Introducing Holidays to Sunny Beach
Looking for an action-packed getaway for 2019 / 2020? Situated on the famous Black Sea Coast, Sunny Beach is an enticing mix of thriving nightlife and beautiful beaches, offering more than enough to tempt holidaymakers in search of fun and sunshine.
While Bulgaria might not be top of your beach break list, you’ll be in for a surprise. While other tourist-clad resorts in Spain and Greece are increasingly popular, there’s a welcome experience to be had on a holiday in Sunny Beach. Nightclub-hoppers and party animals are well catered for with its selection of bustling bars and quirky evening attractions. Beachfront hideaways present the ultimate in relaxation with a cocktail in hand, while organised bar crawls and eclectic entertainment is on hand for anyone looking to maintain the merriment until closing time.
Stunning in appearance, Sunny Beach offers various activities worth delving into, while its varied landscapes mean you’re only ever a short jaunt away from historical sites and cultural attractions too. The UNESCO-listed town of Nessebar is just a 15 minute drive away, with a Medieval Basilica and fortress towers retaining its age-old charm. Whether you’re heading off on a group holiday with friends, or you’re a couple craving an opportunity to let your hair down, you’re guaranteed a memorable getaway in Sunny Beach.
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Sunny Beach is Bulgaria’s top beach destination, welcoming many visitors each year. Whether you’re looking for an adrenaline-fuelled holiday or something more sedate, there’s several top attractions to greet you. Look past the endless number of nightclubs and bars and you’ll even uncover Bulgaria’s history and stunning scenery. Thanks to its dramatic mountains and the lure of the Black Sea, Sunny Beach lends itself well to taking a walk around and exploring the area, or you can choose to hop on a boat to discover further afield.
Start with the south-east coast, just a short trip away from Sunny Beach itself. There’s the Ropotamo Nature Reserve to visit, filled with a wealth of flora and fauna, there’s plenty to see as you take a trip along the scenic Ropotamo River. The small town of Sozopol is just nearby, with its charming winding streets and quirky shopping opportunities.
While not world-renowned, Bulgaria offers up a wealth of delicious cuisine to enjoy, and Sunny Beach is no different. Sample dishes like the Shopska Salad, or the moreish Banitsa, a cheese-filled pastry found in many bakeries across the region. Of course, while you’ll be introduced to plenty of Bulgarian food and drink on your holidays to Sunny Beach, there’s the opportunity to taste everything from American-style food to the usual British offerings.
The area offers plenty of choice, depending on budget, whether you fancy savouring a hearty burger before a night out or dining somewhere more sophisticated with your other half. Head to The Lighthouse for traditionally Bulgarian food alongside nightly live music, or make the most of Picadilly’s fine selection of seafood and fish dishes.
Spending your holidays to Sunny Beach with little ones, or got your teenagers in tow? While you won’t find a huge amount of child-centered attractions to enjoy on your trip here, there’s a number of places to visit to keep the little ones occupied. First on your list should be a visit to Luna Park. A theme park boasting a range of adrenaline-inducing rides and entertaining arcade games, it makes for a great day out – especially if you’re looking for some time out of the sunshine. The whole family will enjoy a trip on the hair-raising Dragon Coaster, while younger kids can have a great time on the bumper cars. There are several food and drink places dotted around, including a traditional Irish pub and a family-friendly pizzeria.
For youngsters with a love of water, Action Aquapark makes for a great day out. As well as the traditional mix of slides of varying height, there’s also an Adventure Island for budding explorers, complete with a lazy river and wave pool. Looking to up the ante? The Uphill water coaster, reaching 20 metres into the sky, should certainly do the trick!
Action & Adventure
Sunny Beach holidays are perfectly catered to those seeking an activity-led getaway, especially those requiring a bit of adrenaline alongside their trip. Thanks to its scenic surroundings, the Black Coast lends itself well to biking and hiking, with many organised trips for holidaymakers to take part in. Lace up your hiking boots for a heady climb that takes in spectacular mountain ranges and beautiful coastal scenery – some of Bulgaria’s most camera-worthy trails.
Alternatively, why not catch a glimpse of the area from the comfort of a 4x4? Adding a dose of adventure to your holiday, you’ll head up to the mountains in these off-road vehicles, experiencing some beautiful villages and tasting delicious local dishes.
It goes without saying that Sunny Beach’s crowning glory is its glorious sand-swept stretch along the coast. Awarded Blue Flag status, it continues on for 8km, with a pleasant promenade that runs alongside it. Take a leisurely stroll for a few minutes, and you’ll find plenty of places to land your beach towel as well as a number of beach bars to kick back with a refreshing cocktail.
If you’d rather up the ante, there is a variety of water sports to take part in on holidays to Sunny Beach. Several windsurfing competitions take place every year, when the water is warm and the sun is out. If you’re not a seasoned windsurfer, there’s plenty of opportunity to learn too, with numerous schools situated down on the beachfront. Alternatively, experienced windsurfers should head to the more isolated areas of Arapia, Kiten or Cerovo, where you’ll encounter some prime spots for surfing.
Often compared to the bustling party-led resorts of Magaluf and Ibiza, Sunny Beach’s main draw is its excellent nightlife. Head along the promenade and you’ll soon stumble across a cornucopia of evening entertainment – whether you fancy a karaoke session, a dose of live music or a relaxing drink in a chic cocktail bar.
The big-name clubs in the town are guaranteed to keep the party going, with many featuring high-profile DJs spinning the decks until the early hours of the morning. If you’re ready to carry on the party throughout the next day, head to one of the beachside hideaways offering up a relaxed vibe. The Bedroom Bar is the ideal place to ward off your hangover, with king-sized beds and parasols arranged around a pool and an extensive cocktail and coffee menu to keep you topped up until nightfall.
Sunny Beach holidays are definitely worth considering for couples seeking a beach getaway, with plenty to keep them occupied. While the stunning scenery and dramatic landscapes evoke a romance alone, there are a few trips to take for those wanting to spend time together – whether you’re spending your first holiday here, or marking a special occasion.
Away from the hustle and bustle of the beach itself, the best way to kick back and relax is with a boat trip. There are regular departures from nearby Nessebar, and a yacht trip will give you and your partner a chance to embrace your inner VIP. With the blue sky above you and the sea stretched out before you, there’s no better way to relax. Keep your eyes peeled to spot some of the dolphins that inhabit this part of the coast – it’s the most memorable way to spend your holidays to Sunny Beach.
While the purpose-built resort of Sunny Beach doesn’t share much in the way of culture, there’s plenty to be found in the surrounding area. Nessebar can be reached in just 15 minutes, and showcases more than enough in the way of ancient architecture and charming cobbled lanes. A UNESCO-listed heritage site, the town is a stunning addition to your holidays to Sunny Beach, particularly its vibrant Old Town. There’s numerous historical sites, with 44 churches and traditional Bulgarian houses, as well as a few archeological museums to delve into.
Alternatively, make the effort to visit nearby Sozopol by boat. Although you’ll find it much less busy than Sunny Beach, this ancient town is a real glimpse into Bulgaria’s history – from its Byzantine, Bulgarian and Ottoman architecture to its medieval cross-domed churches. There’s also a wealth of spectacularly grand houses to visit, including the Dimitri Laskaridis House and the Marieta Stefanova House – don’t forget your camera for those awe-inspiring views.