Burgas is a Bulgarian city (fourth in the country by number of inhabitants) overlooking the west coast of the Black Sea, in correspondence with the wide bay of the same name. With its own international airport, Burgas has managed over time to establish itself on the European tourist scene, although it is still considered a minor destination compared to the capital Sofia, and other much larger cities.
However, the relaxed atmosphere and the proximity to the beaches make it a more than valid alternative to other more important centers (but also more crowded!), and the various natural oases located in its vicinity give it charm and romance, making it an ideal destination both for trips with friends and as a couple but also for families.
Let's see in detail what is the best time to go to Burgas in Bulgaria.
- Climate, Average Temperatures and Precipitation
- When to go to Burgas: the cheapest period
- Burgas in Spring
- Burgas in the Summer
- Burgas in Autumn
- Burgas in Winter
- User questions and comments
Climate, Average Temperatures and Precipitation
- Best time: from May to September. It is mainly a seaside resort, so the summer months are the most suitable. From July to August, the Sandfest is held, a sand sculpture festival on the beaches of the Sea Garden
- Period to avoid: winter for sure. Although spring and autumn are mild, being a seaside resort they would not be suitable times for a sun and sea holiday
In Bulgaria, the climate is generally continental with cold winters and hot summers. Being overlooking the Black Sea coast, however, Burgas has a much milder climate than other areas of the country (especially the more mountainous ones) even if, due to the alternation of hot currents from the Mediterranean and cold currents from Russia, the temperatures can undergo considerable changes.
Annual rainfall is not very abundant: the wettest months in seaside resorts are May and June, due to possible afternoon thunderstorms that can cool the coasts. Finally, the temperatures of the Black Sea are acceptable for swimming in the summer, and by August they can even reach 24 °.
When to go to Burgas: the cheapest period
Bulgaria is not a particularly expensive destination, rather. The cost of housing and living is much lower than what we are used to in Italy and you can often find cheap flights to Sofia departing from the main Italian cities.
The low season is winter and autumn, but these are seasons in which tourism is practically absent for obvious reasons.
The best compromise is in the months of May and September, when the temperatures are high enough for the first baths and the heat is not excessive to pleasantly visit the city and its surroundings. August is the most expensive month.
Burgas in Spring
Spring in Burgas, especially in the initial phase, presents significant temperature changes with clashes of air masses and sudden changes from the first warmth of the summer to sudden returns of cold. From the month of May, however, temperatures stabilize although afternoon heat storms may occur. In good weather, there is nothing better than having a nice one walk along the seafront of the city, to then reach the Sea Garden, a gigantic park with free access with a breathtaking view of the sea.
A few kilometers away from the center of Burgas, however, is the Poda nature reserve, especially sought after by bird watchers.
Still talking about flowers, if you are in town towards May you should not miss the Flora flower exhibition held throughout the month and which fills Burgas with intoxicating colors and scents.
Burgas in the Summer
With the arrival of the summer season, the heat bursts throughout the country and it is not uncommon to find places where temperatures exceed 40 °. The coastal areas, thanks to the breezes that blow from the sea, remain a little more temperate but the days of intense heat however, they can also occur here.
The best place to cool off then is the hugely popular Sunny Beach, considered the largest tourist seaside resort in the Black Sea. The pier, on the other hand, located a short distance from the Sea Garden, is a slightly quieter place frequented by fishermen, couples and even some daredevils who want to make two diving into the sea.
Among the main events of the period (by far the busiest), I would like to point out the Sandfest between July and August to admire sculptures of all kinds made with sand and, towards the end of August, the International folklore festival with fashion shows, craft workshops, typical dances and much more.
Burgas in Autumn
Autumn in Burgas tends to be pleasant until early November, when cold air currents arrive from the north causing low pressure episodes. If the days of good weather still hold up, however, you might think about doing one visit to Lake Atanasovsko: it is a saltwater lake that is home to several endangered species, just 20 minutes from the city.
If, on the other hand, you have a car and are willing to move further away, there are several cities that deserve to be located along the coast and can be visited in one day, such as Nessebar (famous for the beautiful Old Town), or archaeological sites of great interest, such as the prehistoric shrine Beglik Tash a few kilometers from the town of Primorsko (about 40 minutes from Burgas).
However, we must admit that Burgas between autumn and winter is not a particularly lively place: for this reason, if you are not a lover of absolute relaxation, take into account some travel to reach festivals and events held in nearby cities. One of these is the Apollonia Arts Festival, also broadcast on television.
Burgas in Winter
Winter is cold and often characterized by strong instability, with alternation of frosts to milder days. Taking advantage of the bad weather, I suggest you take a few hours to visit the most important religious monuments of Burgas, in particular the Armenian Church Saint Cross (dedicated to the victims of the Armenian genocide), or spending time in one of the many city museums (for example, the Ethnographic Museum or the Archaeological Museum).
If you are in Bulgaria during the Christmas period, you will have the opportunity to taste different traditional local dishes based on pepper, beans, boiled wheat, nuts ... (it is believed that precisely based on how the first open walnut will be the Christmas day, you can understand if the coming year will be positive or not.) Furthermore, at the stroke of midnight you could attend auspicious rites (songs and dances with decorative costumes) in the main squares or in front of the most important city monuments.
How to dress: what to pack
- In winter: warm clothes (sweaters, fleece, jeans and / or long pants, shoes suitable for water, scarf, gloves, heavy coat), umbrella.
- In summer: light clothes, but also something heavier (sweatshirt, long jeans) for the evening. Parasol.
- In autumn and spring: spring / autumn clothes (sweatshirt, long jeans, sweaters, leather jacket and / or raincoat, comfortable shoes), umbrella.
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