Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Our Top Reasons Why You'll Love Learning to Ski In Bulgaria

You've thought about learning to ski, but you find yourself asking the question "is it for me?". Well, the answer simply has to be YES! Why? Because not only is skiing an incredibly fun hobby that will take you to some of the most breathtaking places, but provided you are in good hands, skiing is also easier to learn and more affordable than most people think.

Not much can compare to the cocktail of positive emotions racing through your body when you find yourself at the bottom of the slope having just completed your very first run. Almost instantly you find yourself craving for more and it won't be long before you realize that your perception of winter has changed completely - you are no longer counting down the days till next summer, but find yourself wishing winter lasted all year round! OK, so where is a good place to start? At Balkan Holidays we believe that Bulgaria, with it's fantastic ski terrain, cheap apres-ski and established ski traditions, is a great place to begin your skiing adventure. We offer incredible value for money package holidays which include flights, transfers, accommodation, ski hire and lessons especially tailored for beginners with friendly and patient English speaking instructors in all of Bulgaria's leading resorts - Pamporovo, Borovets and Bansko.

Bulgaria Ski Slopes
Bulgaria is a great place to begin your skiing adventure
The resort of Pamporovo offers beginners a wide choice of gentle nursery slopes and is host to the highly recommended ski school which makes it easy for beginners to learn quickly and correctly. With the shortest transfer time from Sofia airport, the resort of Borovets provides an excellent mix of skiing for beginners and for the intermediate skiers making it an ideal choice if you are travelling with someone who has skied before. Probably our most popular destination - Bansko, offers a unique experience with the perfect blend of an old Bulgarian town and a modern ski resort providing some excellent skiing to intermediate, advanced and beginner skiers.

Ski School Pamporovo
Pamporovo is well known for its impressive Ski School
Balkan Holidays offer a range of Learn to Ski packages as pre-bookable extras for all our ski holidays and it is highly recommended to book these extras when booking your holiday as these prices are often better than what you could expect in resort. Our Learn to Ski pack prices start from £115 for an adult and £84 for a child and includes your lift pass, ski & boot hire and ski school for 6 days. 

Skiers in Bansko
Skiers enjoy the modern facilities of Bansko.
These ski service prices are known to be the cheapest in Europe and offer clients excellent value for money as recently shown by the annual Post Office Travel Money Survey which saw Bansko voted as the number one value for money destination in Europe.

To find out more or to book your ski holiday visit click here.

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Golden Sands - A Truly Beautiful Beach & Exceptional Hotels

Situated only 18km from Bulgaria's third largest city, Varna, Golden Sands offers visitors a unique holiday experience with a number of first class hotels and one of the very best beaches around. The resort name of Golden Sands was born from an old legend where Pirates dug for vast quantities of gold along the seaside, north of Varna infuriating mother nature. The land then took revenge on the bandits by transforming their gold into wonderful soft sand.

Golden Sands, Bulgaria has developed over the years into a famous international resort and the largest on the northern Black Sea coast. It's lush green wooded hills, white golden beach and clear blue sea are very much the main attractions. There are also many ancient natural mineral springs which were said to have been frequently used by the Thracians and the Roman Caesars. The beach itself is approximately 3.5km long and up to 100m wide at certain points and has been awarded the prestigious EU Blue Flag on multiple occasions. The average temperature in Golden Sands during the summer months ranges between 27-30 degrees Celsius with the water temperature between 25-28 degrees, making the resort a perfect holiday destination for those looking to top up their tan in the hot sunshine or bathe in clean, warm sea water.

For those seeking more than a beach and some warm weather, Golden Sands offers a comprehensive range of sightseeing opportunities and places of interest as well as excursions that are sure to complete your holiday experience. Choose from a visit to the nearby city of Varna, the Dolphinarium, Aquapark or the many various resort activities including water sports and spa treatments. A must see during your stay in Golden Sands is a trip to the Aladzha Monastery, an exquisite rock monastery built during the Middle Ages. The monastery is located within a beautiful forest area, just 17km away from Varna and has been established as a museum since 1906. It is one of Bulgaria’s most sacred places.

