Bulgaria is one of the oldest European States with 13-century-old history and traditions. Modern Bulgaria is situated in Southeastern Europe, in the Balkan Peninsula - a busy crossroad of ancient cultures.

For centuries, the roads passing through the territory of the country have been connecting Europe with Asia. Four common European transport corridors, connecting West and North Europe with the eastern and southern part of the continent, cross their roads here.

Bulgaria is also known for its picturesque nature and rich cultural heritage. According to the statistics, the country ranks third in Europe only after Greece and Italy for the number of its valuable archeological monuments.

Most archaeological discoveries have been made near Kazanluk, Karlovo, Nova Zagora, Veliko Turnovo, Vidin, Sofia, Kurdjali, Starosel, and many others.

The climate in Bulgaria is moderate continental with four yearly seasons and average annual temperature of 10.5 C. The coldest month is January with an average temperature of 0 degrees C. The average air temperature in the summer is 30 C. and the average water temperature - 25 C.

Basic characteristic features of the country's natural life are the great variety and wealth of animal and plant species and their considerable ecological and biogeographical diversity.

The most common and often met animals and birds are the typical of Europe: hinds, deer, wild-boars, bears, wolves, foxes, jackals, wood-grouses, vultures, sparrows, grass-snakes, etc.

The air and water resources of the country are some of the purest in Europe.