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Bulgaria has a temperate climate with different influences and significant contrasts: Mediterranean influence from the south, continental influence from the north and humid subtropical influence from the Black Sea. In general, the summer is very hot (the summer season extends from April/May to October) and the winter is quite cold in the interior of the country, with sometimes heavy snowfalls.
Although the country is in the European Union, the Bulgarian currency is not the euro but is the Bulgarian lev (BGN), raised in the plural. The lev includes 100 stotinki (cents). The available parts are 1, 2, 5 (yellow parts), 10, 20, 50 stotinki (white parts) and 1 lev as a part. Tickets available are 1, 2, 5, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 leva. Good news, Bulgaria remains a cheap tourist destination! The cost of living is about half that of living in France.
Bulgaria is part of the European Union, as a European or Swiss citizen, a valid national identity card or passport is sufficient to enter and stay for three months. For citizens of countries that have not signed the Schengen Agreement, a visa is required. Your French or Swiss licence is valid for driving in Bulgaria.
There are no mandatory vaccines, but it is recommended to be up to date with tetanus and hepatitis B vaccines. In Bulgaria, most Western medicines are found in large cities. Generally available by prescription. If the drug is not available under the name you know, you will be offered an equivalent. The prices are generally the same or slightly higher than those charged in your country. On the other hand, you will find many local preparations (Bulgaria was well known for its pharmaceutical production) at unbeatable prices. Bulgarians are familiar with the use of medicinal plants and there are many plant pharmacies (bilkova apteka) and a department specialising in classic pharmacies (apteka).