Things NOT to Do in Bulgaria

When venturing out to the Balkan nation of Bulgaria, you’ll likely be visiting Devil’s Bridge and taking a selfie in front of the Bulgarian State Monument. But, you should take into account these 10 things NOT to do to make your stay in this cultural melting pot more enjoyable.

1. Don’t Splurge on Cheap Liquor
It might be tempting to purchase some inexpensive alcohol during your stay, but cheap liquor can cost you your life. In 2015, four people died of alcohol poisoning after drinking counterfeit alcohol during celebrations. Be cautious...

2. Don’t Spend All Your Time in the Capital
Sofia is a beautiful and vibrant city that you should definitely explore. But there’s so much more to see, like the coastline of the Black Sea, the beautiful beaches, the stunning mountains, the crafts, the traditional dancing, and the streams of the Danube river.

3. Don’t Talk Bad About Their Football Team
Football is the most popular sport in the country. Bulgarians treat their football players like kings, and participating in some unfriendly banter about their favorite past time is a recipe for disaster. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

4. Don’t Trust Hotel Ratings
It's better if you check the traveler's reviews online, just in case you're looking for something different. Anyway, it's always good to know other people's opinions and suggestions.

5. Don’t Pack Too Much
You’ll want to leave some extra room. Bulgaria is full of markets and you’ll definitely want to take home, from handcrafted pottery to handmade jewelry. They also have amazing art galleries by some of the country’s most talented artists.

6. Don’t Confuse the Nod
In Bulgaria, they nod differently. For “yes,” they shake their head from side to side. And for “no,” they nod their head once upward. If you’re not aware of this, you might actually be saying no when you really mean yes!

7. Don’t Criticize Their Food
In Bulgaria, they love their traditional dishes (Visual: Musaka), and they want their guests to enjoy the food, too. If you’re not particularly fond of what’s on your plate, remain courteous, and chow down anyway. You don’t want to turn someone off and come across as an inconsiderate traveler.

8. Don’t Drink in Public in Varna
If you head out to the port city of Varna, be aware that there is a ban on drinking in public. Due to an increase in inebriated tourists, the mayor felt the need to prohibit drinking in gardens, alleyways, and parks.

9. Don’t Stop at Stop Signs
Okay, okay, this is a bit of an old one. Locals of Bulgaria used to take Stop signs very lightly, more of an suggestion than a rule. But times have changed and drivers have improved, although it doesn't hurt to be extra wary when faced with one of these signs.

10. Don’t Visit Without Brushing Up on Their History
They have a lot of pride in their country, and they know the ins and outs of the ancient Bulgarian kings and the discoveries that were made in the country centuries ago. If you want to impress them, brush up on some Bulgarian history beforehand.
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  1. Ивац Илчев

    Ивац Илчев

    преди ден

    Do you have any idea what you are talking about As a Bulgarian: the only true thing here is about not to stay in the capital..

  2. The Shadow

    The Shadow

    преди 9 дни

    6.yeah we had that but no one uses it

  3. Julian Nikolov

    Julian Nikolov

    преди 12 дни

    I live in Bulgaria

  4. Lightfur 06

    Lightfur 06

    преди 12 дни

    I don't shake my head to say 'Yes' but I tilt it so...... Yeah

  5. Boyana Hristova

    Boyana Hristova

    преди 13 дни

    bruh i nod down for yes as anyone ;-;

  6. G Kasabov

    G Kasabov

    преди 17 дни

    Wtf 50%are not true🤮 I'm Bulgarian!

  7. technixbul


    преди 17 дни

    4 people died because of self made alcohol, if they tried to reproduce correct recipe they wouldn't have had any problems. Everyone who is true Bulgarian knows the exact traditional recipe.

