The 10 most beautiful and famous beaches in Bulgaria

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It's no news that most Romanians also choose destinations in Europe for the holidays of 2022. They may not yet feel comfortable traveling longer distances in this uncertain period, but they are certainly willing to take advantage of the holidays they have been postponing.

I told you about it the beautiful Greek islands, with its award-winning beaches and tourist attractions that you should not miss if you reach the realm of the gods. I also told you about the wonderful resorts of Antalya, where you can relax like a real Ottoman pasha, or the most beautiful sights you must see when visiting the country of coffee on the sand.

They are also in the top of Romanians' preferences resorts in Bulgaria, with its beautiful and award-winning beaches, which we will tell you about below.

The 10 most famous beaches on the Bulgarian coast.

Along the 378 kilometers of the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria, there are magical cities and golden beaches kissed by the sun such as Sozopol, Golden Sands or Sunny Beach. Here are the best beaches not to be missed when traveling on the Bulgarian coast.

Burgas Beach

Burgas Beach
Burgas Beach

Burgas is one of the most important cities in Bulgaria and hosts the largest port in the country. The land and air connections with Burgas International Airport make the city up and in the top of tourists. Population, tourism and industrial significance have grown steadily in recent years.

In terms of museums, due to the wide range of offers, Burgas has been named one of the most active cities in the country. But the offer not only includes cultural places for all tastes and ages, being one of the most important holiday resorts on the Black Sea coast, the city of Burgas has excellent places for diving and one of the largest beaches in Bulgaria: Saxa beach, which occupies - without a doubt - most of the city's coastline. Spread over 5 kilometers, the beach is full of cosmopolitan bars decorated similar to those in the Caribbean.

Sozopol Beach

Sozopol is one of the oldest and most charming cities in Bulgaria. It is located just 35 kilometers south of Burgas. Wandering the historic streets of the old town, which were built on an artificial peninsula that goes out to sea, it feels like you are traveling back to the seventeenth century. Following the architectural style of the Black Sea, Sozopol has preserved its original cobbled streets, and its wooden buildings have remained intact.

The town is also home to Harmani's wide beach and smaller Town beach, two of the Black Sea's top beaches. The city beach is the most popular beach among tourists due to the panoramic views of the old town. It can be accessed from the main promenade of the city.

The seafront walkway, full of souvenir shops and open-air restaurants, is the best place to enjoy the traditional Bulgarian “salad shopka” (шопска салата). Given all this, this beach could be the best place for couples looking for a relaxing beach vacation.

Kaliakra Head and Bolata Beach

Bolata Beach
Bolata Beach

More than a village, Kaliakra is part of a nature and archeological reserve. Among the above, this is the northernmost beach on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. The cliffs, which are over 60 meters high, form a rocky peninsula and offer spectacular views of the Bulgarian coast.

Bolata Beach is about 4 kilometers from Kaliakra and is where mainly local families go. The beach has the shape of a small bay surrounded by rocky massifs with cave openings that create a perfect semi-circular shape.

The area also includes one of the few Bulgarian marine reserves. Several private boats and yachts anchor on the short pier during the summer days.

Varna and the Golden Sands

Varna is a city worth visiting when you arrive in Bulgaria. There is a lot of stress, a legacy from the Bulgarian communist period and facades of buildings that follow architectural styles imported from Western Europe.

One of the first Bulgarian resorts on the Black Sea coast, Varna is also called the "capital of the Black Sea" for both cultural and economic significance. Today, the modern port, railway station and international airport connect more than 35 countries and 100 cities around the world. The city also has a black sand beach, which stretches for more than 3 kilometers. The beach is full of bars and terraces, right next to the green area "Primorski".

The city's economy is growing, with tourism coming mainly from neighboring countries such as Romania, just a few kilometers away, Ukraine and Moldova, the Balkan countries and Turkey, countries bordering the nation, both on the west and on the south.

However, locals prefer to drive 15 kilometers to reach the 4-kilometer golden sandy beach (Zlatni Pyasatci), one of the most popular beaches in Bulgaria. Sometimes described as one of the best in Europe, the beach can be reached by bus or car, following the road of the Republic I-9 (Републикански път I-9), the main road in eastern Bulgaria that follows the Black Sea coastline. .

Central Beach Balchik

Central Beach Balchik
Central Beach Balchik

Balchik could be described as small and wonderful. While many people see it as an idyllic place to visit on vacation, locals fear it could soon turn into a massive party destination in the summer season. In recent years, dozens of new second homes and summer apartments have been built, which has boosted tourism.

Balchik is really so charming that even Queen Maria of Romania has built a palace with over 65.000 m2 of gardens surrounding it. The palace is also full of symbols from different religions because of her personal interest in theology.

