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The 10 best Bulgaria beach resorts
If you are looking for an unforgettable summer holiday at a reasonable price and with more to offer than the beach, these Bulgaria beach resorts are just the place.
The Bulgarian seaside has dozens of cities and villages – from lively party hubs, to wild and untouched spots along the coast. The biggest coastal cities are Varna and Burgas. Conveniently, both of them are easily accessible by bus and train. Typically, locals divide the Black sea coast in two areas – northern coast is referred to as north of Varna and southern coast is south from Burgas.
We’ve gathered the most popular Black Sea resorts where you can enjoy gorgeous days at the beach, local coastal cuisine, and evening walks around the town. Most of the resorts on our list are fit for an unforgettable family holiday in Bulgaria and offer plenty of fun for kids and adults alike.
What are the best Bulgaria beach resorts?
1. Kavarna – Rusalka Resort
2. Balchik – Lighthouse Golf & Spa Resort
3. Albena – White Lagoon Holiday Club
4. Burgas – Burgas Beach Resort
5. Aheloy – Wave Resort
6. Pomorie – Sunset Resort
7. Sozopol – Arkutino Family Resort
8. Sozopol – Duni Royal Resort
9. Nessebar – Sol Resort
10. Lozenets – Oasis Beach Club
Northern Black Sea Bulgaria beach resorts
1. Kavarna - Rusalka Resort
Kavarna is a scenic town about 64 km north of Varna. The landscape of the region is varied, with rocky cliffs and scenic beach coves surrounding the town. Unlike many other resorts along the Black Sea coast, Kavarna has preserved its charm and environment. Built on the historic site of a former Thracian and Hellenic town, the town combines a rich history and beautiful nature.
Close to the town is the wonderful Rusalka resort (Mermaid Resort) nestled in a shady forest and surrounded by gorgeous clear-water beaches. If you want a beach resort with a hint of adventure and nature, Rusalka is just the place. At the resort beach, you can enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities, like snorkeling, kayaking, and yachting. Also, there are tennis, soccer, and volleyball courts, and even an archery range. To unwind after a long summer day, you can take a dip in one of the natural “jacuzzis”. Reap the healing benefits of mineral spring water, filled with hydrogen sulfide and sodium. For wining and dining, you can choose from multiple bars (one of which is inside a cave!) offering snacks and drinks throughout the day, and a restaurant with a gorgeous seaside view.
Without a doubt, Rusalka resort is one of those magical forest escapes that combines comfort, adventure, and nature into a recipe for a wonderful summer getaway on the Bulgaria seaside.
2. Balchik - Lighthouse Golf & Spa Resort
Another picturesque town on the Northern Black Sea coast of Bulgaria is Balchik. It’s one of the oldest European cities, founded in the 6th century, more than 2,600 years ago. As you can image, the town is filled with history and its two most popular landmarks. The Balchik Palace and the Botanic garden are the best spots to discover the stories of its past.
A ten-minute car ride from the town, you will find your luxurious escape – Lighthouse Golf & Spa Resort.
Undeniably, this is one of those Bulgaria beach resorts that capture the essence of a truly lavish holiday on the Black Sea seaside. Choose from private apartments and villas and bask in the sunshine at one of the many outdoor (or indoor mineral water) pools. Pamper yourself with spa procedures, seasonal fruits, and prosecco. Or, keep yourself active with the many sports activities they offer. Of course, if you are into golf, you can spend the day at one of the three golf courses on the resort. Each of them offers exceptional views of the Black Sea coast.
Without a doubt, Balchik and the surrounding region offer diverse accommodation and entertainment options, catering to a variety of interests and travellers.
3. Albena - White Lagoon Holiday Club
Compared to the older and historic towns in the north part of the coast, Albena is rather new beach resort. Located 30 km north of Varna and 12 km south of Balchik, Albena is situated on a gulf on the Black Sea coast. Albena’s beaches are winners of the “blue flag,” a certificate of the most eco-friendly and pristine beaches by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). The public beach runs for 5 km, with fine sand and clear, warm water during the summer months.
