What is Bulgaria Best Known For?

Bulgaria is a country rich with a beautiful nature, interesting culture, and long history. All of these spread the country’s notoriety, but what are the things Bulgaria is most famous for? What makes this small Balkan country that many people may find mysterious so special? There are many aspects of Bulgaria that make the country famous, but let's start with:

Bulgarian roses

The rose growing in Bulgaria’s field are a national symbol and an irreplaceable part of Bulgarian culture and customs. Pope Francis received 33 roses as a gift from the Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov earlier this year.

Bulgaria’s rose business began in the early 19th century when the first rose oil company was founded in Kazanluk, though the practice of growing roses goes much further. Close to 100% of the rose extract is exported to foreign countries, mainly the USA and France. Bulgaria continues to be a leader in the export of rose oil.

The tourism industry

Bulgaria is among the cheapest vacation destinations in Europe. While this undoubtedly attracts, shall we say, lower class tourists from Europe, Bulgaria is rich enough to offer a bit of everything for each demographic.

The Black Sea coastline provides great beaches and a vibrant nightlife, the mountains are the place where all manner of winter sports can be practiced, and the historical remains of more than 7 thousand years can be found in museums and exhibitions all over the country.

Bulgarian women

The women of Bulgaria are famous for their beauty and independence while remaining traditional and dignified. The country’s beauty, sunshine, food and parenting traditions make Bulgarian women famous all over the world. We cover the topic in a lot more detail in our special article on Bulgarian women and what makes them special in today’s world.

The Cyrillic alphabet

The alphabet used in for most Eastern and Southern Slavic languages was created in the Preslav Literary School in the First Bulgarian Empire. The alphabet was then used to spread Christianity to other Slavic-speaking nations in Europe. The alphabet used in Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Serbian, and of course, the languages spoken in Bulgaria and Macedonia, all began in the First Bulgarian Empire.

Baba Vanga

Vanga is among the world’s most famous mystics and seers, especially in Eastern Europe. She’s credited with predicting events such as the collapse of the USSR, the twin tower attacks on November 11, 2001, the election of Barrack Obama, and a myriad of other events. While her credibility depends on how much faith one has in the supernatural, her popularity is unquestionable.

Vanga’s legacy in Bulgaria is still strong. The area in which she lived, known as Rupite, remains a major tourist attraction largely due to the association with the Bulgarian medium.

Alex Dimchev

Alex Dimchev is a writer, editor, and weapons master for EUscoop.com

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