8 Jan 2014

Bulgaria - Europe's Money Saving Destination

With as much glorious history, beautiful beaches and stunning scenery to rival any European destination, it's no wonder why Bulgaria is a popular holiday hotspot for sun seekers and winter sport lovers alike.
 
Many of the Bulgarian resorts have undergone dramatic revitalisations over the last few years, making them a haven for holidaymakers. For those looking for a summer holiday to Bulgaria, resorts such as Sunny Beach or Golden Sands offer a wide range of facilities and activities to keep everyone entertained, from designer shopping to local markets, quaint seafront tavernas, lavish dining and a range of water sports like no other, as well as excursions to the ancient city of Varna and UNESCO protected town of Nessebar. During the summer, Bulgaria boasts an impressive 130 kilometres (approx. 80 miles) of fine golden sand and azure blue waters, and with average temperatures of 25 degrees during the summer, it's sure to be the destination for Summer 2014!

If you're looking for some action packed adrenaline on your ski holiday to Bulgaria, look no further than the resorts of Bansko, Borovets or Pamporovo. Each resort offers impeccable ski and snowboard facilities, but for life off-piste, take a walk in to Bansko's Old Town, with it's cobbled streets and vibrant local charm, or take advantage of the resorts proximity to the stunning capital of Sofia, where you can visit the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral or the Ivan Vazov National Theatre, as well as the many brilliant shopping opportunities available. With excursions such as night skiing, skidoo's, ice skating, sledding and much more on offer in most of the resorts, topped off with superb apr├ęs-ski pubs and clubs, you will need to book fast to get your place at some of winter's coolest resorts!

One of the main attractions of Bulgaria, besides the amazing value for money holidays, is that it is still a Euro Free Zone, meaning you can still have your perfect summer or winter holiday without having to overspend while in resort. With exchange rates sitting at around 2 Leva to the Pound, it is also a lot more pocket friendly than its Euro Zone neighbours, below is a quick guide to help you budget for your upcoming holiday to Bulgaria.Average Prices Per Person (£ sterling equivalent)



Euro Zone
Bulgaria
Bottle of Water
1€ (85p)
1Lev (50p)
Beer (local)
3€ (£2.50)
1.5Lev (75p)
Wine (bottle)
6€ (£5)
7Lev (£3.50)
Coffee
3€ (£2.50)
2Lev (£1)
3 course meal
20€ (£17)
25Lev (£12.50)
Bucket & Spade
4.50€ (£4)
5Lev (£2.50)
Car Hire (3 days)
£121 (Pre Booked - Total)
£100 (Pre Booked - Total)
Car Hire (7 days)
£205 (Pre Booked - Total)
£160 (Pre Booked - Total)


WINTER EXTRAS


Ski Hire
£40 (Pre Booked)
£37 (Pre Booked)
Lift Passes
£170 (Pre Booked)
£100 (Pre Booked)
Tuition (6 Days)
£200 (Pre Booked)
£74 (Pre Booked)
Ski Boot Hire
£30 (Pre Booked)
£23 (Pre Booked)


So, with amazing prices all around, there really has never been a better time to book your next idyllic getaway with Balkan Holidays!

*Costs sourced December 2013, exchange rates are subject to change and inflation, correct at time of publishing. Euro = 1.13, Bulgarian Lev = 2.1. Prices are an average comparison between Les Deux Alps (France) and Pamporovo for Winter extras and Sunny Beach & Crete. Balkan Holidays are not a foreign exchange provider and rates have been sourced from www.exchange-rates.org/currentRates/E/BGN