Bulgaria is a country that offers great resorts and activities both in the winter and in the summer. I will spend some time over the next few days to provide updates on the beaches my family and I have traveled to. Several of those beaches were covered recently in an article / guide from Lonely Planet, and while that guide does usually a good job to capture the specifics of the place being reviewed I thought to add some more insight from having visited many of the beaches on multiple occasions over the last 15 years or so.
So here we go – starting with what most guide books refer to as the most popular and my family calls the least pleasant beach — SUNNY BEACH
Sunny Beach is probably one of the oldest and most traveled to resorts in Bulgaria, dating all the way back to the 1960s and 1970s. The place was developed to the effect of 800 hotels today – a mind boggling number given the small space it occupies. The result is that many of the hotels are really not that nice and location wise not even close to the beach. So be very careful in your selection and travel plans.
Sunny Beach is located about 35-km north-northeast of Burgas (one of the main cities on the Bulgaria Black sea coast). There are regular buses traversing the distance and you should be able to get to the resort very quickly upon arriving in Burgas either by plane, train or other means.
In terms of nightlife there are the usual places to go – i.e. discos and restaurants. Sunny Beach certainly has its overabundant share of those. Here are a few that have been recommended by various folks over several years
- Disco Orange
- Beach Disco (near hotel Burgas)
- ClubXL (operated and owned by hotel Kuban)
- Khan’s Tent – located on the way to Varna, to the right of the highway
- Morris – located opposite of hotel Neptune
- Lapa Lapa – its address is Kv. Kamelija No36, Sunny Beach 8240
Here is a great map of Sunny Beach complete with a legend – courtesy of carhirebourgasairport.com/
Near Sunny Beach is located probably one of the most interesting towns along the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria – the town’s name is Nessebar / Несебър in Bulgarian.
The town has survived through the centuries and as a result inherited a large number of historic buildings and consequently has been included in the list of World Heritage sites in 1983.