Bulgaria is located out in Eastern Europe that borders the Black Sea, Romania, Macedonia and Turkey.
This was my first visit to Bulgaria and I was to spend a week in the resort of ‘Sunny Beach’ in the Bulgarian Province of Burgas. Sunny Beach is Bulgaria’s equivalent to the Spanish Costa’s. Sunny Beach attracts tourists from all over Europe and it reason is transparent. It offers several miles of sandy beaches that is crowned as Bulgaria’s finest. Sunny Beach is cheap and a meal can often be a cheap as £6 for 2 people.
Some Useful Information
ℹ️ Travel: Bulgaria is served by Sophia, Varna and Burgas airports. The airports of Varna and Burgas offer the coastal locations where Sophia caters for the city and country. Flights from The UK are approximately 3 hours 15 mins. Bulgaria falls under Eastern European Time that is 2 hours ahead of London.
ℹ️ Currency: The Bulgarian Lev. Bulgaria is a member of The European Union (EU)
ℹ️ Credit Cards and Banks: ATMs are common place in almost every shopping street, with several ‘bureau de change’ around the resort, with almost every major retailer accepting Mastercard and Visa. Just be careful of those smaller shops and restaurants and ask beforehand.
ℹ️ Weather: Bulgarian summers are warm, sunny and dry, with temperatures mostly in the mid 20 °C during the day. Nights are generally balmy. Winters are relatively mild but not like typical Mediterranean places more to the south. Occasional snow and frost is definitely possible, although it is not as cold as central Bulgaria.
The first thing that strongly impressed me was the euphoria, making you feel kind of dizzy – people everywhere, music that sounds from the numerous establishments (beach bars, cafes, restaurants, amusement parks etc.), the many shops and kiosks, countless attractions of any kind etc.
People who are fans of a dynamic life style and keen on wild adventures will fall in love with the Sunny Beach resort because it is the most astonishing Summer destination along the Black Sea coast and a one-week holiday here will make you relax like never before!
The second thing that impressed me during my Summer holiday in Sunny Beach was the incredible sandy beach. Kept in perfect condition it was the hottest point in the whole resort!
When you are at the beach you can do so many interesting and entertaining activities (water wheel, jet skiing, beach volleyball etc.), that you will not feel how the day is almost done. Some advice here: The Bulgarian Summer sun is strong. Ensure you use a high SPF.
Nights in Sunny Beach are so amazing that even the most sceptical person will be delighted! My first night in Sunny Beach was really great – I had wonderful dinner at a typically Bulgarian restaurant fully furnished in traditional style, as the live music contributing to the guest’s happy mood. After that, me and my company of friends visited one of the local nightclubs where a popular DJ entertained us with cool retro music.
Sunny Beach is now still the same – awesome, modern and rapidly growing… Get inspired and go there this summer!
If you are wanting to have a break from the beach a little further down the coast towards the fishing town of Nessebar is the Aqua Park. Here you can spend all day slip-sliding down all the flumes and enjoying the surroundings.
Adult ticket’s for the day usually cost around LV38 (GB£17/US$22). However, there are afternoon only tickets available too. Click on this link to find out more.
Ancient City of Nessebar
The harbour town of Nessebar has become listed as a UNESCO heritage site. Situated on a rocky peninsula on the Black Sea, the more than 3,000-year-old site of Nessebar was originally a Thracian settlement. At the beginning of the 6th century BC, the city became a Greek colony.
The city’s remains, which date mostly from the Hellenistic period, include the acropolis, a temple of Apollo, an angora and a wall from the Thracian fortifications. Among other monuments, the Stara Mitropolia Basilica and the fortress date from the Middle Ages, when this was one of the most important Byzantine towns on the west coast of the Black Sea. Wooden houses built in the 19th century are typical of the Black Sea architecture of the period.
To Sum up Sunny Beach and Bulgaria I would say it is the Spanish Costas back in the 90’s. Whilst Spain has become fairly expensive Bulgaria still has that attraction with price and value for money.
There is plenty to do for every age whether it be family fun on the beach or water park, beach bars to simply relax and people watch, market stalls to spend those Lev’s or thumping music from the club scene, there is definitely something for everyone.
Most hotels offer daily excursions to historic sites but I do advise to jump the local bus and head to Nessebar for the afternoon. You will be proud you did. Sunny Beach- modern and rapidly growing… Get inspired and go there this summer!