Sunny Beach Travel Guide
Bulgaria's beautiful coastline © Evgord
Lying about 22 miles (35km) north of Bourgas, Sunny Beach is the largest Bulgarian sea resort. Sunny Beach is situated on a wide semi-circular bay along the southern part of the Black Sea Riviera, with a five-mile (8km) strip of beach backed by natural golden sand dunes, which is regarded as the best beach along the coast and is a widely popular holiday destination. It is naturally protected by the Balkan mountain range to the north, and with its warm Mediterranean climate, clean and calm water, and safe swimming, it is a perfect all-round holiday destination, living up to its motto 'Where families come first'. Only the most world-weary of visitors could get bored here considering the wide variety of activities and entertainment, including almost every kind of sport imaginable and plenty of fun and games for children. The resort comprises of more than 120 modern hotels, and offers a wide range of services as well as organised day trips to surrounding attractions, including the ancient town of Nessebur.
Sunny Beach features several big shopping centres which provide plenty of opportunities for visitors to find clothes, souvenirs and food while on holiday. You'll find traditional Bulgarian souvenirs like leather and textiles, wooden toys and puzzles, and jewellery alongside touristy fare like t-shirts, sunglasses and postcards at places like the Royal Beach Mall in the centre of town.
More than 130 restaurants and taverns in the Sunny Beach holiday resort cater to foreign tastes with a wide range of cuisine for holidaymakers of all nationalities. Places to eat in Sunny Beach range from familiar British pubs for homesick tourists, to traditional Bulgarian mehanas, and the range of cuisines ensures there are options to suit all budgets.
Nightlife in Sunny Beach is varied and ranges from nightclubs, discos, casinos and bars, to cafés, folk-style spots and a variety of acts and entertainment in the local taverns. The nightlife in Sunny Beach is so varied and energetic that holidaymakers visit from surrounding resorts to make the most of the Bulgarian entertainment scene.
Besides sunbathing and swimming, the holiday resort of Sunny Beach offers so many water and land-based activities that it is impossible for holidaymakers to be bored. Sports include windsurfing, sailing, water skiing, parasailing, beach volleyball, mini-golf, horse riding, climbing, cycling and tennis, and there are also fitness centres, swimming pools and spa treatment centres. Coaches and equipment are generally provided. Children are more than adequately catered for and will find an endless supply of organised activities, competitions and playgrounds.
The Sunny Beach holiday resort can get very crowded during peak season with over 100 hotels and two large campsites accommodating thousands of visitors.