31 Jul 2018

Bulgaria Ski - Your Most Frequently Asked Questions... Answered!

July 31, 2018
As the number one tour operator for ski and board holidays to Bulgaria we at Balkan Holidays have had the pleasure of taking thousands of eager skiers and snowboarders to the slopes of Bansko, Borovets and Pamporovo every year since 1973. With the new season just around the corner our friendly UK reservations team have been on hand this week to provide us with some of the answers to your most frequently asked questions when it comes to your winter holiday to Bulgaria...

1. Which Resort Is Best For Beginners?

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. 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. Our most popular destination - Bansko, offers some excellent skiing for intermediate, advanced and beginner skiers but overall, we would suggest Pamporovo if you're skiing for the first time.

Pamporovo is a great choice for young and old alike learning to ski for the first time

2. Which Resort Has The Shortest Transfer Time?

With all our flights from the UK arriving into Sofia International Airport, the transfer time to your resort will vary. From the three Bulgarian resorts Balkan Holidays offers, Borovets has the shortest transfer time of approximately 1.5 hours compared with 3 hours to Bansko and 2-4 hours to Pamporovo, depending on snow conditions.

Borovets offers the shortest transfer time from Sofia Airport of just 1.5 hours

3. Which Is The Most Compact Resort?

If you're looking for a resort where everything is relatively close by then look no further than Borovets with the majority of hotels and apartments offered by Balkan Holidays situated within 150 meters of the ski lifts. Borovets is often considered the liveliest of our winter resorts and offers the perfect combination of skiing/boarding during the day before partying the night away at one of the many nightlife spots.

The popular resort of Borovets is considered the most compact of all Bulgaria resorts
4. What Do The Ski Extras Cost?

As a non-euro destination, Bulgaria is able to offer holidaymakers the best value for money ski prices in Europe. With prices either the same or lower than last year, pre-booking your ski extras with us before travelling is the best way to save on your ski holiday. The prices for each resort are different so check out the links below for each resort's prices:

Bansko Ski Packs & Services
Borovets Ski Packs & Services
Pamporovo Ski Packs & Services


How Far Is My Hotel From The Ski Lifts?

As we offer such a wide range of hotel and apartment choices for Bulgaria Ski Holidays, it would be impossible to answer this question for each and every property in this article. What we can recommend however is to take a look at the resort introduction pages for each resort in our Winter 2018/19 brochure (Bansko page 10, Pamporovo page 32 and Borovets page 43) where you will be able to see our resort map with all properties marked with corresponding numbers to show you exactly where each hotel and apartment can be found. You can also check out the individual hotel pages in our brochure or on our website where you will see the "Distance from Ski Lifts" information showing you the approximate distance in meters.

The 5*  luxurious Kempinski Hotel in Bansko is located opposite the Gondola lifts
Balkan Holidays offer unbeatable ski deals to Bulgaria starting from only £259pp. To find out more or to book your ski holiday to Bulgaria visit our winter holidays website.

25 Jun 2018

Skiing in Bulgaria: Which Resort?

June 25, 2018
When it comes to skiing in Bulgaria, you may well be bowled over by the level of choice. Three major resorts stand out - but which one should you opt for? While Borovets, Bansko and Pamporovo all make efforts to cater to every type of visitor, they all have unique aspects that may do well in enhancing your holiday. Take a look below and see if you have an easier time making up your mind.

Bansko


Perhaps the best-known of the three, Bansko has attained international acclaim for its ultra-modern facilities and incredible 70km of invigorating slopes. But despite its popularity, it manages to retain its small-town atmosphere, which is charming in itself. Where the pistes themselves are concerned, it's a good all-rounder, catering for the beginners and intermediates, as well as those adrenaline-hungry black run hoggers. Its reputation means that it attracts great instructors from across Europe.


Borovets

If there's a certain aspect to the ski lifestyle that Borovets is particularly known for, it is most definitely the nightlife. The apres ski here is the best you can get, with a plethora of bars just begging to be discovered. Start your night at Buzz Bar where you can enjoy a traditional Bulgarian beer and an international atmosphere before getting your groove on in a nearby club. The skiing itself is also good - beginners and intermediates are likely to be particularly impressed with the variety of runs.



