Cost of living in Bulgaria, Sunny Beach

3na3na
edited February 2009 in - Eastern Europe
I'm going on my holidays in August with my family, to Sunny Beach in Bulgaria and i was wondering if there are any Mc Donalds or places like that to eat for the kids? On average how much are the pints in euros and also can you use euros over there. Is there any interesting sight seeing tours? Is there much shops for 8 year old kids and clothes markets?
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  • edited August 2009
    Yes there are two Mc D's also a KFC but the kids will have plenty to choose from with the pizzas hot dogs , chicken kebabs and pancakes. With regards to beer the prices vary depending on where you go but last year you could find plenty of places serving beer at 1 lev for a big beer That is about 0.5 euro. A visit to Nessebar is a must but dont book it as a tour just get on the bus in the centre it is so much cheaper and its only 10 mins away. Make sure to take lots of money for the clothes markets you will be spoilt for choice. Have a great holiday - cost of living in Bulgaria is generally cheap.
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    hi i am going to the hotel flamingo in june ,has anyone been there and what is it like thanks
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    Just returned from Sunny Beach ( Aug 14/21 2009) This was our second visit . The beaches are very nice but they are a bit pricey 21lv. for 2 chairs and one umbrella. We did not receive a receipt for this and was approached later in the evening by another " beach attendant" - so beware. It can be very noisy and crowded along the strip ( behind all the hotels and just before the beach) There is a constant stream of these two wheeled carts been driven up and down which l think can be very dangerous for the more mature holiday maker. A trip to Nessebar is worth it, but again very commercialised. The local bus on the main street goes there every 12 minutes for 1 lv each - it stops at all the bus stops and is very good value. Also an air conditioned coach will take you from the bus office into Bourgas for 5 lv, again very good value. There are many restaurants in Sunny Beach , some very good and reasonable and some not so good. Friends seem to be very popular with young and old. When returning to Bourgas airport make sure you take your own sandwiches etc. if you have a wait for your flight as it is a pure rip off there. Enjoy the holiday
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    my husband and i are looking to holiday in sunny beach in the last week of september 2011. can anyone please tell me what the weather is usually like at this time of year and is it a relatively cheap place to holiday?
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    We have been in September and it is still hot but does get a bit damp in the evening and brings the mossis out so you need to take a woolie for the evening we love bulgaria so cheap and clean and friendly
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    iam in bulgaria now the only thing i find cheap is the food cloths are the same price as uk, beer is cheap, if you go to neesebar ask for the price first or you might get ripped off. i paid 4 pound for 2cokes it only happened once like most holiday resorts the taxis try to rip you off the say that neesebar is the richest place in bulgaria i believe it, when you see the big mercs bmws audis there not skint
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    hi went to sunny beach last june going back this september nobody seems to have mensioned the crime and the peddlars on the street the mercs bmws and audis are owned by the gangs that run the resort so be careful out there ive seen tourists picked up by security if you dont pay their fines they had you over to the police one guy in our hotel had sneaked behind a building on the beach for a quick toilet the securiy gaurds who patrol the beach front picked him up and demanded 50 lev he knocked them down to 20 before they let him go toilets in the pubs clubs and resturants has a charge even if you are eating or drinking in the premise a woman mormaly with a baby sits at the door guilt trip so you put money into their dish the peddlars on the street are the worst fruit sellers kids with puppys groups dont accept free fruit one bite and youve bought a bagful dont change any currency at the seaside booths only use exchanges in the hotel or at the banks best one at the top of flower street stay safe it is a great place to holiday we found it better than any of the spanish resorts you will enjoy
  • edited 8:12AM
    You guys better go to Tampa or Miami on September.
    I'm a Bulgarian, but I'm leaving in the States the last 15 years. For all this time I never went back for vacation to Bulgaria.
    One might think that the airfare from Europe to the States is expensive but if you search hard enough you will find affordable price. And the weather in Florida is gorgeous in the fall. Much milder than in Europe.
    Folks go to Florida. You are not going to regret it.
  • edited 8:12AM
    We have just returned from Sunny Beach on 13th June 11 and had a fantastic time. Temperatures varied between 23 and 30 deg C but thankfully our room had Aircon. We stayed in the Majestic Hotel which is at the far end of the strip. It is by far the jewel in the sunny beach crown, 2 large pools, one kiddy pool and a stones throw from the beach. The hotel was always immaculately clean and the majority of staff spoke broken English, most of those on hols appeared to be German. We stayed half board and the food was good but by the end of the week became repetitive, nevertheless there was a good choice from the selfservice hot plate. Drinks in the hotel were 3.50lev lager, 8.0lev cocktails, 3.50lev soft drinks you should also be prepared to tip the waitress who brings your drinks to your table as this is customary and they are payed relatively poorly. It is quieter up this end of the strip and you should have a very peaceful nights sleep. If its an option you should definitely pay for the sea view, I would happily spend hours just staring into oblivion.
