The Municipality is located in the northwestern Part of Bulgaria
covering area of 679 km2. The municipality includes 22 places
– 1 town and 21 villages. Vratsa is one of the most
picturesque town in Bulgaria, only 110 km away from the capital
Sofia, and 80 km from the ferryboat in Oriahovo and the river
Harbour of Lom. The Vratsa is the administrative centre of
E 79 – Greece – Western Europe; Sofia –
Vratsa – Vidin – Krayova
II – 15 Vratsa – ferry Oriahovo – Beket
Dip. Engineer Voislav Bubev-Mayor
The climate is moderately continental. In the division of the country
according the temperature conditions, the municipality falls into
the temperately hot and warm zone, with a typical average temperature
of the air in January 1,9 ° C, and average in July 22,2 °
C. The temperature conditions for the Municipality of Vratsa, as
well as for the whole country are characterised with quick warm
and increase of the temperatures in April. The highest are the temperatures
in July and August. The duration of the period of sustainable preservation
of the average durinal temperatures of the air above 5 °C lasts
from 230 to 250 days, and above 10 °C – from 180 –
The Municipality is the biggest inhabited place in the district
and it holds a share of 37 % from the total number of population
– 212 656 (per 2004) people. Around 30 % from it live Vratsa.
According the number of the population – 64 244 (per 2004),
Vratsa is on the first place in the district and in the Northwestern-planning
region, and on the 16th place in the country. The population of
the municipality amounts to 1 % of the total population of the country,
and of the Vratsa district – to 3%.
The government of the Municipality is performed by the Municipal
Council and the Mayor. The Municipal Council, within its powers,
governs the Policy for building and development of the Municipality,
and controls the implementation of the Municipality Development
Programme. They also solve problems of local importance, which are
not within the exclusive competence of other bodies, defined by
the law and with functions, set by the central state bodies. The
Mayor is the Executive Power Body of the Municipality. On 02nd .11.2003
engineer Voislav Bubev was elected for Mayor of the Municipality
The Municipal Council
of Vratsa consists of 37 counsellors. Its Chairman is Slavei Grigorov.
13 committees have been established at the Municipal Council.
The Municipal Center for Services and Information has been functioning
since 2002. By means of this Center, the Municipality has implemented
the “one-desk service” principle, thus facilitating
the administrative service of the population and the business, and
has created conditions for transparency in the work of the Municipal
Administration. The Center occupies an area of 200 m2 on the first
floor of the Building of the Municipality of Vratsa, and it is easily
acessible by disabled people. The Municipality provides services
for the spatial planning, the municipal property, the civic status
and the economical policy.
Spatial ... Planning
direction includes services related to: issuance of sketches,
visas, detailed layouts; projects for investment initiative;
construction and reconstruction of buildings permits; certificates
for commissioning, illegal construction treatment; evaluation
of estates, taxi transport; ecology.
direction includes services related to: registration of trading
places; construction sites on municipal property land, renting
of municipal sites; issuance of certificates on registration
regimes; keeping record of the persons, needing a house;
direction includes services related to: Issuance of records
of birth, marriage, death, certificates for marriage, for
kinship ties, certificates for the current address, and for
the permanent address.
direction includes services related to: the field of economical
development of the Municipality; work with the municipal societies;
agricultural land, agricultural machinery, veterinary practice.
The Municipality of Vratsa has a well developed network of educational
institutions. Students can obtain primary, basic, secondary, and
vocational education as well as to continue their study in the higher
education institutions and colleges.
educational institutions in Vratsa
High-school of Natural
Sciences and Mathematics
Professional high school of chemical technologies “Maria Qurie”
Professional high school of Mechanics and Electrical Engineering
Professional high school of Building and Architecture
Professional high school of Trade and Restauranting
Professional high school of mechanical engineering
Sport School “Sv. Kliment Ohridsky”.
Language High-school – English, French, Spanish, German
Health Services and Social Activities
The health protection
of the population is provided by by means of 11 health institutions,
4 private medical centers and 6 private medical laboratories. There
are 27 health institutions in the Municipality, their number for
Vratsa is 19, comprising 60 % of the bed resource of the district.
