Enjoyed it so much we had to return – Bulgaria!

August 14, 2011

This year Rita and Alex decamped to the Black Sea for over one month. I, of course, flew back and forth from Moscow (tell a lie I did go for two weeks non stop, as well – perfect!). We all had a great time. The villa Ralitza, Rita rented in St. Vlas, was only 100 metres from the beach with totally unobstructed views of Sunny Beach (10 kms, sandy bay) and Nessebar – across the causeway on the point of the peninsula/ bay. This ancient Greek/Byzantic/Turkish/ Bulgarian town; has incredable history and architecture which brings thousands of tourists to this part of the world every year.

 St (Sveti) Vlas is a beautiful village built on the hillside overlooking the sea directly opposite Nessebar – on the other side of the bay. It is a lot less commercial than Sunny Beach, perfect for families and those who like a more gentle, sedate pace of life on their holidays. The village has a brand new Marina (claimed to be one of the top 10 in the world!) with lots of restaurants and beach bars surrounding, and an older part with narrow streets leading up from the sandy beaches to the old town square where there are also lots of restaurants, cafes and shops.

If you’re looking for somewhere different to go for your Summer vacation that offers sandy beaches, great climate and extroadinary value then we thoroughly recommend St. Vlas. It’s only just over half an hour from the airport at Burgas, along a beautiful coastal road that winds around the Black Sea. Beware though – it does attract a lot of Russians since the flight to Moscow is pretty short and the languages are very similar. Bulgaria was once treated as the 16th state of the old Soviet Union (they had 15 really!)

Since the family was there for over a month we invited various members of our Welsh/ Russian clans to come and spend some time with us enjoying the villa’s great location and all St. Vlas and the Black Sea has to offer. Daniel, our Scottish Brother in Law, particularly enjoyed the local bar where beers were less than 1 Euro a pint! The pictures below tell the story of our Summer adventure, off the beaten track in St. Vlas…….



  1. We are quite interested in the villa and found your comments quite helpful. Our only reservation is that we have not been able to find many shots of the pool and the one we have seen shows a car park very close to the pool. We will be travelling with 2 children aged 3 and 6 and are therefore concerned about the safety aspect. Do you have any comments you could make regarding the pool, or any photos of the pool area? Your response would be greatly appreciated. Kind regards, Gill Teare.

    • Gillian,

      Sorry for not getting back to you sooner – been away on a conference. There is parking near the pool but don’t think ypou need to worry too much. The pool area is pretty enclosed and I’m sure you would notice if the children wandered off – plus it is a cul-de-sac so not many cars come there. They generally belong to people who are staying in the accommodation.

      Its a really cool place and St. Vlas is really charming.

      Cheers, Glyn

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