With Blue Flag beaches, purpose-built tourist resorts and cities crammed with history, holidays to Bulgaria cater for every need.
Europe’s rising star
As far as holidays go, Bulgaria is on the verge of great things. It might not be as well-known as the Greek Islands or the Spanish Costas at the moment, but that’s likely to change over the next decade or so. With its gorgeous Black Sea coast and all-singing, all-dancing tourist resorts, the country has just as much to offer as its European counterparts.
Sunny Beach wins the popularity contest here. This purpose-built resort leaves holidaymakers wanting for nothing. The 18-kilometre stretch of sand is accessorised with everything from football pitches and massage huts to fairgrounds and market stalls. And the after-dark scene is nothing short of legendary.
Obzor and Nessebar
If you prefer your holidays with a bigger dose of peace and quiet, consider Obzor. Days at this small seaside town revolve around the 6-kilometre beach, while evenings usually play out in laid-back restaurants and bars. If history is your top priority, meanwhile, head to Nessebar, where you can nosy around the UNESCO-protected old town.
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A millennium ago, Roman emperors came to Obzor, on Bulgaria’s Black Sea Riviera, for some much-needed R&R. The idea caught on, and today this up-and coming small town is really popular for its laid-back appeal. The lush backdrop of the Stara Planina mountains and the long, sandy beach keep the relaxed feel going, though there are plenty of bars and restaurants to pick up the pace in the evenings.
Dubbed the ‘Pearl of the Black Sea’, Nessebar is a Balkan beauty spot with a spectacular old town poking out from its coastline. Over 3,000 years of civilisation have left their mark here, from the Romans to the Ottomans. But you won’t just find ancient history. It’s a bubbling beach town, too. Its seafront has a row of modern hotels stretching out in front of a pristine beach.
Sunny Beach is a lively spot on Bulgaria’s little-known Black Sea Coast. This purpose-built, modern holiday town has rolled out brand-new restaurants, bars and energetic nightclubs across its high rise waterfront. It’s got a spotlessly long beach, too. But it’s not all purpose-built newness here – UNESCO-certified Nessebar is just up the road.