When making plans to visit Bulgaria, getting to know the climate is an important part of your preparation. It will help you to make arrangements for all the activities you’ll take part in and the clothes you will need to make your stay comfortable. Bulgaria is a small country and this makes the climate almost the same all over. The only destination where the weather will be colder is the mountain areas.
Bulgarian climate is a mixture of continental & Mediterranean climate and this means the country experiences 4 defined seasons. The temperatures vary depending on the time of the year with the hottest being summer and the coldest during winter. Spring season and autumn are a transition between the cold and hot seasons.
If you wish to visit the warmest part of Bulgaria, you’ll heat to the southwest where the effects of the Mediterranean climate is the strongest. You’ll enjoy continental weather in the northern and southern parts of the country.
During spring the temperatures in Bulgaria are between 15 and 25 degrees but may increase between March and June. The weather can be unpredictable in March where it can get foggy and there may also be a little rainfall. If you love hiking, this is not the best month to travel to Bulgaria as there is snow on every mountain above 2000m. It will also not be possible to engage in swimming as the waters are quite cold.
This is the best month to visit Bulgaria if you love hiking or sunbathing as the temperatures can be as high as 30 degrees. Between July and August, the sun is at its hottest especially at midday and if you don’t want to suffer from sunburns, the best option would be to relax and wait for the weather to get cooler.
Does this mean you can’t have fun when the sun is hot? Of course not! You can enjoy the cooling breeze at the seaside which will make your experience a lot better. You can also go hiking in the mountains where the cooler temperatures will make you have the best moments of your life.
After the scorching sun during summer, the weather gets cooler as temperatures drop slightly. From September to October, the temperatures are warm and the rainfall is less compared to other European states. If you love grapes, this is the best season to visit as they are in plenty and you’ll also get to taste freshly made wine.
You can enjoy hiking or relaxing by the sea between September and October but come October, the weather will be too cold to engage in any outdoor activity.
Winter begins in December where the temperatures are below zero for some time. By the end of December, the country begins to experience snow. Though the days are quite cold, the visibility remains clear and there may also be some little sunshine. This is the best time to engage in skiing in resorts like Bansko, Pamporovo or even Borovets.
With a country with such diverse climatic conditions, you can never miss an ideal time to visit the country where you can take part in your favorite activity.