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The Republic of Bulgaria is a country in southeastern Europe, situated in the crossroads between Europe, Asia and Africa. A country with a long and illustrious history, human life in Bulgaria can be traced all the way back to the time of the New Stone Age in 10,000BC.

With an area of more than 100,000 square kilometres, Bulgaria is the 16th largest country in Eu-rope and one of the most beautiful. Seven mountain ranges, pristine forests, waterfalls, lakes and countless amazing beaches along its Black Sea coastline are just some of the many scenes of na-ture that can be found in the country.

Besides an extra-large helping of natural beauty, Bulgaria also has much to offer in terms of his-tory and art. Numerous ancient ruins from civilisations long dead can still be observed within the country - these take the form of bathhouses, theatres, fortresses, monasteries, mosques, churches, stadiums and more from the once-great Roman Empire, Thracian Kingdom, Byzantine Empire, Ottoman Empire and other ancient peoples who had once ruled over Bulgaria.

Getting around

If you’re travelling only within Bulgaria’s major cities, public buses are a good choice for transport as they are generally efficient and cheap. For longer-distance travel, Bulgarian State Railways offers trains that link most major towns and cities. Otherwise, taxis are readily available on the street as well.

What to see and do

Head to Bulgaria’s capital and largest city Sofia for a look at one of the country’s most iconic structures and tourist attractions: the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Built in the early 1900s in commemoration of the hundreds of thousands of Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Russian and Belorussian soldiers who had perished in the Russo-Turkish War of the late 1800s, the Cathedral was named after Russian Tsar Alexander Nevski, who had led his troops to victory against German and Swedish invaders. With an area of more than 3,000 square metres, the Cathedral is one of the largest of the Balkans and is lavishly decorated in Italian marble, alabaster, onyx and other mate-rials. Built like a basilica, the magnificent Cathedral sports a gold-plated dome that rises 45 me-tres into the air, and a bell tower that stretches even higher (more than 50 metres).

Next, head to Bulgaria’s most famous coastal attraction - Sunny Beach, a stretch of golden sand 8 kilometres long on the country’s Black Sea coastline. With everything from clear blue waters, sand dunes, clean sandy beaches, modern water sport facilities, and countless hip bars and restau-rants, its no surprise that this little area is heavily populated with tourists and locals alike during summer.

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