Best Time to Visit Bulgaria

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Bulgaria. We created climate tables and charts for the locations of Sofia und Varna. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Bulgaria for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol -5 °C to 29 °C
Waves Symbol 5 °C to 27 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 1.13.07 in (2 – 11 Days of Rain)
Average Annual Temperature is between 10.4 °C (Sofia) and 14.2 °C (Burgas)
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Geographical location

Bulgaria is located in south-east Europe and is part of the Balkan Peninsula. The EU member borders Romania in the north and Serbia and Macedonia in the west. In the south are Turkey and Greece.

The Black Sea is a natural border to the east. 7.2 million people live on an area of 69000 square miles. Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria and lies in the west of the country. The Danube and Maritsa rivers, with their numerous tributaries, form lowlands that make up two thirds of the country.

Mount Musala, in the southwest of the country, is the highest peak on the entire Balkan peninsula. Sofia is the capital of the Balkan state and lies in the west.

Climate in Bulgaria

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License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources' Large parts of the country are characterised by a continental climate. The further to the east and thus to the coast, the more Mediterranean the climate becomes. However, the temperatures differ only marginally. In the summer months of June, July and August temperatures can rise to 27 °C.

In winter they drop to zero degrees. In the coastal regions it remains somewhat milder at about 5 °C to 10 °C. The differences in precipitation values are also very small. The city of Varna lies on the coast and hardly registers any precipitation in the summer months. In Sofia, just 2.95 in can fall.

Best Time to Visit Bulgaria: Overview

JanuaryJan
MaximumMax. 6 °C
Water max. 6 °C
FebruaryFeb
MaximumMax. 6 °C
Water max. 5 °C
MarchMar
MaximumMax. 11 °C
Water max. 5 °C
AprilApr
TemperaturesTemp. up to 16 °C
Water max. 9 °C
MayMay
TemperaturesTemp. up to 21 °C
Water max. 14 °C
JuneJun
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JulyJul
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AugustAug
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SeptemberSep
TemperaturesTemp. up to 24 °C
OctoberOct
TemperaturesTemp. up to 18 °C
NovemberNov
MaximumMax. 13 °C
Water max. 13 °C
DecemberDec
MaximumMax. 8 °C
Water max. 9 °C

When to travel to Bulgaria?


The best time to visit Bulgaria is in June, July and August. Both inland and on the coast, the climate in summer is warm and very constant. Whether a cultural holiday in Sofia or a beach holiday on a sunny beach or a golden beach, the weather offers the basis for a successful trip. The water temperature in Varna reaches up to 23 °C. The famous golden beach offers everything that sun worshippers and beach vacationers expect.

Nothing stands in the way of a refreshing jump into the sea. During this time you can visit and explore the many nature parks and nature reserves in the interior of the country. A trip with a cultural focus can also be done well during this time. Here the capital Sofia should be visited in any case.

Best Time to Visit the Regions

Find the best time to visit the regions (Bulgaria) in the following overview.

LocationBest Time to Travel
SofiaJune, July, and August
VarnaJune, July, and August
BurgasJune, July, August, and September

Climate Charts Bulgaria

In the following, you will find climate charts for the regions.

Furthermore, there are some charts you can use for quick comparison of climate between the regions.

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Sofia

Climate Chart Sofia
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Varna

Climate Chart Varna
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Day Temperatures

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Night Temperatures

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Average Temperatures

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Precipitation

Hours of Sunshine per Day

Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Tables Bulgaria

In the following, you will find some climate tables for Bulgaria, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.
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Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Sofia (Bulgaria)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature10°16°21°24°27°27°23°16°
Night Temperature-5°-3°10°14°16°15°11°-2°
Precipitation (inch)1.221.341.461.933.072.952.21.931.51.382.091.73
Rainy days76691110855677
Hours of Sunshine234678987532
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Sofia is 10.4 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: July (21.4 °C)
Coldest month: January (-1.7 °C)

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 22.8 inch on 87 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

Months that have possible snowfall: January, February, March, November, and December

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, July is the sunniest month with an average of 8.5 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 5.4 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Varna (Bulgaria)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature15°20°25°27°27°24°18°13°
Night Temperature-1°-0°12°16°18°18°14°10°
Water Temperature14°19°21°23°21°17°13°
Precipitation (inch)1.51.611.341.731.571.811.461.261.221.421.971.65
Rainy days776787544477
Hours of Sunshine334578997542
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Varna is 12.1 °C.

Warmest month: July (22 °C)
Coldest month: January (1.9 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Varna is 23 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 17 °C (Limited bathing is possible):
June, July, August, September, and October

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
July, August, and September

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 18.54 inch on 73 rainy days

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

Months that have possible snowfall: January, February, March, and December

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, July is the sunniest month with an average of 9.1 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 5.6 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Highlights and Attractions


In Sofia there is a lot to discover culturally. Sofia is Bulgaria’s centre for cultural life. The Ivan Vazov National Theatre presents opera and ballet. The former party building of the Bulgarian Communist Party was built in the style of Socialist Classicism. In the evening, this building is vividly illuminated and offers a super photo motif. In the north-east of the country in the village Madara you can find the riders of Madara. This monumental rock relief has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a real highlight.

More information about the best things to do: Bulgaria

Popular Activities

More attractions

Rila Monastery Day Trip from Sofia | Sofia’s Hidden Bars: 4-Hour Pub Crawl | From Sofia: Full-Day Tour to Plovdiv and Asen’s Fortress | The Seven Rila Lakes: Full-Day Tour from Sofia | Sofia: Rila Monastery & Boyana Church with Lunch & Admission | Plovdiv: Full-Day Small Group Excursion from Sofia | Day Tour from Sofia to Skopje, North Macedonia |

Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Sofia (Station Krasno Selo)
clear sky     clear sky, 5.5 °C
Clouds: 0 %       Wind: 16 mph O
Air Pressure: 1009 hPa       Humidity: 82 %
Last updated: 5th Dec 2021, 05:44 pm
The next days …
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overcast clouds3 °C to 10 °Csnow-2 °C to 5 °Csnow-5 °C to 1 °Csky is clear-5 °C to 4 °Clight rain-1 °C to 5 °Covercast clouds0 °C to 6 °C
3 °C to 10 °C-2 °C to 5 °C-5 °C to 1 °C-5 °C to 4 °C-1 °C to 5 °C0 °C to 6 °C
Clouds: 100 %Clouds: 100 %Clouds: 24 %Clouds: 10 %Clouds: 98 %Clouds: 100 %
No Precipitation0.47 in of snow0.13 in of snowNo Precipitation0.08 in of rainNo Precipitation
Weather information provided by OpenWeatherMap. (CC BY-SA)
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Important Regions and Cities

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Bulgaria: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 5 reviews for Bulgaria holiday already. Average rating is 4.8 of 5 stars.
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    Andrea, 52 years old was there in June

    The weather’s a dream. Full sun and pleasant temperatures

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Werner, 62 years old was there in August

    During the first ten days at the beginning of August we enjoyed the long, fine sandy beach with temperatures around 30° C and cloudless skies. Suddenly clouds came up, so that for the last four days the sun was often hidden and sometimes unpleasant wind disturbed the holiday feeling.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Charline, 18 years old was there in July

    Wonderfully warm, unlike cold Germany. You could swim and lie in the sun every day.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Heiko Lenk, 45 years old was there in June

    for this time super, not too hot and not too cold

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Christine, 68 years old was there in September

    In early September 2016 the weather in Sveti Constantine was beautiful. There was only one cloudy morning, the rest: fantastically warm.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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