The Bulgarian Black Sea Coast is a popular summer (June to August) destination for thousands of Bulgarians as well as foreign visitors, who come for its warm sea temperatures, sunny climate, picture-perfect white sand beaches, modern resorts and favourable exchange rate.
Although the Black Sea Coast has long been associated with large resort complexes catering mainly to European package tourists, there are also plenty of little hotels with private beaches. Seaside towns invite a more independent vacation, with their abundance of family-run guesthouses and a wealth of bars and restaurants adding local flavour and character. The coast is also one of the best spa regions in the country and resorts offer the added attraction of mineral baths, mud treatments and thermal springs.
Clean beaches, safe swimming and wide sandy shores characterise the northern Black Sea Coast, with the lively city of Varna a good base from which to explore the region. To the south lie picturesque bays and unusual rock formations, as well as the trawler port of Bourgas, which is flanked by the old fishing villages of Sozopol and Nessebur.