Black Sea: How to Have the Best Vacation of Your Life

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A holiday on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast can become your best or worst experience ever.

Many people head to this part of the world with the wrong expectations, the wrong idea of a perfect vacation, and the wrong information about the area.

In order for you to have an unforgettable and even a life-changing experience rather than a horror trip, you should pick carefully the places you stay in, the activities you take part in, and the food you devour. Gather your information carefully, read these facts about Bulgaria, and make sure you decide whether or not Bulgaria is safe first.

Black Sea Coast Vacation

This is not a step-by-step guide as you needn’t do everything in the exact same order. However, it is crucial to follow all instructions. This way, you’ll ensure your experience becomes the best vacation of your life on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast.

This guide is not geared towards people who’d like to book an all-inclusive package, lay at the beach all day with a beer in their hands, and drink the night away. It’s rather targeted at travelers who love to explore, learn the history of the region, mingle with the locals, and try new and exciting activities.

Does that describe you? Then read on!

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Choose the Perfect Accommodation for Your Perfect Vacation

Levana Garden White Lilac
White lilac blossoms in the stunningly beautiful garden of Levana Guesthouse in Balgarevo.

The right accommodation can make or break a vacation. If you’re not a party animal who enjoys loud music 24/7, you better stay away from the most popular Black Sea resorts Sunny Beach and Golden Sands.

Instead, head to places further away from mass tourism, such as Sinemorets, Shkorpilovtsi, or Kavarna. Or better yet, opt for the cute little villages away from the coast. Distances in Bulgaria are small and you’ll only need a couple of minutes to get from your accommodation to the nearest beach.

For the best experience with the most welcoming hosts, choose one of the guest houses run by families who make sure you feel at home at all times.

Levana Guest House And Playground
Levana Guesthouse is a typical Dobrudza one-story house with a lovely playground.

We recently stayed at Levana Guesthouse in the village Balgarevo. Not only were all our needs met but we made new friends and learned a great deal about the region, its history, and its people. You can book your own perfect vacation at Levana through this affiliate link directly at

The typical Dobrudzhda house is a one-story building, which assures the constantly blowing winds pass by easily, and is nothing like the boring concrete hotels you’ll find elsewhere. The garden is charming and cosy, and perfect to forget your busy everyday life and rejuvenate.

Looking for an extremer experience? Head to the rugged seacoast and pick one of over a hundred caves to camp in and meet the sunrise.

Meet the Most Hospitable and Friendly People

Farmer From Bulgarevo
In Balgarevo, a farmer and his family proudly showed us their gardens where a few weeks from now the tastiest tomato sort, Ox Heart, will be ready for you to devour.

When you visit the Bulgarian Black Sea coast and avoid overpriced touristy places, you’ll have the chance to meet some of the most hospitable and welcoming people imaginable, your lovely hosts included.

For example, the mayor of Balgarevo himself greeted us and toured us around the local distillery. Then we met a family who grows some of the tastiest tomatoes you’ll ever try. What more do you need to make new friends? Fiery rakia plus delectable salads is the best recipe, trust me!

Folklore Singers Bulgarevo
The energetic and charismatic ladies from Balgarevo and their skilled accordion player perform typical folklore songs.

Our evening was filled with authentic Bulgarian folk songs and dances from the Dobrudzha region, perfectly performed by the lovely ladies from Balgarevo and accompanied live by their skilled accordion player.

Savour Delectable Local Delicacies and Fiery Drinks

Bulgarian Salads And Rakia
The combination of fiery rakia and tasty fresh salads is the best recipe for making new friends.

Some of the tastiest Bulgarian dishes are served at the eateries around the Black Sea coast.

The fiery rakia you’ll try at the seaside is distilled from figs or wine grapes. It tastes smooth and fruity and caresses your palate like nothing you’ve tasted before.

The red and rosé local wines are the perfect companion to your seafood meals and salads.

Black Sea Fish And Mussels
Freshly caught Black Sea fish and mussels are present at almost every meal at the Bulgarian seaside. Our friends from Nash Dom Guesthouse in Kavarna prepared them to perfection.

