What to take to Bulgaria?
Going to Bulgaria, but do not know what to take with you? You will be helped by our detailed article about vacation in this country.

What to take to Bulgaria?

Going to Bulgaria for the first time, many tourists ask the burning question: “What to take to Bulgaria?” On the one hand, you don`t want to forget something, but on the other – you do not want to carry huge suitcases stuffed with things.

We rested in Bulgaria for two weeks and managed to form our opinion on the list of things. Much of what we took wasn`t clearly necessary – Bulgaria managed to surprise us with democratic prices.

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What should you take on a summer holiday in Bulgaria?

Симпатичный ресторанчик в Болгарии

In Bulgaria, there are a lot of pretty restaurants with fairly low prices – you don`t need to worry about food!

Bulgaria is ideal for summer holidays. Warm calm sea, beautiful landscapes, friendly people and reasonable prices (if you chose the resort correctly)won the hearts of tourists from all over the world.

Yes, there are a lot of holidaymakers in Bulgaria, almost more than the locals. You can find here Americans, Russians, Englishmen, Frenchmen, Germans – Europeans long ago liked inexpensive but high-quality Bulgarian rest.

In Bulgaria you are waiting for great beaches, warm, but not very salty sea, amazing nature, fresh fruits and a wide choice of sights and excursions.

The list of things that should take on vacation is pretty standard: clothes, bathing accessories, hygiene products, money, passports and documents. In general, nothing special at first glance. But about the peculiarities of Bulgaria and the packing of suitcases for a trip to this country, we’ll talk a little more.

How does the resort affect on the list of necessary things?

Prices in Bulgarian resorts can vary very much. There are resorts that help tourists to spend all their money as quickly as possible (a typical example is Sunny Beach), but there are much quieter and beautiful towns intended for quiet family rest (for example, Pomorie).

A similar situation with prices in shops and restaurants – they are very different. In Pomorie you can safely come with an empty suitcase and buy food, clothes, cosmetics and everything needed in shops, prices will be lower than at home. Holidaymakers in Sunny Beach will face with much highter prices, but they are still afordable.

What currency to take to Bulgaria and how do the exchangers work?

Как обманывают в обменниках

Even on this sign, you can immediately determine that this is a lie. Here written that this is selling rate. That is, 1 Euro will be sold to you for 1.95 levs. And you can buy, for example, for 1.5 …
This is VERY not profitable. 1 Euro is worth 1.92 levs approximately.

It is more profitable to take dollars or euros for rest. The national currency of Bulgaria, levs, is officially forbidden to import and export from the country. Amounts higher than of 1000 euros are subject to declaration. You can also exchanged any other currency, the rate will be normal, but not perfect.

We advise you to change money in banks – they have a profitable course (even taking into account the commission), and the probability of being deceived goes to zero. In most exchangers, the situation is exactly the opposite.

You can read about most popular ways of cheating tourists in the exchangers of Bulgaria in the article: Currency of Bulgaria.

Is it worth taking food to Bulgaria?

We thinks that it’s worth taking with you only those products that you can not do without. For example, if you are traveling with a child and he is used to a specific food brand, you should take the jars with you.

Prices for food, even in expensive Nessebar, are quite low. The cheapest supermarket we found is called Mladost. Prices there were lower that at home, and the quality of products at the same level.

You may be interested in: Prices for food in Bulgariathe article with prices in Bulgaria.

What to take with you on the beach – going with the mind

On the beach, we advise you to take with you the same things as always:

  • Water – on the waterfront it is quite expensive. Often near the beach there are no shops at all;
  • Headgear and clothes – the sun in Bulgaria is quite hot, you will not even notice when you burn;
  • Towels – almost on every beach there is a free zone, you can save on 8 levs for an umbrella and a lounger;
  • Umbrellas from the sun – if you do not plan to rent an umbrella, but don’t take it from the house, we advise you to buy it. There is a normal umbrella 12 levs (and for the day of rent pay 8lv). When leaving, you can give it to someone;
  • Money – nearby from some beaches there are small souvenir markets, shops, ice cream. Next to others – there is nothing at all.

A few words about diving in Bulgaria, or rather about its absence

By itself, diving in Bulgaria exists and is actively developing. Diving is interesting at Old Nessebar – you can see the real sunken city, there are sights in Primorsko, some praise Ravda, Sozopol and Varna. If desired, you can find even a few underwater caves.

But for an ordinary tourist diving in Bulgaria is still a bit boring – there are no corals or colorful fish, as in Egypt and other popular tropical resorts. Just dive with the mask wouldn`t work – almost nothing interesting.

In terms of diving schools, Bulgaria is only at the beginning of development. They have already appeared, but they still had no time to develop interesting routes.

Shopping in Bulgaria – is it worth it to count on them?

Сувенирные магазинчики в Несебре

A classic example of souvenir shops. Looks like there is a lot of things, but you can`t buy something useful.

Shopping in Bulgaria is quite specific. Traded mostly by things from Turkey, there are a lot of fakes for brands. The prices are moderate, maybe even low.

Exept cosmetics, the Bulgarian rose, knitted tablecloths, rakia (fruit vodka) and silver there is no purely Bulgarian souvenirs.

The most amazing thing is to find shops selling Greek fur coats – a very actual thing in the summer heat. By the way, only in Old Nessebar we found three such stores.

There are several shopping tours in Bulgaria. The most popular ones in Burgas (we do not recommend it, everything became expensive) and to Istanbul (Turkey is very close to it). You can try to go, then tell us too.

Helpful information: souvenirs and shopping in Bulgaria.

Why it is better to book a long vacation in Bulgaria

It is necessary to understand that the lion’s share of the price of rest in Bulgaria is the cost of tickets for an airplane.

A week in Bulgaria will cost only a little less than two. Prices for food here cheaper than at home, the weather is good, so why not relax fully?

We highly recommend you to choose exactly two weeks in Bulgaria – during this time you will have time to sunbathe on the beaches, visit the local sights, and have a little shopping.

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