If you are looking for a summer holiday at a reasonable price and with more to offer than just the beach, Bulgaria is place for you. Its Black Sea coast stretches from north to south with a variety of beaches, some family friendly, some famous for their parties and some absolutely isolated and wild. Here’s our guide to the best beaches in Bulgaria.

1 Kavarna

Kavarna is situated in the northern part of the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast – 64 km from Varna. The coast is varied and there are cliffs combined with beaches and abrasive formations such as caves, fissures, etc. There is a steep cape called Kaliakra near the town. Kavarna is famous for its ecological clean area. Today Kavarna is known as The Rock Capital of Bulgaria. Every summer the town gathers world famous rock musicians on one stage. Close to Kavarna is Yaylata National Archaeological Preserve, where a number of archaeological discoveries have been made.

2. Sozopol

You have to stroll around the Old Town to feel the historical vibe of Sozopol. My favorite is the wooden houses with upper stories that are over 100-year-old. So I said before Sozopol was an old city, but I didn’t show much of it on my photography. Looking back at my pictures, I didn’t take too many of the architecture. I use to not focus as much into architecture back in the days! Crazy how we change the way we travel the more the travel experience grows.

The Beaches are less crowded than in Burgas! The beach is also right in the centre of town. If you are feeling adventurous, there are beaches of the nearby camping sites, Kavatzi & Smokinya.

3. Balchik

There are three modern golf courses in close proximity to Balchik. There are also other interesting places in the region – the village of Kranevo, the rock capital of Bulgaria – town of Kavarna, as well as many camping sites. The reservation of the Kaliakra fortress is also near. Balchik and the region around it offer diverse accommodation, catering and entertainment options.

There is no doubt, however, that Balchik is most popular for its possibilities for sea tourism. The beautiful beaches in the region around the town, as well as the fresh nature attract many tourists in the summer months.

4. Albena

Albena is located 30 km from the town of Varna and 12 km from Balchik resort in the northeastern Bulgaria. The town is situated at a picturesque and ecologically clean gulf on the Black Sea coast, famous for its flower gardens. Albena is a Blue Flag winning resort. It is remarkable for its 5-km long and 150 m wide beach with fine and clean sand and crystal clear, calm and warm sea water. The tourist season in Albena lasts from May till October. Resort offers mineral water springs with temperature 30°C and several SPA centres.

5. St Vlas

St Vlas is approx. 5 kms north of the busy, purpose-built holiday resort of Sunny Beach. When I say a “village” it’s actually now been declared a “town” for some reason but I still prefer to think of it as a village. It’s constantly being developed with new apartments and hotels. Luckily none of the buildings have many storeys – planning regulations have made sure of that, so it continues to have a nice cosy sort of atmosphere.

The area is basically split by the road that leads from Sunny Beach to a holiday resort known as Elenite. We haven’t been to Elenite yet but it’s another place to go on our list (and then I’ll be able to talk about it a bit more).

6. Primorsko

Primorsko is famous for its graceful arcing ten-kilometer sandy beach, the longest and prettiest on the coast. The resort is a haven for youth and working Bulgarians who flock here in droves to avail themselves of the numerous trade union rest homes, hostels, student dorms and campgrounds.

7. Nessebar

Situated on a rocky peninsula on the Black Sea, the more than 3,000-year-old site of Nessebar was originally a Thracian settlement (Menebria). At the beginning of the 6th century BC, the city became a Greek colony. The city’s remains, which date mostly from the Hellenistic period, include the acropolis, a temple of Apollo, an agora and a wall from the Thracian fortifications. Among other monuments, the Stara Mitropolia Basilica and the fortress date from the Middle Ages, when this was one of the most important Byzantine towns on the west coast of the Black Sea.

8. Golden Sands

Golden Sands – A modern resort with traditions, and history going back 60 years! A true pearl of the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast!

A unique blend of lovely nature park, warm sea, and fine golden sand! Excellent possibilities for recreation, entertainment, new acquaintances, health and beauty!

9. Lozenets

Lozenets resort is situated 60 km south of Bourgas. It features a long and picturesque beach with two nearby situated campsites. The area is covered in greenery. The proximity of Strandzha mountain makes the resort an ideal place for relaxation. The sea water in the resort is the cleanest along the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. Lozenets is a small and cozy beach resort. Predominating are the two-storey and the three-storey houses and villas. There is a surf school at the northern part of the beach. Tourists can take a mountain bike excursion round Strandzha Natural Park or a boat trip down the Ropotamo river or Veleka river.

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