Travel Diaries | Bulgaria 

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This post will go live once I am back in the UK and no doubt it’ll be pissing down buckets if you look outside now!


I was asked by a friend of mine if I wanted to go away in September and as I imagine anyone would, I opted yes to be away from my desk in sunny bliss away from the UK for seven days! We weren’t too fussed about where we were going to go, as I just wanted a break and she was going away a few days after we were back so had to be cautious of budget and so we ended up in Bulgaria!

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Flying after work we were a bit pushed for time but of course I had time to stop for one of my favourite foods! #Sushi

As our flight was quite late in the evening, it ended up being delayed which meant we had arrived even later than expected in the early hours of Saturday morning. Shattered after the long day, we set our stuff down and headed straight to bed! The next day we set upon getting some breakfast which was a continental breakfast, nothing fancy. We then headed straight outside as we planned a chilled pool day.

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Who needed anything more than a good book, some sunshine and great company! Most days were spent chilling by the pool but we did venture up to one of the beaches too.

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After a few days chilling by the pool (well deserved days might I add), we decided to it was time to broaden our awareness of Bulgaria by venturing outside of the hotel and went out to dinner at Khans Tent. This was an excursion put on by Thomson although you could probably shop around locally and get a better deal.

Khans Tent is set in the hills and the views of Sunny Beach were amazing, the pictures do them no justice at all! We arrived just before 8pm to enjoy a cabaret and were seated inside the tepee shaped restaurant with a few other guests at our table. We were served a four course meal which included a starter of Shopska Salad which is a popular Bulgarian dish made of cucumber, tomato, onions and grated feta cheese, it’s sounds so simple I know but was actually very tasty and definitely something I plan to recreate. The meal was served with a bottle of wine per person so you can imagine how good this night was! After the meal, we sat back and enjoyed the show!

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On the last day, we decided to go on a catamaran boat trip which was amazing! We were served a buffet on board which included fish, chicken, an assortment of salad and the best part was the open bar!

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We were picked up at around 2pm and back by 6pm. As it was our last day we decided not to head back to the hotel straight away but stay up in Nessebar and buy some last minute souvenirs!

It’s such a beautiful town!

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Overall thoughts

Food

The food served in Sunny Beach was typically for the British tourist and that wasn’t what we came for. It was nice to visit Nessebar which is an Old Town where we were able to try more of the Bulgarian cuisine.

People

Most of the time when we were out, we received SOME kind of reaction where people either just stared, laughed or admired us which I have to say unfortunately is quite common when I visit Europe. Honestly, I don’t wish to be a Debbie Downer in this post but for goodness sake, having Black skin isn’t that weird but I imagine to some people it is a rarity. Some people were just down right rude but others did go out of their way to make us feel welcome.

Cost

We used Lev which is the Bulgarian currency and we actually got quite a good exchange rate for our pound. That made the holiday quite comfortable as most of the clubs were free to enter so most of our money went on food and drinks. We ended up spending around 30 Lev per meal including a drink which is about £15.

Night Life

As we went mid September, most of the night life had been non-existent as it was end of season. Had we of arrived in July/August, I reckon the streets would have been buzzing but it was quite nice to go out and not have too many people around. We ended up in a spot most nights that played decent RnB and Hip Hop music and also sold shisha which was perfect for me.

Things To Do

I think this all depends on what type of holiday you desire as there are many things to do outside of the hotel. We were quite laid back and spent most days to start chilling by the pool. We then visited the Old Town of Nessebar to explore, took a bus through the mean streets of Bulgaria, ate dinner in Khans Tent and then finished by completing a catamaran boat trip which was a nice touch to end our holiday. There was definitely much more we could have done although this time the holiday was simply to unwind.

Would I go back?

Probably not in a hurry as I feel that although we could have seen more, I have a taste of the country and some good memories to remember Bulgaria by! 🇧🇬

Thanks for reading xx

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