Places to visit locally
Relax on the pirates’ cruise or take a catamaran day trip where you can go swimming, fishing and sunbathing with lunch and drinks included. For the more adventurous, why not try the Jeep Safari or the Off-Road trip where you can drive your own jeep. There are 2 local equestrian centers if you fancy a spot of horse riding and one of them offers riding with a visit to the lighthouse, lunch and drinks included. Horse drawn cart trips and on the beach horse ride are also available. There is a karting circuit, an on the beach Ferris wheel and sling shot at the promenade…. much to do!
In the evenings you can stroll down the main beach front strip in Sunny Beach and enjoy whatever takes your fancy, there are beach front restaurants and bars offering food, drinks, dancing clubs, karaoke, tribute bands, bingo nights, there are casino’s and even a few Chalga clubs (Bulgarian pop-folk inspired dance music), pubs with live bands etc
For a good show, you could visit Khans Tent where there is a mix of traditional dancing and live bands with dinner included. Or a Bulgarian Village Evening where there is a unique folk dance, fire dancing, hot coal waking and dinner.
It can still be difficult for places to cater for Vegans but Vegetarians have a better range to choose from off of most menus now. Salads have a fundamental spot on any Bulgarian table, for any time of day especially the Shopska salad, primarily consists of chopped tomatoes, cucumber, onion and Bulgarian white cheese (similar to greek feta) and is ordered as a starter but is eaten slowly throughout the whole meal. Meat dishes include Kebabche (sausage like pork), kufte (pork burger patty) moussaka (with cubed potato instead of eggplant), skewers and pigs roasted on a spit. Homemade pizzas and pasta dishes are also popular. Bread forms a main part of the bulgarian diet and is offered with every meal. Being located on the Black Sea Coast, of course there are some mouthwatering fish dishes; locals tend to order: tsatsa (whitebait), popche (gobies) chernokop (bluefish) as well as the standard options.
Tea is not common and is often herbal or black with a slice of lemon. Zagorka and Kamenitsa are the main brands of beer and can be bought either on draft or by bottle. Bulgaria produces some excellent wines from its thousands of vineyards, Menada, Targovishte and Chateau Karnobat are 3 of the most popular brands. Rakia, the national aperitif (fire water), is a strong brandy like drink usually made from grapes or plums. Or go for a cocktail or two…
Bulgarians welcome children in restaurants but one thing to bear in mind is that smoking, even during the meal, is still the norm so you may want to eat outdoors.
Around the resorts and nearby towns buses tend to run every 10-20 minutes and tickets can be purchased on the bus. You can check the bus stops along the main central road for bus stops and bus numbers or the link below.
If you are travelling into Sofia, the Central Bus Station has domestic routes to practically anywhere in Bulgaria.
There are numerous ticket counters for all the different operators and destinations; they are clearly listed.
There is also an information desk where the staff speak some English.
Sofia to Bourgas takes approximately 7 hours and roughly costs 35 leva.
For Private Transfers: http://www.freshaccommodation.co.uk/bulgarian-airport-taxis.aspx
Short Journeys Away
On day trips you can have a day shopping in Varna. You can include the dolphin show at the Dolphinarium and lunch and the Aladja Monastery.
The historical town of Sozopol with shopping and include a boat cruise down the Ropotamo River.
The Blue Mountains in Sliven which you can either walk up or take the chairlift and the traditional village of Zhervana is only a couple of hours away.
The Valley of Roses in the Sredna Gora Mountain Range with spectacular blooms in May and June each year and there are festivals in nearby towns, the rose oil is used all over the world.
The Bachkovo Monastery near Plovdiv is Bulgaria´s second largest monastery and is still used by local pilgrims it´s about 3 hours away.
A two-day trip to the beautiful Veliko Turnovo with its medieval churches and stunning architecture in the old town including overnight stay in a 3 star hotel.
A two-day trip to the Rila Monastery near Sofia the most famous and visited monastery.
A one-day trip to Istanbul travelling overnight including city tour, shopping, breakfast and lunch.
A two-day trip to Istanbul including city tour, shopping, breakfast, lunch and a 3 star hotel.
All tours include a guide and entrance fees and can be booked with any travel agent in and around the Sunny Beach area.
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