There is something for everyone in Bulgaria. If you are currently feeling the cold of winter and envisioning your next summer vacation, Bulgaria has the potential to be at the top of your destination list.
While the Black Sea coast stretches the entire 378 km of its eastern border, the country offers many options for seaside stays. Here is our pick of our favorite places to give you ideas, whether you want to party or relax.
Festive atmosphere on the Côte du Soleil (Sunny Beach)
The aptly named Côte du Soleil is the ideal place if you want your summer vacation to be punctuated by tasting cocktails, lively dance floors and fun in the waves.
This most popular beach in Bulgaria is one of the most affordable party spots in Europe. Along the coast you’ll find clubs where some of Europe’s best techno and house DJs perform. Surrounded by magnificent natural dunes, it is also one of the most picturesque beaches in the country.
The 8 km of sand and sea of the Côte du Soleil do not only offer nightclub evenings. During the day, you can also be active by enjoying the parties organized on board the boats or by practicing water skiing.
If you are looking for a cultural break, the city also invites you to explore, just a few kilometers south of the beach, of the ancient city of Nessebar listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Nessebar is full of historic sites. As a key trading port, it has seen many civilizations develop and collapse, from the ancient Greeks to the Byzantine Empire. You can see the remains of these ancient cultures through the preserved walls and churches of the ancient city.
Balchik and its romantic landscapes
A little quieter setting, Balchik is still unknown to the mass of holidaymakers. The town lies just 31 km north of Varna, the largest port city on the eastern border.
In the 1920s and 1930s, Queen Marie of Romania was charmed by the beauty of the region and had a palace built where you can find must-see places like the botanical gardens. The terraced green spaces are divided into astonishing collections of greenery comprising more than 2000 species of plants.
After strolling through the palace and its idyllic gardens, a romantic evening should also include a visit to one of the many bars and restaurants that line the beaches of Balchik for over 2 km.
Camping retreats for nature lovers
Tired of parties and romantic getaways? Instead, opt for wild camping on a beach. While it is not possible to set up anywhere, many beaches have dedicated campgrounds.
If you are looking for a secluded place, there is nothing like Silistar Beach. You will find a great place if you are ready to think outside the box for your summer getaway. Located at the southern end of the coast, Silistar has campsites and is close to several other beaches that you can head to if the main one starts to get too crowded.
To taste the wild life of the Black Sea, the beach of Irakli is offered to you. It is a must-see beach for naturalists looking for unique flora and fauna. Its golden sands and wooded hills make its rugged coastline all the more impressive.
And with many camping possibilities around the beach, it is also possible to enjoy Irakli naturally by going, for example, to the naturist beach.
Family holidays in Golden Sands
If your kids are accompanying you on your sojourn in the sun, naturist beaches and nightly DJ sets may not be what you need, then why not try one of the country’s resorts?
Golden Sands is one of the most popular beaches in Bulgaria and is located just a few kilometers north of Varna, a city considered to be the capital of the Black Sea. For older children, the historical sites of Varna will enrich the holidays by showing you the ruins of Roman baths dating from the 2nd century AD.
In Golden Sands, many hotels and resorts offer the perfect backdrop. The beaches give the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of water activities and you can book boat evenings suitable for families.
No family stay would be complete without a visit to the water park. Just like the family beaches in Bulgaria, the water parks are must-sees for children with their slides and attractions suitable for everyone, from the youngest to the thrill seekers.