Like most other spas in Bulgaria, Balchik has its own beach where you can enjoy the summer days. The largest beach, "Central Beach", is located on the outskirts of the city, just after the Balchik Pristanishte terminal, the city's port terminal. However, small beaches can be found along the beautiful 2.2-kilometer Bulgarian promenade. Most also have their own beach bar.

Nesebar Beach and Sunny Beach

Sometimes described as the "Pearl of the Black Sea", Nessebar received UNESCO status as a "World Heritage Site" in 1983 due to its many well-preserved historic buildings in the Old Town. The city was under Greek, Byzantine and Ottoman rule. This mixture of cultures and architectural styles has transformed the old town of Nessebar into one of the most romantic towns on the Bulgarian coast. Built around narrow streets, nowadays century-old buildings serve as pubs and gift shops for tourists.

About 3.5 km away from Nessebar, Sunny Beach has become the most popular beach for both tourists and locals. Due to the 8 kilometers of fine golden sand, Sunny Beach is considered the largest and most fabulous beach in the country. Sunny Beach also has some of the last natural sand dunes in the country, making the surroundings even more spectacular.

However, it is not the best place when looking for a relaxing stay. Lots of restaurants, water sports equipment, tents for rent and some of the craziest nightclubs in the country are lined up one after the other along the promenade.

Irakli Beach

Irakli Beach
Irakli Beach

One of the only truly wild beaches left in Bulgaria, Irakli Beach is located in a protected area about 5 kilometers from the city of Emona. The Chaya River meets the Black Sea here, dividing the beach into two different parts and creating a beautiful lagoon. Both sides have another name, the northern area called Irakli and the southern area known as Chaya.

It is a phenomenal beach for those looking for solitude, sand, nature and even nudism. This is, after all, a nudist beach. So if you want to tan everywhere, this would be a great place to go.

In addition, free camping is also allowed on this beach, a very fun thing to do on a hot summer night. Irakli Beach, home to many birds and sea creatures, is one of the best beaches in Bulgaria for wildlife watchers. At the same time, artists, activists and naturalists are also passionate about this beach.

Sinemorets Beach

A seaside resort village on the southeastern corner of the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, Sinemorets is close to the Turkish border. This is a very small village, hosting just over 200 people, so don't expect a crazy nightlife or major tourist attractions here. Instead, there is an extraordinary nature in the Strandzha Natural Park, of which the village is a part.

However, Sinemorets is an increasingly popular destination in Bulgaria. Formerly a favorite destination for families, it is also popular with artists and other creative people in Sofia. This led to a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere.

In fact, there are two beaches in Sinemorets. The main beach, known as Butamyata, is on the eastern side of the village and houses a bakery and pizzeria and a beach bar. To the north of the village is Sinemorets Veleka Beach, which is right at the mouth of the Veleka River, an absolutely beautiful beach but with no facilities.

Karadere Beach

Karadere Beach
Karadere Beach

For even more solitude, we recommend heading to Karadere Beach, one of the few beaches in Bulgaria untouched by mass tourism. Although it is only 5 kilometers from Byala and Goritsa, it is still quite far away. The only way to get there is by a rugged dirt road, and when you get there, there are no facilities. Without electricity, water, mobile services.

It is the perfect place to get rid of daily stress and to spend a day or two enjoying the company of your loved one and nature. Everything is wild, from the water, to the air, to the mud baths.

Karadere Beach is one of the best Black Sea beaches in Bulgaria for free beach camping. You can pitch your tent right on the beach or in the woods just above the shore. This makes it a popular destination for spirited travelers, including artists, nature lovers, water sports enthusiasts and nudists. Don't be surprised to hear guitars and bongos playing late into the night.

Silistar Beach

Just south of Sinemorets is Silistar Beach, which is also part of the Strandzha Natural Park and one of the largest beaches on the Bulgarian Riviera. Like Karadere beach, this is a relatively remote beach and not so easy to access. A 1-kilometer dirt road through a coastal forest provides access to this sandy beach, which is about a kilometer long and 50 meters wide.

Even though it is quite secluded, there are some facilities for visitors, such as a basic campsite. The charm of Silistar beach lies in this distance. You will not see people making fires or drinking large amounts of beer here, unlike the larger resorts in Bulgaria. However, you can expect to see wildlife, excellent diving conditions and nudists. Camping is also allowed here.

There are definitely other beautiful beaches in Bulgaria. If you have discovered such a wonderful place and you think it is worth mentioning in this article, we are waiting for your pictures on our Instagram or Facebook or you can mention us in your posts.

That being said, we wish you a summer full of travel and relaxation :)!

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