Belene Tourism

Belene (Bulgarian: Белене) is a town in Pleven Province, Northern Bulgaria. It is the administrative centre of the homonymous Belene Municipality. The town is situated on the right bank of the Danube river, close to the town of Svishtov. As of December 2009, it has a population of 8,905 inhabitants. Belene was proclaimed a town in 1964, which is celebrated every year in the first week of September with a market and cultural events. The place is best known for the Belene prison (formerly a concentration camp) on Belene Island where thousands of innocent Bulgarians found their death during the communist dictatorship, and as the proposed site of Bulgaria's second nuclear power plant, which has been under construction 7 kilometres (4 miles) east of the town until it was interrupted in 1990 due to the severe economic crisis that followed the fall of communism in the country. There are plans to start construction again as a replacement for reactors 3 and 4 at Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant, which Bulgaria shut down as a condition for EU membership. The total capacity of the two reactors will be 2,000 MW. The main confessions in the town are Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, with two Roman Catholic and one Orthodox church being present. The Catholic Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary was built in 1860, the Eastern Orthodox Church of St George in 1874 and the Catholic Church of Saint Anthony of Padua was constructed in 1893. Belene was the focal point for the feature documentary film The Mosquito Problem and Other Stories by Andrey Paounov The film features many of the town's colourful characters, highlighting their daily plight of a nuclear plant of empty promises and a year-round mosquito epidemic. Belene Cove in Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica is named after Belene.


This is a perfect opportunity to take a break from your routine and enjoy a fun-filled holiday. Belene in Bulgaria is an ideal destination for a vacation! The nearest major city to Belene is Koprivshtitsa. Koprivshtitsa is bestowed with interesting set of attractions for every type of traveller. Most online packages to this city are of 1-2 days.

  • How safe is Belene for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Belene.

    • Burglary and Theft 25 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 33.33 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 33.33 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 66.67 (High)
    • Car Stealing 8.33 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Attacks 33.33 (Low)
    • Drug offense 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 100 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 25 (Low)
    • Safety Index 76.72 (High)
    • Climate Index 82.42 (Very High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 15 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Belene

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.15 USD
    • International Movie per seat 5.14 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 20.54 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 72.75 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 36.52 USD

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