Bulgarian Seaside Resorts

Bulgaria boasts a 378 km coastline as varied as the country itself. Vast, open beaches dotted with quiet coves, dunes, bays, cliffs, wooded hills and romantic peninsulas are set against a backdrop of vineyards,orchards,fishing villages, campsites, modern resorts,holiday villages and private villas. It is a truly hospitable shore, that offers everything for everybody – for those looking for a thrilling and exciting holiday and for those who desire to live all year round.
The Bulgarian Black Sea Coast covers the entire eastern bound of Bulgaria stretching from the Romanian Black Sea resorts in the north to European Turkey in the south, along 378 km of coastline. White and golden sandy beaches occupy approximately 130 km of the 378 km long coast. The region is an important center of tourism during the summer season (May–October), drawing millions of foreign and local tourists alike and constituting one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations.

NORTH BLACK SEA COAST

Varna

varnaThe city of Varna is situated in the North-Eastern part of Bulgaria, on the Black Sea shore. Varna is the third largest city in Bulgaria and the largest one on the Black Sea shore with population of about 330 000 people. Because of its history and its economical and cultural significance, it is often called the Sea Capital of Bulgaria.With its modern port, railway connection and international airport providing connection with 35 states and more than 100 world cities, Varna is one of the largest transport centers in Bulgaria.

The strategic position of Varna on the map of south-eastern Europe has turned the city into one of the largest settlements on the Black Sea shore since antiquity. Multiple monuments presented today in the city Archaeological Museum date back to this period. The museum’s impressive collection includes the finds from the Varna chalcolythic necropolis – the oldest golden treasure in the world found by now, dating back to six thousand years ago.
Among the rest of the museums, some of the most interesting ones are the Maritime Museum and the Ethnographic Museum. The Maritime Museum collection includes articles related to the Bulgarian military and commercial shipping. The Ethnographic Museum presents the rich diversity of culture and the style of life of the population in Varna region from the second half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century.

Golden sands

goldensandsGolden sands is famous with its nice golden sand and long beaches. The Black Sea beaches are covered with crystal clear sands. Because of its natural beauty, Bulgarian Black Sea coast has become famous international resort area.

The Golden sands resort is 18 kilometers north of the city of Varna and near the Golden Sands National Park. It is a magnificent resort, the largest one on the Northern Black Sea coast, with richly wooded hills, white golden beach and clear blue sea. There are lots of famous and ancient mineral water springs, which have a flow of 150 m/sec and were known already to the Thraciains and the Roman Caesars. The beach stretches for  4 km. long and is up to 100 m wide in a places. The average air temperature in Summer is 27-30 degrees and the water temperature is 25-28 degrees. Golden sands suits both sun-worshippers and sightseers being near by Varna – the third largest town in Bulgaria, the pearl of the Bulgarian Black Sea coast with a great number of places of interest. The resort has wonderful conditions for recreation, entertainment, sport and spa treatment. It is a paradise for children and restful holiday for parents. It has been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag international ecology prize several times.

Saint Constantine and Helena

constantineandhelenaSaints Constantine and Helena is a resort town on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast within a landscaped park 10 km north of downtown Varna, 2 km east of its Vinitsa quarter, and 7 km south of Golden Sands. Situated in a fine old park with cypresses,lilies and fig trees, the resort offers comfortable apartments, hotels, villas and holiday houses. Bulgaria’s oldest Black Sea resort was also known in the past as Druzhba and Varna Resort. It is served by the Varna International Airport and bus lines of the Varna public transit system. For a resort of its size, St. Constantine and Helena has a good supply of shops and stalls. The best nightlife centres and restaurants, including casino are situated near the resort.

Albena

albenaAlbena is one of the most beautiful sea resorts on the Bulgarian seaside . Albena sits in a picturesque bay, with a large sandy beach, about 30 km. north of Varna at the food of green hillsides. This is the place where the sea meets the sand . The resort is a delight to people of all ages and it was named after a local beauty, a female character of one of the best Bulgarian writers – Yordan Yovkov. With the sand lines, and the crystal sea, Albena offers a pleasure to every taste. Albena is situated only 30 km away from Bulgaria’s sea capital Varna. The resort is remarkable for its 6-km long beach. It has over 43 hotels (2 to 5 stars), situated at the very beach or at the picturesque hills with exciting views of the sea and the “Balata” National Reserve. Other interesting places around are the village of Obrochishte with its well-preserved fortress, dating from Ottoman times and the village of Kranevo, with remains of an ancient fortress.

