Bulgaria is usually associated with its luxurious and yet, budget-friendly seaside summer resorts. On the other side, since the beginning of 2019 we have heard about its local European capital of culture – Plovdiv – more and more often, which made the country such a popular tourist destination. Plovdiv, is by the way, one of the hottest cities in summer and during the last couple of years, in winter the locals don’t get lucky enough to make snowmen in front of their houses…
Eventually, Bulgaria has, thus, created a misleading picture of its climate making people from all over the world believe hot and pleasant weather are permanent in the country. But that’s not the entire truth.
People, who love skiing, for instance, would agree (because Bulgaria has many winter ski resorts to brag about, as well, by the way) that winters might get quite cold and unpleasant. On the other side, it’s not just the weather that can become an obstacle for your wonderful time spent here. There are other things or to be more specific – other warnings to have in mind when it comes to visiting Bulgaria in winter:
- Free tours might not be available in all cities. Even though most cost-free organizations claim they are not influenced by the weather condition, the small numbers of tourists who prefer sightseeing on feet when it’s snowing prevent the arrangement of a free tour. This is why considering paying for a tour in any Bulgarian city is a good idea. Meanwhile, having an audio device guide would let you see any city in the country on your own and with tourist information in your own language.
- Traveling outside the countryside or from one to another city in Bulgaria when it’s snowing might not be the best idea. Roads are not in their most perfect conditions in the country. Plus – the highest mountainous regions are even dangerous and risky.
- If cold weather is depressing you during a vacation, you might be not in a mood to use your feet or the public transportation to get to a certain destination. It’s when you have to consider taking a taxi. Taxis are not so expensive here, but there are a lot of illegal scammers claiming to provide official taxi services, but hence, charge you two or three times more than a normal taxi.
- Not all cities have interesting events in the outdoors during the winter season. This is why if you want to visit Bulgaria during winter, it’s better to go to a big city, where the winter holiday season is richer in events: Sofia, Varna, Plovdiv, Veliko Tarnovo…