Bulgaria’s prime beach location is a winner for sun seekers and has soared in popularity in recent years. The Bourgas region has a handful of Blue Flag beaches, a vibrant nightlife, beautiful landscapes and historic sites to its name, plus the popular resort of Sunny Beach.
But why should you swap your usual beach destination for Bulgaria? As this holiday destination continues to grow, we uncover some of the hidden gems in the Bourgas region that should be on your hit list in 2019.
SUNNY BEACH | WHERE THE FUN BEGINS
This lively spot lives up to its name during the summer and is a great base for your holiday to Bulgaria, situated on the southern Black Sea Coast. Sunny Beach has an abundance of hotels, bars, shops and restaurants that are great value for money. Everything is a walkable distance in Sunny Beach, so whether you are bar hopping in the evenings or strolling from one side of the beach to the other, you’re never too far from your hotel, public transport or places of interest.
The resort is family-friendly and the 8km Blue Flag beach offers a variety of watersports and amenities to enjoy during the day. While the beach is the main attraction, there are plenty of other things to keep you occupied outside of the resort. The cobbled streets of Nessebar are only a 10 minute drive away, where you can explore the town’s Greek and Roman past.
NESSEBAR | ESCAPE TO SOMEWHERE QUIET
This UNESCO-listed town has two parts – the old and new town. It’s a romantic place that’s steeped in history and tradition, as well as having a choice of modern hotels and guest houses. Spend a day here wandering the narrow streets and squares, admiring ancient churches and period houses, or simply take a break at one of two beaches.
POMORIE | WILDLIFE AND WELLBEING
Near to Nessebar, Pomorie mirrors its quaint old town, cobbled streets and easy going atmosphere. It was mostly destroyed by a fire in 1906 but has retained some of its original charm and beauty. If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Sunny Beach, then head here for a day of leisurely beach walks, traditional seafood restaurants and souvenir shopping. Visit Lake Pomorie too – a magnet for wildlife and said to have healing powers.
VARNA | A CULTURAL DAY OUT
Bulgaria’s third city is cosmopolitan but holds onto its traditional seaside appeal. There’s a long stretch of sandy beach and a city park to wander through, plus a vibrant nightlife and arts and culture scene. Spend some time exploring the archaeological museum which has a precious collection of gold, take photos of the symbolic 19thcentury Varna Cathedral with its stained glass windows and copper domes, or discover the ruins of the Roman baths which are still well-preserved to this day.
SOZOPOL | SEASIDE CHARM AND SURFING
Much like Nessebar, Sozopol is a tale of two halves. The old town is one of the oldest in Bulgaria, awash with terracotta-tiled roofs, wooden houses and crumbling buildings. The modern side of town is home to two beaches – the main one being Hermanite Beach – and plenty of shops, hotels and restaurants. The Golden Fish Beach is around 3km out of town and offers some of the best waters for surfing, while further afield Ropotamo Nature Reserve is a just-do for bird watching.