14 Jan 2020
Bulgaria's popular Black Sea resort of Sunny Beach has retained its number one spot as the cheapest summer holiday destination according to new research carried out by Post Office Travel Money. Famous for its clean sea water and golden Blue Flag awarded 8km stretch of beach, Sunny Beach has been attracting holidaymakers from the UK for over half a century as they seek a great value beach resort offering all the necessities for a memorable summer break. In the latest Holiday Costs Barometer, which is released annually, the value for money resort of Sunny Beach beat 41 other locations that were surveyed when it came to essential
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
08 Jan 2020
London, 8th January 2020   Balkan Holidays have confirmed an expansion for ski holidays to Slovenia, with immediate effect. Balkan Holidays has added flights and two hotels to their package holiday programme to Slovenia. Adding flights to the country via Salzburg, Austria, Balkan Holidays now provide flights from 11 airports for winter. Whilst transfers will be longer than via Slovenia’s main gateway of Ljubljana, they will be 2.5 hours to Kranjska Gora via Salzburg. New airports served for winter are: Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford, Liverpool and Manchester. Existing airports
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
03 Dec 2019
London, 3rd December 2019 Late Great Ski Deals Geordie Snow Spend a week on the slopes in January and enjoy great après. Ski or board from just £218 per person including return flights from Newcastle, transfers, 7 nights’ self-catering at the 3* Aparthotel Winslow Infinity, Bansko, Bulgaria departing on 18th January 2020, based on four sharing. Save 48% New Route from Northern Ireland For the first time, those in and near Belfast can fly with Balkan Holidays to a choice of three ski resorts in Bulgaria. Flights depart on Sundays from 29th Dec to 1st Mar inclusive. Those booking this route receive a free ski
22 Nov 2019
With increased capacity out of East Midlands and Newcastle this Winter, more guests can take advantage of Balkan Holidays’ ‘City and Ski’ option. Those flying home to Bristol, East Midlands, Manchester and Newcastle can spend their final day in the city of Sofia, Bulgaria. Sofia is Bulgaria’s bustling, cosmopolitan capital and a compact and characterful place. It is young, lively and appealing, with numerous bars and cafes. Churches, treasure-filled museums, art galleries and leafy parks could keep visitors busy for a week. Once checked out of their ski resort, Balkan Holidays guests will be driven the couple of
21 Nov 2019
Everyone at Balkan Holidays is deeply saddened to hear that Thomas Cook has entered into administration this morning, and our thoughts are with all customers and employees affected. All customers who have booked a holiday or flight with Balkan Holidays via a Thomas Cook travel agent, be it ski or for next Summer, can rest assured that their booking is secure and will proceed as planned. In the first instance, customers should speak to our call centre team. Further information and details of replacement flights will be published on the dedicated website thomascook.caa.co.uk, but this is a major operation and there may therefore be some
21 Nov 2019
Balkan Holidays are delighted to announce the confirmation of Yanko Popov at our Telegraph Ski Festival stand this year. Yanko Popov is the manager of the Ski and Snowboard School, Ulen in Bansko, Bulgaria. He will be on the Balkan Holidays stand for duration of the festival to answer any questions regarding skiing in Bansko, whether about the resort, the pistes or the tuition available through Ulen. Or indeed more general questions about your skiing or boarding technique. Yanko was born in 1962. He graduated with a Master of Science in Sport Management. As a student, he fell in love with winter sports and in 1985 completed his ski
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