What to do in Sunny Beach resort, Bulgaria?
The seaside resort Sunny Beach is the most famous place on the Black Sea coast in Bulgaria. According to the official statistics it has been visited by almost 900 000 tourists in 2019. To meet the demands of every kind of visitor from small children, teenagers, adults, and seniors, the resort needs many attractions and places for entertainment.
When spending your summer vacation in Sunny Beach Bulgaria you have a large choice of attractions, activities, cultural sights, events, and places to visit. The hotels offer all opportunities for complete relaxation – outdoor and indoor swimming pools, green gardens, sports facilities, restaurants, day and night bars, beauty salons, SPA treatments. To make your stay more pleasant we recommend you to check our list of most popular things to do in Sunny Beach:
The best things to do and the most popular attractions in Sunny Beach
– Go to the beach
The resort has a typical Mediterranean climate with many sunny days and temperatures around 28 ° C. The beach is about 10 km long and between 30 and 60 meters wide. The sand is fine, golden and pleasant. There are large areas with umbrellas and sunbeds for the biggest hotel complexes and modest free areas. Sunny Beach is famous for its perfect beach. It is awarded by the Blue Flag – a certificate for clean sand and sea waters. You can not only lie on the beach, but you can also try all kind of water sports or beach activities: banana-boating, jet skis, waterskiing, parasailing, fly fish, water parachute and many more. After relaxing on the beach, you can play beach tennis or volleyball with friends. A day spent on the beach will be one of the most relaxing and fun days.
– Walk around the beach promenade
On the alley, you can visit many restaurants, bars and night clubs, some of them located on the sandy beach. On the promenade you can find everything: take photos with retro outfits, real-time portraits, handmade jewellery, bags, toys etc. You can get ice cream, cotton candy, fresh fruit and many kinds of fast food. After the sun goes down the nightlife boils.
– Take the touristic train
The best way to get around in the resort. There are three different lines: to Nessebar, Sveti Vlas and the centre. One way journey is BGN 4. It is very handy as it ran every 20 minutes.
– A romantic walk on the pier by night
You will find a small pier in the centre of the resort opposite the hotel “Kuban”. From there you can catch a boat to the old town of Nessebar.
– Visit the Khan’s Tent
This is one of the most popular restaurants in Sunny Beach. Located out of the resort, it has a stunning view of Sunny Beach and Sveti Vlas. The construction resembles the tent of the proto-Bulgarian khans (where the name comes from). The restaurant Khan’s Tent attracts with tasty local meals and an entertaining show program including dances, acrobatic performances and tricks.
– Party time in Sunny Beach
Sunny Beach is the best party destination in Bulgaria and among the most popular in Europe. The resort welcomes a lot of young people, so be ready for that noise and vibes. There are a lot of clubs, bars and discos where famous DJs perform every night. Some of them are located on the sandy beach and will exceed your expectations for a beach party! Several companies organise bar crawls at night, and all sorts of activities and parties by day like pool parties, foam parties etc.
The nightlife in Sunny Beach is famous all over the world and Cacao Beach is the hottest place there and a must for every party animal.
– Sport in Sunny Beach
For sports enthusiasts, Sunny Beach offers many opportunities like surfing, water skiing, yachts, tennis clubs, horse riding, bowling, outdoor and indoor pools, mini-golf, volleyball and basketball fields are at your disposal.
Diving – “Deep Blue” diving centre offers activities for beginners and advances divers, as well as for kids.
Horse riding – experience an unforgettable day in the mountains near the resort.
Jeep Safari – for those who are seeking more adrenaline and extreme experience, you can go off-road with a jeep safari. On our website you can reserve online half-day trip Jeep Safari with an interesting program: off-road adventure, visit of a typical local village in the mountain, air rifle shooting / or horse riding, local natural honey tasting. On this excursion, participants will enjoy the famous beautiful Bulgarian nature.
– Aqua Parks
When looking for fun for the whole family, spend a day out in the aquapark. You can visit “Aqua Paradise” and “Action Aquapark”, both organize free shuttles from stops along the main street in the resort.
