26 Mar 2020
There’s more to Bulgaria than just unbeatable value for families this summer. As the leading specialist to Bulgaria with over 50 years experience, here's our list of 8 reasons why we think families will love our resorts this summer. 1. Unbeatable Value In January 2020, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria was crowned the world’s best value holiday resort by the Post Office. This is the third year running that Sunny Beach has won. For Mum and Dad, a pint of beer costs less than £1; for the kids, a pizza for lunch is £3. 2. Water Parks Galore The coast in Bulgaria is full of Water Parks, and a day here suits
27 Feb 2020
Baba Marta is known as 'Grandma March Day' and is a holiday celebrated in Bulgaria on the 1st day of March. Bulgarians wear an item called a Martenitsa, usually in the form of a wrist band which is woven by binding red and white coloured threads together. The Martenitsa are not only worn on the day to celebrate the holiday but also through the month of March until a stork or a bloomed tree is seen which symbolises warmer weather and good health. The greeting exchanged by Bulgarian's on this day is Chestita Baba Marta (Happy Baba Marta). There are many different beliefs and opinions (even several legends, involving real
25 Feb 2020
The Rila Monastery is the most revered holy site in Bulgaria, stirring up huge enthusiasm and devotion amongst locals. Everyone who visits is captivated by its beauty, making it an absolute must see for those on holiday in the country. The approach to the Eastern Orthodox edifice is nothing special. It’s hidden away in a narrow and forested valley in the Rila Mountains, just over 100km from the resort of Borovets. Enter the courtyard however, and be prepared to be overwhelmed by ancient charm. This is Bulgaria’s largest and best known monastery. It was founded in AD 927 by Ivan Rilski, the leader of a monastic colony of
17 Feb 2020
Is it because Bulgaria is so famous for its long sandy beaches and ski peaks, that many don’t realise how green a country it is? Feedback received by Balkan Holidays reps often includes surprise at how lush and vibrant guests find towns and resorts. One top attraction is the Sea Garden in Bourgas. However, when flights for the coast come into Bourgas, guests are whisked off to Sunny Beach, Nessebar or Aheloy or other popular resorts. So a good day trip is to take the local bus the one-hour journey back to Bourgas to see the Sea Garden. (About 6 Leva, available from our southern coast resorts). The Bourgas Sea Garden is a
12 Feb 2020
Balkan Holidays is a proud partner of online forum Silver Travel Advisor (silvertraveladvisor.com), a website full of useful travel information for the over 50s. On 29th January 2020 their annual survey revealed some fascinating insights into the travel habits of the over 50s, from how travel research is done, how a holiday is booked, and the aspects of the holiday which are most important. Balkan Holidays launched ‘Time of Your Life’ holidays for Summer 2020, in the hope of providing everything a holidaymaker over the age of 50 wants and needs. Nine hotels are offered in this range, and they will include one or more
04 Feb 2020
Our ‘Surprising Bulgaria’ series today introduces a range of spas in the country for those looking for relaxation and treatments whilst on holiday. Whilst in the mountains recently, our team used the spas in the Hotel Rila, Borovets and the Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena, Bansko. The quality of the spas in these two hotels is extremely high, on a par with the best 5-star options in hotels and destinations across the world. In the Kempinski, the number of saunas seems endless. You can choose between a herbal sauna, and infrared sauna and at the other end of the spectrum, a snow room! The whole set up is straightforward, dignified
13 Jan 2020
When it comes to Bulgaria the first thing many people think of is its stretches of beautiful golden beaches, sparkling lakes and lush mountains sweeping the countryside. But if you scratch beneath the surface you’ll find there’s even more to this special country than first meets the eye. During the summer months the resorts, cities and towns of Bulgaria come alive with a host of festivals and events to suit almost every type of visitor. In this article we’ll introduce you to some of the most popular summer events across Bulgaria and some of our personal favourites! Bourgas Sand Sculpture Festival: The thought of
03 Jan 2020
Great food and drink are integral to a memorable holiday. Many visitors to Bulgaria are surprised by the high quality of ingredients in dishes in Bulgaria, and the sheer variety on offer. Here is our list of unmissable choices to help any holiday here start on a high. Shopska Salad Widely available, this is no ordinary salad. On offer in restaurants and cafés such as on the open-air veranda at the Hotel Venus, little gem in the middle of Sunny Beach, this salad can be eaten either as starter or a light main course. It’s made of chopped tomatoes, cucumbers and onions, covered with slivers of salty white cheese called Sirene, or
19 Dec 2019
The Balkans are firmly on everyone’s wish list for travel. An area of striking natural beauty, many historic sites and cultural events, together with welcoming local people make that inevitable. For 2020, Balkan Holidays, the award-winning specialist holiday company to the region, outline what to discover in Bulgaria, the country found in the sunny South East corner of the Balkans. But what does everyone already know about Bulgaria? It consistently tops the charts of ‘Best Value’ destinations according to the Post Office, in their worldwide ‘Holiday Costs Barometer’. This compares the costs of
10 Dec 2019
Once again the Eastern European resorts of Bulgaria have dominated the cheapest ski destinations in Europe report with both Borovets and Bansko taking the top spots, offering consumers the best value for their money this winter. This welcoming news was announced in the recent Post Office Ski Resort Report which compiles data from leading ski resorts around the continent to put together a comprehensive report detailing which destinations provide the best choice available to clients. The report found Borovets cheapest when it came to a complete ski package including a six-day ski pass and ski/boot hire for one person, together with ski
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