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Combining miles of sandy beach with perpetually good weather and ridiculously cheap alcohol, Sunny Beach on Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast is quickly overtaking the likes of Magaluf as the go-to holiday hotspot for young clubbers.

Although designed to be a family resort, in recent years, an invasion of swanky bars, night clubs and casinos has transformed Sunny Beach from a sleepy seaside town to a lively holiday hotspot. Luckily, the majority of the chaos is confined to the neon-lit waterfront strip, so if a quieter getaway is more up your street, you can still enjoy Sunny Beach.

The golden sands of Cacao Beach, stretching for 8km along the coast is enough to attract any sun worshipper to Sunny Beach. With added amenities like entertainment for the children, pony rides, mini-golf and a choice of over 150 spectacular restaurants, there is something to please everybody.

Purpose built as a tourist resort, Sunny Beach factors in everything that a holidaymaker could possibly want from a holiday, but lies only a stone’s throw away from the traditional old town of Nessebar.

In Nessebar you can experience a taste of authentic Bulgaria. Ancient Byzantine churches and historic Roman forts adorn the winding streets of this picturesque peninsula town, alive with culture and Bulgarian charm.

Sunny Beach isn’t called Sunny Beach for nothing, with almost 300 days of sunshine per year, and an 8km long beach to lounge on, the resort is a beach-lovers paradise. Boasting water sports, pony rides and cool beach bars and cafes, families will love Cacao Beach. If you’re feeling a little restless however, why not try your hand at a spot of mini-golf? Or try your luck in the amusement arcades!

 

Sunny Beach has the added benefit of being in close reach of both of Bulgaria’s largest water parks. Action Aqua Park in the west of Sunny Beach has all of the classic favourites like the Kamikaze and the Mega-slide, as well as 13 swimming pools and water play areas. Located around the bay in Nessebar however lies the brand new Aqua Paradise. This colossal water park covers over 30,000 square metres and boasts over 20 water attractions, including a terrifying free-falling water slide!

 

One of the main draws for tourists coming to Sunny Beach is the resort’s lively night life scene. Bars, night clubs and casinos line the waterfront promenade blaring loud music and neon lights into the night.

 

If you prefer a little more structure to your night out however, why not pay a visit to Khan’s Tent? Located high on the hillside above Sunny Beach, this Las Vegas style cabaret dinner show is not to be missed.  Marvel at incredible acrobats, fire eaters and dancers while enjoying the party atmosphere, helped along by copious amounts of Rakia!

Bulgarian cuisine has been largely defined by its neighbouring countries, who have invaded and settled in Bulgaria over the years. With Greek and Turkish influences prevalent in traditional Bulgarian cooking, classic dishes have a distinctly eclectic mix of flavours, so it is hard to determine what constitutes an original dish.

 

Shische kebabs, made with pork or beef, are a firm Bulgarian favourite of Turkish origin, which are widely served as a main meal in traditional restaurants (not just in greasy takeaways!) Other variations include Kyufte and Kebapche, which are comprised of ground pork infused with herbs and spices and then made into patties or sausages.

 

Of course, being a tourist destination, Sunny Beach caters for the wider palate, offering over 150 restaurants with culinary stylings from across the world.

 

Rakia is the national drink of choice, consumed by almost everyone… at any time… for any occasion! A Bulgarian version of Brandy, it is rumoured to possess healing qualities for ailments such as stomach pains and hangovers!

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Key Facts

  • Language: Bulgarian
  • Currency: Bulgarian Lev
  • Time Difference from UK: 2
  • Flight time: London: 3 hours
  • When to go: May - September