Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast is fast becoming one of Europe’s most popular beach destinations. Found in the East of the country, its home to both attractive beach resorts and some of the country’s most fascinating cities.
Varna, the county’s third largest city, is well served by transport links, with busy cruise and ferry terminals and an airport connected by direct flights to many European cities. With thousands of years of history, the city has several fascinating museums to explore. The Varna Archaeological Museum’s collection includes amazing ancient artefacts, including the oldest gold jewellery in the world, and more treasures can be seen at the city’s famous naval museum, the nearby Roman baths and the medieval Aladzha Monastery.
The nearby resort town of Golden Sands lives up to its name, having been awarded a prestigious Blue Flag for its crystal-clear beaches. While the modern resort town of Albena offers a more quiet spot for holidays, surrounded by the Baltata National Reserve, the area offers sea and forest views, and the Bulgarian coast’s largest spa.
Further south you’ll find Burgas Bay, which is another top spot for beach holidays in Bulgaria. Sun-seekers flock to the popular resort town of Sunny Beach, known for its 8km stretch of sand and its exciting nightlife. Nearby sits the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Nesebar, renowned for its beautiful churches. Burgas’ city centre is popular for shopping and dining, while the lakes that surround the city offer excellent opportunities for birdwatching. There’s plenty to see and do on a Bulgaria beach holiday.
While you could spend your entire holiday in Bulgaria lounging on the beautiful beaches, you should pry yourself off of the warm sand and take a hike into the mountains. With the famous Balkans separating Bulgaria's north from the south, there are plenty of opportunities for scenic mountain views and to take in fresh mountain air. There are plenty of private chalets, houses, and restaurants in the Central Balkan National Park; a perfect place to arrange a long hike through the beautiful snow peaks of the Balkans.
While traveling inland make sure to stop in Bulgaria's capital city, Sofia. This city is one of the oldest in Europe, with over 250 historic sites located throughout it. Spend a day learning about Bulgarian culture at the Bulgarian National Museum of History followed by a night out on the town at one of the many bars or discotheques located in Sofia.
When you have had your fill of city life, head out of the city and back into the famous Bulgarian forests. A day hike in one of the many forests that cover Bulgaria will provide a tranquil getaway to clear your mind and truly relax.
Whether you are looking to spend your holidays relaxing on the beach or partying into the night Bulgaria has plenty of places for you to explore. Spend your days hiking in the mountains and evenings dining by the sea. Book all your holidays to Bulgaria with lastminute.com and make sure to get the cheapest rates so you will have more money to explore all that the country has to offer.