Information & Facts
Besides sunbathing and swimming, the holiday resort of Sunny
Beach offers so many water and land-based activities that it is
impossible for holidaymakers to be bored. Sports include
windsurfing, sailing, water skiing, parasailing, beach volleyball,
mini-golf, horse riding, climbing, cycling and tennis, and there
are also fitness centres, swimming pools and spa treatment centres.
Coaches and equipment are provided. Children are more than
adequately catered for and will find an endless supply of organised
activities, competitions and playgrounds.
Bulgarian is the official language, which uses the
Cyrillic alphabet, but English, German and French is spoken in
resorts, hotels and restaurants.
The official currency is the Lev (BGN), which is divided into
100 stotinki. The Lev is tied to the Euro at a fixed rate of EUR1 =
1.955 lev. Bulgaria has strict currency regulations. If you enter
Bulgaria with cash of any currency amounting to the equivalent of
8,000 leva or more, you must declare it to customs officials.
Foreign currency may be exchanged in banks, hotels or at one of the
numerous bureaux de change, however due to a common practice of
misleading rates of exchange it is better to go to banks or hotels
to change money. A receipt called a
bordereauxis issued when exchanging currency, indicating
the amount that will be given, and it must be kept until departure.
Not all banks accept travellers cheques and those that do usually
charge a 5% commission. Major international credit cards are
increasingly becoming accepted by tourist hotels, upmarket shops
and restaurants, travel agents and car rental agents, but Bulgaria
is still largely a cash economy. There are ATMs in the main cities
and at Black Sea resorts.
The Sunny Beach holiday resort can get very crowded during peak
season with over 100 hotels and two large campsites accommodating
thousands of visitors.
Nightlife in Sunny Beach is varied and ranges from nightclubs,
discos, casinos and bars, to cafés, folk-style spots and a variety
of acts and entertainment in the local taverns.
Over 130 restaurants and taverns in the Sunny Beach holiday
resort cater to foreign tastes with a wide range of cuisine for
holidaymakers of all nationalities. Places to eat in Sunny Beach
range from the authentic British Red Lion pub for the homesick, to
traditional Bulgarian mehanas and an unusual Bulgarian experience
offered at the Hanska Shatra (Khan's Tent), which has a superb
setting, mosaic interior and live folk music, but is expensive and
Sunny Beach features several big shopping centres provide plenty
of opportunities for visitors to find clothes, souvenirs and food
while on holiday. You'll find traditional Bulgarian souvenirs like
leather and textiles, wooden toys and puzzles, and jewellery
alongside touristy fare like t-shirts, sunglasses, and postcards at
places like the Royal Beach Mall in the centre of town.
Local time is GMT +2 (GMT +3 from last Sunday in March to
last Sunday in October).