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Whether you prefer winter sports or summer adventures, Bansko is a great year-round holiday spot. The stone houses and old streets of this quaint town are surrounded by the snow-topped mountains of Pirin National Park. Best known as a ski and snowboard wonderland, Bansko has hosted several skiing and biathlon World Cups, so you can be sure the facilities are top notch.
Things to do
Glide down one of the many ski runs, or pull on a pair of skates and zoom around the open-air rink in the town centre. When it’s time to kick back and relax after a hard day on the slopes, visit the spa town of Dobrinishte, just 6km away from Bansko. Have your aches and pains soothed in an open-air natural mineral water pool. Come to Bansko in the summer time to explore the mountains, lake and forests of Pirin National Park.
Venture off the beaten track with a jeep safari like no other, just remember to bring your camera as you race across the unspoilt Bansko countryside. Meet the friendly locals that live in the area with a visit to the rustic villages and stop off for a picnic on the mountainside. It’s a bumpy ride, but it’ll be worth it when you see the majestic waterfalls and panoramic landscapes.
Snow sports galore
It’s non-stop fun on the mountains around Bansko with all the thrilling snow sports. If you’re new to skiing or snowboarding you can enrol in the snow schools in Bansko and start racing down the slopes in no time. If you’re looking for something more relaxing why not slip on some snowshoes and walk down the mountain in your own time.
Explore the countryside
Saddle up and explore the beautiful Bansko countryside on horseback. Follow your guide on a journey you’ll never forget as you explore the mountains and their natural beauty. Don’t forget to bring your camera and stop for lunch at one of the medieval villages on the way.
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Golden Sands is one of Bulgaria’s biggest resorts on the Black Sea, and it’s easy to see why it grows more popular every year. The 4-kilometre long beach offers clean, warm sand, crystal-clear water, and a beachfront promenade that is packed with bars and shops. The seaside resort in northern Bulgaria enjoys a mild year-round climate, and there are a number of activities – in and out of the waves – for children and adults.
Things to do
Golden Sands Bulgaria is known for its mineral pools and baths, and everyone should take a dip at least once. Said to have healing powers, these hot springs definitely make you feel wonderfully relaxed! When you’re not chilling in a mineral pool, try out some of the many water sports on offer. From windsurfing and water-skiing to diving and boating, if you can do it on the water, you can do it at Golden Sands.
Children will love the waterpark Aquapolis as well as the mini-golf and pony rides on the beach. Day trips to Varna show you the historic architecture of the ancient region, and wine tours of the area are a fun day out for couples on a romantic getaway. There are so many things to do in and around Golden Sands that you’ll really have the holiday of a lifetime.
Golden Sands lives up to its name with attractive Blue Flag beaches. The 4km stretch of golden sand is said to be ‘the purest along the Black Sea’s shores’. The warm waters are clear and gentle, which is why the area is a hotspot for swimming and water sports. Lush, green forests are a picturesque backdrop against the glistening coastline.
At the beach there’s a host of sports to get involved in, including beach volleyball, tennis and football, simply relax on the sun loungers that line the beach or take a walk up the promenade that is packed with shops, bars and restaurants. With the shallow waves and organised kids’ entertainment such as games and puppet shows, there’s more than enough for families to enjoy.
History and culture
Legend has it that the resort was created by ancient pirates that sailed north of Varna to dig for treasure. Today Golden Sands is famous for its stunning scenery, warm climate and nearby therapeutic hot springs. There’s a delightful, feel-good atmosphere on the shores of Golden Sands, with lots of entertainment to enjoy both day and night.
Golden Sands is renowned for being the ultimate host when it comes to having a great night out. Start off with an early evening cocktail then head for the main strip for live music, karaoke and cabaret. If you are in the dancing mood, grab your friends and head down to a disco and party till the early hours, or if you’re feeling lucky, try your hand at one of the glitzy casinos. With its wide range of bars, restaurants and nightclubs you’ll be spoilt for choice.
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In a secluded bay on Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast, Duni is a peaceful and scenic resort famed for its golden sands, crystal-clear waters and protected wildlife. Ideal for families and couples, this purpose-built town offers a range of recreational activities for all ages to enjoy. Whether you’re mastering windsurfing or enjoying an alfresco meal in the neighbouring town of Sozopol, you’re guaranteed stunning views and great service.
Things to do
Away from the party resort of Sunny Beach, holidays to Duni are ideal for families, couples, and the sporty types. Visit the beautiful Blue Flag beach with tranquil hills and forests behind it; this is a part of Bulgaria’s Black Sea coastline, which has tons of things to do for everyone.
Try windsurfing, water-skiing, or take a boat trip and see the region from the water. With dive schools and shipwrecks, doing a PADI course or a simple try dive will show you a world you never even imagined. Playgrounds, activities, and lots of organised entertainment will keeps kids happy all week. The warm water and gently shelving beach makes it a perfect location for the smaller ones and nervous toe-dippers.
Try some scuba diving
If you’ve always wanted to try scuba diving, now‘s your chance. From Duni, head over to Dive Sozopol for your first taste of this thrilling sport. After your training session, you’ll be able to discover the incredible world beneath the waves, including colourful sea life and mysterious shipwrecks.
Explore Ravadinovo Castle
You’ll feel like you’re in a fairy tale when you visit the stunning Ravadinovo Castle. Even now, people are adding more wonderful bits to this great castle including a mini zoo with lots of friendly animals and some beautiful sculptures. Challenge yourself with the Real Escape Game, where you’ll have one hour to solve all the puzzles to get out of the room.
Get some holiday snaps of the Old Town of Sozopol
In the Old Town you’ll find the all best ruins in one place. Grab lots of holiday snaps of the ancient church and much more, then when you start to feel peckish, head down to the Old Town port and check out the Flaring Bar for some of the finest fish dishes that Sozopol has to offer.
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