Black sea coast.
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The Black Sea Coast with its almost 400 kilometers of coastline is undoubtedly a place to visit if we plan to travel to Bulgaria. Bulgaria certainly stands out for its mountains and rural tourism, However, if we have enough time and curiosity to know the Black Sea, it is an occasion that should not be missed.
In addition, traveling to the Black Sea Coast can satisfy all tastes within your family or group of friends since it offers the perfect fusion between Cultural Tourism, Sun and Beaches. On the part of the Black Sea Coast occupied by Bulgaria are important spa towns, large hotel complexes that enjoy white sand beaches and the warm waters of the Black Sea; but there are also cities and towns typical of millenary history that are ideal places for cultural excursions. Below we mention these cities and towns in order of our preference since we have visited them personally:
The town of Sozopol was founded in the 7th century BC, nothing more and nothing less, and it's a hidden gem of Europe in all respects, in our opinion it has everything to be an internationally famous tourist destination, However, it is little known like other tourist destinations in Bulgaria that lack promotion and advertising in the rest of Europe.. The town of Sozopol has a population of about 6.000 people who are divided into two parts clearly differences, first in the old town with picturesque 19th century houses made entirely of wood , some of which are offered as guest houses, and that they are within a pedestrian zone of cobbled streets that make us think that we are in a medieval-style town, instead of a sun and sand destination. This old part of Sozopol is located on a small peninsula, connected to the mainland by a strip of land that houses the fishing port on one side and the main Sozopol beach on the other.
This beach has white sand like all those on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast and being little urbanized it is not overcrowded even in the middle of Summer. Then you will find the newest part of the town with the hotels, restaurants and residential buildings, but they are not too many, which gives Sozopol a very relaxed and calm atmosphere but at the same time with enough distractions for the whole family…What more could you want? : good beach, old town, fishing port and complete tourist services…and also with the advantage that Sozopol can walk from one end to another without using the car. Sozopol is dominated by local tourism, The overcrowding of foreign tourists that occurs in other parts of the Mediterranean that comes to mind has not yet arrived.…
Nesebar is one of the oldest cities in Europe, founded ago 3.200 years. Currently its old town is a labyrinth of pedestrian streets between picturesque old town-style houses and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the most visited places by tourists in the country. The old town is surrounded by the sea, joined to the continent by a strait that connects it with the most modern part of Nesebar, where shops and hotels and two good beaches are located., one on each side of the strait linking the old and new parts of the city of Nesebar.
Also for the most beachy and wanting a festive atmosphere very close to Nesebar just 2 kilometers is one of the busiest beaches on the Black Sea Coast, who calls herself sunny beach (sunny beach). Large hotel complexes predominate here, restaurants, bares, terraces on the sand of the beach, attractions and water parks for children, etc…everything you need to be a typical sun and beach destination, especially among Russian and Central European tourists.
The city of Varna is famous for the “Oro de varna”, a set of Thracian jewelry (Thrace is the ancient civilization of today's Bulgarians) of 6000 years old that was discovered in a necropolis and that it is the oldest set of worked gold found in the world. It is exhibited in the archaeological museum along with other objects from the Thracian era, greek, Roman and Ottoman who have successively colonized this city for its strategic location on the Black Sea. After Sofia and Plovdiv, Varna is the third largest city in population in Bulgaria with almost 350.000 population, and is currently one of the most prosperous cities in Bulgaria thanks to its commercial activity, its port, its services and tourism.
Varna has a huge wooded park that parallel to the coast separates the beach from the city, ideal for a walk, pleasant and cool in summer due to the shade provided by its large trees. Another of the most interesting places in the city to visit are the Roman Baths, It is the largest Roman bath on the Balkan Peninsula, with an area of 7.000 square meter. The hot springs rank fourth on the list of the largest hot springs in Europe, after the Baths of Caracalla and Diocletian in Rome and in Trevira (Germany). They were used until the end of the 3rd century.
further, as in other parts of Bulgaria, in the vicinity of Varna there are several springs of natural hot springs that are used in Spa centers, in hotels and swimming pools open to the public all year round, even in winter, thanks to the fact that the water stays warm naturally…
It is a seaside resort famous for the mud baths that visitors can take freely in the lagoon adjoining the city, applying them on the body. Pomorie also has good fine sand beaches and the Black Sea in this area maintains a very pleasant water temperature for swimming.. It is a town basically destined for summer sun and beach tourism but local tourism predominates., who usually stay in guesthouses that are the traditional village houses that occupy the center of Pomorie. Of course there are also hotels and restaurants but few compared to other destinations on the Bulgarian coast.
Albena is the beach of hotels “all inclusive”, because here the hotels that host their guests in this way predominate, offering full board and some drinks to spend an authentic sun and beach vacation, of course with swimming pool and all kinds of attractions and entertainment for families: bowling alleys, minigolf, water park, beach library, etc… It is also one of the best beaches on the entire Black Sea Coast because its beach is very wide and long., white sand, with warm and shallow waters, ideal for children. And as if that were not enough, it is surrounded by a lush forest where you can walk or practice sports as if it were a mountain area..
Bolata Beach is a wild beach, no buildings nearby and is the best example of the many coves and wild beaches of the Black Sea Coast, since this coast, despite what it may seem for the cities mentioned above, It is little urbanized and a large part of its coastline is still wild and unbuilt. This beach being almost closed by a dike, It is the ideal beach for younger children who have fun playing in its waters as if it were a pool.
The city of Burgas, together with Varna, It is one of the most populated on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast, Burgas has some 230.000 persons. It has the largest seaport in the country and is the venue for important events and festivals, cultural, folkloric, etc… Adjacent to the city is Lake Burgas, which is the largest natural lake in the country, It feeds on the rivers that come from the interior of the country, although its water is salty because it communicates with the Black Sea through a channel. As Pomorie it also has an appropriate area for the application of natural mud and baths in waters with healing properties. Burgas Lake is a protected nature reserve, here you can see, during the different seasons of the year, about 260 bird species. Many of them are rare species in Europe, and nine of these species are in danger of extinction on a global scale. As a curiosity you can see large flocks of pelicans…If you are interested in the ornithological tourism Do not hesitate to contact us.
And there are as many interesting populations in the part of the Black Sea Coast that Bulgaria occupies, for example mentioning from North to South: Balchik, Golden Sands, Obzor, Primorsko, Anthopol, Sinemorets…and many others…but we have reflected in this article our favorite towns next to the two main cities of the Bulgarian Black Sea coast: Varna and Bourgas.
If you want to know any of these destinations on the Black Sea Coast this Summer, you can count on our services for it, we can offer you a rental car + hotel or also a Spanish-speaking driver-guide for your comfort…