One-day hiking in the resort village of Elenite, Bulgaria

Travel Guide for Elenite

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If you have decided to spend your vacation on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria, then considering Elenite as one of the options is definitely worthwhile. Firstly, it is quite young and not yet spoiled of the resorts. About ten years ago nobody even heard about it, unlike the neighboring Sunny Beach and Nesebar, which gained their popularity back in the days of socialism. That is why the infrastructure in Elenite is of a modern character and meets all the necessary requirements for a full beach holiday. This and swimming pools, and water parks, spas, restaurants and other facilities that make your vacation more interesting and diverse. All enumerate, I think, makes no sense, because everyone understands for himself what a modern resort should have.

But of course, what plays a big role when choosing a resort, so it is a natural feature and ecological condition.

I can say at once that the nature in Elenite is just fine. First of all, these are the Balkan Mountains, which in this place come to the seashore and cover the resort, as if pinning it to the sea. The mountains practically have their end here and the neighboring Sunny Beach, which can be said to be at arm’s length, is already on a level, as it is in visual distance. Therefore, the combination of sea and mountains gives Elenite an advantage over its neighbors. It is necessary to mention the beach and the flat beach, which is ideal for children, even the smallest ones. The resort is geographically situated on the ledge, which… read in full.

When is the best time to have a rest in Elenite?

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The first tourists in Elenite open the summer season back in late May, but it is hard to consider this period suitable for a proper beach holiday. Of course, the sun is shining quite well during the day and you can even get a tan, if the sky is not covered with clouds, which are often in May. But the sea temperature is still too low to swim and enjoy this activity, and the big waves at this time are not uncommon. Especially this fact must be taken into account if you’re going to come with children. You can use the hotel pool and that only if the water is heated. And if we are talking about the May holidays, which are so fond of our compatriots at sea resorts, so Bulgaria, I think, is not worth considering, because for the rest will be too cool, and the weather can spoil all your plans. So it is better to choose for such a case Turkey or Egypt, where in May you can not only sunbathe, but also swim.

Where to stay in Elenite?

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Elenite itself is a small village, so there is no question about the choice of area. The only difference may be the location of the hotel or accommodation during the vacation, in relation to the coastline.

The choice for this resort is pretty decent, as hotels of different categories and villas.

Let me start with the hotels. Of the five star hotels can be noted two Royal Castle and Royal Bay.

The first Royal Castle looks really chic. And not only outside, but also inside. In general, those who are familiar with the hotels of the Royal group, probably have an idea what they are.

Going on holiday with children

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The small resort of Elenite neighbors with the popular Sunny Beach and a little distant, interesting in terms of sightseeing Nessebar. Thanks to its favorable geographical location Elenite has become famous as a good place for family vacations. And it is justified, because apart from the wonderful nature around Elenite, it has a well-developed tourist infrastructure. The village is a complex of resorts, consisting of star hotels and beautiful villas. In Elenite there is everything you need for a comfortable and exciting vacation with children.

Climate and nature in Elenite

During the summer months the weather is sunny and windless. There are practically no strong winds in this region of Bulgaria. This is all thanks to the Stara Planina Mountain that protects the resort from bad weather. During the summer the air temperature ranges from 23-29⁰C and the water temperature reaches 25 degrees. All this together creates ideal conditions for recreation of small tourists who can frolic all day long on the sandy beaches of the resort. And the Black Sea coast in Elenite is characterized by slowly deepening sandy bottom, which is ideal for the youngest bathers.

Beneficial to the children’s body and clean air, filled with pine scent. Healing smells of pine exude forests, covering the slopes of mountains and reaching almost to the edge of the sea. Coniferous forests are not the only vegetation in Elenite. The whole resort is densely populated with a variety of… read in full

How to get there?

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To get to the Bulgarian resort of Elenite you have to fly to the nearest airport, which is situated in Burgas. There are flights from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Novosibirsk. Of course, the cheapest way is to fly here from the capital of our country.

The distance from Bourgas to Elenite is only 47 kilometers and the buses between the two cities are running literally every hour. Alternatively you can fly to Varna, but it is further from Elenite – 99 kilometers. There are also buses that leave every 3 hours.

Food and drinks

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There are a lot of restaurants for those who like to eat tasty food in the Bulgarian resort Elenite. There you can taste mostly traditional Bulgarian dishes and drinks. In some special restaurants in the resort, for example Sozopol, it is also customary to have theme dinners in different national styles.

