10 Apr 2019

Sunny Beach Remains Europe’s Best Bargain says Post Office

April 10, 2019
Bulgaria's popular Black Sea resort of Sunny Beach has retained the number one spot as the cheapest summer holiday destination according to new research carried out by Post Office Travel Money.

Famous for its clean sea water and golden Blue Flag awarded 8km stretch of beach, Sunny Beach has been attracting holidaymakers from the UK for over half a century as they seek a great value beach resort offering all the necessities for a memorable summer break.


In the latest Holiday Costs Barometer, which is released annually, the value for money resort of Sunny Beach beat 19 other destinations that were surveyed when it came to essential holiday items such as a cup of coffee, bottle of lager, can of cola, glass of wine, 1.5-litre bottle of water from the supermarket, sunscreen, insect repellent, two-course fixed price lunch and a three-course evening meal for two with a bottle of wine. The total for all of these holiday essentials in Sunny Beach came to £38.86 - with a bottle of lager costing just 70p compared to £1.05 in second placed Algarve.

Another destination popular with Balkan Holidays clients, the stunning resort of Porec in Croatia, also featured in the top 20 cheapest resorts, with its total coming to £98.47. Croatia has enjoyed a surge in popularity during recent years and this was proven once again with Porec placing higher than destinations such as Ibiza, Nice and Corfu.


With prices in Sunny Beach falling over 10% since last year, overseas holiday bookings already showing a marked increase for 2019 and 2020, Post Office Travel Money’s annual Holiday Money Report suggests that prices in resorts are set to play a pivotal role among Britons yet to choose their destination. Despite the challenge of a volatile pound, the report reveals buoyant demand for its bestselling currencies, led by the euro, as well as big price falls in top holiday hotspots.

Nick Boden, Head of Post Office Travel Money, said: “The extent to which prices have fallen gives us confidence that if they choose wisely, holidaymakers will still find great value and their holiday budget will go a long way in most resorts. The price falls could be an indication that tourist businesses in European resorts are keen to attract UK visitors and will keep costs low to do so.”

Victoria Bacon, ABTA Director of Brand and Business Development, said: “Europe remains the number one overseas destination for British holidaymakers and this research highlights the amazing value on offer in so many of our holiday favourites. The relative weakness of sterling against the Euro has also meant that increasingly customers are looking for good value in other destinations and ABTA Members are reporting significant interest in travel to Bulgaria and Turkey, with the incredible prices in resort, revealed in this Post Office report, it’s easy to see why.


You can book your value for money Bulgaria or Croatia summer holiday today by exploring our website or visiting your local travel agent.

Click here to see the full Post Office Holiday Costs Report.

6 Mar 2019

History and Landmarks of Sozopol – The Town of Refuge

March 06, 2019
Balkan Holidays have fantastic offers for you to spend your summer holiday in Sozopol,  Bulgaria.
The history of Sozopol dates back to as far as the ancient Greek times when settlers arrived here with the intention of founding a polis (city-state) on the site, in around 600 BC. According to ancient Greek mythology, the name of the polis was Apollonia, named after Apollon, the God of Music and Poetry.


During the course of history, the city which is now Sozopol was destroyed in multiple occasions: first by the Romans in 72 BC, then in 1453 by Turkish hordes, the latter focusing on destroying all the medieval churches.

Albeit there are no buildings and churches left from the ancient and medieval times, we can still find exciting historical buildings from the 18th and 19th century, and we can spend our days on two beautiful sandy beaches.

The Isle of St John is nearby, where a monastery was built in the medieval ages, but this got also destroyed by the Turks. You may still see its ruins, along with the lighthouse on the island; just make your way to the port and catch a water taxi to get there.

Sozopol
sozopol boat

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Bulgaria - part 2

March 06, 2019
In our previous article we looked at five out of Bulgaria's nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Here are the remaining four.



Pirin National Park

The 274km2 national park has been a world heritage site since 1983. It was founded on the 8th November 1962 in order to protect the forests in high mountains. The national park consists of the Pirin Mountain an its highest peak, Vihren at 2914m, which can be climbed easily and those who make it to the top will be awarded a beautiful view. There are more than 40 other peaks above 2500m, for example the Kutero I and Kutero II, at 2908m and 2906m respectively. The nearest town to Vihren is Bansko, 15km away. The national park has 176 lakes, all of them with crystal clear water. Its rich vegetation makes it one of the most varied ones in Bulgaria. Some 1300 species of plants live here, 28 of them can be found exclusively here. Its fauna consists of 2090 species of animals. 300 are rare, 15 are endangered. Pirin National Park is the home of 160 bird, 12 bat and 6 fish species as well.



Srebarna  Biosphere Reserve

The reserve is situated 2km from the village of the same name, 18km from Silistra and 2km from the River Danube. It has been a world heritage since 1983. The surrounding area of the 1-3m deep fresh water Lake Srebama is the nestling place of 100 bird species, many of them rare and endangered. In winter a further 80 species of migrating birds find safety here. The reserve is the home of 139 species of plants, 11 of them threatened by extinction.    

