Gradina Camping, Sozopol

7 Advantages of the Bulgarian Beaches

The coast of Bulgaria offers more than 200 kilometers of fabulous sandy beaches.

It attracts millions of tourists every year, and most of them are traditionally visitors from Britain, Germany, Ukraine, Russia and Romania but also from other countries such as Poland and the Czech Republic, for example.

The combination of low prices and natural beauty is the main reason for the growing fame of Bulgaria as ‘The European Thailand’.

The country has become not only a hit for tourists but for tens of thousands of people looking for a better place to live.

Bulgarian beaches definitely have many advantages and their popularity is growing rapidly, which quickly turns the country into one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe.

Here is why so many people love this place and come back year after year.

1. Superb golden sand

Gradina Camping, Sozopol
Gradina Camping, Sozopol by Ivailo Djilianov

Bulgaria is known to have some of the best beaches in Europe, and their popularity is certainly not accidental.

Their fame comes from the fact that they are covered with the most golden sand on the continent. In addition, they cover almost ⅔ of the entire coast.

The sand is really very fine.

It owes its wonderful color and nice texture to the fact that much of the coastline consists of bright-colored limestone rocks.

This is the right place to say that the color of the sand why one of the most popular summer resort in Southeast Europe, Golden Sands, is called like that.

2. There are no dangerous animals

Officers' Beach, Varna
Officers’ Beach, Varna by Nikolay Volnov

When it comes to dangerous animals, the beaches in Bulgaria are considered very safe.

They are often described as a very good and suitable place for people who want to spend their summer vacation with their families and kids.

There are no dangerous and deadly animals, such as sharks or poisonous jellyfish, which could hurt you while you are having fun in the water.

The most dangerous marine animal in this region is the fish ‘sea dragon’, which in most cases appears in places where there are stones and rocks under the water but it could be found practically everywhere.

The risk comes while you’re having fun in the water.

It’s poison is not deadly but it could lead to joint damages and many other health issues.

3. Warm seawater temperature

Lovely beach in Nessebar
Lovely beach in Nessebar by Sergey Galyonkin

Generally said, the tourist season along the coast of Bulgaria is not very long. On the other hand, seawater usually warms very quickly.

In August the sea surface temperature along the coast easily reaches about 26 – 27°C.

Temperatures like these are very comfortable for bathing and swimming.

Actually, they are even better compared to places with year round beach season, such as the Canary Islands, where seawaters rarely exceed 25°C.

Usually the beach season, when the water temperature allows you to swim and bathe in the water, lasts from June to September.

4. Safe for swimming

Albena resort
Albena resort by George Atanassov

Along the Bulgarian Black Sea coast as anywhere else, sometimes appear dangerous sea currents or large waves, which could make swimming very risky.

The advantage in Bulgaria is that such phenomena in most cases don’t last for long, and the sea usually becomes calm and safe within a few days. Well, with some exceptions.

According to lifeguards, the risk is slightly higher in early August, in the height of summer, when the beaches are most crowded with tourists.

At the same time, this is the period when the most dangerous rip currents occur.

The good side in the entire situation is that most beaches in the cities and in the resorts are guarded.

Of course, if you see a lifeguard on the coast, it does not mean that you should be irresponsible but it’s a big plus to know that there is a lifeguard nearby to help you, if you need.

5. Clean and well maintained

Sunny Beach
Sunny Beach by Greger Ravik

Most of the beaches in Bulgaria, especially if they are located in resorts or tourist cities and towns, are very well maintained and really clean.

Usually the crowds of tourists leave a lot of garbage behind, including plastic cups, empty packs of cigarettes and many others.

However, most beaches have a staff that keeps the sand clean.

They usually do their job when all the people leave in the late afternoon or in the evening.

However, the situation is different when it comes to wild and isolated beaches.

They sometimes remain unsupported during the entire summer season.

This often happens in places that are remote from cities and bigger tourist centers.

6. Forest and Sea

View of Varna from Galata
View of Varna from Galata by Vicki Burton

There are very few places in Europe which offer the possibility to combine the holiday at the beach with walks in the woods.

Significant part of the coastal areas in Bulgaria are forested and are covered with dense vegetation.

It is not uncommon to see deciduous and coniferous forests reach the very shore.

Some of the popular sea resorts in the country, such as “St. Constantine and Elena”, “Albena” and “Sunny Day”, offer very nice and shaded park setting.

This provides great opportunities for long relaxing walks and rest under the shade of the trees after a hot and tiring day at the beach.

7. Low prices in restaurants and bars along the coast

Sinemorets by Artur Malinowski

Your summer vacation at the beach would not be the same if you constantly refrain from visiting bars and restaurants.

Since Bulgaria is the cheapest place in Europe, if you choose the Bulgarian Black Sea coast for your summer vacation, you will be able to enjoy great foods and drinks at great prices!

What more pleasant than visiting some shady coastal bar or restaurant to enjoy a refreshing drink or nice lunch?

This is for sure the best way to refresh yourself and restore your power after the beach.

Nestinarka beach, Tsarevo
Nestinarka beach, Tsarevo by Artur Malinowski

As always when it comes to prices, Bulgaria is a leader without competition.

For the price of 2 euros you could have a bottle of good beer, and at the price of 3 or 4 euros you could have even some more expensive and exotic cocktail.