Sea & Sun
Bulgaria is blessed with ideal conditions for seaside holidays and recreation.
The Bulgarian Black Sea coast, stretching for 380 km (236 miles), is a popular destination with its warm sea temperatures, sunny climate, picture-perfect white-sand beaches, modern resorts and favourable exchange rate.
You will find glorious beaches next to deep bays, wooded hills, lovely vineyards and orchards sloping gently towards the sea, all this interspersed with modern resorts, ancient fishermen’s towns and camping sites hidden among lush vegetation.
Although called “Black”, for most of the year the Black Sea is actually bright blue, calm and warm. There are no tides, seaweeds or dangerous sea animals, and its gently sloping sandy floor offers safe bathing. The mild climate, pleasant temperatures, fresh clean air and curative mineral-water springs make the Bulgarian Black Sea coast perfect for a holiday in all seasons. From the magnificent Cape Kaliakra in the north to the tangle of woods on the banks of the Ropotamo River in the south, it awaits you with its golden beaches, sand dunes and wooded hills, quiet bays and rocky capes, romantic spots and picturesque rivers dotted with snow-white lilies.
This is a place that has something for everyone – for those on the lookout for a fun-filled, thrilling and exciting holiday, and for those who want to “return back to nature” in search of peace and quiet, the gentle murmur of the waves, the cool freshness of virgin forests.
The sea teems with fish like mackerel, mullet, horse mackerel, turbot and many other species. The Black Sea’s salinity is 18‰, or twice as less as that of the Mediterranean, thus making it more pleasant for swimming and diving.
All beaches face east and receive plenty of sunlight from dawn to dusk. The average monthly sunshine is 240 hours in May and September, and more than 300 hours in July and August. The average daily air temperature in summer varies between 23°C and 29°C, and that of the seawater between 20°C and 26°C.
The coast is also one of the best spa regions in Bulgaria and has plenty of resorts offering the additional attraction of mineral baths, mud treatments and thermal springs.
You can find both large modern resorts as well as quaint, old small towns and villages. The big seaside resorts, such as Golden Sands, Sunny Beach, Albena, Sunny Day, Riviera, the holiday villages of Elenite, Dyuni and Paradise Beach, meet all modern requirements for comfort and services.
They offer excellent accommodation in state-of-the-art hotels immersed in greenery, located on the very shore or not far from it. Most of the hotels are 3- , 4- and 5-star, with a sophisticated atmosphere, comfortable and cosy, with many different places for eating and entertainment – restaurants, cafes, bars, night clubs, disco dance clubs as well as outdoor or indoor swimming pools and conference rooms. Some of these resorts have been awarded the coveted Blue Banner for cleanliness and safety.
The seaside towns are ideal for a more independent vacation, with plenty of family-run guesthouses and a wealth of bars and restaurants that add local flavour and character.
Have two largest cities on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, Varna (in the north) and Bourgas (in the south), are in harmony with the seaside. Both have international airports as well as seaports serving the respective regions. The old-time fishermen’s towns of Nessebar, Sozopol and Balchik have a unique romantic spirit and beauty, coming from their numerous historical sites and their original distinctive architecture.