Its colourful clubbing scene is often popular amongst groups of youngsters wanting to go on a clubbing holiday where they can stay out til dawn and then relax on the beach the next morning, but it is also popular amongst families with children enjoying the sights and the history on offer here, and its mountainous regions are also a popular skiing destination, which really proves the diversity of this land.
Favourite Destinations (Bulgaria)
Balkan Bulgaria Ski Holidays
Borovets, Bansko and Pamporovo are amongst the largest and most well known ski resorts in Bulgaria. Bansko is in the South West of Bulgaria at the foot of the Pirin mountain and has recently benefited from a large investment, meaning that a lot of the amenities here are more up to date than in the other resorts. If you rent a ski chalet here you'll find out that this is not just an area for skiing, but also a small town with a pretty central square and restaurants and bars where you can try the local food and wines. Bansko is a good skiing area for beginners as well as those who are intermediate, as there are plenty of varied blue and red runs, and only one black. This is also popular for snowboarding, and the ski season runs from the 15th of December to the 15th of May. Book skiing holidays to Borovets, which offers teaching at prices which are much cheaper than that of other European ski resorts, and if you attend a ski school during the week then you can watch the ski jumping show that is put on by the instructors every wednesday for free. The runs here vary in difficulty, so there is something for beginners through to advanced skiers, meaning you can stay in Bulgaria holiday homes here and enjoy your skiing no matter what level you're at. Skiing in Borovets will provide you with some excellent alpine-like views across the forest-covered mountains. If you want to go skiing but you're still hoping to catch a few rays during your vacation, then a trip to one of Europe's most southern resorts, Pamporovo, is the perfect destination for you. Here, you will also find pistes running down slopes with thick forests, and there are challenges available for advanced skiers as well as things suitable for those who are less confident on the slopes! Pamporovo has plenty of well-qualified instructors who can teach skiers of all levels and in many different languages.
Bulgarian Beaches – Golden Sands and Water Sports
Bulgaria is well know for having some beautiful stretches of beach with fine, golden sand along the Black Sea coast. There are different sorts of beaches along this strip of coastline, where you can choose either to take part in some energetic water sports like water skiing, banana boating and surfing plus more with the night time beach parties available on Cacao Beach (part of Sunny Beach) and Golden Sands in the summer, or you can have a more relaxed, family-orientated beach break away from the hustle and bustle of the tourists on beaches such as Albena, Dyuni, Silistar and Atliman Beach. The Mouth Beach is also a smaller, less frequented beach surrounded by jagged cliffs and forests, where the river Veleka meets the sea. However, the water here can sometimes have big waves and is quite deep, making it unsuitable for children. Rent private Bulgaria holiday villas near the coast and you'll be sure to find the kind of beach you've been dreaming of! And if the beaches get too full, why not book a private holiday villa with a swimming pool where you can spend your evenings relaxing in your rentals without having to worry about anyone else?
Bulgaria: Further inspiration
Bulgaria Sunny Beach
Bulgaria is home to Sunny Beach, one of the most popular seaside resorts in the country, especially amongst the thousands of tourists who frequent its shoreline each year. The golden sands and the clear blue waters are the main pull which attracts holidaymakers to rent Bulgaria holiday villas here, but the weather has a lot to do with it too. Sunny beach experiences nice, warm weather during the summer, with average highs in the late twenties, although the area can also experience short storms and heatwaves which can get up to 40°C. The warmest weather is usually between the months of June and August, although if you want to go when it's not as hot, then the weather starts to improve at the end of Spring and is pleasant from mid May onwards. There are plenty of things to do in Sunny Beach, especially if you're planning a lads holiday or a group getaway with the girls, as the wild nightlife here is famous throughout Bulgaria as well as in a lot of other countries too! However, this is also a great destination for family holidays, with its fine sand and warm waters, there's no chance the kids won't enjoy their time along this stretch of coastline.
Sunny Beach for a Group Holiday
Sunny beach has pubs, bars and nightclubs which are perfect for groups of lads and ladies to party the night away, with venues such as Beach Bar Mexo which has reasonable prices and a happy hour as well as a great vibe looking out onto the beach; Disco Lazur where you'll find all of its 2 dancefloors, 11 bars and beach garden with a pool; as well as others such as Disco Orange, Mania and Disco Revolution to name a few, most of which remain open til the early hours of the morning. Activities to take part in during the day after having some well-deserved rest in your rental apartment include watersports such as jet skiing, windsurfing, banana boating, parasailing and more, as well as playing volleyball, or something like quad biking or paintballing, all of which are available near to the water. Due to the fact that Bulgaria is not part of the Eurozone, you'll also notice that the prices here are cheaper than you'd find in other popular party destinations in Europe like Ibiza and the other Spanish islands.
Family Vacation to Sunny Beach
There are also numerous things for you to do with the children during your stay in a rental property if you're on a Sunny Beach family holiday. You could join in the fun on an adventure pirate ship (with pirates on board, of course!) which will provide games for the kids and food and drinks, will take you to a quiet cove, and give you time to do some swimming and fishing. Many watersports are also suitable for children, as well as horse riding along the sand or hiring a bike to cycle round and explore the local area. There is a go-karting track offering fun for all the family on the main road which goes from Burgas to Varna. If you feel like exploring further, it is a good idea to hire a car so that you'll be able to travel along the coast and see some of the other sights. Summer is the perfect opportunity to visit the annual sand sculpture festival held in Burgas, where a city of figues built of sand is created according to a different theme each year. These sculptures are very impressive indeed, and always loved by children and adults alike! There is also a popular playground very near, suitable for very young children to those who are a bit older as there is a small amusement park next to it with mini rides and even kids' bungee jumping. There are plenty of cafés here for the parents to relax and have a drink while they watch their kids playing. Around this area are many pretty, small, less touristy towns like Obzor which are nice places to visit if you're looking for something a bit quieter. Nesebar, an ancient town with a long and fascinating history, is located in the province of Burgas too, just south of Sunny Beach. It has so many interesting historic buildings that it has been names a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is definitely an area not to be missed while staying in Bulgaria holiday villas.
Sofia – the Bulgarian Capital
Europe's second-oldest city and Bulgaria's capital, Sofia, is a compact city, allowing visitors to experience a lot of its main attractions and sights without having to travel long distances between each one. The airport is in a fairly central location within the city, about a 20 minute ride from the centre. Book self catering accommodation in Sofia to make the most of the city and Sofia is home to many different styles of architecture, a lot of which has been preserved, which means that there are plenty of ancient Roman, Byzantine and medival Bulgarian sites to keep tourists interested when they come to rent holiday homes in Bulgaria in the capital. A remarkable sight is of course one of Bulgaria's most recognisable monuments, the Buglarian Orthodox Aleksander Nevski Cathedral in the centre of the city. There are plenty of museums and monuments looking back onto Bularia's intriguing past, such as the Museum of Socialist Art and the National Museum of Military History, the Sofia Momument and the Monument to the Soviet Army, as well as buildings with beautiful architecture that will please art and history lovers alike. If you don't think you'll be able to find your way around on your own and are worried you'll miss out on some of the spectacular sights, you can always follow a local, knowledgeable guide who will provide you with sightseeing tours, food tours, bike tours, culture tours and even communist tours, so there really is something for all to enjoy! Book holiday homes in Bulgaria and travel to Sofia – you won't be disappointed.