Here, you will uncover a piece of heaven on Earth – the White Lagoon Holiday Club.
Comfort and luxury with a Scandinavian theme, the White Lagoon is a wonderful spot for parents to relax and unwind. Kids can splash around the resort’s water park, or take part in the many activities in the diverse activity program.
For the grown ups, there are multiple courts for tennis, volleyball and soccer, as well as a gym. Also, you can take a tour of the resort’s fruits and veggies garden, or indulge in a wine tasting tour at the White Lagoon vineyard. Or, you can simply unwind and sunbathe by one of the 18 pools at the resort and grab a refreshing cocktail at the poolside bar. Finally, when you work up an appetite, enjoy fresh-caught seafood, local produce and traditional dishes at one of the resort’s fine dining restaurants.
4. Burgas - Burgas Beach Resort
If you prefer to be in a bigger city rather than a smaller coastal town, we’ve got the place for you. You can enjoy the same luxurious beach resorts in the comfort of a populous city, like Burgas.
Unlike other cities and towns across the Bulgaria seaside, above anything, Burgas is a residential town. Certainly, you can feel the bustling city atmosphere here. However, the vibe is much more relaxed and easy-going compared to Sofia. Take a stroll in the gorgeous city garden, enjoy the boardwalk filled with small taverns with fresh catch, or visit the city’s zoo.
In terms of accommodation, you can rest assured that at Burgas Beach Resort, you will find peace away from the city bustle and leisure at affordable prices. Situated in one of the newer neighborhoods of Burgas, this resort is just a 5 minute walk from beach. You can easily spend the day at the beach, then come back to the resort for a delicious lunch. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city, the marina, or one of the nearby wineries.
Unfortunately, there are no special activities for kids. Luckily, the city of Burgas is lively and diverse enough to keep you and your little ones entertained on your beach holiday.
5. Aheloy - Wave Resort
A small town between Varna and Burgas, Aheloy is surrounded by nature and less-popular beach spots. Famous for its fruit gardens and vineyards, you will definitely have multiple options for day-trips and excursions in the area.
Wave Resort in Aheloy offers a guaranteed memorable holiday experience the whole family. You have quick beach access right in front of the resort, spa packages, and multiple restaurants (including Bulgarian, Mediterranean and Asian cuisine). Basically, you have everything you need for a pleasant and cozy holiday in Bulgaria.
For the kids, there is a packed program of activities. For example, competitive tournaments, arts and crafts, movie nights, video games, and more. There’s also a water park, a kids’ pool and a kids’ clubhouse. Surely, your little ones won’t be bored here.
If you are searching for a restorative beach holiday in Bulgaria, but want your kids to get the most out of the trip; surely, Wave Resort is an excellent choice for your family vacation. You can’t go wrong with pristine beaches, a variety of culinary experiences, and a variety of activities for your youngest guests.
Central & Southern Black Sea Bulgaria beach resorts
6. Pomorie - Sunset Resort
There are multiple small and charming towns between Burgas and Varna. Only 20 km from Burgas, you will find Pomorie – a town famous for its medicinal and healing nature. The extracted mud from the Pomorie Lake is rich in salt, vitamins, minerals, and microorganisms. It’s used for both treating various health conditions and beauty procedures.
Reap the benefits of this ancient healing ritual and enjoy a restorative holiday by the Bulgarian seaside. The perfect spot is the Sunset Resort in Pomorie. In the resort’s spa center, you can pamper yourself with massages, mud baths, and mineral therapies at affordable prices. Choose your custom dining experience at one of the eight restaurants and buffets. Plus, you’ll never be left without a drink in hand thanks to the numerous bars and cafes across the resort. What’s even more, there is a bowling alley and night club. After all, what’s a summer vacation in Bulgaria without a little partying, right?
With special attention to the younger guests, Sunset Resort offers a kids’ club with all-day entertainment and games. With access the resort’s water park, this spot is a guaranteed good time for kids and adults alike.