As the true specialists to Bulgaria, Balkan Holidays provide a variety of holiday options to Golden Sands with unbeatable discounts and value for money deals. Choose from a range of Hotels & Apartments from 2* to 5* and a board basis to suit every budget from Self Catering to All Inclusive. To book or find out more about our exciting holidays to Golden Sands please visit our website.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

The Best of Sunny Beach's Nightlife

When you arrive in Sunny Beach stoked up and ready to dance the night away, you can be sure of not being disappointed with the quality of nightlife here. There is party atmosphere aplenty and an insatiable appetite for going until the early hours of the morning. Check out our guide to the hottest spots in town.

Mexo Bar

Not for just any reason has Mexo been voted the best beach bar in Bulgaria by various internet polls. Situated in the very heart of Sunny Beach resort itself, this hotspot keeps the party going long after all of the other clubs have given up and gone home. There are regular fire shows, the cocktails are potent and the staff know what they're doing.

Guaba Beach Bar

Arrive by day and grab one of the hammocks by the sea. Then return as the sun goes down for a night of pure indulgence. You have the opportunity to chill in a teepee on the sand, or get soaked at Sunny Beach's biggest and most popular foam party. Fire breathers also regularly perform to heat things up.


Serious dance fanatics can party it out in this 800-capacity venue that regularly attracts international DJs playing house and club anthems. The decor is stylish, the cocktails strong and the atmosphere electric. Quite frankly, you will not want to leave after spending the night here. Revolution is one venue that will challenge the die-hard clubber.


Think of everything you know about clubbing and then toss it out of the window. Iceberg challenges the conventional club by offering a complete melting pot of sounds and cultures, meaning it attracts a very international crowd. One moment, you could be dancing to a chart hit from a Slovakian artist, the next you might be chilling out in the chic waterfront bar with a mojito.

With over 130 restaurants, live music bars, pubs, nightclubs, discos and cafés, you are most certainly guaranteed to find somewhere to let your hair down in the resort of Sunny Beach this summer. To find out more or to book your Sunny Beach holiday please visit our holidays to Sunny Beach page.

With over 130 restaurants and numerous live music bars, pubs, nightclubs, discos and cafés, you are most certainly guaranteed to find something to love about the resort of Sunny Beach this summer. To find out more or to book your Sunny Beach Holiday visit our website.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Bulgaria's Best Beaches

If you've ever looked at a holiday to Bulgaria and wondered just how on earth you were going to choose a resort that's perfect for you, worry no more as we present you with our list of what we think are the best beaches in Bulgaria. From the north to the south, Bulgaria's Black Sea Coast is a treasure chest of gorgeous beaches; some are considered hidden gems just waiting to be discovered while others are thriving modern resorts packed with holidaymakers from all over the world every summer. Take a look through our list of the best beaches in Bulgaria and discover your next summer holiday resort today...

Golden Sands - Best for Beauty

Escape to a summer holiday by the sea with glorious scenery, wooded hillsides sweeping down to meet one of the world's most beautiful coastlines. The stunning beach resort of Golden Sands offers you the perfect mix of entertainment and relaxation in picturesque settings.

Sozopol - Best for Romantics

Situated on a small rocky peninsula, on the southern Black Sea coast, Sozopol is renowned for its relaxing summer atmosphere, the traditional architectural heritage of its Old Town, clean sandy beaches and the fantastic Apollonian art and film festival, taking place each September. This seaside town also has a busy modern quarter, home to small hotels, restaurants, cafes and bars which stay open late into the night, perfect for a romantic night out with that someone special.

Nessebar - Best for History Lovers

With a history dating back some 3000 years, Nessebar has been linked with many ancient civilisations. The magnificent old quarter is under a preservation order as a living museum town, housing the remains of 40 churches from different periods of history. There are plenty of restaurants and bars in the old part as well as the new part of the town with Bulgaria's most popular beach resort, Sunny Beach, stretching along the opposite side of the peninsula offering additional choice.

