yogurt was first originated in Greece, yogurt was actually first created in Bulgaria. Bulgarian yogurt is known around the world for its health benefits and Bulgarian yogurt companies export enormous quantities of yogurt every year to various places around the world. It is especially interesting that Bulgarian yogurt is mostly popular in Asia where any Bulgarian product is highly valued, especially yogurt.
Bulgarian yogurt is well known for its health benefits and it is very hard to find in your regular grocery store. It is considered a gourmet product in most countries around the world, as its price reflects its quality, but in the end its all worth it.

Where is Sofia, Bulgaria?

5 - Bulgaria Has a Beautiful Capital - Sofia

Sofia is the beautiful capital of Bulgaria with population of nearly 2 million people. Sofia is quickly becoming one of the top capitals in Europe, as tons of foreign companies have opened offices in the country`s business center. Sofia is the cultural capital of Eastern Europe, as it offers everything you could possibly think a world class capital should have.
Near Sofia is Vitosha mountain which enables Sofia`s citizens to go skiing in just a matter of 20-30 minutes. Vitosha is the symbol of Sofia, and it offers a wide range of lodging and winter sport options. When visiting Sofia, a person will be memorized by the amazing architecture, culture and stunning views of Vitosha mountain. All in all Sofia is a top notch capital that is a must see for everyone travelling in Europe.

Sofia - Beautiful Capital of Bulgaria

Sofia, Bulgaria is beautiful

Sofia, Bulgaria is beautiful

Bulgaria - The Beautiful

Bulgaria is an amazing country with amazing people, food and tourist destinations. It is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and should be visited by anyone that visits Europe. Bulgarian food is extremely tasty, not to mention the Bulgarian wine which is considered one of the best in the world.

From the beautiful seaside to the stunning mountain ranges, Bulgaria offers an amazing package for an unforgettable experience for you and your family.

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Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on July 22, 2015:

I had no idea Bulgaria was so beautiful.

Great hub!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on January 06, 2015:

I have ways wanted to go to Bulgaria but we just can't find the time as it is cold there when it is cold in Canada and we only want to go away in the winter. When does spring start in Bulgaria?

Jason Matthews from North Carolina on August 19, 2014:

I have never been to Bulgaria and I honestly didn't know much about the country. However, this hub, with excellent information and beautiful pictures, has inspired me! I want to visit sometime!

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NewYorker11 from New York on March 23, 2014:

A very nice article! I am a Bulgarian-born New Yorker and visit Bulgaria every time I can! I am glad you are spreading the word about this undiscovered gem in Europe.

promisem on February 26, 2014:

I never thought about visiting Bulgaria until I read your article. Nicely done!

mecheshier on February 25, 2014:

I think the country is also beautiful. I love the red rock boulders and the wildlife! I also live in God's country in Northern Montana near Glacier Park. Amazing rock formations, glaciers, waterfalls, summits and valleys. We also have bear, moose, mountain lions, mountain goats, hawks, eagles, egrets, hummers (over 600 species of birds). I feel Very blessed to live where I do... You are also blessed. :-)

Blogger at Best (author) from Detroit MI on February 25, 2014:

There is lots if old buildings and history to explore in Bulgaria

mecheshier on February 25, 2014:

You are most welcome. :-)

I love history and ancient architecture. What a beautiful place to grow up! Thanks for sharing.

Blogger at Best (author) from Detroit MI on February 25, 2014:

Thank You, that is my homeland and I can only tell you if you ever have a chance to visit Bulgaria, do so there is lots of history and lots of things too see and do!

Thanks for commenting!

mecheshier on February 25, 2014:

Fabulous Hub! You have painted a beautiful picture of Bulgaria! Voted up!

Danida from London on February 24, 2014:

Great hub! I'm from Bulgaria and we DO have amazing scenery! The beaches are beautiful, safe, and the water is crystal clear! The beachside towns have given me many memories and every year there is something new. There is so so much culture and joy in them :) Especially Sozopol! It's beautiful and rural down there.

The mountainside villages are gorgeous too, like out of a painting. The weather is scorching during summer and freezing during winter, blossoming during spring and colorful in autumn, just like it should be.

Best of all, the people are happy. They genuinely love their lives. Kids run around and actually talk. Adults have many friends. Elderly group together in the afternoons and have chats in front of their apartment building. It's so lively yet so calm.

I had a wonderful childhood when I lived in Bulgaria, unfortunately now I live abroad. Hopefully I will return there again for more than just a summer every year!

прекрасен хъб!

Ed Palumbo from Tualatin, OR on February 24, 2014:

Thank you for this insight in Bulgaria. I've not visited it before, but I will add it to my list of places I hope to explore!

jmartin1344 from Royal Oak, Michigan on February 24, 2014:

Had no idea there was scenery like that in Bulgaria! I always envisioned something a lot darker, like on the movie Eastern Promises or something. Nice hub!

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