Butterscotch-coloured beaches, history-packed old towns and wild nature reserves – that’s Bourgas holidays in a nutshell.
The Bourgas region spreads out from a nook in Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast. The country’s second-biggest city, Bourgas, sits square in the middle. But it’s the sand-centric towns on either side that get the most attention.
Loud and lively
Holiday resort-wise, Sunny Beach is the name on everyone’s lips. This place bangs out a massive, Blue Flag beach, shedloads of watersports and knockout nightlife. On either side, you’ve got slightly sleepier, Nessebar and St Vlas. The former supplies the history and H20 action, while the latter’s a sandy beach pro.
Keeping things quiet
Then you’ve got the really low-pitched ones – each with their own USP. Obzor’s laidback and geared up for families, while Duni deals in classy hotels. Pomorie’s saltwater lagoon is readymade for DIY mud masks and Tsarevo has royal credentials. Right at the bottom, you’ll find Sinemorets, where the beaches are backed by a broccoli-green nature reserve.
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Around 1,000 years ago, Obzor was called Sun City and Roman emperors came here to get away from it all in the summer. Some things don’t change, and today this resort on Bulgaria’s southeast coast is still pulling in the punters with its laid-back vibe and sandy beach.
Set on Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast, Sunny Beach is a real big gun of a holiday resort. This modern, purpose-built resort is the country’s biggest and it really packs in the nightlife. You’ll find this place brim-full of clubs, hotels and restaurants. It also comes with a whopping 8-kilometre beach and easy access to Bulgaria’s biggest waterpark.
Set on Bulgaria’s Black Sea, Nessebar is a bit of an old hand – it’s been around for the past 9,000 years. And you know it’s worth looking at when UNESCO has put its name behind it. It’s the old town that takes most of the applause with its cobbled streets, tiny squares and churches. But the place wouldn’t be the same without the modern hotels – and a whopping great waterpark.
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