17 Jul 2019

The Two Best Water Parks Around Sunny Beach

July 17, 2019
You’re in for endless spills and thrills at Sunny Beach’s water parks. Days fly when you’re whooshing down water slides and swimming in wave pools. Between the two water parks in and near Sunny Beach, you’ve got hours of wet and wild fun in store.

Action Aquapark
Spreading across nearly nine acres of lush tropical gardens, Action Aquapark features more than 30 water attractions. Here at Bulgaria’s first water park, the slides will have you screaming as you whizz and twist your way down. Try the 60ft vertical drop on the Free Fall Slide, or climb the 99 steps to the top of the Uphill Water Coaster where you’re sent flying upwards as well as down.



Get a gang of four together to race each other down the Multislide, and feel the blood rush to your head as you plunge down Kamikaze on its 80-degree slope. Afterwards, chill out in the lazy river and bag yourself a sunbed. Young children have their own pool area to play in, and if the Mini Zoo doesn’t keep the kids enthralled, the Ice Cream House certainly will.

Aqua Paradise
Head to nearby Nessebar for thrilling aquatic adventures at Bulgaria’s largest water park. Aqua Paradise doesn’t do anything by halves – it’s got the longest rafting slide in Bulgaria and the only surf pool in the country. You’ve got 25 water slides to check out – including the heart-in-mouth Space Jam, which will send you flying down a 90-degree slide.


Enjoy the fun of being flung about the Rafting River and sliding through the Black Hole before landing in the huge swimming pool. If you’re feeling brave, jump from the sky-high diving platforms, or have a go on the pool’s trampolines. Kids have their own water castle and 16 water slides, as well as daily entertainment and pirate shows.

Once you’ve got your breath back on the Lazy River, treat yourself to a water massage and a dip in the hot tub before relaxing with a cocktail in the Mediterranean Bar. Spoil yourself by renting a gazebo in Paradise Island, where you get waiter service all day.
Contribution by award-winning travel writer, Mary Novakovich

2 Jul 2019

6 of the best things to do in Bulgaria

July 02, 2019
Soaring mountains, sandy beaches, ski resorts, cities rich in history – Bulgaria’s mix of wild nature and culture is an irresistible one. Come in winter for exhilarating ski holidays in its three mountain ranges, and let Black Sea resorts entice you in the summer. There’s a wide range of things to do in Bulgaria, but these are a good place to start.

Visit Sofia


Bulgaria’s capital dates back to Roman times, and you can see this in the excavated Serdica ruins. Jump forward to the 6th century to find St Sophia Church, which gave the city its name. It’s just next door to the magnificent neo-Byzantine Aleksandar Nevski Cathedral, a riot of golden domes created in the late 19th century. But Sofia has a youthful air too, with plenty of bars where you can sample some of Bulgaria’s excellent wine and beer.


Tour the Rila Monastery


Since the 10th century, Rila Monastery has been the spiritual heart of Bulgaria. This Unesco World Heritage Site – the largest monastery in the country – has a mountainous setting that’s as dramatic as its colourful striped architecture and yellow domes. And it’s only 90 minutes away from the ski slopes of Bansko.

Discover Veliko Tarnovo


Veliko Tarnovo is pure enchantment, a medieval town surrounded by forested hills and set along the winding Yantra River. Back in the Middle Ages, it was the capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom, and you can get a sense of this history by visiting the imposing Tsarevets Fortress just 3 hours drive from Varna.
 

Explore Plovdiv


Giving Sofia a run for its money, Bulgaria’s sophisticated second city was deservedly made European Capital of Culture for 2019. Plovdiv is the oldest continuously inhabited city in Europe, and its cobbled lanes, brightly coloured houses and ancient Greek amphitheatre are a delight to explore.

See the Seven Rila Lakes


A hike along these seven glacial lakes in the Rila Mountains is one of the best things to do in Bulgaria. Clear as glass and incomparably beautiful, the Seven Rila Lakes are relatively easy to reach from Sofia and Borovets.
 

