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Top Tips to note when on holiday in Sunny Beach, Bulgaria

We thought we would share some useful tips while you’re on holiday in Sunny Beach.  

The Beach

Sunny Beach has a beautiful sandy beach of more than 8kms long, naturally you're going to want to spend a few days there!!

As you would expect here there will be lots of parasols and sun loungers, be aware that prices vary, depending where you are on the beach. If you’re decide to pitch up in the centre of the beach it will cost more than if you’re further down , so before you choose, check the price at your location. There are also ‘free zones’ where there are no sunbeds, you can just enjoy the beach for free while you lie on your towel! 

Food & Drink

With tons of bars and restaurants in Sunny Beach, there is something for everyone!!

Again, the prices will increase the closer to the centre of the resort. Here you will pay more because of the convenient location, these bars and restaurants also tend to have great entertainment.

So, if you are in a bar away from the centre you will pay less. For example, here a local beer costs 3 Leva or approximately £1.30 – Yes £1.30 !! I said what I said -you’ll soon be wondering why you went anywhere else for your holiday! 

If you're a lover of wine we recommend you try Bulgarian wine, particularly red- thank me later.

There is an old Bulgarian folk song that goes ‘white wine, oh white wine, you’re not red wine!’ – so you can see what the locals prefer! 

One last tip, if you’re ordering chips, say to the waiter you’d like ‘fries’, if you say chips you will likely get crisps! 

Withdrawing Cash from ATMs

Try to use ATMs in the banks that are located in the central part of Sunny Beach. On Flower Street (the main street), there is Fi Bank and Co-op Bank, these are reputable banks and the exchange rate is fair at these ATMs.

As with anywhere, be wary of using the free standing machines, which you will see around the resort, it is likely you will pay a much higher exchange rate from those.

Exchanging Money

When you want to exchange money we recommend doing this at your hotel (most hotels have a bureau de change). If you are in the resort then you can use a bank but you will need your passport or you can use the Crown booths, these are reliable. Do not exchange money with anyone on the street. 

Exchange Rate

As of August 2023 there are 2.28 leva to the pound. So if something costs 2 Leva it is equivalent to about 88p. If something is 3 Leva it is £1.32. For ease, round it up to 2 Leva to the pound, so if you buy an ice cream for 4 Leva, this costs you just under £2. 


You can drink the water in Bulgaria! The local water source is a huge spring so you can drink the water from the tap, so there is no need to buy lots of bottled water. 


There is a rule that applies to most countries when caching a taxi, and that is agree a price before you get in! If you ask for a price and you think it’s expensive don’t get in, just say thanks very much and ask another cab for a price. Only get in a taxi once you have agreed a price and you are happy with it.  

One Last Tip

Please try and get out and about and see more of this stunning country. We offer a range of interesting and fun excursions that let you see the real Bulgaria. We also recommend you take a trip to Nessebar, it’s just 2 Leva on the bus or you can get a sea taxi from the end of the pier in Sunny Beach.

You will visit one of the most beautiful towns in Bulgaria, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage site with history dating back thousands of years.

We hope our tips are useful to you while you’re on holiday in the wonderful resort of Sunny Beach! We hope you have a great holiday.

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