Cheap Holidays to Bulgaria
Popular Destinations in Bulgaria
Bulgaria Holidays & Hotels
Hotels in Bulgaria
Bulgaria is a beautiful country with a blossoming tourist industry so if you choose to visit, you’ll be spoilt for choice. With luxury hotels in Sofia, camping sites along the coast, and cheaper aparthotels in Varna, your trip to Bulgaria will be whatever you make it. Whether you book a self-catering apartment for a city break or stay at an all-inclusive resort for a summer holiday by the sea, you’ll find it all here.
Where to stay
The stunning capital of Bulgaria, Sofia is a place of great history and great beauty. With stunning architecture as well as a modern touch, it’s perfect for a city-break or romantic holiday. Walk through the bustling streets, visit a museum and take in the wonders of Borislova Gradina Park. Other places of note include the Palace of Justice on Vitosha Boulevard and the Vitosha Mountain.
One of the most popular resorts on The Black Sea is Sunny Beach, just a small distance from the town of Burgas, visitors flock here year after year for the large range of accommodation, attractions and stunning beach. And what’s even better is that staying in Sunny Beach is pretty light on your pocket too. You’ll be treated to a wealth of restaurants, pumping nightclubs and great coffee shops.
Golden Sands is located north of the Black Sea port of Varna and is also known as ‘Zlatni Pyasatsi.’ The resort is the largest on the Black Sea coast and the beautiful beach stretches across 4km. You’ll find plenty of bars, restaurants and nightclubs, as well as water sports and beach activities.
What to see
Waterparks are a wonderful way to spend your holiday and wonderful family fun. Action Aqua, is one of the biggest and is located on Sunny Beach resort, Aqua Paradise is near Bourgas and Aquapolis is the place to go if you’re anywhere near the Golden Sands resort.
The Black Sea Coast is a treasure trove of possibilities to explore. Travelling along the area you can learn a lot about the history and traditions of Bulgaria by visiting the smaller villages and towns, you can also stay at a resort and explore the Black Sea by taking a PADI course or simply partaking in a host of water sports on offer.
Festivals have become a massive draw to Bulgaria, Meadows in the Mountains being the most famous. In recent years massive artists as well as emerging talents have flocked to the various music festivals hosted over the summer months in Varna, Bourgas and Sozopol. You can also soak up traditional Bulgarian culture by exploring the many folk festivals as well as smaller fetes and cultural festivals held in villages around the country.
If you want a great night out in Bulgaria, you’re in luck. The prices of alcohol and club entries are quite low, so you can get a lot for your buck. Sofia is packed with clubs, discos and bars open late and offering up different themes throughout the week. The center fills up at the weekend so you can barhop with the best of them.
The resort towns like Varna and Sozopol also have a vibrant nightlife with music blaring out into the night, especially during the summer nights. If you opt for a more bohemian atmosphere you’ll find live music lounges and traditional folk clubs where you can soak up the atmosphere.
What to eat
As a large country and popular tourist destination, Bulgaria has a massive choice of restaurants cuisines to choose from. Of course there are fast food chains and international fare and fine dining. However you do have to try some of the local nosh. Bulgarian cuisine mixes Greek and Turkish food with a big Slavonic influence.
Here are some of the best choices: tarator, shopska salad (an absolute staple), kebapche and kavarma. Come on, be adventurous.
As well as large malls in bigger towns like Sofia and Varna, you’ll find many smaller galleries and boutiques selling crafts, pottery and jewellery. Bulgaria is also know, for its lace production so you’ll be able to find some beautiful pieces there. If you enjoy stocking up on cheaper tech and media, you’ll be able to find some discount stock in many of the shops in Bulgaria.
The Mall of Sofia is filled with high street chains as well as restaurants, supermarkets and a multiplex so it’s definitely a great place to stop by for some retail therapy. To get a more authentic experience and find some weird and wonderful stuff head to Zhenski Pazar Women''s Market and Central Market Hall.
Fast Facts about Bulgaria
- Direct flight time: 3 hours from London
- Time Zone: CET (+1 hour)
- Currency: Bulgarian lev
- Language: Bulgarian
- Average price of a domestic beer: 2 lev
- Average price of a bottle of wine: 10 lev