Sunny Beach holidays

With miles of golden sand on Bulgaria's Black Sea coast, Sunny Beach is a popular beach holiday destination for everyone from single travellers to families. The lively resort offers numerous water-sport activities by day, and live music and discos at night. Sunny Beach also has an amusement park, a water park and a small zoo.

Things to do

Sunny Beach has become one of Europe’s most popular beach resorts. Holidays to Sunny Beach are all about fun in the sun for everybody from families, couples, groups of friends, and even solo travellers.

With water sports in the sea, diving excursions, and family fun at Action Aquapark, holidays to Sunny Beach are perfect for those who love to splash around. Go horseback riding, quad biking, or try water-skiing for an adrenaline rush before lunch. There are lots of beach bars and restaurants to choose from; they’ll serve local cuisine as well as treats like hamburgers and fries. Nightlife options in this party town are endless with world-class DJs, huge clubs, and boutique cocktail bars. 

Excellent beaches

It’s not just the buzzing nightlife that drawswarm the holidaymakers to Sunny Beach, the long stretch of soft, golden sand and the warm waters of Bulgaria’s Black Sea attracts many visitors to its shores year on year. The beach is the ideal location for relaxing after those late nights , 8 kilometres of soft sand gradually shelves into warm, calm waves perfect for paddling and swimming in. The mini-train allows you to travel along the promenade, exploring one end of the beach to the other. There are lots of activities to do down by the beach from volleyball, football and an array of water sports.

History and culture

Sunny beach is the Black Sea’s biggest seaside resort. Holidaymakers flock to its shores for the undisturbed months of sunshine, between May and September. The resort began its days in 1958, it was more of a well kept secret than the press it gets today. In the last ten years the area has developed massively with more and more hotels, bars and restaurants lining the streets, giving you everything you may need while you’re on holiday. Although the area is quite commercialised, you can still find touches of tradition, explore the small harbour town of Nessebar to see beautiful ruins of old churches and buildings. Dine at Khan’s Tent for stunning views of the coast and where legend has it the fearsome Khan Krum had a military camp in the first century.

Vibrant nightlife

Sunny Beach is famous for its lively nightlife, which is extremely popular among younger holidaymakers. The main strip, by day is the place to enjoy a tasty meal, at night it’s illuminated by an abundance of neon-lit bars. Whether you want to dance until the early hours or have a cocktail or two by the beach, the nightlife here has it all. The upbeat atmosphere of the strip will put you in the party mood and if you are unsure of where to go, book onto one of the bar crawls available to you and meet likeminded people all wanting to have a good time.

Map of Sunny Beach

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25-30℃

It reaches 25 to 30 (°C) in the summer.

3 hours 40 min

Burgas Airport (BOJ), 25km from Sunny Beach.

Sunny Beach Resort is best for...

Families: Try Go Karting, play in the sand and spend the afternoon floating along the lazy river at Action Aquapark.

Culture buffs: Take a day trip to the ancient city of Nessebar for an incredible example of Bulgarian heritage and archaeology.

Party-goers: Join an organised bar crawl to discover the top spots for cocktails and dance music. Party in beach bars and enjoy the warm evenings with pumping music. 

Fast facts for Sunny Beach Resort

Language: The language spoken here is Bulgarian.

Currency: Bulgarian Lev (лв) is the official current in Sunny Beach although you might see things priced in Euros just for comparison.

Local time: Sunny Beach Resort is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Burgas airport. Transfers to Sunny Beach Resort take around 2 hours.

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Sunny Beach Resort is 3–3.5 hours.

Tourist information: More tourist information for Sunny Beach holidays can be found at www.sunny-beach-bulgaria.com.

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Getting around Sunny Beach Resort

By foot: Sunny Beach is 8km, although the main strip of hotels and shops are just 2.5 km long, making it very easy to walk around. Many of the areas here are pedestrian-only.

By train: Don’t want to walk all the time? Little tourist trains carry visitors along the promenade, from one end of the beach to the other.

By bike: For a faster option than walking, hire a bicycle to get around. Cycling along the beach front or going further afield and explore the local area all the way down to Nessebar.

By taxi: All taxis in Bulgaria must have their prices stuck to their windows and windscreen. Always agree the price before you start and be aware that night time rides cost more. 

Events in Sunny Beach Resort

Clubbing: This is a great place for party lovers. With excellent clubs and beach bars, you might catch a world-famous DJ or find yourself in the middle of a full moon party.

Competitions: It’s is all about having fun, bars and hotels run frequent competitions on the beach. Aimed at twenty-somethings, these tend to be well advertised or you can simply follow the crowd.

Boat parties: Being out on the water always adds even more fun and excitement to your trip, especially when it’s hot and you need a refreshing swim. Lots of tour companies offer yacht parties so sign up and jump aboard. 

Sunny Beach Resort safety and security

Visa / health: Before you start your Sunny Beach Bulgaria holidays, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/bulgaria for recommendations and advice on visas and health.

Sunny Beach weather

Temperature: Averages daily highs of 30 (°C) in summer and 3-6 (°C) in winter.

Best time to visit: Travel around mid-June to mid-July and September to make the most of your holiday.

While August can be very busy, the shoulder seasons in June, early July, and September are still very warm, but with smaller crowds. The resort shuts down between October and May each year.

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