  8. KRAV Donnteo

    KRAV Donnteo

    преди 18 дни

    30% is not true.I live there.I know

  9. SwampDoctorBG


    преди 19 дни


  10. Stanimir Chervenkov

    Stanimir Chervenkov

    преди 20 дни

    the 3th one is a complete lie

  11. • W ø ñ d ę r •

    • W ø ñ d ę r •

    преди 21 ден

    Nothing true don't listen

  12. ceco radoclavov bg

    ceco radoclavov bg

    преди 21 ден

    който е българин дайте ми един ляйке

  13. Anastacia Balova

    Anastacia Balova

    преди 28 дни


  14. Teodor Alexandrov

    Teodor Alexandrov

    преди месец

    the NOD tips are not true! Rotating your head from Left to Right (and the other way round) means NO and from horizontal pozition to Up is also No! 😂😂 YES is Up AND Down (and the other way round) or TILTing (not rotating) Left and Right! 😂 If you want to drink alcohol - look for homemade RAKIA or homemade Wine (if its winter)! 90% of the population makes rakia, its traditional and nobody died from drinking it 😂 Don't buy Rakia from shops though! It's not good at all! Thank me later!😉😉

  15. Unspeakable_Max


    преди месец

    9.Are you bit dumb

  16. Gabby Ivanova

    Gabby Ivanova

    преди месец

    Who gave you this wrong information

  17. Кристиян Цанков

    Кристиян Цанков

    преди месец


  18. Pepsi_Cola BG

    Pepsi_Cola BG

    преди месец

    Thx for lying the people to don't come in Bulgaria 😒 Greetings from Bulgaria Oh I forgot Greetings from me

  19. Zara Ilieva

    Zara Ilieva

    преди месец

    I'm from Bulgaria and I'm little confused cause Bulgarians always drink alcohol and bier like strip clubs and bars and they hafe dirty songs and they are not even for kids 😫🤮 like me and the Bulgarian dances are not bad you need to dance like this 👭👫👭👫👭 hehe 🙎

  20. Vortex


    преди месец

    You can drink in public but you must not swim after you are already drunk just for safety :3

  21. wafflecookies1


    преди месец

    Bruh This is not you're typical America /: Not much of this is correct I can say this myself As a Bulgarian Please Stop

  22. Emmamakes Art

    Emmamakes Art

    преди месец

    Its SOfia not soafia good video otherwise

  23. 4444444е


    преди месец

    Honestly gays and black people may not be safe in Bulgaria but for everyone else Bulgaria is pretty safe.

  24. the mask gang

    the mask gang

    преди месец

    Not true! I'm from Bulgaria!

  25. A Rhodes

    A Rhodes

    преди месец

    Bulgarians are very very stupid and backward, i lived there for 5months. not anymore. please dont go there !!!

  26. Mony Bogoev

    Mony Bogoev

    преди месец

    You found in one of the pic you showed you hacker

  27. Krisko Biitz

    Krisko Biitz

    преди 2 месеца

    F you b*tch almost all is not true

  28. W01


    преди 2 месеца

    Bulgarian kings kings seriously

  29. Pepero King

    Pepero King

    преди 2 месеца

    Im a bulgarian and did you know that russia and bulgaria have the same alfabet

    • SashoSpams


      преди 2 месеца

      NO WE DON'T. We both use Cyrillic letters but the alphabeta re different!

  30. МаринИванов122 Ivanov

    МаринИванов122 Ivanov

    преди 2 месеца

    Lol im from Bulgaria смях аз съм от България

  31. mish mash

    mish mash

    преди 2 месеца

    Wrong wow

  32. Madlen Aram

    Madlen Aram

    преди 2 месеца

    im from bulgaria and 100% not true

  33. Sporky XD

    Sporky XD

    преди 2 месеца

    No water in bulgaria!!!! only alcohol!!!!!or prison

  34. Bulgarian King

    Bulgarian King

    преди 2 месеца

    Football part is not true except from the battle of levski and tseseca

  35. Dimiar Dimitrov

    Dimiar Dimitrov

    преди 2 месеца

    As a Bulgarian I can say that most of this is inaccurate.

    • Silver Revolution

      Silver Revolution

      преди 2 месеца

      Dimiar Dimitrov Dimi Dimi, Dimi Dimi Dimi!!! 🤣

  36. Doofy Vlogs And Gaming

    Doofy Vlogs And Gaming

    преди 2 месеца

    Football is not the most important sport… Edit : I hate the nods though, but I hate my home countries food

  37. Sêñs_ Ignor37

    Sêñs_ Ignor37

    преди 3 месеца

    0:46 are you sure about that

  38. Tom Tonev

    Tom Tonev

    преди 3 месеца

    Ive never heard anyone complain about the food in Bulgaria. Its some of the best food in the world. I drool thinking about it

  39. yes it is a meme

    yes it is a meme

    преди 3 месеца

    nope nope nope NOOPE ok some of it true some of it :hmmmm whats in mah head now A idea some lies for bulgaria =-= and im from bulgaria

  40. Rumen Krastev

    Rumen Krastev

    преди 3 месеца

    I am Bulgarian I forgot we have a football team

  41. Kíwí Girl

    Kíwí Girl

    преди 4 месеца

    6. It's not true!!! We nod for yes and shake head from right to left for no 😑 (and it's not weird it's the most normal thing in the world😂) But we have words for no and yes too.