    Food up and down the strip is generally the same price, Chicken Kebab 6lev, Lager 2.50lev, Pizza slice 4lev, Burger 5lev, Ice cream 1lev, Chips 4lev, Cocktails 8lev, Soft drinks 2.50lev. The strip as previously reported resembles a hot blackpool with the usual tat that you would expect, you can even pick up a football shirt for 15lev? All the bar owners are very friendly and expect to be accosted as they attempt to direct you into their premises as you pass. Their is even a Coyote Ugly bar although I never had the pleasure of visiting it when I was there. There are numerous toilets along the way which you must pay to use even if you have just eaten in the restaurant they belong to. This costs about .50 to 1 lev and the money goes to the cleaner sitting at the door. We would heartily recommend a visit to DJannys which is up near the flea market about 5 mins walk from the strip. The food was great, and only 1.50lev a beer, 3 large pizzas, 2 cokes and 2 lagers only cost 28lev that about £13 !! There are also several Aquaparks with free transport laid on. These were great for both adult and children with something to please all..... they rivalled the ones in Florida !!!
    If you get on the number 1 or 8 bus you pay one lev each and stay on the bus until you choose to get off..this was the way to travel in my opinion as the services were very reliable and ran every 15 minutes, the equivalent taxi journey would cost 20 to 30lev.
    My only dissappointment was the false reviews I had previously read about the cost of living, such as only 1lev a beer and that you couldn't possibly spend your money....believe me we did, easily...I hope this helps someone attempting to budget for an upcoming trip and enjoy......its beautiful.
  • edited 8:12AM
    Great feedback, thanks Costa Pakit!
  • edited 8:12AM
    THAT WAS REALLY GOOD FEEDBACK, COSTA PAKIT, THANKS!
    ME AND MY PARTNER ARE GOING ALL INC FOR A WEEK, WILL PROBABLY EAT OUT 2/3TIMES, DO 2 TRIPS AND MAYBE SOME WATERSPORTS, WE WILL DRINK IN THE HOTEL AND THEN GO ONTO A BAR, THERE ARE 4 COUPLES IN TOTAL, HOW MUCH DO U THINK WE WILL NEED.?
    ONE COUPLE ARE TAKING £400 FOR THEM BOTH???
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    Thanks Costa pakit, most useful review I have read so far. My wife and I are taking our 4kids in a couple of weeks so cost of living is an issue! I'm also looking for info on trips from sunny beach.
  • edited 8:12AM
    Hey, I am from Bulgaria and I would just like to say that it's no lie that beer in Bulgaria is 1 lv. It's just that Sunny Beach is very, very expensive, 2 or 3 times more expensive than the rest of the country. I highly recommend better places than Sunny Beach - Albena, Sozopol, Kiten, some villages. They are cheaper and not so artificial, Sunny beach only rips you off and you cannot see so much nature there. Well, it largely depends on what you are looking for but other towns also offer good night clubs and other places for fun so don't miss them.
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    Hi, Just to let you know that if you stay at one of the commercial resorts i.e. Sunny Beach or Golden Sands you will pay higher prices than if you rent a villa in a village near the sea. There are many little coves and beaches to explore away from the crowds. Also the food and drinks can cost as little as £5 p.p for a 3 course meal and wine, and it is a lot nicer than the big hotels churning out all their fast food. We own a Villa with pool in a lovely village idyllic, and near a lovely little unspoilt cove. You do need to hire a car if you want to get around and get a feel for the real Bulgaria. All our guests have recommended it!
  • edited 8:12AM
    Which is the quietest area to stay with a family; I mean quiet of an evening between Albena, Sozopol or Kiten? Thanks,
  • edited 8:12AM
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  • edited 8:12AM
    Hello does anyone know a cheap airline that flies from london to varna airport please
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    we are going to sunny beach early september unfortunatly i think we have chose a spot that is very noisy, any way we intend to visit the aqua parks (if its hot enough) who can recomend a good one and how do we get there bus,taxi thanks ive taken a note of some good places to eat. and it appears nessebar is worth a visit we can get there by bus ? do they run 24/7 ? any other places worth a visit. thanks
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    what airline did you book with?
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    i am off to bulgaria soon whats worth a visit? and what about nightlife im in my 50s remember so not in to clubbing,im also a vegitarian whats good to eat. thanks
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    ME AND MY HUSBAND HAVE BEEN 2 SUNNY BEACH TWICE NOW AND ARE GOING BACK ON FRIDAY SEPT 9 2011WE FOUND IT VERY CHEAP AND DID GET BEERS FOR 1 LEV ALSO 3 COURSE MEALS FOR ABOUT £4 BUT STAY AWAY FROM THE FRUIT SELLERS THAY WILL RIP U OF
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    I am going on tour with my rugby club, what is the current price of beer? do the women have fun? can we buy our way out of a prison cell? all responses appreciated..
    regards
    Angry Duck
  • edited 8:12AM
    I have just booked my holiday for next year (2012) at Golden Sands, Hotel Arabella. Is it that nice a area. People have told me it is quite cheap there, is that true. By any chance is their a place near Golden Sands that you can swim with Dolphons?

