Bulgaria is distant cheaper than Nice, and scarcely as nice!

  • Airline easyJet has now started approach flights to the Bulgarian review of Varna 
  • The holiday prohibited symbol on the Black Sea seashore wants to open up to Brits tourists
  • The beaches have low blue, comfortable water and the silt is soothing and golden  

Vincent Graff For The Daily Mail

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The captain has an announcement. ‘If you see fire engines watchful for us when we land, greatfully don’t worry,’ he says. ‘They’re here to acquire us.’

And the tumult begins: there’s a water cannon salute, girls fluttering pom-poms and a blast of Bulgarian folk music. Then every newcomer is handed a blue kiss-me-quick-style hat.

Uh-oh. We’ve walked into a Seventies’ Eurovision Song Contest. Except we haven’t — the rite is to symbol the first ever easyJet moody into Varna.

Rival to the Med: The unconditional Golden Sands review in Varna, on Bulgaria¿s Black Sea coast

Rival to the Med: The unconditional Golden Sands review in Varna, on Bulgaria¿s Black Sea coast

Rival to the Med: The unconditional Golden Sands review in Varna, on Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast

Varna? Me neither. It’s in Bulgaria, the third largest city in the former Eastern confederation country and its categorical beach resort.

German and Polish holidaymakers have been coming to this partial of the Black Sea for decades, but Varna now wants to open itself to the British — which explains because it’s so vehement about easyJet’s arrival.

In a universe where every city is rebranded the Venice of the North or the Paris of the South, this widen of Bulgaria reckons it may just be the new Riviera.

‘Varna is as sunny as Nice, the beaches are as nice, but Varna is a third of the price,’ says a debate guide. And you can fly here from the UK for reduction than £60 return.

So how does it smoke-stack up? The Black Sea isn’t the Med, but it does a endurable impression. There are tree-lined boulevards, the sea is comfortable and low blue, the silt is soothing and golden and the deckchairs are laid out in neat rows, just like in France.

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The oldest bullion value in the universe was detected nearby Varna in 1972, found in necropolis graves dating from 4560 to 4450BC 

And the nightlife is surprisingly smart, many of the time. One big disproportion is that there are no yachts. The plutocrats don’t come here: it is distant too inexpensive. A poolside mojito is £3.30, a drink 90p. You can eat out for a tenner a head. That’s reduction than we was profitable at university in the Eighties.

On the first evening, we ramble along the town’s seafront. A quarrel of Art Deco bathhouses has been converted into superb bars and clubs.

There are really two Varnas. The city itself — a place of cold clubs, flattering people and copiousness of history; it has, over the years been ruled by the Etruscans, the Romans, the Ottomans and the Iron Curtain bureaucrats — and then there are the resorts a few miles outside.

We’re staying in Golden Sands, the biggest and best-known. It’s a encampment on the seafront built in the Fifties by Bulgaria’s Communist regime to bring in unfamiliar currency.

Drab and state-owned? Once, certainly. But now the hotels are neat and complicated with a concentration on families (unlike the city centre, which has a some-more adult vibe). It’s the best-value beach holiday I’ve found in Europe.

According to Vincent Graff, the Black Sea isn¿t the Med, but it does a endurable impression

According to Vincent Graff, the Black Sea isn¿t the Med, but it does a endurable impression

According to Vincent Graff, the Black Sea isn’t the Med, but it does a endurable impression

But one thing needs clearing up: despite what the lady in the airport says, it’s not the French Riviera.

Here’s why. One night we go to a nightclub in the centre of town. At first glance, it’s achingly cool. There’s a runway high above the belligerent with 5 veteran dancers gyrating to the music in very little clothing.

Then a sixtysomething man dressed in unwashed overalls with a greasy beard walks over and stands underneath the dancers. He dad-dances there for a full 10 mins before a bouncer wanders over to put a stop to it.

In Saint-Tropez, if you go to a nightclub you competence just meet Leonardo DiCaprio.

Here in Varna, I’ve spent the dusk with Super Mario.

TRAVEL FACTS 

Easyjet Holidays (easyjet.com) offers 7 nights’ BB at St Elena Hotel in Varna, vacating from Gatwick on Aug 25, from £379 per person (based on 4 sharing). 