“Action” Aquapark is located in the western part of Sunny Beach with over 30 different water attractions. Here you can try the fastest slide – passing at over 60 km / h, the highest – 18 meters in the sky and the longest – 120 meters. The most popular attractions are: X-Treme, Free Fall, Kamikaze and Hydrohute; the dynamic Niagara, the Blackhole; the Lazy River, the H20 Adventure Island with eight slides, geysers, fountains and waterfalls, filling tunnels and cable-stayed bridges. Tickets are available online:
“Aqua Paradise” is not exactly in Sunny Beach, but very close – between Nessebar and Ravda. You can also buy tickets online and spend the whole day with friends and family. It provides a relax zone, massages and fish –SPA. Water slides are 38 and there are more than 60 different attractions in total.
– Luna Park Sunny Beach
This is one of the greatest attractions in the resort. The amusement park is a favourite place for kids. The park is open from 18:00 till 04:00 – 7 days with attractions for children of all ages. The most interesting is the high-speed train. Other attractions are: roller-coaster with loops, a variety of funfair-style rides, and adrenaline-pumping rides such as The Booster. There are carousels for little ones, as well as the Family Apple Coaster with a caterpillar.
– Kart track
The go-karting track is located just aside from the main road Burgas – Varna. The trail is well managed and 400-metre long, the team is friendly and kind. It is suitable for kids, prices are reasonable, fun and smiles are guaranteed.
Cultural sights in Sunny Beach
There are no museums or historical places in the resort, but nearby, you will find some interesting places:
Nessebar is the most popular cultural attraction in the region, one of the UNESCO sites and is a must for every tourist. With its old cobbled streets, churches and ancient remains, it is the best place for everyone seeking cultural sights and museums. The architecture of the city and its magical spirit can not be described by words, you have to feel them. Book online here excursion to Nessebar:
Book a day trip in the area:
To explore the area and get to know some popular places on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, book online one of our tours from Sunny Beach:
>> All excursions and trips, starting from Sunny Beach:
What are the most popular things to do in Sunny Beach with kids?
Sunny Beach offers many entertainments for children: kids clubs, animation, children’s discos, carousels, pony rides, swimming pools, slides, carting, sport schools, etc.:
- Go to the beach – day spent on the beach is the favourite activity for all kids;
- Excursions – explore the beautiful nature in Bulgaria with your kids and let them know some interesting facts about the history and country life;
- Luna park – number 1 kids-friendly attraction in Sunny Beach among TripAdvisor’s travellers;
- The Horrorwood – the scary house that is located in front of Pirin hotel is a favourite tourist attraction for families with its monsters and zombies;
- Aquapark – water adventures and entertainment are loved by children of all ages.
Activities for rainy days in Sunny Beach:
- SPA hotels – “There is nothing better than the bad weather”, said no one ever, during the summer vacation. But this is the best time for relaxing with massages, procedures and SPA treatments. 😉
- Play in Casino – the most popular place is Platinum Casino – the only one in Bulgaria right next to the beach with a beautiful sea view. It is one of the biggest in Bulgaria with more than 30 gaming tables, 100 slot machines and the biggest poker room in Sunny Beach.
- Shopping – go shopping is always a good idea; if you do not trust us, ask your wife. 😉 P.S. Find here our excursion Burgas Weekly Market + free time in a shopping mall:
Quiet places in the area
If you want to escape all the tourist crowd and noise, there are some hidden and not so popular places near Sunny Beach:
Cape Emine is the most easterly point in Bulgaria. This is the place where the mountain (Stara Planina) touches the Black Sea. The cape is an upright rock, nearly 60-meter high. There are hundreds of underwater and above water cliffs in the sea. Thatswhy, the coast is very dangerous but so beautiful.
Irakli – the protected area Irakli (to preserve rare and endangered plant species and birds there) is located north of the cape Emine. The beach between the resort of Irakli and the cape is one of the most beautiful and is preferred by nature lovers and nudists.