by Bozhidara Georgieva

From tranquility to clean nature and luxury: the Bulgarian Black Sea has it all

The Bulgarian Black Sea coast is 354 km long and this limited space is the home of an astonishing diversity that makes the summer vacation here an event full with pleasant experiences and memories. From Durankulak on the north to Rezovo on the south, you have dozens of opportunities to enjoy sun, interesting sites, nature phenomena, lively resorts, quiet beaches and hotels of discrete luxury and excellent service.

Divided on a north and south part by the ridge of the Stara Planina mountain that ends with the dramatic Cape Emine, the Bulgarian Black Sea has its distinct, clearly different faces. The north Black Sea is dominated by Varna, the biggest maritime city of Bulgaria and a place where incredible archaeological artefacts (the world's oldest gold treasure, for example) and fine architecture from the early 20th century co-exist with wonderful beaches, delicious food and quality night life. The proximity of the Sts Constantine and Hellen, Golden Sands and Albena resorts is a plus and the more north you go, the more there is to discover. In this part of the Bulgarian Black Sea are the stunning rocks of the Yaylata plateau and the ancient and mediaeval fortress Kaliakra, standing at the tip of a steep, hard to reach rocky cape. The palace of the Romanian queen Maria in Balchik and the Botanical Garden are a romantic recluse of greenery and objects of art, and the ruins of the Aladzha rock monastery look as if they remember the monks that used to inhabit it.

The north Black Sea has as well its one-of-a-kind events, like Dzhulay, the feast unique for Bulgaria when people meet the rising sun on 1 July by Kamen Bryag.

Marina Residence Boutique Hotel: The luxury choice for your stay on the north Black Sea coast

Regardless of whether you plan seaside holiday or a business trip, the newly-opened Marina Residence Boutique Hotel (Varna, 43 Parva St, phone: +359 52 388 222, www.marinaresidence.bg) will meet all your expectations for comfortable accommodation, impeccable service and style. The impeccable service and the luxury atmosphere are only the beginning of your memorable experience. The 20 tastefully decorated rooms, including 6 Studio Deluxe and 3 Suites, have all the amenities to make you feel immersed in cosiness: from WiFi everywhere, to the bathtub, bathrobes, tea and coffee making facilities, to the hotel's outdoor swimming pool with chaise longs and beach umbrellas, sauna and gym. The hotel's guests also use free parking, a beautiful garden and children's playground. The pleasures at Marina Residence Boutique Hotel continue in its elegant restaurant, offering healthy breakfasts and an opportunity for a marvellous lunch or dinner from the a-la carte menu of European cuisine. Marina Residence Boutique Hotel is also an excellent choice for a business meeting, team building, cultural event or a private party in its fully equipped conference room for up to 20 persons.

South of Cape Emine, Burgas is the beating heart of the Black Sea coast. Cosmopolitan and lively, constantly changing and gravitating between tradition and novelties, it is a place where to stroll for hours on the pedestrian area and in the picturesque Maritime Garden, and to end the day with a dinner at some of the fine local restaurants.

Hotel Bulgaria: Comfort in the centre of Burgas
Burgas's highest building is the home of one of the best places to stay in the city: the four-star Hotel Bulgaria (Burgas, 21 Aleksandrovska St, phone: 056 842 610, 0888 646 463, www.bulgaria-hotel.com). The breathtaking views of Burgas and the sea are complemented by modern comforts and discreet luxury in the modern yet cosy rooms, and with the top-quality service of the smiling staff. For a nourishing luncheon or a fine dinner, have a sit at the hotel's main restaurant or the Bulgaria’s famous Happy bar and dinner. If you need a drink in a pleasant atmosphere, head for the mezzanine bar. For more relaxing experience, try your luck at the casino or add a visit to the indoor swimming pool or the hotel's gym, sauna, or massage parlour. Hotel Bulgaria also offers great opportunities for your conference or meeting event and the best wedding venue in the city with its two specifically designated halls with all the equipment needed. The free high speed internet and the proximity to the beach and the city’s main attractions make Hotel Bulgaria the most popular place to stay in Burgas.

No one, however, can say that he has seen Bulgaria's southern Black Sea coast if he has seen only Burgas. On the contrary. Here is the picturesque Nesebar, whose mediaeval churches and traditional houses won it a place in UNESCO's world cultural heritage list. Here is the romantic Sozopol, where life doesn't stop even in September due to the Apolonia art festival. Here are the calm bays at Ahtopol, the beaches of Sinemorets and the picturesque rocks of Varvara. Here is the beginning of the Strandzha mountain, which has preserved the mysterious dances of the Nestinari who walk on fire. Here is also Bulgaria's biggest seaside resort, the Sunny Beach with its dozens of opportunities to have fun and to recharge your batteries.

Triem BG: With a yacht, it is even better
The exciting sea breeze, the endless opportunities, the travelling in style – if these are your priorities, rent a yacht for your holiday. Since 2008, Triem BG agency has been offering to its clients luxurious, sailing and motor yachts. In the company's website www.optimal-yacht-charter.com you will find a selection of yachts and catamarans which can be rented for a day, weekend or a week. With them, you will experience an amazing sea vacation, will explore secluded islands and will moor at some of the most beautiful yachts ports in the Black, the Marmara, the Mediterranean and the Adriatic seas, while enjoying an atmosphere of opulence and timelessness. Feel the thrill and charm of yacht sailing – make your vacation unforgettable.


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