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Bourgas Region

Bourgas Region, Bulgaria

The Bourgas region of Bulgaria lies to the south-east of the country and features many golden beaches along its Black Sea coastline. Built up around these beaches are both quiet and lively resort towns. The countryside opens up as you head further inland, packed with beautiful nature reserves, areas of forests and mountains, and meandering rivers. There are also plenty of historic places of interest to discover and explore.

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Relax on idyllic beaches

It's no surprise that most visitors flocking to the coastal Bourgas region are looking for beaches on which to spend their days (and sometimes evenings). And it certainly doesn't disappoint.

The resort of Sunny Beach is home to the most popular stretch on the Black Sea coast, with its Blue Flag Beach having five miles of glorious sand to walk and relax on. There are lots of water sports on offer, too, so why not hire a jet ski and have fun zooming about on the water. The huge number of family-friendly restaurants and caf├ęs mean you're guaranteed a great spot to enjoy a delicious lunch with a view.

A slightly quieter and smaller beach can be found at Obzor. There's more of an authentic and traditional coastal-town feel here, with calm, shallow waters matching the laid-back atmosphere. However, you can take things up a notch with some windsurfing or a few games of beach volleyball.

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Pretty coastal towns and resorts

The port city of Bourgas is on the southern Black Sea coast and is mostly untouched by mass tourism, with a stretch of sand that's rarely crowded. Visit leafy Sea Garden park for some much-needed shade when temperatures start soaring on the nearby beach. There are several rivers just outside the city, providing ideal environments for both kayaking and birdwatching.

Obzor is a small and friendly town that isn't just defined by its resort status and beach. Its main square is a paved piazza that's lined with restaurants and bars and features a charming fountain as a central focal point. It's the ideal place to enjoy some locally produced wine as you people-watch on the pleasant terrace.

Other attractive coastal towns in the area include Byala, Ahtopol and Sozopol. Each has its own unique look and feel, with facilities that cater to most interests.

Walk on the wildlife side

Wide swathes of the countryside within the Bourgas region of Bulgaria have been turned into protected areas for the diverse wildlife that inhabits it.

Strandzha Nature Park is the largest protected area in the whole of Bulgaria and is around a two-hour drive south from Sunny Beach. Its huge expanse encompasses Strandzha Mountain as well as many hills, forests, limestone cliffs and rivers. Animals known to live within these areas include golden jackals, wildcats and otters. There are many species of trees and plants within the dense forests, as well as crumbling ancient ruins to explore.

Bulgaria's very own version of the Amazon rainforest is Ropotamo Nature Reserve. Take a boat trip down the river and enjoy spotting a variety of birds and reptiles, with cormorants, turtles, water snakes and dragonflies common sights. The peaceful, picturesque surroundings here are a joy.

Rich history and culture

The countries of eastern Europe have so many fascinating stories, with a history that spans many centuries and cultures. Exploring the historical buildings and sites of ancient towns during holidays to Bulgaria and the Bourgas region in particular is the perfect way to understand their colourful pasts.

Nessebar is an ancient town on the coast and features an Unesco-protected old town on the peninsula that connects to the mainland. It's an enchanting place to get lost in as you make your way round the twisting streets.

A large number of churches nestle within its small space, as do many Roman ruins, and the Archaeological and Ethnographic Museums which are both worth a stroll around. After all that sightseeing, take the weight off your feet at a harbourside seafood restaurant and sample some local cuisine.

The region of Bourgas has so much to offer, including beautiful beaches, diverse wildlife and characterful towns. It's a great area to enjoy fun-filled days out by the sea with the family. It's also a place where you can learn more about the country's intriguing past. There really is something for everyone here, making it an unmissable holiday destination.