Pamporovo


If you come away from the spectacular slopes of Pamporovo and haven't been touched by the stunning scenery, then you're not human. The sheer splendour of the surrounding mountains is genuinely jaw-dropping, with everything covered by a soft layer of glittering snow. As you strap on your skis, you can be comfortable in the knowledge that you're about to go through some pretty heart-racing runs - indeed, these are some of the most challenging slopes in Bulgaria, with those loving a challeng
e are likely to be very satisfied by the number of red and black pistes. Good luck! You're going to need it.


Balkan Holidays offer unbeatable ski deals to Bulgaria starting from only £259pp. To find out more or to book your ski holiday to Bulgaria visit our winter holidays website.

5 Jun 2018

5 Reasons Why Bulgaria Should Be Your Next Holiday Destination

June 05, 2018
Bulgaria is the perfect holiday destination, due to its unique mix of culture, heritage, beaches and low prices, but if this isn't enough to convince you, here are the top five reasons to make it your next destination.

Extensive Sunny Coastline 

With no less than 230 miles of coastline on the Black Sea, Bulgaria has plenty of beach-based holiday resorts for visitors to choose from. There are larger ones for those who love the hustle and bustle and smaller options for intimate holidays away from the crowds. The long list of Blue Flag recognised beaches means everyone can be confident of a high level of water quality when swimming in the sea.

 
Just a Short Flight Away

You do not have to travel for a long time to get to a location that offers all the delights a holidaymaker could possibly want, as Bulgaria lies under four hours away by plane from the UK. Direct flights leave from up to 18 UK airports transporting passengers right into the heart of the action, to Bourgas, Varna or Sofia.



Unspoilt Scenery

Bulgarians appreciate the natural beauty of their homeland, which is one of the few countries in Europe where extensive old growth forests still thrive. This means there is plenty of opportunities for you to get out into the countryside and enjoy lungfuls of fresh clean and stunning uninterrupted green vistas. Many of these areas are not far from the popular coastal resorts, making them perfect for day trips for families or groups of friends keen on exploring.



The Best of Summer & Winter Activities

You may now be convinced to spend your summer holiday in Bulgaria, but falling in love with the country does not have to be limited to the warmer months of the year. Bulgaria represents a fantastic place to go skiing, with lift passes, accommodation and food being a fraction of the price than other European destinations.


Delicious, Healthy Food
 


It is easy to overindulge on holiday, but it is always good to know that the food you are tucking into isn't just tasty, but also healthy and not going to break the bank. Lots of locally grown fruit and vegetables are incorporated into dishes, as well as Bulgaria's distinctive white cheese.




Book your holiday to Bulgaria for summer 2018 or 2019 today by visiting our website.

2 May 2018

A Beginners Guide to Sunny Beach

May 02, 2018
Established in 1958, the resort of Sunny Beach is situated approximately 42km north of Bourgas & 430km east of the capital city of Sofia. The resort's spectacular 8km long beach has been awarded the prestigious International Blue Flag award, which guarantees that tourists are provided with ecologically clean beaches, water and air to compliment more than 1700 sunny hours from May to October. The soft golden sand of Sunny Beach forms dunes along the beachfront, considered to be a unique natural phenomenon.


The resort has over 100 hotels and more than 130 catering establishments ensuring there is something for every type of guest that chooses a holiday to Sunny Beach. A variety of excursions in and around Bulgaria are organised by the friendly Balkan Holidays representatives for the UK clients. The resort also boasts a polyclinic and several big shopping centers for food, clothes and souvenirs.

Sports

Sunny Beach provides a variety of sporting facilities to keep the active holidaymakers going during their time in resort, besides the fantastic water based activities located on the beach, beginner and advanced tennis players will find all they need to keep in top shape with well-maintained and equipped tennis courts, tennis schools, skilled partners and tournaments available.

Horse riders will also feel at home in Sunny Beach with stables and a riding school available in resort. The horse riding base is located at the end of Sunny Beach close to the resort of St Vlas. The stables have professional instructors ready to guide you and give you an unforgettable experience, even if you never tried climbing on the back of a horse.

Those who love change can combine their sporting experience with a mix of aquatic sports, bowling, mini-golf, volleyball on the beach and archery. A ride around the resort on a bicycle is a relaxing and refreshing way to end a long day on the beach.