Sunny Beach - Best for Fun in the Sun

The biggest Black Sea resort of Sunny Beach caters for every holiday need imaginable. It has it all - a spectacular, 8km long Blue Flag beach, a buzzing seaside promenade with shops, stalls, restaurants and bars where you can enjoy plenty of food and drinks at low prices, family attractions such as playgrounds, mini-golf, two exciting aqua parks, a variety of water sports on the beach including paragliding, volleyball and jet skiing. The nightlife is equally amazing too with a large number of nightclubs, bars, floorshows and folk nights to choose from. If you feel like a day out, the nearby UNESCO protected town of Nessebar offers quaint cobbled streets, traditional architecture and fine fish restaurants.

Duni - Best for Great Value Luxury
Definitely the class act of Bulgaria's purpose built resorts; Duni was originally established as a stylish Austrian-designed holiday village. Today, the resort consists of five mini-complexes offering 3, 4 and 5 star hotels. The complexes incorporate restaurants and shops which are spaced around the pine forested hillside. Duni's 3km long, wide, sandy beach is as impressive as the accommodations that surround it.

Obzor - Best for Relaxing

Obzor is one of the most, if not the most relaxing and friendly laid back resorts, even at the height of the season. The resorts superb long beach, set against the backdrop of the Stara Planina Mountains is without doubt the main attraction. The most popular pastime for visitors to the resort, is stretching out on a sunbed for some serious sun time, followed by a swim or dip in the sea. As for the evening entertainment, there are plenty of fine restaurants serving both Bulgarian and International cuisine along with several music bars where you can dance off your dinner. Remains of the ancient Heliopolis (City of the Sun) are on display in the small park in the centre of Obzor. The new modern hotels and friendly hospitality make Obzor a wonderful place for a relaxing holiday.

Albena - Best for Something Different

Nestled into a scenic wooded bay, surrounded by lush forests, Albena's centrepiece is undoubtedly the magnificent, 5km long sandy Blue Flag beach, which slopes gently into the calm waters of the Black Sea. Elsewhere, neat flower beds and lawns fringe the sands while the well-kept streets are largely traffic free, adding to its child friendly appeal. Around the rest of the resort, miniature trains will take you around the resort where you will find two bazaar-style shopping malls together with restaurants, pavement cafes and bars. When you fancy a change, there are also regular buses to take you to the nearby Golden Sands.

Secure your Summer 2016 or 2017 holiday to one of best beaches in Bulgaria today with flights departing from over 17 UK airports, only with Balkan Holidays, the number one tour operator to Bulgaria with over 50 years’ experience.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

10 Best Sunny Beach Restaurants

According to the popular travel website TripAdvisor, the restaurants featured below have been selected as their choice as the 10 best Sunny Beach restaurants to eat at based on customer reviews and feedback. Nine of these ten restaurants have also been awarded TripAdvisor’s prestigious “Certificate of Excellence” which is awarded to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travellers.

As one of the UK’s most trusted travel portals, TripAdvisor has rightly propelled these fantastic Sunny Beach restaurants to the forefront of many travellers’ minds when visiting the resort. So enjoy reading through the list and make visiting one of these superb places on your next visit to Bulgaria a must do! You can visit Sunny Beach with Balkan Holidays this summer from just £269pp.

Star Inn
10th Place: Star Inn
Cuisine: European, British, Bar, Central European

What the customers are saying…

“Without any doubt the best! ” - Susanneeee
“The best meal here out of the whole holiday” - JulesPMK
“Best Pizza I’ve Ever Had” – RebeccaE
“XL fillet steak should be XXL! WOW” – Tim W

9th Place: Mandarin Bar and Diner
Cuisine: International, British, Grill

What the customers are saying…

“Brilliant restaurant ” – KirstyBrooke03
“Real gem of an eating place” – JabberBurtonOnTrent
“As close to an English breakfast you are going to get ” – Jay K
“Fantastic meal and allways great service” – Jmoff1980

Fat Cat 
8th Place: The Fat Cat
Cuisine: Bar, European, British, Irish, International

What the customers are saying…

“Great location, good fun and good prices.” – Tara E
“Friendly Popular Bar” – Franko O
“Great entertainment nightly” – Patricia G
“You must try this placebo out” – Andreas N

7th Place: 100% Family Restaurant
Cuisine: European, British, Seafood, Central European

