Nature

Bulgaria occupies a relatively small area - 111 000 sq. km - but is nevertheless distinguished by generous and varied nature - a sea with a 380 km long coastal strip and golden beaches, 16 mountains, each one of which with its own characteristic features, over 550 curative mineral springs, dozens of unique natural phenomena and 2000 thrilling caves - a healthy climate and diverse flora and fauna.

As a whole Bulgaria's vegetation can be ranked among the Central European forest region, but the influence of the South Russian and Asia Minor regions is also felt. The higher part of Bulgarian mountains are covered by sub-Arctic vegetation, among which juniper forests predominate. In fact, Bulgaria is proud of having 3000 higher plant varieties - almost twice as many as in England.

More then one quarter of the country's territory is covered with forests. The edelweiss which grows in places difficult to access in the Pirin Mountains and the Balkan Range, is one of the rare plants growing in the country.

Bulgaria is famous for its oleaginous rose which blooms in the Valley of Roses. The Bulgarian tobacco brands are also world-famous.

The Bulgarian fauna is no less interesting, with almost 13 000 animal species and subspecies, or about 14 percent of all European species.

Fishing is possible in lakes, dams, mountain brooks and sea, hunting - in special hunting grounds.