Restaurants

Although some restaurants offer basic international cuisine its the local dishes which dominate the menus with mainly pork, chicken, lamb and fish on offer at fantastic prices. The local beer and wine are also great value. A popular Bulgarian dish, the Shopska Salad (grated Goat's cheese on a bed of chopped tomatoes, cucumber and black olives) is a refreshing starter or side order. For fast-food addicts, there are McDonald's, KFC, Subway & Burger King outlets located in resort. Sunny Beach has more than 150 restaurants, folk-style and other establishments with floor shows and excellent food snack bars and cafeterias.

Some of the most popular Sunny Beach restaurants include:

Mamacita's Restaurant
Many consider Mamacita’s a restaurant not to be missed on a stay at Sunny Beach, and we agree! Mamacita´s is famous for its pleasant atmosphere and excellent entertainment. Live singing is on the daily menu too!

Fregatata (Frigate)
This is one of the local landmarks of Sunny Beach, and has all the atmosphere of a period frigate, and a menu to match. Certainly worth checking out.

Hanska Shatra Restaurant (Khan's Tent)
To experience traditional Bulgarian cuisine while enjoying the floor show, or trying out the dance floor, this is a great venue with a most original exterior and interior decor.

Chilli Peppers Restaurant
Chilli Pepper is renowned for its American BBQ dishes. Steaks are served right from the barbeque to your plate and of course all the drinks you'd expect to find from an authentic Western bar are on offer, only at Chilli Peppers.

Buchvata (The Cask)
The best of Bulgarian cuisine washed down by superb Bulgarian wines.

Vyaturna Melnitsa (The Windmill)
Original design and atmosphere, national cuisine. Don't miss the Shashlik, grilled on a fire at your side.

Chouchoura (The Spout)
Rich range of local specialties, vintage wine and brandy.

Fat Cat Restaurant
Located opposite the Hotel Glarus, the Fat Cat restaurant offers a choice of European, Mexican and Bulgarian cuisine. The Fat Cat restaurant also has Sky Sports on a big screen TV so you won't miss the important games while enjoying your holiday in Sunny Beach!

Nightlife

Variety Bar
Fancy interior, floor show and sophisticated services. Dance floor. Try your luck at roulette, blackjack, and baccarat. Open nightly from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Mania Disco Club
"Mania" disco club is a two-floor indoor disco where famous DJ's visit from time to time. The music is mainly techno and house orientated. Located not far from the Kuban Hotel just take the main street to the left and you will see it after about 100m. The Post Office and a Chinese restaurant are at its sides.

Revolution Club
The Revolution is a place with style. It has to be said that the Revolution is a place for a clubber, in a true sense of the word. The Revolution is the hype on Sunny Beach because of its style, music and entertainment. Packing some 800 visitors, it takes a few Leva to get in, but you get a lot in return!

Try also the Disco Orange, Casino Oscar at the Hotel Kuban, Nightclub Iceberg and Nightclub Lazur.

Shopping

There are all kinds of open air shops with jewelry, clothes, gifts, art and souvenirs on sale. Just take a walk along the streets and promenade of the resort. You will be sure to find something for yourself and the loved ones back home.


More Things To Do

Nessebar
Any poets, artists, or people who simply love the beauty of life, will find all they need only 3 km away from Sunny Beach. Nessebar is rich in culture and history with narrow cobbled lanes, aged wooden houses with drying fish hanging from the roofs, mediaeval churches, fortress walls, and the living monument of millennial human history.

Bulgarian Village
If you are after traditional Bulgarian style, this village has it all. On a half-day trip inland taking you through scenic country villages, you can tour a vineyard, pick fruit in an orchard, or visit a Bulgarian house where you can hear tales explaining the traditions of Bulgarian pheasants. To end the day pay a visit to the village church, or delight in a ride on a donkey cart.

Campfire
For those who love the welcoming light of campfire, there is a treat in store just 12km north of Sunny Beach. Here you can enjoy a night of folk shows and fire dancing, while you enjoy a full course dinner by the campfire. Upon arrival, you are welcomed with bread salt and wine as one of the Bulgarian traditions.


Activities for Children

Children are well catered for in Sunny Beach with day care facilities and plenty of opportunity for them to build castles on the beach, splash around in the sea, guzzle down ice cream and generally have a great time doing all the things kids love to do. There are children's pools, merry go-rounds, pony riding, kid's discos and electronic games for those who cannot leave modern technology at home.