What the customers are saying…

“Fantastic as ever” – SandyGilchrist
“Great restaurant, friendly staff, fantastic food & coffee!” – KateMcmanus
“A little gem” – KatieLuvsAHol
“Best fish and chips” – Taffytot

6th Place: Jupiter Steak House
Cuisine: European, British

What the customers are saying…

“Perfect” – TammyJD
“Great entertainment and even better food!” – Cherise B
“Perfection! Low Prices, High Quality” – Twinian
“Don't miss it...” – Stanislav K

5th Place: Lapa Lapa
Cuisine: European, British, Central European

What the customers are saying…

“Cosy family restaurant” – Clare D
“Three visits in two weeks” – Montehampster
“Beautiful Food and Not Hard On the Pocket” – Garry N
“You have to visit this place when in Sunny Beach” – Kypho

4th Place: Djanny
Cuisine: European, Eastern European, Central European

What the customers are saying…

“Excellent, excellent aaand excellent ” – SnowWhiteNr1
“Best restaurant in Sunny Beach” – Hanne V
“Very Nice Food and Extensive Menu” – Garry N
“No words can describe how great it was” – Evgeny D

3rd Place: Morris
Cuisine: International, European, British, Italian, Bar, Pub

What the customers are saying…

“Lovely location and good food ” – Kerry P
“Superb and very friendly staff” – Topmamtommo
“Here 2 weeks. Found this on our last night. BRILLIANT” – Dorris999
“Favorite place in sunny beach!” – Janders M

2nd Place: Hawaii Restaurant & Bar
Cuisine: Bar, European, British, Pizza

What the customers are saying…

“Never lets you down” – Dianne W
“Food good, service good, location amazing!” – Karen M
“Huge portions” – SmokieF
“Best fillet steak ever.” – AlanRickyY

Khans Tent 
1st Place: Khan’s Tent
Cuisine: European, Central European, British

What the customers are saying…

“Best night!!!” – PaigeO
“The view is worth a visit.” – Torgny S
“Absolutely fantastic” - Joannedawson27
“Surprised by how much we enjoyed it” - Kellygoodall

As the biggest resort in Bulgaria with the longest and widest beach strip, lined with hotels spread across the beach amongst the dunes, the resort of Sunny Beach lives up to it's name as the sunniest resort for the sunniest people! This popular beach resort was awarded the prestigious EU Blue Flag for proven ecological advantages. Sunny Beach has a unrivaled mix of restaurants, taverns with folklore shows, bars with floor shows, night clubs, casinos, discos and cafés, providing culinary pleasures and a brilliant holiday atmosphere.

You can see more of Sunny Beach and our other popular summer beach resorts by checking out our video below:

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Sunny Beach Next Summer!

Sunny Beach by the Black Sea is the most popular summer holiday resort in Bulgaria for holidaymakers from all around Europe. Let’s see why thousands of people choose Sunny Beach for their holiday destination for Summer 2016.

Sunny Beach, Bulgaria
Sunny Beach, Bulgaria

1. Value For Money

Just compare the market! According to the latest Holiday Costs Barometer published by Post Office Travel Money in April 2015, Bulgaria was this year’s best holiday bargain. This means that meals, drinks and other tourist staples are cheapest by far in Bulgaria. It is much cheaper to have a Summer Holiday here than in Greece, or the Adriatic, or maybe Spain, let alone the French Riviera.

2. The Beaches

The beaches are ideal for a family holiday with children, as they are safe and clean. The water of the Black Sea is much less salty than for example the Adriatic, and the beaches are sandy, not covered by pebbles. You won’t encounter sea urchins or other dangerous creatures while having a splash, and there are no sudden deep trenches. Out of 11 Blue Flag beaches in Bulgaria two are in Sunny Beach: both Sunny Beach South and Sunny Beach North have been awarded by the official international certification that it meets its stringent standards.

3. Balkan Holidays Hotels

Balkan Holidays have their own hotels in Sunny Beach, so that you can have an incredible value for holiday package deals including BH Air flights, accommodation and transfer. The four star Hotel Globus, the four star Hotel Fenix and the three star Hotel Pomorie in Sunny Beach both belong to the BH Hotels chain, and are very popular amongst British holidaymakers.

