Primarily, it’s the beaches that make the Bourgas region tick. This pocket of land on Bulgaria’s eastern side lays claim to some of the best swathes of sand on the country’s 378-kilometre coastline. Sunny Beach is the place on most tourists’ lips. The Blue Flag beach here is 8 kilometres long and complemented with more than 600 cafés, restaurants and bars. Obzor follows hot on its heels in the popularity stakes. The 6-kilometre sandy beach here sidles up to thatched beach bars, mini golf courses, and fun fairs.
The Varna region stretches over nearly 4,000 square kilometres in north-eastern Bulgaria. In terms of landscape, there’s loads of variety. You’ve got the Black Sea bracketing one side. Further inland, there are forests, lakes, thermal springs and even a desert. Many of these places are protected reserves, too, so they’re practically untouched and ripe for exploring.