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Interesting facts about Bulgaria

Nessebar, Bulgaria

Are you planning your vacation in Bulgaria? Then you are probably interested in learning about the traditions and habits of the locals, the secrets of Bulgarian cuisine, as well as for the unique places in Bulgaria that are worth visiting.

Bulgaria today offers much more than clean beaches, warm sea and beautiful nature. This is an amazing country that opens up something new for its guests at every corner. To prepare for your upcoming vacation in Bulgaria, here is an article with interesting facts about this tourist destination.

Local traditions and customs

Language – the official language of the country is Bulgarian. Russian, English, and German are also often used.

In Bulgaria, the majority of the population still understands Russian. Russian is spoken perfectly, mainly by people from the generation of the 70s of the last century, who still did not learn it at school. Young people, rather, intuitively understand the Russian language, but there are no special problems to understand.

Interestingly, it's not common for you to admit that you don't know the answer to a question. The local population is more likely to respond vaguely, vaguely, or even incorrectly, but will never say "I don't know."

Gestures – remember that the expression of consent and disagreement in Bulgaria is based on those accepted from us. This means that in order to express agreement, but in waves with the head, and in case of denial, the cymbal is more likely to be played with the head as soon as possible.

It is believed that during the Ottoman Empire, the people changed their gestures to deceive the enemy when he asked if a person had renounced Orthodoxy by threatening him with a knife. The tradition to be treacherous remained.

However, in some indigenous resort towns, adapt and use these gestures in a way accepted in the CIS countries.

Traditional musical instruments

The Bulgaria national is the original instrument "bagpipes" (Bulgarian Balkan bagpipes). Street musicians often play cymbals in Nessebar.

Folklore Festival-Bulgaria

Cult of the Rose

It is on the territory of such a small country as Bulgaria that about 90% of the world's rose oil reserves are produced. Klondike for valuable raw materials is located in the Valley of Roses, near the city of Kazanlak.

Rose oil, like other products from this amazing color, has been used in perfumes and cosmetics for centuries. These ingredients perfectly cleanse the skin of the face, eliminate puffiness and have a wonderful aroma.

It is not surprising that part of the" signature "style of the country is called "Bulgarian Rose", which is sold on every corner.

National cuisine

Tarator

The main dish of Bulgaria's national cuisine is tarator, a cold soup that resembles rice porridge. It is especially popular during the summer months, when it is traditionally served with the main course.

In addition to yogurt, it includes walnuts and cucumbers seasoned with dill, garlic, chopped lettuce leaves and olive oil. Sometimes ice cubes are added to the tarator.

Brandy-alcoholic business card of Bulgaria

Bulgarian moonshine or rakia is an alcoholic drink made in late autumn based on pears, apples, apricots, plums or grapes. Sometimes the fruit for raki is mixed and revived with anise, nuts, caramel or honey.

Those who do not like cognac, it is recommended to try mastic-anasonov vodka, diluted with kefir and salt. This completely different-tasting drink has its fans all over the world.

Ancient cultural heritage Bulgaria

Bulgaria's ancient cultural treasures bear witness to its rich historical heritage and exciting adventures for visitors from all over the world. Here are some of the most significant places that deserve attention:

The Tomb of Orpheus and the ancient Thracian city of Perperikon: According to legend, it is on the territory of the rocky town of Perperikon that the grave of the legendary singer Orpheus is located. Every year, an Art Festival is held there, which makes this place even more magical and attractive for tourists and ordinary visitors.

Rozhensky Monastery-information about the Middle Ages: Rozhensky Monastery, located in Pirinskite Mountains, is the largest monastery in Bulgaria, preserved almost unchanged since its construction. The foundation stone of this temple complex was laid back in 890. The monastery is famous for its unique iconostasis, which is admired by all art lovers.

Nessebar is a UNESCO World Heritage Site: Nessebar is not only a modern tourist center, but also an ancient city in Europe. Divided between the New and Old Town, Nessebar is a place that impresses families with children, romantics and lovers of classic sea holidays. In addition to Nessebar, Bulgaria has many cultural monuments included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, making the country the third largest such place in the world, after Greece and Italy.

Rilski Lakes-for lovers of fantastic landscapes: Rilskite Ponds is the perfect place to imagine yourself as a character from a fantasy novel. This water complex of seven natural lakes is located 2000 meters above sea level. The water in them is very clear and almost icy.

Botanic city of Balchik - the largest botanical city in the Balkans: The botanical city of Balchik is considered the largest botanical city located in the Balkans. It was founded in the 19th century by the Romanian Queen Maria, as well as the park surrounding its summer residence, the Quiet Nest Palace, which has been open to visitors to this day.

Melnik – the smallest town in Bulgariaplaces that attract tourists ' attention. It has a population of only 390 people. Despite its small size, Melnik owns several ancient medieval fortresses and a permanent handicraft installation.

A visit to Melnik not only gives you the opportunity to learn about ancient crafts and master maistorship in Bulgaria, but also try to make your own metal souvenirs. Alternatively, you can sample typical national cuisine and sample local wines in local wineries. All this is available for tourists walking along the main street of Melnik.

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