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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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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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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.
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.
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.
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