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Enjoy a relaxing swim on Sunny Beach.

History lovers:

Bask in the late afternoon sun as you stroll around the history-laden town Nessebar.


Glide down the slopes in the ski resort of Bansko.

Fast facts

Language: The language spoken in Bulgaria is Bulgarian.

Currency: The currency used in Bulgaria is leva, but the Euro (€) is widely used.

Local time: Bulgaria is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: If you’re going to the Black Sea resorts, Bourgas airport lies 35km south of Sunny Beach and 40km northwest of Duni. If you’re heading to Bansko, fly to Sofia, 120km north.

Flight time from UK: 3-3.5 hours

Tourist Information: Further Bulgaria tourist information can be found here.

Visa & Health: Before you travel, click here for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Bulgaria.

Weather & Climate

Temperature: Up to 28°C in July and August.

Best time to visit Bulgaria: Spring and autumn mean fewer crowds and a still-comfortable climate of around 20°C.

From warm, dry summers on the Black Sea coast, to snowy winters on the Pirin Mountain ski resorts, take your pick of your favourite climate in Bulgaria. At the resorts of Sunny Beach and Duni, enjoy a climate like the Mediterranean with up to 300 sun-filled days each year. Watch out for rain though, it can happen any month! For the other extreme, Bansko’s typical ski season is the longest in the country – from mid December to mid May.

Getting Around

By bus: There’s a great network of high-speed buses and coaches to help you get around Bulgaria between most towns and cities, privately run, on good highways.

By hire car: Renting a car means that you can really get off the beaten track and explore the country’s hidden-away villages – although bear in mind that most signs are in Cyrillic.

By train: Why not take a leisurely train journey? In addition to domestic journeys, there are also buses and trains over international borders, to Turkey, Greece and Romania.

By taxi: Within all towns and cities, taxis will take you around – make sure the meter is switched on, and try and get your destination written in Bulgarian script in case the driver can’t speak English.


Easter: During Orthodox Easter families head to local churches and play games with coloured eggs on Holy Saturday.

Varna: In Varna, it’s a packed programme throughout the summer with music, theatre and folklore in outdoor stages across the city.

Folklore festival: The ancient capital, Veliko Tarnovo, stages its annual Folklore Festival where acts gather from all over the world in the picturesque medieval city.

Bansko: The mountainous resort Bansko enjoys the International Jazz Festival for a week in August, where the quaint old town becomes a hub of world musicians.

Roses are red: Harvests are widely celebrated – enjoy one of the sweetest ones, June’s Rose Festival in Kazanlak.

Holidays in Bulgaria

Traditional beach resorts and glorious nature. With beach holidays for all tastes, watersports and some incredible scenery to explore (plus surprisingly good value for money), it's really no wonder that Turkey's northern neighbour has gained in popularity. Grown-up relaxation or family fun awaits with our wide selection of Bulgaria holidays

Prices start from £192

With its miles of golden sands and variety of bars and hotels, Sunny Beach certainly lives up to its name; this huge resort has everything from waterparks for the kids, to all-night clubbing for party-loving adults – and a fabulous beach for soaking up the warm rays. From here, it’s easy to explore the rest of the Black Sea coast, including the peaceful resort of Duni, to the cultural cities of Burgas and Varna. Explore the landmark Alexander Nevsky Church in the capital city, Sofia. Winter sports fans should stay in Bansko for a world-class ski resort with a long history.


Duni in Bulgaria

Duni is situated in a quiet bay with nice sandy beaches. A secluded, self-contained holiday village, surrounded by picturesque countryside, the nearby historical town of Sozopol is well worth a visit, just a seven miles north. Stay in Duni and enjoy its Blue Flag beach boasting more than 4km of fine golden sands.

Sunny Beach

Sunny Beach in Bulgaria

The most established holiday resort in Bulgaria, Sunny Beach is a hive of activity with a variety of restaurants, bars and clubs, plus mini-golf and a waterpark, and a stunning 7.5km of golden, sandy Blue Flag beach. Energetic types should book a Sunny Beach hotel for surfing and beach volleyball.


Bansko in Bulgaria

One of Bulgaria’s largest winter resorts is quaint Bansko, 925m high in the Pirin Mountains. Enjoy world-class facilities, from its 70km of ski runs to snowboard facilities and canons for artificial snow – there’s also a track for night skiing. From your Bansko hotel, explore the cobbled streets of the town.

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