 


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Bulgaria is distant cheaper than Nice, and scarcely as nice!

  • Airline easyJet has now started approach flights to the Bulgarian review of Varna 
  • The holiday prohibited symbol on the Black Sea seashore wants to open up to Brits tourists
  • The beaches have low blue, comfortable water and the silt is soothing and golden  

Vincent Graff For The Daily Mail

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The captain has an announcement. ‘If you see fire engines watchful for us when we land, greatfully don’t worry,’ he says. ‘They’re here to acquire us.’

And the tumult begins: there’s a water cannon salute, girls fluttering pom-poms and a blast of Bulgarian folk music. Then every newcomer is handed a blue kiss-me-quick-style hat.

Uh-oh. We’ve walked into a Seventies’ Eurovision Song Contest. Except we haven’t — the rite is to symbol the first ever easyJet moody into Varna.

Rival to the Med: The unconditional Golden Sands review in Varna, on Bulgaria¿s Black Sea coast

Rival to the Med: The unconditional Golden Sands review in Varna, on Bulgaria¿s Black Sea coast

Rival to the Med: The unconditional Golden Sands review in Varna, on Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast

Varna? Me neither. It’s in Bulgaria, the third largest city in the former Eastern confederation country and its categorical beach resort.

German and Polish holidaymakers have been coming to this partial of the Black Sea for decades, but Varna now wants to open itself to the British — which explains because it’s so vehement about easyJet’s arrival.

In a universe where every city is rebranded the Venice of the North or the Paris of the South, this widen of Bulgaria reckons it may just be the new Riviera.

‘Varna is as sunny as Nice, the beaches are as nice, but Varna is a third of the price,’ says a debate guide. And you can fly here from the UK for reduction than £60 return.

So how does it smoke-stack up? The Black Sea isn’t the Med, but it does a endurable impression. There are tree-lined boulevards, the sea is comfortable and low blue, the silt is soothing and golden and the deckchairs are laid out in neat rows, just like in France.

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE 

The oldest bullion value in the universe was detected nearby Varna in 1972, found in necropolis graves dating from 4560 to 4450BC 

And the nightlife is surprisingly smart, many of the time. One big disproportion is that there are no yachts. The plutocrats don’t come here: it is distant too inexpensive. A poolside mojito is £3.30, a drink 90p. You can eat out for a tenner a head. That’s reduction than we was profitable at university in the Eighties.

On the first evening, we ramble along the town’s seafront. A quarrel of Art Deco bathhouses has been converted into superb bars and clubs.

There are really two Varnas. The city itself — a place of cold clubs, flattering people and copiousness of history; it has, over the years been ruled by the Etruscans, the Romans, the Ottomans and the Iron Curtain bureaucrats — and then there are the resorts a few miles outside.

We’re staying in Golden Sands, the biggest and best-known. It’s a encampment on the seafront built in the Fifties by Bulgaria’s Communist regime to bring in unfamiliar currency.

Drab and state-owned? Once, certainly. But now the hotels are neat and complicated with a concentration on families (unlike the city centre, which has a some-more adult vibe). It’s the best-value beach holiday I’ve found in Europe.

According to Vincent Graff, the Black Sea isn¿t the Med, but it does a endurable impression

According to Vincent Graff, the Black Sea isn¿t the Med, but it does a endurable impression

According to Vincent Graff, the Black Sea isn’t the Med, but it does a endurable impression

But one thing needs clearing up: despite what the lady in the airport says, it’s not the French Riviera.

Here’s why. One night we go to a nightclub in the centre of town. At first glance, it’s achingly cool. There’s a runway high above the belligerent with 5 veteran dancers gyrating to the music in very little clothing.

Then a sixtysomething man dressed in unwashed overalls with a greasy beard walks over and stands underneath the dancers. He dad-dances there for a full 10 mins before a bouncer wanders over to put a stop to it.

In Saint-Tropez, if you go to a nightclub you competence just meet Leonardo DiCaprio.

Here in Varna, I’ve spent the dusk with Super Mario.

TRAVEL FACTS 

Easyjet Holidays (easyjet.com) offers 7 nights’ BB at St Elena Hotel in Varna, vacating from Gatwick on Aug 25, from £379 per person (based on 4 sharing). 

 


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