Cities in Bulgaria

There’s obviously more cities in Bulgaria, but these are the ones that is currently added to the guide.

What are the top gay cities in Bulgaria?

When it comes to LGBT hotspots in Bulgaria, Sofia, the bustling capital, definitely takes the top spot. With a growing queer scene and various LGBT events, Sofia is the place to be for nightlife and social mixing. Other Bulgarian cities may have more subtle scenes, but you can still find welcoming vibes if you know where to look.

What currency is used in Bulgaria?

Bulgaria uses the Bulgarian Lev (BGN) as its currency, and credit cards are widely accepted, especially in larger cities and tourist areas. Though, it's always handy to have some cash for smaller shops or rural areas.

Is it expensive in Bulgaria?

You're in luck because Bulgaria is known for being quite affordable, especially when compared to many Western European countries. Accommodations, dining, and entertainment tend to be cheaper, so you can enjoy more without worrying too much about your wallet.

Do I need any extra paperwork to visit Bulgaria?

Depending on your nationality, you may need a visa to enter Bulgaria. It's best to check the latest requirements before your trip, as visa policies can change. EU citizens can enter with just an ID card.

Is Bulgaria gay-friendly?

Bulgaria has made progress, but it's still a bit of a mixed bag regarding LGBTQ+ rights. In the bigger cities, especially Sofia, you'll find a more open attitude and gay-friendly venues. However, attitudes can be conservative elsewhere, so it's advised to be mindful of local sensitivities.

Is gay marriage allowed in Bulgaria?

No, Bulgaria does not legally recognize same-sex marriage or civil unions, but don't let that dampen your spirits! There are still plenty of sights to see and fun to be had.

Can I use English in Bulgaria?

Yes, you can certainly get by with English in Bulgaria, especially in tourist areas and among the younger population. It never hurts to learn a few local phrases, though!

Should I leave a tip for the waiter in Bulgaria?

Absolutely, tipping is common practice. A tip of around 10% is appreciated for good service at restaurants and cafes.

What's the best time of year to visit Bulgaria?

Bulgaria is great year-round, but for the best weather, aim for late spring to early autumn - think May through September. Winter can be perfect too if you’re into snowy mountains and skiing vibes.

What's the local language in Bulgaria, and how do I say basic phrases?

Bulgarian is the local lingo. Get ready to impress with some key phrases:

  • Здравей (Zdravey) - Hello 👋

  • Мерси много (Mersi mnogo) - Thank you very much

  • Готино (Gotino) - Cool

  • Обичам те (Obicham te) - I love you

  • На здраве (Na zdrave) - Cheers

Add a bit of fun to your gaycation with these:
  • (Yas) Как си, сладур? - (Yas) How are you, cutie?

  • (Yas) Това ми е на сърцето - (Yas) This is close to my heart

What's the local cuisine like in Bulgaria, and what are some must-try dishes?

Bulgarian cuisine is a hidden gem, with influences from its Greek, Turkish, and Slavic neighbors, bursting with flavors and hearty dishes. Must-tries include:

  • Баница (Banitsa) - A cheesy pastry delight

  • Шкембе чорба (Shkembe chorba) - A tripe soup that's an acquired taste but a local fave

  • Кюфтета (Kyufte) - Succulent meatballs

  • Таратор (Tarator) - Refreshing cold cucumber soup for those warm days

  • Сарми (Sarmi) - Stuffed vine or cabbage leaves

What are the emergency numbers, and how do I call for help in Bulgaria?

In an emergency, dial 112 - this is the EU-wide emergency number. For police, call 166; for an ambulance, it's 150; and the fire department is 160. It's always good to have these digits handy.

Are there any cultural taboos or behaviors that I should avoid in Bulgaria?

Navigating Bulgarian social etiquette isn't too tricky. One quirky thing to remember: Bulgarians shake their heads for 'yes' and nod for 'no.' Also, be respectful of local traditions and avoid public displays of affection in more conservative areas.