One of my goals for the rest of this year was to travel more and see more places. As some of you may be aware, I recently took a girls trip with a good friend of mine to Bulgaria! At the time of booking this was one of the only countries I could go, C*v*d travel restrictions being what they were. This was a fab opportunity to visit somewhere new and I was excited to scratch it off my map! If you’d like to hear a bit more about what I got up to in Bulgaria, keep reading!
We stayed in the Sunrise Blue Magic hotel just on the edge of the town of Obzor. The hotel itself was lovely which a big lobby and lobby bar. This area of the hotel was stunning in terms of decor, and the whole hotel was always spotless. Our room was a really good size with a balcony overlooking the entrance and a view of the hills.
The swimming pool area was also incredibly clean, considering the beach is just a stones throw away and it’s easy for sand to get trodden and blown up to the pool. There was a little stage area near the pool where the entertainment team hosted their daily activities – although we didn’t partake in any of these!
In terms of food, I have to be honest and say the choice wasn’t brilliant. As it’s all inclusive it was a buffet set up. They had the same things for lunch and dinner each day, with only about 4 dishes changing each time. 3 of these were meat options so when you’re vegetarian it’s not ideal to have one main dish choice. However there was always the basics like pasta, pizza, chips, so I never went hungry. And a lot of the time I really enjoyed the veggie option of the main so all in all the food was fine. A lot of the time it was only Lukewarm so again, not great. We also found that although there were drinks machines set up around the pool, they were only working around 60% of the time. However the pool bar was fab and it was only a short walk away around the pool.
One of the days we decided to venture into the little town of Obzor, which was a 10 minute shuttle ride from the hotel. We really wanted to visit a bar called Bedrock bar, but unfortunately this was looking like it had been closed for some time. We didn’t know at the time but the season starts on June 1st, so a lot of things were still shut. There were a few little shops open that we had a mooch around and we had a little walk on the beach, but we only stayed for an hour and get the next shuttle back to the hotel.
A day trip Nessebar
We decided we wanted to have a full day trip out to explore some of the country, and we saw a great trip that TUI was running to the old city of Nessebar. This is an ancient city that was previously an island, although now there is a man made road connecting it to the mainland. The day started off with a tour of the city, looking at lots of historic buildings and churches, and we got to know a little about the history. We then stopped for lunch, and there were so many beautiful restaurants to choose from.
After talking to a few people we discovered a bar that is made to look like caves, with underground seating areas and waterfalls in the middle. They also had a little collection of free-roaming Terrapins, and the cocktails there were really delicious. After that we had a little mooch around the shops and walked around for a bit taking in the sights. It’s a really beautiful place to visit if you get the chance and it has some lovely little cobbled streets.
Overall I had a fab time away and would definitely revisit Bulgaria. I probably wouldn’t go back to the area we stayed – although it was lovely there just wasn’t much to do in the evenings without having to travel. We spent a lot of our time relaxing by the pool with a drink in our hand, which to be honest is just what I needed and what I like to do on holiday. I’m glad we had a couple of trips out and about to see some of the country and I’d recommend the Nessebar trip, as it was a beautiful place to visit.
Head over to my instagram to see some of my holiday snaps! I also have a Bulgaria highlight which shows some of the things we got up to.
Until next time
This sounds like such a great holiday, and so nice to be abroad after covid! Bit of a shame about the food choices & drinks but glad it didn’t ruin your time xx
Looks like you had an amazing time, Ellie! I’m originally from Bulgaria, I love there, though I’ve never been to Nessebar! I loved reading this post x Penny | http://www.whatdidshetype.com
I went to Bulgaria about a decade ago and I believe I visited Nessebar as those ruins look really familiar! Glad you were able to tick a country off your track bucket list!
The bar in Nessebar sounds interesting! I’ll be honest I know nothing about Bulgaria (apart from hearing about cheap ski holidays!) but I’m interested in a visit after reading this. Sounds like you had a nice balance of exploring and relaxing, and I’m glad you made the most of it even if you wouldn’t return to the area. I’m going to give you a follow on Instagram because I loved those photos!
Looks beautiful x
Looks like you had an amazing time in Bulgaria Ellie! I’ve never really considered going to Bulgaria before, the hotel you stayed in looks amazing! x
Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk
Looks like you had an amazing time which I’m so happy to read! Your photos look absolutely stunning. It wasn’t a place I’d thought about visiting until this post, it’s defiantly caught my eye. Thank you so much for sharing with us lovely. Xo
Elle – ellegracedeveson.com
Great post. It sounds like you had a relaxing time.
I LOVE the sound of the cave bar with terrapins and cocktails!
bulgaria looks beautiful! my SIL is from there 🙂
I LOVE that people are getting back into travelling and seeing new places again… I’m glad you had a relaxing holiday. Bulgaria is high on my list to visit. The day trip to Nessebar sounded great to get more of a feel for the area and country 🙂
Miriam | A Hygge Escape
You got some great pictures. Thank you for highlighting Bulgaria. It has come a long way!
You have been very articulate in your description. I could almost feel I was there, while reading your post. Great post
Thanks for sharing your trip, it looks a lovely place to visit, with plenty to see and do 🙂
I’m heading to Bulgaria in a few weeks! Great post it’s only made me more excited!
I’d love to visit Bulgaria as it sounds like overall you had a great time (even if the food choices were limited). Thanks for sharing your adventures!