After many painstaking hours on the phone, trolling the internet for holiday deals and sending more emails than I care to remember…. The Grad Holiday destination 2018 has been decided……Bulgaria!!!
So why Bulgaria? Well, most importantly it was within the budget of 100 skint student’s budget! It also ticked all the boxes our year group presented us with; a decent party scene, cheap food and drink, sun and sandy beaches and plenty to do! Now I have to be completely honest here and admit that Sunny Beach would not be my first choice as a holiday destination, however, I decided to do a bit of research and I am now actually pretty excited!
The average temperature is a balmy 26 degrees
It borders Greece, Serbia, Turkey, and Romania and is enclosed by the black sea (a patch of water I have yet to dip my toes into!)
It is Europes cheapest beach holiday destination – A bottle of beer can be less than 70 pence and a three-course meal for two with wine will set you back a mere £20 (you can’t turn your nose up at that price can you?!)
You can do easy day-trips to two other famous cities; Bucharest in Romania and Istanbul in Turkey for a really decent price which I am incredibly excited about!
There are lots of opportunities to get nautical…. From party boats and booze cruises to sunset yacht rides and full day hop on hop off boat excursions. For any lover of the sea, there is plenty to satisfy!
Nightlife to rival any other…. Now I’m not one for messy boozy breaks, in fact, personally given the choice I’d rather be backpacking the Congo or soaking up the culture in Venice. However, if I’m going to do the full-blown student party holiday once, I may as well do it properly and Bulgaria won’t disappoint! With paint parties, boat parties, beach parties, foam parties and all the other kind of parties you can think of, it will satisfy even the most hard-core partier’s tastes!
There’s a water park! Now, who doesn’t love a good water park? Despite the party scene there is lots of
Despite the party scene, there is lots of culture to explore, Nessebar just next to Sunny beach is one of Europe’s oldest towns and has some fantastic architecture to discover. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and also boasts some of the best seafood restaurants in the area.
There are excellent shopping opportunities so no need to worry about souvenirs for your family and friends back home (or for yourself!).
I am a massive foodie so good local cuisine is a must for me on any holiday. From doing a bit of research I can’t wait to get my hands on some Bulgarian dishes! The food seems very similar to Greek ( which we all know are world renowned for their culinary skills), it’s very fresh, incorporates a lot of meats (especially lamb), sea food and dairy. I stumbled upon this blog whilst doing my research and this post had my mouth watering by the end….. http://www.kashkaval-tourist.com/7-bulgarian-food-classics/ I feel this post does the food all the justice it needs!
And because as vets, we can’t stay away from animals for any extended period….. You can have a gallop on the beach!
So after doing a bit of research, I’ve decided I’m pretty excited about our holiday to this fantastic little country and I have most definitely learnt not to judge a place by it’s part scene because that is most definitely not all Bulgaria has to offer!
Balkan holidays have made our lives as organisers incredibly easy and we couldn’t thank them more for that. Fancy trying Bulgaria for your next trip? Check out their website…. http://www.balkanholidays.co.uk