4. The Widest Choice

An incredible choice of entertainment is at your disposal while on summer holiday to Sunny Beach. Restaurants, bars, pubs, nightclubs, cafés and 2 Aqua Parks await those wishing to spend a day or night out. Yachting, windsurfing, water ski and other water sport facilities are also available at Sunny Beach, as well as tennis, mini golf, equitation, go-kart and beach volley ball for those wishing to stay on the shore.

5. Plenty to See & Do

There’s plenty to see and to do in the area! The famous UNESCO World Heritage town full of byzantine monuments, Nessebar is very close and is well worth a daytrip. Another point of interest nearby is Pomorie, founded by Roman conquerors, famous for its salt works.

For fantastic value for money and a perfect family holiday, book one of our package deals to Sunny Beach for Summer 2016 today!

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

TripAdvisor Crowns Bansko Best Value For Skiing This Season

Bansko in Bulgaria offers the best value ski holiday for British families this season, according to an annual TripAdvisor cost comparison study of 42 selected destinations conducted by independent research firm, Ipsos MORI.

Located in southwestern Bulgaria at the foot of the Pirin Mountains, a week on the slopes of Bansko, including hotel, ski passes, ski hire, ski lessons, evening meals and drinks for a family of four will set you back £1,279, almost four times less than the price of a similar holiday in the most expensive destination, Switzerland’s Zermatt, which costs £4,809.

Not only has Bansko once again retained its position as Europe’s cheapest ski destination since last year’s TripIndex study, but overall costs for a holiday in Bansko have actually fallen by £352 since last year. Zermatt however, has jumped three places from last year to knock Austria’s St. Anton off the top spot as the most expensive resort on the list.

The results were taken from TripAdvisor’s TripIndex Ski 2015, an annual report that compares the cost of a ski holiday across 42 ski destinations in Europe. The study takes into account the cost of one week’s hotel accommodation, ski lessons, ski passes, basic ski hire and a week’s evening meals and drinks for a family of four this ski season (15 December 2015 – 15 April 2016).

Bansko and Eastern Europe in general have been revealed as offering the best value for ski travellers this year with the region home to three of the top six cheapest destinations; Bansko, Bulgaria; Sochi, Russia; and Kranjska Gora, Slovenia. When it comes to comparing the cost of the individual aspects that make up a week long ski holiday, prices can vary dramatically from destination to destination. For a week’s stay in a ski resort hotel, families will find that Val Thorens in France is the most expensive destination at £3,091. Travellers could stay in Bansko for over a month at that price. A week’s stay in a Bansko hotel comes out at just £636.

When it comes to ensuring you’re prepared and equipped to take to the slopes, Bansko once again comes out as the cheapest in most cases. One week’s basic package for skis, boots and poles will set a family back just £125, and a weekly ski pass for two adults and two children is only £214. Of the 42 ski destinations studied, Verbier, in France, is the priciest for ski hire, coming in at £450, while the Swiss resort of Zermatt offers the most expensive weekly ski pass at a staggering £880.

Sochi in Russia is revealed as the cheapest place to grab a bite to eat in this year’s study, with dinner for four over seven days costing just £105, compared with £762 in Verbier, Switzerland. A daily beer for two people over the course of a week is most affordable in Bansko at £21, while at £59 for the week, Zermatt is the most expensive. It’s Oberstdorf, Germany that offers the best value soft drinks for the kids at just £14 for the week, over £40 cheaper than Zermatt where it will cost £56.

TripAdvisor spokesperson, James Kay said “Skiing can be an expensive holiday, however, British families can reduce their costs by carefully selecting the best value resorts, which as the TripAdvisor TripIndex Ski 2015 study shows, can be found in Eastern Europe. For those who prefer the resorts in the Swiss and French Alps that are more expensive, comparing hotel prices using the PriceFinder tool on TripAdvisor is a great way to bag and book a better deal.”

To find out more about our range of Bulgaria and Slovenia Ski Holidays or to book please visit our winter holidays page.