Holidays of my life!
Sunny Beach is a small, Bulgarian resort popular mainly among young party lovers. I guess that all your trips have some purpose. For some, it is simply a relax on the beach, for others active trekking or just an intense tour of the country/city, and for others party throughout the week. You can create quite good triple combos from this, but I guess after such a trip you will need an addtional holiday! 😀 In any case, it was 2011, and I just finished high school. After high school I had the longest holidays in my life and an empty wallet. I was unsuccessfully looking for some temporary job, because nobody wanted to hire a freshly graduated student. I was able to find just few one-day jobs as a hostess.
Why Sunny Beach?
Somehow I managed to collect a small sum of money. I was then at a time of my life where a week without a party was a wasted week. You know how it is … Finally I was 18 and I could enter clubs and feel the nightlife! 😀 That’s why a party trip was my biggest dream at that time. 😀 😀 😀 I didn’t use to be such a horny traveler as now. I liked to travel, because I was brought up to travel with my parents or with a swimming camp (Croatia, Corsica or Cote d’Azur). 😀 Besides, I really wanted to go for the first time on my own, without my parents, only with my friends. In the end, we decided on Sunny Beach, although each of us dreamed of Lloret de Maar or Italian Rimini. Unfortunately, these countries on the offer were much more expensive. One of us has already been to Bulgaria, but in the Golden Sands. That is why we choosed Sunny Beach. Ten days in a 3 star hotel, with breakfast, a coach ride from Krakow in the second half of August cost us PLN 1,100.
The worst journey in my life
To make it as cheap as possible, we choosed a double room with an extra bed (there were 3 of us) and a transfer with a coach. While the room with extra bed was not a bad choice, because we got a really sizable area, but the bus journey was a NIGHTMARE! Although we were young, and I used to travel to many places by coach, this trip was really tragic … 30 hours on the bus could squeeze the last juices from me, even though I was young and experienced in such journeys! Seriously, I felt like I was traveling to Australia at least, not to Bulgaria on the same continent as Poland. That’s why I recommend the plane!
Golden beaches and the turquoise Black Sea 😉
Sunny Beach welcomed us with a shower in the morning, but quickly cleared up and the sun returned immediately. We arrived exhausted, but since we only had breakfast in the hotel, we were forced to go out and find something to eat for lunch. Of course, we ran to see the beaches first. Although Sunny Beach and Golden Sands divide over 100 km, the local sand was also gold! The beach was wonderful – wide and sandy. The whole resort could fit on it, and there would still be a lot of free space. The smooth surface of the Black Sea like a lake encouraged bathing. The water was very warm. It was not contaminated with algae (Well, only a few), but you had to watch out for jellyfishes and crabs! I don’t know if the jellyfish were stinging, but there were quite a lot of them when the sea was not waving. 🙁 The crabs, on the other hand, liked to come to the shallow waters in the late afternoon and walking on the beach at night!
Apparently, all-inclusive meals in Bulgaria leaves much to be desired. I read on internet about many dissatisfied hotel clients. This fact was also confirmed by the family who was once in a 5-star hotel. That’s why more and more of you are taking only breakfast in a hotel, especially since eating out in Bulgaria is not that expensive. At least it wasn’t expensive in 2011, because we didn’t have much money and somehow we survived! 🙂 We often managed to eat around 5 euros, and when we wanted to save it, we were eating pizza or kebab. 😀 Even alcohol was not expensive and we often bought it at the promotion. 😛 😛 For example, a Mohito or Sex on the Beach (really good one) cost about 3-4 euros and the other was free. Live, do not die! 😀
Remember that in Bulgaria the currency is Lev!
Party all night long
As I have already mentioned to you, when we were going to Bulgaria, we were mainly focusing on parties! I still don’t know how we did it, but we were at the party every evening. To manage all party evenings, we had to change our lifestyle. 😀 Breakfast in the hotel was until 10 o’clock, so we always came at 9:30. Then we went back to sleep in the room, but the cleaners quickly „chucked us out”. 😀 So we went to sleep on the beach. Then we had a lunch, we went back to the room and went to sleep again till 10:30 PM. We had to come to the club before 12 o’clock, because by this hour (only girls) we had free entry. Sometimes we were dancing until 4 in the morning. But it was also shorter and longer sometimes. We were often visiting IceBerg, which was probably the most popular club in the resort at the time. Once we hit the foam party and it was great! However, the music was a big shit – only electonic musis. Unfortunately, other clubs with cool music were often empty…
AQUA PARK NESSEBAR
No worries if you don’t like parties – I can also recommend entertainment in the form of the Water Park in Nessebar! I really enjoyed this park and the slides are so prepared that even those who can’t swim can find something for themselves. Example? You can slide down on a huge mattress or wheel. Pleasantly and safely! There are also slides, from which one you don’t fall into the pool. There is a big choice of slides and due this fact there are rarely queues. However, I must warn you that when you entered the highest slides, it might be cold. Fortunately, I didn’t catch a cold, but I had goose bumps. Admission is expensive, but I think it is worth. We choosed the afternoon entrance, which is cheaper.
I must admit something – Bulgaria didn’t charm me in terms of monuments. Ok, maybe not counting Nesebar, which is a beautiful town. Sunny Beach is an ideal starting point to this place. There are plenty of organized trips, but I recommend you take the public transport and for few coins you will get there and back to the cit. Unfortunately, I don’t remember exactly the name of the hotel from which we were traveling, but the ride lasted about 20-30 minutes. It is one of the oldest cities in Europe, already numbering around 5,000. years. Visiting Nesebar, pay attention to the remains of the defensive walls, the beautiful buildings of the city and the churches of St. Apostles and Saint. John the Baptist.
Burgas, Primorie & Ropotamo
We also went on an organized trip to these 3 places. It was ok, but nothing special. I think I liked the cruise on the Ropotamo River, because I had the impression that I was in the jungle! 😀 Burgas is a quite big spa town. However, being there only a few hours we didn’t have the opportunity to feel its „climate”. 😀 When it comes to monuments, this is not a very interesting place. It is also not that I don’t recommend these places because you know how it is. Everyone likes something else, so the fact that this trip didn’t appeal to me doesn’t mean that you will not like it! That is why it is always worth experiencing something on your own skin! 🙂
To sum up
Although the trip to Bulgaria is far from my current travel style, I’m really happy that once I had the opportunity to go on such a total crazy trip. 😀 Sunny Beach was perfect in this case, because it was cheap, and the area didntt encourage to travel a lot. 😛 Therefore, if you are still wondering whether it is worth going once for such an trip, then I say BIG YES! 🙂
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