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.