Holiday Regions in Bulgaria
Bulgaria’s Varna region is green and rocky with grand headlands at Cape Galata and Cape St. Athanasius, while much of the environment is protected in reserves. It also has several large beaches divided up by coves and forest areas where ancient oaks grow. While the city of Varna is the third-largest in the country, the nearby resort town of Golden Sands (10 miles downtown) is the largest and most popular in the region. Adjacent to the Golden Sands National Park, the resort has a reputation for its excellent accommodation.
In the south, the Bourgas region is also home to a large number of Black Sea resorts that take advantage of the region’s wide, golden beaches. Much flatter than the landscape in the north, Bourgas is distinguished by its huge selection of flowers and protected wetland areas. The large holiday complex, Sunny Beach (less than one mile from the ancient town of Nessebar), is sometimes called the summer party capital of Europe as it’s packed with clubs, bars and pubs that provide an upbeat atmosphere.
There are numerous activities and resorts to choose in Bourgas including wind surfing in Duni, mountain biking around Elenite, touring Thracian and ancient Greek remains in Obzor or taking a boat from St Vlas to the fascinating town of Nessebar.
Bordering Romania in the north and Turkey in the south, Bulgaria’s Black Sea Riviera is the most popular holiday district in the country, and for good reason. Large white and gold beaches draw visitors to hundreds of miles of coastline, particularly in the summer season between May and October, when visitors can enjoy up to 300 hours of sunshine in a single month.