Boutique Hotels in Bulgaria

March 06, 2019
Balkan Holidays offer an unparalleled range of hotels in the resorts of the Bulgarian Black Sea. Our selection of boutique hotels has some lovely properties to provide great accommodation for your summer holiday in Bulgaria.
Here you can find a few examples for small, friendly hotel in the resort of Sunny Beach. These hotels are popular with our customers and offer great value for money during your summer holiday.


Hotel Orpheus, Sunny Beach

Hotel Orpheus in Sunny Beach is a beautiful hotel offering charming, luxurious and modern accommodation. Situated only 50 metres from the beach, the three star Hotel Orpheus provides an attractive and convenient setting for your holiday in Sunny Beach, on a bed & breakfast board basis. Hotel Orpheus has an excellent satisfaction rate amongst our customers for its immaculate rooms, friendly staff and the overall value for money.
 



Another excellent choice in Sunny Beach is Hotel Korona, offering a bright and modern accommodation. Hotel Korona is a lovely bed & breakfast hotel offering an outstanding value for money.

Hotel Klisura is a small, friendly hotel only 800 metres from the resort centre, close enough for all the happenings in Sunny Beach but still peaceful in a quiet part. The hotel has a lovely outdoor swimming pool and a relaxing, pleasant outdoor terrace. Its rooms  are clean, modern and comfortable. The perfect location for a pleasant summer holiday!


For a relaxed summer holiday in Sunny Beach in Bulgaria, book a small friendly hotel from our incredible choice.

21 Feb 2019

4 fantastic NEW Sunny Beach Hotels for 2019

February 21, 2019
If you're thinking of heading off to Sunny Beach, Bulgaria for the first time this summer or perhaps you've been before and are looking to try a new hotel? We've taken our expert knowledge and over 50 years of experience in providing quality holidays to the resort of Sunny Beach to offer you 4 new Sunny Beach hotels we think you may want to try out and will prove popular in 2019.

Best Western Plus Premium Inn
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Situated in the heart of Sunny Beach resort, a pleasant couple of minutes walk takes you to the magnificent sandy beach. The aqua park, casino and outdoor gym available within the property's grounds make it the preferred accommodation for the entire family. The charming main restaurant invites you to an appetizing breakfast and dinner. The Best Western Plus Premium Inn offers elegant and cosy rooms designed in contemporary style include central air conditioning and a flat-screen TV, a safety deposit box and a kettle. State-of-the-art bathroom comes with a shower and a hairdryer. Guests can also have exquisite cocktails at The City bar and snacks at the The Pot's buffet by the swimming pool or just have fun in the sun at the aqua park on site.

7 night Bed & Breakfast package holidays start from just £368pp.

Hotel Nessebar Beach
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Holidays at the Nessebar Beach Hotel are full of fun and relaxation, so you can easily spend your entire day without leaving the complex. That is the experience this charming Sunny Beach property provides to all of its guests - comfortable accommodation and all the amenities to make the summer holiday memorable for your entire family and friends. Each morning a freshly prepared breakfast buffet is available in the main restaurant. You can help yourself to the extensive and rich buffet for lunch and dinner. All inclusive Guests will not be limited to a single restaurant, as a la carte dinner can be pre-booked in the Fish, Chicken or Pizza restaurants. The highlight in Nessebar Beach Hotel is the pool area with its mix of sunshine and relaxed vibe.

7 night All Inclusive package holidays start from just £370pp.

Hotel Burgas Beach
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Overlooking the seafront and the Unesco World Heritage site of Nessebar, the spectacular 4 star Hotel Burgas Beach benefits from an adorable location. A few minutes walk down the lively promenade takes you to Sunny Beach resort centre. Hotel Burgas Beach offers free Wi-Fi in public areas, a main restaurant and a lovely swimming pool. A hot and cold breakfast and dinner buffet is available daily with a selection of dishes. The inviting restaurant offers an international menu. The cosy Lobby and Pool bar areas have comfortable seating and are just perfect places to unwind. The air-conditioned rooms all with balconies at the Hotel Burgas Beach feature Sat-TV, telephone, mini fridge and an en suite bathroom with a shower and a hairdryer.

7 night Half Board package holidays start from just £368pp.

Hotel Trakia
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Located in the central part of Sunny Beach resort the hotel's convenient location combines with access to the most fun and exciting local attractions. A short walk takes you to the miles long sandy beach. Hotel Trakia offers well appointed rooms nestled in lush local flora which makes it an oasis of tranquillity. Rooms are bright and decorated in warm colours. All are air-conditioned, and the beds have a colourful bedspread. Dining experience features a tasty breakfast in the on site main restaurant. Leisure facilities include outdoor swimming pool with sunbeds and parasols so you top up your tan. Hotel Trakia also boasts a bar and pool bar, plus there is free Wi-Fi in lobby and pool areas.

7 night Bed & Breakfast package holidays start from just £332pp.

No matter what your budget or taste is, we are sure you can find a hotel in our programme perfect for your summer holiday needs. To find out more about these or any of our other fantastic Sunny Beach hotels visit our holidays to Sunny Beach website today!