The salads are made from the freshest most delicious vegetables you’ve ever tried and the mussels and fish are caught literally moments before they were prepared.

During the summer season, you can also enjoy escargots from the eco-farm in Balgarevo.

Visit the Jaw-dropping Rugged Black Sea Coast

Tyulenovo Arch
The arch in the cliffs near Tyulenovo is the most famous sculpture nature has carved in the northern Bulgarian Black Sea coast.

In the north-eastern part of Bulgaria, you’ll find wild, jaw-dropping, and rugged coastline.

Long before people left a mark on the Black Sea region, nature started sculpturing incredible awe-inspiring forms and carved deep caves and arches. The wind and the waves continue changing the coastline every season. The views will make you rub your eyes in disbelief at the beauty nature has created.

Man has left a mark here, too, finishing nature’s job and forming hidden rock-hewn dwellings. The bravest travelers spend the night in one of the over a hundred caves, waiting for the sunrise, listening to the waves crashing below, watching the birds, and stargazing.

Get Rid of Your Tan Lines on Pristine Secluded Beaches

The unbelievable turquoise color of the Black Sea water at an empty beach in June

Despite the fact that in high season the most famous Bulgarian Black Sea beaches are overcrowded, there are still pristine secluded gems waiting for you to discover.

You’ll find the best beaches to get rid of your tan lines and go for a swim at the far south end of the Bulgarian Black Sea coast near the borderline with Turkey.

Alternatively, you can head north and try to reach the sandy beaches between Shabla and the Romanian border. Once you leave the main road, there are only dirt roads and I highly recommend driving a 4WD vehicle.

You could even set up a tent on the beach and meet the sunrise at sea level, for example at Irakli, one of the most beautiful sandy beaches you’ll ever lay your eyes upon.

✔️Tip: You can also find amazing spa resorts on the Black Sea coast. Some of the best hot springs in Bulgaria are in the spa town of Balchik.

Learn the Fascinating History and Mythology of the Region

Cape Kaliakra
Legend says, that 40 young beautiful women refused to convert to Islam and preferred to jump off the cliffs of Cape Kaliakra.

The Bulgarian Black Sea coast has been inhabited for over 7,500 years. You’ll see remains of fortifications, dwellings, temples, and burial sites all over the coastal area.

The most famous place to visit is the 2 km long headland Cape Kaliakra. You’ll see the remains of a Roman bath and dwellings as well as a history museum in a natural cave previously used as a monk cell. The restored fortification was the last Bulgarian land the Ottoman invaders overtook.

Legend says, that 40 young women refused to convert to Islam and chose to braid their long hairs together and jump off the cliffs of Kaliakra rather than become slaves.

Try to visit the restored fortress at Cape Kaliakra as early as possible in the morning or even at sunrise. You’ll be rewarded not only by a stunning view of the first daylight but you’ll also by having the place all to yourself.

Other amazing places with tonnes of archaeological sites and historical buildings are the old towns of Nessebar and Sozopol.

Admire the Endangered Flowers Blossom and Watch the Wildlife

Wild Peony At Yailata
The red-violet wild peonies blossom in late April and May. They fill the air over the Dobrudzha steppe with their gentle scent.

Every season offers a new stunning view and changes the appearance of the Black Sea shore.

In high season between June and August, you’ll only see a fraction of the beauty nature has in stock for you. If you wish to beat the crowds, have the beaches to yourself, and see the amazing variety of wildlife that resides here, come outside the main season.

In May, the endangered purple-red wild peonies in Yailata Nature Reserve will make you feel like Alice in Wonderland.

Black Cormorants
The protected black cormorants nest on the cliffs and feel at home on the Black Sea shores.

After the end of the summer season on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, in September, you can wave the storks and the swallows goodbye as they head south for the winter. Watch them gather and make their last preparations before departure but beware of the excrements coming your way.