The health institutions
on the territory of the Municipality of Vratsa provide the population
with health aid, and they are classified according the different
criteria such as: qualified, specialized, narrowly specialized activities,
related to emergency, urgent and regular medical aid, as medico-social
domestic, policlinic, hospital, sanatorium, diagnostic, healing,
prophylactic, rehabilitation, medical, dentistry, pharmaceutical,
nursing, laboratory, dentist, etc.
The only specialized
institutions for the Northwestern planning region, are located here,
such as: 1) inter-regional dispensary for oncological diseases with
a hospital; 2) Regional Dispensary for Pneumo-physiatric diseases;
3) Regional Dispensary for skin and venereal diseases with a hospital;
4) district dispensary for physical diseases.
- The cultural calendar of Vratsa includes important international
forums such as:
of the small theatre forms – organised by the Municipality
of Vratsa, and the Theatre of Vratsa with the financial support
of the Ministry of Culture.
?he International amateur theatricals festival “Vreme”
(Time) - organised by the Home of Youth – Vratsa with the
support of the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
The Youth Music Forum - annually organized by the Philharmonic orchestra
Municipal Cultural Events: Botev’s Days in Vratsa, Oldtime
City Song Fest “Mara Vrachanka”.
The cultural institutions
in the Municipality of Vratsa are the State Philharmonic Orchestra,
the Dramatic - Puppet Theatre, the Regional Historical Museum with
Art Gallery, the “Hristo Botev” Library as well as seventeen
Community Centres on the territory of the Municipality of Vratsa.
The associations functioning within the Municipality are the following:
The Association of the Writers of Vratsa; The Association of the
Craftsmen in National and Artistic Crafts – branch Vratsa,
the representation of the “Union of the Bulgarian Artists”,
and the Club of the Cultural Figures.
The Municipality of Vratsa has a well-developed sports base and
professional sports clubs structure, as well as a Sports School
(from grade VI to grade XII)
a stadium of 25 000 seats and 3 training grounds;
a tennis complex with 6 open courts a one covered tennis court with
covered track-and-field ground
open swimming pools – Olympic size;
covered 25 m swimming pool and children swimming pool
two shooting ground – for small –calibre and air –
two sports halls
skiing – three ski slopes in the area of Purshevitza.
The geographic location,
the richness of the flora and fauna as well as the unique karst
relief and the convenient transport connections are prerequisites
for sustainable development of the tourism in the Natural Park “Vrachasnki
Balkn”. The tourism products are related to the alternative
tourism – mountain, velo, ethnographic, sports, ornithological,
ecological, and village tourism. The picturesque villages of Pavolche
and Zgorigrad possess very well furnished village houses. Both Bulgarian
and foreign guests are offered to meet the traditional Bulgarian
hospitality, to admire the wonderful nature, to try delicious and
ecologically clean products, and taste the local wines.
sights and protected territories
There are plenty
of natural sights that one can see in Vratsa and in the vicinity
of Vratsa – the gorge “Vratzata” which gave the
name of the town, the “Ledenika” cave, the “Okolchitza”
site where the poet-revolutionist Christo Botev was killed, etc.
In the town there are two medieval towers – “The Kurtpashova
Tower” and “The Meshchii Tower”, dating back form
the XVI Century.
Karst” – it is a natural sight of international importance.
It is among the richest in the country of caves, abysses and cave
fauna, and most of the cave species are local endemites (they can
be seen nowhere around the world) 20 of the plant species are included
in the Red Book of Bulgaria.
“Ledenika” – The cave “Ledenika" is
one of the most beautiful caves in Bulgaria – it is identified
as Natural Sight and Tourist Site of international importance. It
is situated 16 km to the west of Vratsa at 820 m above the sea level.
“Vola” /”Okolchitza”/ - it is a historical
place of national importance.
to MUNICIPALITY OF VRATSA
Address: 3000, Vratsa, 6 "Stefanaki Savov" Str.
Phones: 092/ 62 45 81, 62 45 82 (central telephone exchange)
Tel.: + 359 92 66 31 17
Fax: + 359 92 62 70 85
Mayor - Dip. Engineer Voislav Bubev