    I would be grateful for any advice and tips as this is my first trip to Bulgaria.

    Regards

    TG
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    hi going to sunny beach bulgaria aug 2012 does anyone know what the glarias
    hotel is like and a good place to eat and drink.chears
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    Hi, we are looking at going to Bulgaria next year, end of August beginning of September. We have 2 children. Aged 8 & 12 and was wondering of the best hotel/area to go with children. We would like somewhere that had entertainment on in the evening but easily to get away from if we don't fancy it. Any advice would be appreciated
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    Hi, im going to sunny beach in August 2012 with my family, we are staying at the Sunny Day Hotel does anyone heve any info i.e a nice place to stay etc.
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    Were looking to go to the Glarus hotel too, read lots of reviews and it seems to be a good hotel to go to. Anyone with any more info on good hotels theyve stayed in please could you let me know.
    Thanks x
  • edited 8:12AM
    Hello kellym,
    The prices are not extremely cheap but they are cheaper compearing to famous Western European resorsts and cities. Sunny Beach is the most popular but not the best resort but it is ideal for young people who want to have fun cause it's full of restaurants,bars and hotels. Anyway if you want to know a little more about Bulgaria you could have some trips to Nessebar. I'd recommend visiting Costa Rica with all its beautiful beaches, rainforests, and volcanos. Tamarindo, Costa Rica is almost guaranteed to be sunny and the chance of rain is almost zero. You can do a ton of things in Costa Rica with you and your family.

    Thanks,
    Ankush
  • edited 8:12AM
    My sister has been there and told me that she was able to use euros. Watch out for the local stores where sometimes they say they don't have change in euro so they keep the difference. Have a great time
  • edited 8:12AM
    Hi all just simple questions hope get gd feed bk we r goin 25 June 2012 1 week all inclusive me the wife an 12 an 14 old kids just wana no wot u ppl wud recommend to take as spending money wife wud prob like a wee days shopping me an wee lad wud like some watersports . Wud b helpful some feed bk pls . Also is there more than 1 waterpark thanks

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