The sea resort of Albena is situated in close proximity to Balchik. The two destinations are connected by a sea shore alley called Dambata. It begins from the yacht port, passes by the Palace and reaches Albena, as its total length is 7300 meters.

Balchik

balchikBalchik is situated in the north-east part of the Bulgarian Black Sea shore, 40 km from Varna and 20 km from Kavarna.
Balchik is situated on the sea shore, in a region with moderate continental climate. The average temperature in July is 22 degrees Celsius, and the temperature of the sea water during the summer reaches 24 degrees Celsius.

The town was established 26 centuries ago by Greek settlers named Krunes. In the 6th century BC the town was named after the Greek God of wine and joy – Dionysus – Dionisiopolis.

There is no doubt, however, that Balchik is most popular for its possibilities for sea tourism, which is also good option for buying a property here for renting it out.The beautiful beaches in the region around the town, as well as the fresh nature attract many visitors in the summer months.

Kranevo

kranevoA nice little village situated in a sheltered bay, Kranevo is 25 km north of the city of Varna. It lies just beyond the northern end of Golden Sands and at the southern part of a long beach, which extends towards the luxurious resort of Albena to the north. The vast beach, clean sea, gently sloping sea bottom and healing mineral water have propelled the swift growth of the village into a competitive tourist destination.
Kranevo has succeeded an ancient Roman stronghold, known as ‘Ekrene’ or the harbour ‘Kraneia’.

Traces of the Roman fortress, which was exploited during the Middle Ages as well, have been found on the southern plateaus above the village.

Kranevo fascinates tourists with its whitewashed houses and red-tile roofs. Every house has a flower garden and a vine arbour where beaming hostesses welcome their guests and treat them to some chilled grape brandy. Home-made dishes are usually prepared with vegetables and fruits grown by the locals.

Rusalka

rusalkaThe Rusalka (The Mermaid) is a northernmost of the Bulgarian seaside resorts. It is a complex of 600 villas roughly 80 km northeast of Varna. It occupies of two protected areas, The Tauk Liman (Tauk Firth) Reserve and The Ptichiya Zaliv (Bird Bay) Reserve, that is home to rare bird species. Other places of interests near Roussalka are the village of Kamen Bryag (Stone coast), and Yaylata, featuring picturesque rocky coves and about 40 caves.  At neighboring Point Kaliakra are the remains of an ancient fortress, which is also a favorite destination for bird watchers.
The area is blessed with hot mineral springs. The complex has a number of tennis courts, volleyball courts, football pitches, and excellent conditions for other sports. The resort also offers horseback riding, and there is snorkeling and scuba diving off the seaside cliffs.

Byala

byalaSituated on the beautiful Black Sea coast, with a population of 2330 people, the town of Byala is a small traditional Bulgarian settlement. It is located between Varna and Burgas International Airports which makes it a preferable and easy to reach tourist destination.

Famous for crystal blue sea and sandy beaches, and its thriving wine industry, Byala is becoming a much sought after residential area.

Only 50 km south from the Bulgarian Sea capital Varna and lying just 80 km north of the town of Burgas, its panoramic views make it the perfect spot for a flexible holiday or for wise investors.

During the last few years the town developed very fast and at the moment it is a desired vacation spot for many tourists in the summer. There are many factors that determine this such as the town’s good location, the 6 km long beach with very fine sand which is 10 to 50 meters wide. There are many beaches in the vicinity, some of them still virgin and unknown for most of the people.

