Travel advice & practical information for travelogue:

'Winter sports and Culture in the Rodopi Mountains'

Useful addresses

Bulgarian Embassies in:

Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria
186-188 Queen's Gate, SW7 5HL
Tel: (+44 20) 7584 94 00
Fax: (+44 20) 7584 49 48

Consulate General of the Republic of Bulgaria
121 East 62nd Street
Tel.: (+1 212) 935 46 46
Fax: (+1 212) 319 5955

Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria
1 Avenue Rapp
Tel: (+33 1) 4551 85 90
Fax: (+33 1) 4551 18 68

For other embassies and consulates, see:


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The Bulgarian monetary unit is the Leva. Changing money is possible in hotels, which give a good exchange rate and usually do not take provision.

If you know which places you are going to visit, you can find out online if and where there are ATM's that you can use with MasterCard and Cirrus or Visa


In Pamporovo you can book excursions to all places that are mentioned in this article.
It is also possible to join a group to visit Bulgarian families to find out how they live.


Bulgarian is a difficult language. Many Bulgarians, and in any case ski instructors and waiters, speak English or German. Berlitz does not have a Bulgarian phrase book and there don't seem to be other phrase books either.


Hotels are usually quite expensive if you travel individually. The many small and inexpensive B & B's are good alternative options. You can find an overview of all types of accomodation at This is the official tourism site for Bulgaria.

Plan your trip to Bulgaria online

Through online reservation systems like À la Carte Vacations you can book airline tickets, hotels, rental cars and holiday houses. You can build a fly-drive itinerary with maximum flexibility, book a flight plus a hotel hotel for a night or weekend. Without the limitations of package deals from travel organisations and most times for a much better price.

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