Sunny Beach Holidays give children the chance to learn a new sport and be coached in it by skilled instructors, or have a day out with Robinson Crusoe and his Man Friday on a forty-minute boat trip to a deserted island to meet the 2 castaways, followed by games on the beach. You can take your kids to one of the many drawing stands along the promenade to paint a beautiful souvenir that they will take home and cherish for years to come. They will love it and you can browse the nearby shops at the same time.

The newly-built Aquapark is a must see, not only for children but also for adults. It offers numerous attractions - Niagara, Black Hole, Crazy River, Hydro-Tube, Megaslide, Kamikadze, Twister, Kid's Playground and the Watercastle.

Transport

Getting around the resort is easy with a regular mini train running up and down the promenade and along the central shopping street, costing only a few pence. Hourly buses to Bourgas, nearby Nessebar and Elenite holiday village are easy to find and provide a safe comfortable journey to the sourounding attractions. Plenty of Taxi's are also available but fares should be agreed prior to departure and old rust-bucket vehicles should be avoided. When you're in Sunny Beach, you can try horse and carriage instead of a taxi for a unique and memorable way to get to your destination. 

If you'd like to visit the old ancient town of Nessebar from Sunny Beach you can choose from a boat, bus or taxi ride. The cheapest way to get to Nessebar is to take the bus, but the taxi boat may be the more exciting and scenic alternative.


If you are planning on visiting the resort be sure to speak to our friendly Balkan Holidays representative for a comprehensive guide to the activities and excursions available. To find out more about our Sunny Beach holidays or to book early & save visit www.balkanholidays.co.uk.

2 Jan 2018

5 Great Things To Do In Bansko

January 02, 2018
The reasonable prices, the amazing slopes, the delicious food and the quality entertainment make Bansko one of the finest ski resorts in Europe. People flock there for five good reasons and we have listed them here for you to check out!


1. Skiing

The cause for ski fans to go back to Bansko every season is that it is the perfect place for skiing: cheerful and cheap. The nature and beauty of the resort is so enchanting, people who visit Bansko often recommend the resort as an alternative to France, Austria and Switzerland to everyone they meet once they get home. The scenery from the top is spectacular.


2. Dining Out


Bansko has got some exceptional places for your palate, where you will receive incredible value for your money. People from Bansko produce their own red wine in rare variations such as sweet wine with blackberries. Serving is gentle; the atmosphere is traditional, in authentic style, with a rich menu, local specialties and live music. There are thematic restaurants in Bansko, which offer cuisine from different countries. In Bansko, you get to eat well and sleep better than anywhere else – for the clean mountain air and the mild climate play their part.


3. Spa Treatments

When it’s cold outside the hotels in Bansko are warm and comfortable. The resort is famous for its superb and sumptuous Spa procedures. If you use the sauna right, you can improve your health. In effect, it gives liveliness to the spirit, cleanses the body and sustains your precious well-being. Besides, in Bansko hotels, you will never have issues with the staff, for they hope to welcome you again next holiday season.



4. The Old Town


To feel the vibe of this lovely, small place of rest you have to spend some time in the old town. You will find some historical buildings – monuments of the Bulgarian National Revival. Pirin Street, where a tiny shop offers Italian ice-cream, deserves a gentle stroll. You will find plenty of bars, cafes, and restaurants – it’s the place to eat, drink and buy authentic Bulgarian souvenirs for the entire family. Pirin Street comes alive during the annual jazz festival and is certainly worth checking out.



5. Sightseeing

On Pirin Street, you have to visit the Church Holy Trinity – one of the oldest in Bulgaria. Artists will delight in the original frescoes and religious icons, architects will admire the heavy chandelier and for everybody, it is a unique experience to touch this culture’s symbol of faith. There are recognized landmarks in Bansko – historic sites such as Velyanova House. The masterful Bulgarian artist Velyan Ognev has ornamented this mansion with beautiful murals and wooden carvings.



Bansko is a postcard-like town - the perfect escape among majestic mountain peaks. The Bansko townsmen know how to entertain their guests – there are folk-fests and concert shows, and feasts as regular events. Hiking, skiing, and merry-making – that’s what folks here do all year round.


Enjoy a holiday to Bansko this winter with prices starting from as little as £183pp which includes your flights, luggage, transfers and accommodation.