SOUTH BLACK SEA COAST

Sunny beach

sunnybeachSunny Beach (Slantchev bryag) , Bulgaria`s largest seaside resort,stretches along a beautiful bay facing east against the backdrop of the descending slopes of the Balkan range. To the south, lying on a small peninsula, is the ancient town of Nessebar – an architectural and historical monument of Bulgarian and world culture. Further south, for some 40 km. is Bourgas. The name Sunny Beach is a literal translation  of the Bulgarian name, which is most appropriate for a place with an average summer temperature between 25 – 30 degrees, and very few cloudy days.  Its beach offering an 8 km expanse of fine golden sand,sloping gently into the warm and safe sea, makes it an ideal resort for families. For the party-minded youth there are lots of clubs and bars, as well as plenty of opportunity to lounge on the 8 km long sandy beach. All along the beach is a spacious boulevard with excellent restaurants and a market during the daytime. In the evening the most thrilling clubs open their doors, with Flowerstreet in the beating heart of it.

The accommodation options in the complex are exceptionally diverse – there are luxurious five star complexes here, as well as various categories of hotels, villas, guest houses, apartment hotels, etc. The catering and entertainment establishments in the resort are numbering in the hundreds and offer diverse Bulgarian and international cuisine.

Entertainment of visitors is guaranteed by diverse attractions – water sports, surfing, beach volleyball, aqua park, bowling, various installations for children, etc.

Sunny beach offers a variety of dining choices and has a lot to offer to those, who are keen on sport. It is also offering wonderful conditions for living all year round, for good holiday or business. The complexes have large number of properties required for these types of services.

It has been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag international ecology prize several times.

Saint Vlas

vlasSveti Vlas (St. Vlas) is a beautiful fast developing resort, situated 5 km north of Sunny Beach. The resort lies at the foot of the Balkan mountain range. It has been developed into a modern beach destination during the recent years, with brand new hotels and tourist infrastructure. The beaches at St. Vlas are three with a total length of 2 km. There are numerous complexes of different categories and prices in the resort. Most of the hotels offer all inclusive accommodation. The city is well developed by numerous of developers, who prefer to invest exactly here.The resort is famous for its Yacht port “Marina Dinevi” with a capacity for 300 yachts and excellent facilities, which is rising up the level of the city.It has been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag international ecology prize several times.

Nesebar

nessebarNesebar Architectural-Historical Reserve is located in the Old Town and takes the form of an 850 m long and 350 m wide peninsula.  It is situated 2 km south of Sunny Beach and some  40 km north from Burgas. The Old Town was declared an architectural-historical reserve of national importance by virtue of Ordinance No 243 of the Council of Ministers of 18 July 1956. A narrow neck of land connects the two parts – new and old town.

In 1983 Old Nesebar was included in the List of World Cultural Heritage Sites of UNESCO, as one of the oldest towns in Europe, with an impressive cultural layer which is three metres thick in some places.

Nesebar was founded 3200 years ago,when the town was called Mesembria. In the Middle Ages it was known as Mesemvria, and it was later renamed to Nesebar. Numerous archaeological finds provide evidence of the centuries-old history of Old Nesebar. Many of them can be seen at the Archaeological Museum which is located at the very beginning of the peninsula.  The different museum halls provide information about the town’s existence under the control of the Thracians, the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, and the Bulgarian State. The very entrance of the town is through a gate in the fortress wall that once surrounded the town.  There is historical evidence,of the existence of more than forty churches and two monasteries in Nessebar. Today there is information about 23 of them. Apart from the churches that have been transformed into museums, several other restored and well preserved temples can be seen in the Old Town. The Church of St. John the Baptist was constructed in the 10th century. It keeps a portrait of the church-donor that dates back to the 14th century.

Elenite

eleniteElenite is a vacation complex, situated at the sea shore, on the southern slope of the easternmost Balkan Mountain. The resort is located in a beautiful bay in close proximity to Cape Emine, 4.5 kilometers from Sveti Vlas and 8.5 kilometers from Sunny Beach. The international airport of Burgas is only 40 km away from Elenite.

The complex is designed so that its exposition is entirely southern. It consists of villas and hotels situated among the fresh greenery of the Balkan mountain and it offers its guests peace and luxury, combined with beautiful nature and fresh air.

The resort offers a variety of outdoor sports – surfing, yachting, canoeing, beach volleyball, water polo, etc. The resort can provide good types of one or two bedroom apartments or villas  for it`s future owners.