Relax on a Sunny Beach Cruise


Get a double dose of pleasure with a Black Sea catamaran cruise. Go snorkelling with dolphins during the day and come back for a romantic sunset cruise in Bulgaria's most popular beach resort of Sunny Beach.

Contribution by award-winning travel writer, Mary Novakovich

26 Jun 2019

4 Amazing Things To Do In Sunny Beach

June 26, 2019
Big, beautiful and buzzing – Sunny Beach curves around Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast for eight blissful kilometres. With a huge range of water sports, restaurants, nightclubs and excursions, you never run out of things to do in Sunny Beach.

Hit the beach
Sunny Beach’s sheltered Blue Flag sands are the star of Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast – and the biggest. Families love the soft golden sands, where you can join volleyball games or go horse-riding on the beach. Water sports fans have plenty of fun things to do in Sunny Beach, with everything from jet skiing to paragliding. And there’s more adventure in store at the Action Aquapark. For fabulous views of Sunny Beach’s sand dunes, head towards the 4* Burgas Beach Hotel.

Sunny Beach was crowned as the best value holiday destination in the world in the latest Post Office Holiday Costs Report
Join the party
Chill out with a cocktail in Sunny Beach’s seaside bars and restaurants, where you can catch the breeze from your plush sun lounger at Cacao Beach Bar. As the sun goes down, DJs get the party spirit going in the bars and clubs on Flower Street and along the beachfront.


Jacks Bar on Flower Street is a popular choice with visitors to the resort thanks to its great value food, drinks and live music!
Step back in time
Feel the past come alive in Nessebar, a Unesco-listed town south of Sunny Beach set on its own isthmus. Discover 3,000 years of history in the cobbled streets and its Thracian, Greek, Byzantine and Ottoman legacies. If you’re looking for a quiet place to stay, check out the hotels around Nessebar. There are more historical wonders further south at Sozopol, one of the most delightful towns on the Black Sea coast. Explore its cobbled old town of wooden houses before taking a stroll along its sandy beach.

Nessebar is home to over 40 spectacular remains of churches from different periods of history.
Get back to nature
Head south to Lake Bourgas, the largest in Bulgaria, to see its astonishing range of birdlife or visit the spectacular Nature Conservation Center Poda nestled on the edge of the city. Look out for pelicans and storks – especially when thousands fill the sky during their annual migration. In Bourgas itself, enjoy a lazy walk in the cool shade of the Sea Garden. On the way back to Sunny Beach, stop by Pomorie town for a wander through its old town and a visit to the salt-water lagoon – another haven for wildlife. For a thrilling day out, take a Jeep Safari on an off-road adventure, or ride the chairlift in the Blue Mountains.

Bourgas is the fourth largest city in Bulgaria and boasts a cosmopolitan nightlife for a summer holiday.

Contribution by award-winning travel writer, Mary Novakovich

13 Jun 2019

New Iberostar Sunny Beach Facilities Introduced

June 13, 2019
Balkan Holidays are delighted to announce that guests who book with us at our partner hotel, the fantastic 4* Iberostar Sunny Beach will now be able to benefit from the hotel's own 500 private sunbeds with 250 parasols on the public beach. The sunbeds area is conveniently located and easily accessible, about 5 minutes walk from the hotel.

 

The sunbeds and parasols are available at no additional charge, exclusively for hotel guests, on a first come - first served basis, daily between 8am-6.30pm. As sunbeds cannot be reserved, beach towels will be removed by staff if left unattended for more than one hour.

For extra convenience, a choice of sandwiches, ice cream, soft drinks and beer is served daily between 10.30am-4.30pm at the new Paninoteca La Spiaggia, located next to the sunbeds area.



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Visit our website now to book your All Inclusive last minute holiday to the 4* Iberostar Sunny Beach from only £421pp.

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.