7. Sozopol - Arkutino Family Resort
Sozopol is another Bulgarian coastal city filled with historic charm and ancient ruins. To experience the energetic historic feel of this city, you have to walk the cobblestone streets of the Old Town. Certainly, Sozpol is much less crowded than other Bulgaria resorts, like Sunny Beach or Golden Sands.
A short 15-minute drive from the city awaits the green oasis Arkutino Family Resort. It’s nestled in the Ropotamo nature reserve, shaded by greenery and surrounded by rivers and lakes. The location of this Bulgaria beach resort is truly outstanding.
Needless to say, Arkutino Resort truly fits the title of a family resort. Firstly, it offers a private beach for relaxing, sport activities and entertainment for all age groups. For the youngest visitors, there are outdoor games, a playground, a kids’ club, even a theatre stage and disco! Meanwhile, the parents can treat themselves and unwind. Visit the spa and wellness center, or take part in the free yoga or water gymnastics classes.
Undeniably, the most unique aspect of Arkutino that sets it apart from the other Bulgaria beach resorts is its affinity for locally-sourced, healthy food selection.
8. Sozopol - Duni Royal Resort
We love Sozopol so much, we had to give you two different resort recommendations for this location!
If you are not the biggest fan of nature and wilderness and prefer a luxury stay, Duni Royal Resort won’t disappoint. The resort consists of five different hotels, each with a unique interior and theme. Each of the hotels has its own restaurants, cocktail and snack bars for your comfort. For parents, there is a packed program each evening at the resort’s amphitheatre stage. Take in the Bulgarian culture with folkloric shows and concerts every evening. Or, dance the night away under the stars with music and dance programs. You can also choose from a variety of sport activities here, like yoga, dance classes, and archery.
The younger guests and kids can make new friends and memories at the kids’ club with daily tournaments and themed celebrations. There is also a dedicated pool for the kiddos, as well as a water park and mini golf course.
9. Nessebar - Sol Resort
Situated on a rocky peninsula on the Black Sea, Nessebar is more than 3,000 years old. Today, it brings tourists from around the world for its irresistible charm and laid-back atmosphere. Much of this beauty can be experience in Neessebar’s Old Town.
To take in the magic of this ancient town, Sol Resort by Melia is a collection of four hotels, each with its own amenities. You can choose from Sol Marina Palace, Sol Nessebar Bay All Inclusive, Sol Nessebar Palace All Inclusive, and Sol Nessebar Mare All Inclusive. The all-inclusive package is at an affordable prices and offers all the comforts of the hotel. Enjoy a variety of dining experiences, access to the spa zone, as well as water parks and activities for the kids.
While you are here, you certainly have to take the opportunity to explore the town of Nessebar. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and has much to offer. Without a doubt, the abundance of historic building, ancient ruins, centuries-old churches, and fascinating museums will leave you feeling humbled and amazed.
10. Lozenets - Oasis Beach Club
Last, but not least on our list is the small town of Lozenets. It has become incredibly popular with both Bulgarian and international tourists to the seaside. Situated about 60 km south of Burgas, this resort features long, picturesque beaches and lush greenery.
Known for luxurious hotels and fancy dining, Lozenets is a perfect opportunity to treat yourself while on holiday in Bulgaria. What’s more, we know just the spot – Oasis Beach Club. Fit for more of a romantic getaway or girls’ trip, this hotel doesn’t offer quite as many amenities for kids compared to the others on our list. However, if your kids are younger and spend most of their time by your side, you will have no problem finding playgrounds, pools and activities for them.
To truly get the most out of this deluxe resort, we suggest taking some time to bask in the sunlight by the grandeur pools. Then, head to the spa and wellness center for a refreshing massage, facial, or warm jacuzzi soak. If you are feeling adventurous and want to spend some time in nature, this region provides multiple options. You can take a trip to the mystical Strandzha National Park, tour the Ropotamo river by boat, or visit the ancient Thracian sanctuary Beglik Tash.