10 Interesting Facts About Bulgaria

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Did you know that Bulgarians were the first to use the Cyrillic alphabet right after its creation in the 9th century? And after the European Union’s accession of the country in 2007, Cyrillic became the third official script in Europe.

If this is the first thing you learn about Bulgaria, stay on this page to learn ten more interesting facts:

  • Bulgaria is a country with four seasons: cold and sometimes wet winters with snowfall and an average temperature of 0 °C, cool and more often wet springs, warm and rainy summers, early in the season and with hot and dry weather, the rest with average temperatures of 23 °C and warm, sunny and windy autumns. Take whatever you want.
  • The abundance of historical and natural attractions, museums, and monasteries spread over a relatively small and easily accessible area. Bulgaria is an excellent choice for holiday travel. In summer you can visit the seaside resorts with beautiful sandy beaches. The picturesque ski resorts are suitable for winter relaxation. The mountains attract lovers of alternative tourism and adventurous hikers.
  • If you consider to visit the capital Sofia in winter and are a winter sports enthusiast, make sure to bring your ski gear. Vitosha is the only mountain in Europe that hugs a capital city on its slopes.
  • Bulgaria is the second country in Europe with natural mineral springs and is a paradise for spa tourism. You can pour yourself free mineral water in many places, including downtown.
  • Bulgaria produces up to 70 to 85% of the world’s rose oil. Roses from Bulgaria’s Rose Valley provide core ingredients for many products of the global beauty industry.
  • One of the best-known surviving artifacts of Thracian culture originates in Bulgaria. Accidentally discovered in the middle of the twentieth century near the railway station of Panagyurishte town, the treasure has been displayed at various museums worldwide.
  • The Rafail’s Cross, or Cross of Rafail, is a famous wooden cross kept in the Rila Monastery. The creator of this masterpiece was a monk named Rafail. He carved 104 religious scenes with 650 figures using a fine chisel, a needle, and magnifying lenses. It took him twelve years to finish this masterpiece. Sadly, he got blind as a result.
  • Yogurt is a Bulgarian invention made by the bacteria  Lactobacillus bulgaricusYogurt is the protagonist in many delicious local dishes.
  • Bulgarian folklore song Izlel e Delyo Haidutin is listed in the recording on the Golden Record carried on board the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 probes. The records contain sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth and are intended for any intelligent extraterrestrial life form who may find them.
  • Foreigners visiting Bulgaria are puzzled and confused when they ask a Bulgarian a question. A single nod of the head up and down means a negative answer, while a horizontal head turn means Yes – a positive signal indicating understanding and agreement. Contrary to the rest of the world. There is no single explanation for this tendency to nod in Bulgaria as it is associated with different historical events.