Bulgaria: the perfect destination for sun worshipers and skiers
As one of the first countries to receive a safety and health stamp from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), Bulgaria strives to ensure the safety of tourists.
In October, the country adopted the EU COVID-19 Certificate System – which means that proof of vaccination must be presented at the entrance of restaurants, museums, galleries and cinemas.
The UK NHS app has also recently been accepted into this program, so UK travelers can freely visit European sites.
How is Bulgaria?
Bordering the Black Sea, Bulgaria is one of the richest countries in Europe in biodiversity, with rare plant and animal species, including the Dalmatian pelican. Filled with parks and protected ecosystems, this Balkan country is a must-see for nature lovers, summer and winter.
The Black Sea coast has been renovated in recent years and is now home to large resorts and spas alongside golden sandy beaches. If you are planning a winter trip, there are also many quaint ski resorts in the country.
We have selected our favorite summer resorts and our ski resorts for winter, so no matter what time of year you visit you are guaranteed to have a great time in Bulgaria.
Ski holidays in Bulgaria
As winter approaches, we’ve selected our top three ski resorts. With seven great mountain ranges close to each other, there are plenty of options for hitting the slopes.
âThe mountainous regions of Bulgaria are a popular holiday destination, especially in winter and spring. For many years, Bansko has hosted competitions like the Alpine Skiing World Cup, âsaid Stela Baltova, Bulgarian Minister of Tourism.
âA 1.5 hour drive from Sofia, Borovets is another famous ski area, located in Rila Mountain, near the highest peak in the country and the Balkans – Musala Peak, 2925m.â
Whether you want to stay in one of the larger resorts or go for something simple and small, we’ve got all the basics covered.
Bansko ski resort
The biggest ski resort in Bulgaria, Bankso sits at the foot of the Pirin Mountains. With a high altitude, there is no need to worry if there will be snow, indeed the snow cannons at the resort guarantee that it will be from December to May.
With 70 kilometers of pistes and 18 pistes, there is something for everyone here, with difficulty levels ranging from blue to black.
If you’re not sure, there are classes available, and there is even a thermal pool to relax at the end of a hard day.
Borovets ski resort
Only 70 kilometers from Sofia, the capital of the country, Borovets, is found on the northern slope of the Rila Mountains. The complex has a very Christmas atmosphere, as it is surrounded by a pine forest. In addition, at 1390 m above sea level, it offers spectacular views.
A seaside resort of royal lineage, it dates back to 1896 when the Bulgarian king, Kniaz Ferdinand, built hunting lodges and a summer lodge there. Wherever the king went, the aristocracy soon followed, and many Bulgarian high ranking officers soon had chalets in the area.
If you are traveling with children there is a children’s ski school. Or if you are traveling solo there are a number of night bars and nightclubs.
Malyovitsa ski resort
If you are an advanced skier then Malyovista is the place for you. 40 kilometers from Borovets, this resort has only four kilometers of slopes. The highest point of the trail is a black trail, but it gets easier on the way down and ends in a blue trail.
The resort is located at the foot of the mountain and offers a range of dining options. Although none of the wild nightlife on offer in the bigger places.
If you are interested in hiking, Malyovitsa Mountain can be climbed in two to three hours and offers scenic landscapes for those alpine selfies.
How is the Bulgarian Black Sea coast?
If all that snow talk has left you feeling a bit chilly, warm up with our top three resorts in Bulgaria. With a coastline of 378 kilometers, Bulgaria has no shortage of beaches.
âThe Bulgarian Black Sea coast is a great place for a summer vacation,â says Baltova.
âThe beaches and the sea provide excellent conditions for various water sports such as surfing, water skiing, diving, underwater research and fishing, whether on the surface or underwater.â
The country has invested heavily in its seaside infrastructure to meet growing tourist demand, and many new hotels and resorts are emerging.
We have selected our three favorite beaches for you to enjoy summer 2022 on the gentle Black Sea coast.
3. Golden Sands Resort
Near the historic maritime town of Varna, Golden Sands is a large resort on the north of the Black Sea coast. Leaning against a wooded hill, this Blue Flag beach is also home to Aquapolis amusement park.
There are also plenty of water sports on offer at Golden Sands, from classic banana boat rides to Scuba diving. Divers can expect to see Black Sea crabs and seahorses.
If you are looking for a cultural spot, head to the top of the cliff for Aladja Monastery, which overlooks the beach. Medieval troglodyte monastery, the cave was inhabited by hermit monks in the 13th century.
2. Sunny seaside resort
If you’re looking for a beach to party, head to Sunny Beach. Inundated with nightclubs and young European tourists who want to stay awake the night away, Sunny Beach is the largest resort on the Black Sea coast.
The beach stretches for five kilometers of sunny hedonism, although you will also find families and children there during the day.
There are also plenty of water sports on offer here if you are looking for an adrenaline rush, as well as jeep safaris so you can explore the surrounding mountains and hone your archery skills.
1. Primorsko beach
Primorsko is located at the southern end of the Black Sea coast. At the foot of the Strandzha mountain range, Primorsko is actually divided into two beaches, north and south. The sea is very calm here, with minimal waves, making it a great place for families with young children.
Besides the beach, there is plenty to see and do in the area, with hotels and nightlife.
âInvestments in luxury hotel categories and in sports and spa leisure equipment are increasing. The coastal landscape has a wide variety of recreational facilities, âcontinues Baltova.
The beach season in Bulgaria begins in May and continues until the end of September, providing five full months of sun and relaxation.