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Bulgaria Holidays 

If you're looking for something a little different for your next holiday, look no further than Bulgaria. You might not have thought to put it number one on your destination list, but Bulgaria has plenty to offer without the usual crowds of tourists. Check out our range of great Bulgaria holidays and see what you've been missing out on.

 

24 °C

Summer temperatures range from the high 20s to low 30s. The cold months are from October to March, when many businesses are closed. If you go during the springtime of April to May you can enjoy mild weather averaging from 16 to 24°C.

3 hours

Bourgas International (BOJ): 2km from Sarafovo and about 11km from Burgas.

 

Book a cheap holiday to Bulgaria with Airtours and enjoy a land with natural beauty, history and interesting culture. Bulgaria has a unique charm, fantastic weather and cheap accommodation for your holiday.

Featured holidays in Bulgaria

Sunny Day Hotel

Sunny Beach, Bulgaria

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Across the road from the beach
  • Within walking distance of resort centre
  • Family rooms available

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 341 reviews

Reviews
Based on 10 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

£ 280

Hotel Belleville

Sunny Beach, Bulgaria

7 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights
  • Weekly barbecue night
  • Quiet location away from the nightlife
  • Outdoor swimming pool

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 237 reviews

Reviews
Based on 13 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

£ 320

Palace Hotel

Sunny Beach, Bulgaria

7 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights
  • Just 50m to the beach
  • Near the resort centre
  • Comfortable rooms

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 566 reviews

Reviews
Based on 9 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

£ 327

smartline Meridian

Sunny Beach, Bulgaria

7 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights
  • Only 200m from the beach
  • Spa with sauna and treatments
  • Two buffet restaurants and two bars including pool bar

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 572 reviews

Reviews
Based on 19 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

£ 351

Bellevue Beach Hotel

Sunny Beach, Bulgaria

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Near the fine sandy beach
  • Close to amenities
  • Short walk to the lively resort centre

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 305 reviews

Reviews
Based on 13 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

£ 365

Laguna Park Hotel

Sunny Beach, Bulgaria

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Kids' pool with slide
  • Within 200m of the beach, shops, bars and restaurants
  • Larger room sleeps up to 5

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 1263 reviews

Reviews
Based on 8 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

£ 380

The main All Inclusive resort areas are Nessebar and Sunny Beach, and it's obvious why; these areas have some of the best attractions, from beautiful cathedrals to sandy beaches. 

Whatever you’re into, Bulgaria is bursting with things for you to enjoy. You’ll be spoilt for choice with the range of activities, history and opportunities to have fun or chill on the beach. Be prepared for colourful festivals, beautiful natural scenery, historical sites and great food. 

The Black Sea coast looks just like the South Australian coastline and is clean and sandy. During the spring and summer, the beaches are very popular but large enough (over 370km) to never get too crowded. Beach holidays in Bulgaria are a great way to escape the stress of everyday life, and a swim in the Black Sea is an experience you won’t want to miss.

Religion is a big part of Bulgarian culture and you’ll find hundreds of monasteries dotted throughout the mountains. There's no shortage of beautiful cathedrals and churches either.

This masterpiece of nature is a huge canyon with cliff walls reaching as high as 250m on either side. Here you can see the highest underground waterfalls in Europe and visit Haramiiska Cave, a prehistoric site that was lived in by Stone Age cave dwellers more than 4,000 years ago.

Bulgaria is best for

Families: Because it’s such a budget friendly destination, Bulgaria is great if you’re travelling with your family or large group. There’s plenty of entertainment available for all ages and lots of interesting places to explore, so the whole family will have things to do. 

History Buffs: If history is your thing, you’ll love Bulgaria. With monasteries, stone fortresses and wonderfully preserved archaeological sites, there’s plenty to learn about Bulgaria and its past.

Nature Lovers: Whether you’re into hiking or you simply prefer to chill out on the beach, the natural landscapes of Bulgaria are stunning.


Fast facts

Language: Not too surprisingly, the main language in Bulgaria is Bulgarian. You’ll also find that some people speak English and a little of other European languages including Slavic dialects, Turkish, Russian and Greek. 

Currency: Bulgarian Lev (BGN). 

Local Time: Bulgaria is in the EET zone, 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly To: Sofia International Airport (SOF), Burgas International Airport (BOJ), Varna International Airport (VAR), or Plovdiv International Airport (PDV). All are located within 10-15 km of the city after which they’re named. Airtours can help you get the cheapest deals on Bulgarian holidays and international flights to hundreds of other destinations.

Flight Time From UK: A flight from London to Sofia takes around 3 hours.  

Tourist Information: Click here for the official website of the Bulgarian Tourism Office.

Visas & Health: You don't currently need any special vaccinations for Bulgaria, but you might want to check with your GP for advice about which vaccinations are recommended. For tourist visits of 90 days or less, UK passport holders don’t need a visa.


Weather and climate

Temperature: Bulgaria is a mountainous country where the temperature can vary greatly between nearby towns. Visit the lower coastline towns like Nessebar and Ravada if you want warmer weather. 

Best time to visit Bulgaria: In the coastal areas, temperatures from May to September are around the mid to high 20s, with July and August being the hottest months.


Getting Around

By Interstate Train: Travelling between different cities in Bulgaria by train is easy and hassle-free. The trains are pretty modern and safe, divided into 3 categories; being Express, Fast, and Ordinary. Children under 7 years old travel free on trains when accompanied by an adult. 

By Metro Train: Sofia has a good underground metro system to help you get around. The metro train from Sofia International Airport to the city centre costs less than the equivalent of £1 and takes around 20 minutes, departing from Terminal 2. The train runs from 5:30am to midnight.

By Taxi: There are plenty of taxis available in all major cities. Taxis are relatively cheap and the journey from any airport to the city it’s named for won’t usually cost more than £8. 

By Bus: Intercity buses are fine in Bulgaria and some pass through scenic mountain routes. Metropolitan buses are cheap, with fares generally being less than £1 for a single journey.

By Hire Car:  You can rent a car from any of the major car hire agencies, and there are also many smaller local companies that have cars for rent that may be a bit cheaper. Prices are similar to most places in Europe.


Events

For art & culture lovers: The Nestiya Art Festival is a Bulgarian art and folklore festival with traditional music, dancing, and a variety of other performances, it takes place in a few different cities from March to May. 

For food & wine lovers: If you know your grapes, try the Vinaria Festival in Plovdiv (the date changes every year) which is dedicated completely to wine, and the Kyundestil Cherry Festival which is held in Kyundestil in late June.

For flower lovers: Bulgaria is famous for growing roses, and even has its own "Valley of the Roses". Held in Kazanluk, the valley has its own festival in June each year to celebrate the Kazanluk Rose.


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