Blue Flag beaches, nightlife and towns crammed with history – holidays to the Bourgas region of Bulgaria set the summer break bar high.
Blue Flag beaches
Primarily, it’s the beaches that make the Bourgas region tick. This pocket of land on Bulgaria’s eastern side lays claim to some of the best swathes of sand on the country’s 378-kilometre coastline. Sunny Beach is the place on most tourists’ lips. The Blue Flag beach here is 8 kilometres long and complemented with more than 600 cafés, restaurants and bars. Obzor follows hot on its heels in the popularity stakes. The 6-kilometre sandy beach here sidles up to thatched beach bars, mini golf courses, and fun fairs.
The Bourgas region’s cultural clock chimes loudest in Nessebar. Just 10 minutes’ drive from Sunny Beach, the old part of this town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Three millennia of history are accounted for here. There are Byzantine churches, 19th-century town houses and the ruins of Roman and Middle Age forts.
Nightlife with a capital N
The Bourgas region’s after dark scene gives night owls something to really get their beaks into. No-one keeps time in the bars and clubs in Sunny Beach. The party starts with booze cruises at lunchtime, continues with bar crawls before tea, and ends when the sun rises the next day.