  42. Ani Stoyanova

    Ani Stoyanova

    преди 4 месеца

    im bulgarian and this is not true

  43. FL_Sami Beats

    FL_Sami Beats

    преди 4 месеца

    drink where ever u want in varna

  44. Heros Karabazmos

    Heros Karabazmos

    преди 4 месеца

    You’ve got it wrong about the futball and a few more things. You have really poor knowledge about Bulgaria

  45. Александър Върбанов

    Александър Върбанов

    преди 4 месеца

    1st I'm from Varna and nobody has banned me drinking outside 2nd always stop on on a Stop sing Always

    • pencil395public TV

      pencil395public TV

      преди 2 месеца

      И аз съм от Варна:)#Варна team

  46. Michael Kostof

    Michael Kostof

    преди 4 месеца

    I'm from Bulgaria

  47. Юрий Тодоров

    Юрий Тодоров

    преди 4 месеца

    Most of things are true .

  48. Ramesses II

    Ramesses II

    преди 4 месеца

    I'm stuck in this dying country and I can't imagine coming back here after I've escaped it, even as a tourist. On top of that I don't like anything about this country. The nature is the ugliest thing I've ever seen in my whole life.

  49. Mplay Dlife

    Mplay Dlife

    преди 4 месеца

    I am from bulgaria and this all is a lie

  50. damian107


    преди 4 месеца

    I live in Varna and I'm drinking in the center RIGHT NOW 😂😂😂

    • Silver Revolution

      Silver Revolution

      преди 2 месеца

      damian_popov Somebody in Ukraine also told me that it is forbidden to drink in public. But...: then he drank a beer with me on the streets, too. So: I don‘t get it. Anyway... 👉 🤷🏻‍♂️

  51. Marin Georgiev

    Marin Georgiev

    преди 4 месеца

    This is not true.I am from Varna.You can drink alkohol everywhere and everytime,all the week.We have small shops on almost every buss stop and you can bye alkohol from there.

    • damian107


      преди 4 месеца

      Не можеш в катедралата

  52. Nightmare Vlogger 700

    Nightmare Vlogger 700

    преди 4 месеца

    All lies we arent monsters (Не сме чудовища)

  53. Nightmare Vlogger 700

    Nightmare Vlogger 700

    преди 4 месеца

    1:53 not true

  54. Viz Roy

    Viz Roy

    преди 5 месеца

    I am from Bulgaria.

  55. Tanya Vasileva

    Tanya Vasileva

    преди 5 месеца

    More than half of this is pure BS

  56. Gacha Girl

    Gacha Girl

    преди 5 месеца

    Защо гледам това като живея в България 😂😂😂

  57. Karina Staneva

    Karina Staneva

    преди 5 месеца

    im bulgarian and i hate football and i nod the same way they do in most country i dont nod the bulgarian way and i sometimes confuse someone but its alright

  58. Glue Huffing

    Glue Huffing

    преди 5 месеца

    Don't go there?

  59. Hristov Peter

    Hristov Peter

    преди 6 месеца

    Now half of that is wrong im going to give yall some real deal Bulgarian tips 1. Ask a local to buy stuff from smaller shops because Bulgaria is a very poor country so they will take every opportunity to scam you 2. Don't drink in the capital in very public places 3. Pack how you want 4. You can goo to more historical plases like : Plovdiv, Sofia, The beachside You need to get some Bulgarian currency before you come here because Bulgaria doesn't like have many stores that will take other money accept euro 5. There was a myth that there is only 30 pharmacy's open 24/7 that is wrong (just please if you need medicine ask a local to help because it will be kinda hard to pick out them yourself) 6. Not many Bulgarians know English ask younger people to help with anything they will probably know English or Russian (older people will probably know Russian)

  60. Hristov Peter

    Hristov Peter

    преди 6 месеца

    Noding in Bulgaria is like nod up down - yes left right - no