Sunny Beach, Bulgaria
Sunny Beach is situated on the Black Sea and is straight-out the most popular holiday resort in Bulgaria. The influx of tourists increases substantially each year and rightly so! For the party-minded youth there are lots of clubs and bars, as well as plenty of opportunity to lounge on the 8 km long sandy beach. All along the beach is a spacious boulevard with excellent restaurants and a market during the daytime. In the evening the most thrilling clubs open their doors, with Flowerstreet in the beating heart of it.
Right behind the boulevard there are roughly 600 hotels, most of which are very tidy and some even brand new. Still there are many other activities in Sunny Beach. And strange as it may seem, Sunny Beach is extremely affordable!
The weather in Sunny Beach is very pleasant during the months of July and August. The sun shines an average of ten hours a day and temperatures can reach a maximum of 35 degrees Celsius. Changes of downpour are negligible. During the other months of the summer the nights can grow a bit cooler.
The euro (or pounds) has not yet been introduced in Bulgaria, therefore the Bulgarian lev (BGN) remains as the local currency. 1 Lev = 100 stotinki (Bulgarian cents). The plural of lev is leva.
1 EUR = 1,96 BGN
1 GBP = 2,36 BGN
If you’ve brought cash it’s advisable to exchange it directly, this is best done at Crown exchange offices which can assure you of a favorable exchange rate, commission free.
If you haven’t brought any cash you can just as easily withdraw leva from your account. ATM’s can be found all over town. The maximum amount to be withdrawn a day is 800 leva.
Transport to Sunny Beach
Travel to Sunny Beach usually goes by plane. Do take into account that you might live in a different time zone.
Various forms of public transport are available in Sunny Beach.
There are taxis waiting on every corner and there are bus services as well.
Sunny Beach has a bus station with lines to other places in Bulgaria like: Sofia, Nesebar, Burgas and Varna.
Indication of single fares:
Sunny Beach – Nesebar: 1 lev
Sunny Beach – Burgas: 4 leva
Sunny Beach – Varna: 7 leva
Sunny Beach – Sofia: 21 to 24 leva
There is no train station at Sunny Beach. The closest train station is at Burgas, 35 kilometres outside of Sunny Beach itself.
Wireless calling and texting from abroad can end up being rather costly. Plenty of phone booths can be found in Sunny Beach. If you want a non-stop connection a cheap option is to buy a prepaid card in one of the phone stores. These can be purchased for 8 leva with credit to boot.
If you are taking a holiday in Bulgaria there a various guidelines regarding vaccinations. Nothing is mandatory. Contact a health centre in your vicinity in case of doubt.
If medical attention is required the reception of your accommodation will be able to help you find a doctor or hospital. If you were to visit a doctor it is advisable to hold on to your receipt. Once at home, the costs can be billed with your travel insurance.
Drinking bottled water is advisable although it is possible to drink the water from the ducts in Bulgaria. A few cents will get you a bottle of water.
Sunny Beach is very safe during the daytime and at night there is also plenty of security present inside and outside the clubs. Do not reciprocate offers of so-called “prostitutes” (read: pickpockets) and walk straight on by. You will run into them at the more quiet spots of the boulevard. In case of trouble, the best thing to do is of course to visit the police station.
A valid passport or ID is required for entry into Bulgaria (Sunny Beach). A visa isn’t necessary.
The local language in Bulgaria is… Bulgarian. Although in Sunny Beach nearly everyone speaks English.
The voltage in Bulgaria is 220V. Be sure to bring a plug adapter or buy them in one of the local supermarkets if you need this.