Gorgeous beaches, delicious food and great nightlife – Bulgaria easily attracts bigger and bigger crowds every year thanks to its unbeatable prices and stunning natural beauty. You’ve already heard about the cheap drinks, the ridiculously fine sands and the fantastic parties, but do you know what’s the best time to visit in order to get all that? Well keep on reading as this is the only guide you’ll need on when to visit Bulgaria.
Golden Sands & Sunny Beaches: June to September
If you are after a beach holiday then you really need to book your Bulgaria holiday for any time between June and September, or simply put: the traditional summer months we’re used to. This is when the weather here is at its best.
June sees temperatures in the mid-twenties and the sea waters are ready to be explored, plus the season has just started so the beach resorts are not that crowded yet. Just the right level of lively. Great time to explore the local area, get a tan and sample the delicious Bulgarian cuisine.
However, visit in July or August if you are after scorching temperatures, long lazy days on the beach and balmy waters. The temperatures during the day can easily reach the 30 degree mark (especially in August!), while evenings are pleasantly cool thanks to that refreshing sea-water-infused breeze. It comes as no surprise that this is when big resorts like Sunny Beach and Golden Sands are at their fullest, so expect bigger crowds and with that, some of the biggest parties too!
After a clubbing holiday?
Summer is definitely the time to visit to get on that famous nightlife – July and August see a host of oversees DJs visiting some of the biggest Bulgarian clubs, making this the party hotspot to be at..
A lot of the hotels here have some fab outdoor swimming pools with children areas as well as mini clubs, not to mention the fun waterparks you’ll find all over the Black Sea coast. The prices of the accommodation, along with the cheapness of the meals, also make this one of the most affordable destinations for a cheap family holiday. Visit Bulgaria in August and you’ll be offered fun for the whole family!
Low season deals: May and September
Truth to be told, the season here starts as early as May and most beach hotels open by the middle of the month, so if you are very keen on working on that tan, you might as well visit Bulgaria then. You can count on great holiday deals and less crowds as this is low season. Weather is milder too, although this does mean there might be a few showers along the way.
September offers end of season deals aplenty as well. If you are money savvy, this is definitely the time for your holiday to Bulgaria. Resorts get quieter and weather is lovely as it’s not as hot as in August, making it perfect for people who are not fans of the heat. Keep in mind as the month draws to a close some hotel facilities will start closing down as well – most of them, however, stay open until October. Something definitely worth checking if you are visiting at this time.
Ski on a budget: December to March
Love skiing? Ski prices – not so much? Bulgaria’s got you. Often topping the charts for one of the cheapest places for a ski holiday in Europe, Bulgaria is your reasonably priced ski & snowboard destination.
A ski holiday to Bulgaria boasts some fantastic slopes, gorgeous backdrops defined by lush mountains, delicious cuisine to keep you filled up, and great spa hotels.
The gorgeous ski resorts of Bansko, Borovets and Pamporovo have plenty of great ski & spa hotels, not to mention some more modestly prices apartments and 3-star accommodations. If you do stay in one of the bigger, luxury hotels here, you can count on treating yourself to a relaxing spa treatment after spending a long day out on the slopes for a fraction of the price you’d usually pay. Plus, there are English-speaking instructors, excellent ski schools and pretty cheap lift passes to match!
Book your cheap ski holiday to Bulgaria for anytime between December and March, with January and February being the best time if you are after some proper snowy extravaganza.
With pints here starting from as little as £1.20 and local cuisine that is full of flavour, your money will go a long way here, making Bulgaria our top choice for a ski holiday 2020!
Average high and low temperatures
- January: 6°C / -1°C
- February: 9°C / 1°C
- March: 13°C / 3°C
- April: 17°C / 6°C
- May: 22°C / 10°C
- June: 26°C / 14°C
- July: 29°C / 16°C
- August: 28°C / 16°C
- September: 25°C / 14°C
- October: 19°C / 9°C
- November: 12°C / 4°C
- December: 7°C / 0°C
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