Bulgarian Coast

To the east, Bulgaria meets the Black Sea creating a long and varied coastline. In the north you will find some impressive rocky cliffs and further south there are large beaches with golden sand. The sea itself is almost completely land locked, except that it joins the Mediterranean through the Bosphorus canal in Turkey. Because of this the tides are almost non existant and due to it's geographical location the sea is warm in the summer. This makes it ideal for a beach holiday, you can expect a water temperature in the mid 20's Celsius (high 70's Fahrenheit) and you don't need to worry about being squashed on the beach as the tide rolls in. Again thanks to the shape of the sea which doesn't have big gulfs, the water is clean as it can circulate easily. Certainly during my visits I've never come across murkey water.

Bulgarian coast at a glance
  • On the Black Sea
  • Hot summers with warm, clear water
  • Big golden sandy beaches
  • Modern resorts yet traditional
  • Safe with many interesting attractions
  • Resort guides

Bulgaria which has only just joined the EU is changing fast and for the better. The country was quick to recognise that their coast is precious and to be enjoyed. There are already laws in place to prevent building too close to the water as well as restrictions on building heights as you approach the shoreline. It's also a safe country with a moderate orthodox or non religious population so you won't get any troubles due to religious tension. The people are friendly, well educated so getting by in English isn't a problem and have a keen eye for business. This means that the sea resorts have lively bars, restaurants and steet life adding to their appeal.

From a historical point of view Bulgaria has had a tempestuous past having been invaded by the Romans, Greeks and Turks. The result is that modern Bulgaria has a rich and varied culture. Many villages along the coast have ancient orthodox churches, monaseries, Roman relics and points of great historical value. What is really fantastic is that the locals make extensive use of these buildings, often you will come across an art exhibition in a church or a live performance set in an ancient ruin. The history has also had a beneficial effect on the food which I would describe as a mix between mediterranean and central european with many traditional dishes. Eating out is cheap and you will also find lots of local produce in the shops.

The Bulgarian coast is definitely worth a visit. Below is a list of guides of villages and towns to help you plan your break.

Bulgarian coast guides
Bulgarian country guides

You're not familiar with the climate on the Black Sea coast? Well the temperature in the Summer is similar to the south of Spain and in the Winter it's the same as southern France. Have a look at the temperature chart and compare with cities that you are more familiar with.

MonthAv high (day)Av low (night)Compare to...
Jan6oC (43oF)0oC (32oF)Same temperature as northern Italy
Feb8oC (46oF)0oC (33oF)Warmer than Dijon
Mar11oC (52oF)3oC (38oF)Same temperature as Geneva
Apr15oC (60oF)7oC (45oF)As warm as Toulouse
May21oC (70oF)12oC (54oF)Same temperature as Venice
Jun26oC (79oF)16oC (62oF)Hotter than the south of France
Jul28oC (83oF)19oC (66oF)Hotter than Cannes
Aug28oC (82oF)18oC (65oF)Same temperature as Barcelona
Sep24oC (76oF)15oC (59oF)As hot as Bordeaux
Oct19oC (66oF)11oC (51oF)Same temperature as Porto
Nov12oC (54oF)6oC (42oF)Warmer than Lyon
Dec8oC (46oF)2oC (35oF)Warmer than Milan
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