Even if you just follow the dirt roads along the Black Sea shore, you’ll see a huge variety of birds and flowers. For example, the Dobrudzha steppe is home to around 150 species of birds and plants.

You’ll see endangered black cormorants and if you’re lucky, you’ll even spot families of bottlenose dolphins swimming near the seaside.

Test Your Limits and Infuse Your Body with Tons of Adrenaline

Sea Kayaking At The Northern Black Sea Coast
Join a sea kayaking adventure and tame the waves with an experienced guide from Sea Kayaking Bulgaria.

Get your adrenaline pumping and your muscles fit with some (extreme) activities. Tame the waves and cliffs and show them your worth.

You can swim in the Black Sea but beware of the waves and currents. Every summer experienced swimmers lose their lives because they were too reckless and challenged the sea gods.

Paddle on a sea kayak around Cape Kaliakra or explore the caves and cliffs along the coastline.

Bike through the Dobrudzha steppe to greet the day and enjoy the most beautiful sunrises of your life.

And if that’s not extreme enough for you, try jumping off the cliffs around Tyulenovo which offer the perfect playground for deep water soloing.

Immerse Yourself in Ancient Traditions, Rituals, Dances, and Music

Bulgarian Folklore Festival
Children singing at the festival for Bulgarian traditional folklore songs and dances “With Bulgaria in the heart” in Kavarna.

During the warmer months of the year, in many of the cute little villages and picturesque towns around the Black Sea coast, a wide variety of folklore festivals take place.

You’re guaranteed to get goosebumps from the singing of young children or old grandmas. You’ll want to jump in and dance the night away holding hands with people you’ve just met, trying to follow the complicated steps of the traditional horo dances, or inventing your own.

To ensure the learning process is fast and painless, remember the previous points of this guide: try a drink of fiery rakia from figs and make new friends.

Greet the New Day and Send the Last Sun Rays over the Black Sea

Sunset At Cape Kaliakra
You can greet the day and admire stunning sunrises on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. You can also send the last rays of the sun, for example near Cape Kaliakra.

There are only a few places in the world where you can send off the last sun rays of the ending day and meet the new day in almost the same spot over the sea.

While most of the Bulgarian Black Sea coast looks east, making it perfect to greet the new day and admire the colors of the night fade away, there is also a great spot where you can observe stunning sunsets as well. At the 2 km long Cape Kaliakra, you can see an amazing sunset on the south shore and greet the day on the very tip of the cape.

Alternatively, Cape Emine and several smaller headlands can offer you nice spots for experiencing sunsets and sunrises over the waters of the Black Sea, but the lights of the nearby resorts might obscure the view.

Are You Ready for the Best Vacation of Your Life?

Cliff Dwellings
People have lived in the caves carved by the Black Sea for centuries. The most adventurous travelers still greet the new day in this million-star hotel.

How do you envision your perfect vacation? Is it the place, its people, the food, the history, the views, the activities, or is it all of those things put together that make it unforgettable?

On the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, you can have plenty of everything of the above. You’ll meet some of the most welcoming people, you’ll learn to dance the traditional Bulgarian folklore dances, you’ll try delectable foods and drinks, you’ll walk around hundreds-years-old historical artifacts, you’ll take in jaw-dropping views, and you’ll immerse yourself in extreme activities.

Are you ready to take the risk and come to Bulgaria? I promise you, it is addictive. You might not want to travel anywhere else after spending the best vacation of your life on the Bulgarian Black Sea shore!

Disclaimer: we were invited to visit the Northern Bulgarian Black Sea region by Sea Kayaking Bulgaria and the Kavarna Tourist Association. Our accommodation and meals were covered by Levana Guesthouse in Balgarevo and Nash Dom in Kavarna. The expressed opinions are, as always, my own and were not influenced by the invitation.


    1. Thank you, Agness!

      Officially the season starts at the end of May and continues till the end of September.

      The busiest months are July and August.

      I’d say June would be a great time to visit. The water is not cold, the weather is nice and warm with only occasional rains.

      But most importantly, there aren’t many people around ;)

      Let me know if you need more information.


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