21 Oct 2019
Great decision, you want to return to the slopes! With Balkan there is a loyalty bonus of 5%, so you’re already saving. Our advice for year two is to lower your expectations of what you learned last time, and take it slowly. Definitely prepare by getting fit (see our previous blog article). It’s a good idea to keep a Trello.com list of ‘stuff you’ll need’ for each day to help you avoid forgetting anything. Lessons are great at any level, especially if you are unfamiliar with the resort you’ve chosen. You’ll get to know the slopes in safe company and then have spare time to explore your
16 Oct 2019
Preparation for a ski/board trip is key. This is especially true if you are a beginner, as there will be many falls (on soft snow!), and lots of physical demands, such as carrying skis. So, to get most enjoyment out of your trip, the best advice is to prepare your body for a week on the slopes. One of the key challenges is the strain put on your thighs as you ski. After a day many will find their legs complaining and shaking, and you can avoid this by being prepared. Core stability is also key, for balance, for a good ski posture, and to get up when you fall. As with all sport, warming up and stretching at the end of the day are
08 Oct 2019
Your choice of ski destinations is vast, from Japan to Scotland, from New Zealand to Lebanon. (According to Wikipedia, a Lebanese engineering student returning from studying in Switzerland brought back the sport of skiing in the early twentieth century.) Why choose the Balkans? What Bulgaria offers is unique. It’s a down-to-earth, fun and great value ski/board destination. Many are sceptical, then return year after year, having fallen in love with the place. It’s the ideal place to learn to ski, everything is easy and straightforward and you are not competing for slope time with many advanced skiers. There is a warm
01 Oct 2019
The first thing to do is to get your trip booked well ahead of time to give you plenty of time to get ready. Here are our top ten things to thing about: 1. UK indoor ski slopes It’s very worthwhile to book lessons at an indoor slope. There are different sorts of slopes, from very old and decrepit to new and pristine. Highly recommended is a trip to a ‘real snow’ slope, where snow is made and the temperature is kept low. It makes a fun day out, especially as often you’ll find the slopes positioned close to shops, cinemas and restaurants. It is possible to get a feel for skiing in one day, but many slopes
25 Sep 2019
Is this an expensive hobby? Well, it’s certainly more expensive than knitting or running. But as with all things, you can pay a little or a lot. You might compare a week in Romania skiing with a week in Japan, and you will guess that there’s a clear difference. Overall, if you choose carefully, you’ll find a great value ski trip. Here’s one we’ve costed up from start to finish for Borovets, Bulgaria.   Item Cost Ski package £350 (3* half board,
17 Sep 2019
Skiing is a sport which most people would like to try. But many don’t. Some get as far as a dry slope in the UK, but nowhere near the mountains. After all, there are so many reasons that might be off-putting. In our handy guide, we advise you on all the basics, so you know exactly where to start. 1. Do I need to be fit? Skiing is a sport and a general level of fitness helps. The old adage is ‘get fit to ski, don’t ski to get fit’. The truth is you will enjoy your skiing much better if you have energy and muscle strength. The good news is you can build on this with ski fit exercises. The fitter you are the less
21 Feb 2019
If you're thinking of heading off to Sunny Beach, Bulgaria for the first time this summer or perhaps you've been before and are looking to try a new hotel? We've taken our expert knowledge and over 50 years of experience in providing quality holidays to the resort of Sunny Beach to offer you 4 new Sunny Beach hotels we think you may want to try out and will prove popular in 2019. Best Western Plus Premium Inn ✩✩✩✩ Situated in the heart of Sunny Beach resort, a pleasant couple of minutes walk takes you to the magnificent sandy beach. The aqua park, casino and outdoor gym available within the
02 May 2018
Established in 1958, the resort of Sunny Beach is situated approximately 42km north of Bourgas & 430km east of the capital city of Sofia. The resort's spectacular 8km long beach has been awarded the prestigious International Blue Flag award, which guarantees that tourists are provided with ecologically clean beaches, water and air to compliment more than 1700 sunny hours from May to October. The soft golden sand of Sunny Beach forms dunes along the beachfront, considered to be a unique natural phenomenon. The resort has over 100 hotels and more than 130 catering establishments ensuring there is something for every type of guest that
17 Jan 2017
These are just a taster of what you can do in Sunny Beach with kids. If you’re looking for a great value holiday destination with cuisine that caters to the British taste, Western European conveniences at cheaper Eastern European pricing, plenty of sunshine and beaches, then Sunny Beach is the resort for you. Over 1 million holidaymakers visit each year, so there must be something to it... 1. Sunny Beach Aquapark The Action Aquapark boasts an impressive number of flumes, slides and crazy rivers sure to make your day at the park one to remember. Tickets to the park are pre-bookable locally with the Balkan Holidays
13 Jan 2017
Scheduled boat trips to the Island of St Anastasia off the coast of Bulgaria’s Black Sea city of Bourgas will begin in May 2014, with trips five times a day, Bourgas Municipality have confirmed. Return tickets will cost 9 leva (£4) and 6 leva (£2.50) for students and senior citizens, while children under seven and people with disabilities will be able to travel free. St Anastasia Island is approximately 6.5km south-east of Bourgas, between Cape St Anastasia and Cape Atia. Composed of volcanic rock, the Island is just 0.01 sq km and offers a small guest house and accommodation for those who wish to stay the night.
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