Perhaps, among all establishments, especially distinguished restaurant “At Paco”, which is considered one of the most inexpensive, and besides, there is a very good food. At the first sight you will be pleasantly surprised by its atmosphere, which somehow reminds the interior of a pub in England or a fisherman’s hut. All dishes are prepared only from fresh products, and the highlight of the place is definitely considered to be lamb grill with wine.

Another restaurant of the resort, Jack Sparrow, is also very liked by visitors with its good menu. But perhaps the highlight of this place is the hot dishes and salads, and you can eat here for a very small price.

The restaurant can be even called a family restaurant because the friendliness and friendliness are always present here. Waiters serving customers speak both Russian and English. If you want, you can try some nice Bulgarian dishes here.

On the beach itself, not far from the Royal Park Hotel, there is a luxurious “Talyana” restaurant with 320 seats. Even outside the restaurant looks amazing, because it is a unique… read more

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What excursions in Elenite are worth visiting?

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In general there are no historical places in Elenite. But you will definitely not get bored here, because you can go on an excursion to the ancient Nessebar for a relatively small fee at any time, or to Bourgas – the two places are situated not far from Elenite.

You can even take a sea cab to the ancient town of Nessebar. You will find them at the central pier, and the cabs leave on schedule. You will have to pay only 20 levs for the ride, but you will have a lot of fun.

Then at any time you can also take a trip to Rylski monastery as a part of a two day tour, during which you will also visit Sofia and get acquainted with the ancient monastery. Such a trip will cost you about 200 levs, in addition, children under 12 years of age have a very big discount on this tour.

Also, be sure to visit the Emona Fortress, which is located on the outskirts of one of the most picturesque Bulgarian villages on the eastern tip of Mount Emon. There you can see the ancient fortress, and next to it you can see the Herakli beach and a NATO military facility nearby.

But mostly, of course, the fortress itself attracts tourists, because it is more than a thousand years old. In general, according to legends, in ancient times there was a monastery and only later appeared a fortress. You can get here by rented vehicles, by bus, by… read more

All about vacations in Elenite

A small resort on the territory of Bulgaria, called Elenite is a unity of sea and mountains. It is known for its leisurely and measured nature. That is why the town is perfect for those tourists who prefer calm rest. Come for a holiday in Jelenite – prices, beaches, entertainment and attractions will please couples and holidaymakers with small children.

Historical and Geographical Background

The name of the spa comes from the fact that there used to be a lot of reindeer in these parts. The local forests, especially on the eastern edge of Stara Planina Mountain, remained untouched until the eighties of the last century. In 1985, in this place there was built Elenite club, which remained open only to a select few people for eight years. A few years ago completed the reconstruction of the club, which had invested a lot of money. As a result, on the site of the once closed establishment appeared Elenite resort.

The architectural design was based on the famous Golden Sands resort. But some significant changes were made. Here, holidaymakers are offered a lot of bungalows and villas, organically blended with the natural beauty of the area. In general, the efforts of the authorities are focused on the maximum preservation of the natural beauty of this unique place.

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Climate in Elenite

The natural characteristics are such that the climate of Elenite resort can be classified as mild. The Stara Planina Mountains protect it from the north and do not allow cold winds to penetrate here. The air is saturated with iodine vapor, which makes it a real cure for lung diseases, as well as benefits the children’s body. From the heat vacationers can hide in the shade of numerous pine trees and growing in these places cacti. Elenite beach is one of the cleanest beaches in the south and is regularly awarded the Blue Flag.

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How to get there

If you come here by car, it is important to buy and affix a vignette, it is necessary for tourists coming from abroad. Such a sticker for a week costs 560 rubles.

You should take bus to Nesebar on bus route #8. But you can take any other bus. The trip takes about half an hour. You can buy a ticket from the driver on the spot and your cost is 140 rubles.

The most advantageous route is by bus. Of course you can also take a cab, but from Nessebar such excess will cost you 1400 rubles, not less. And it will be allowed only by people who are not strapped for cash.

Transport

The transportation system in this town is represented by a developed network of buses, which are convenient for tourists and locals alike. They are quite suitable for moving around the city and beyond. If necessary, travelers can order a cab from any hotel. If desired, you can rent not only a car, but also a bicycle or scooter. It is also convenient to travel by water transport.

Where to stay

Apartments Elenite

A great option for tourists will be a wonderful hotel, whose rooms have a balcony, where you can contemplate the beautiful views, as well as everything you need for a comfortable stay. The beach is a minute’s walk from the hotel. There is free wi-fi and an outdoor pool. Guests can relax in the billiard room, play table tennis or darts. The cost from 4.000 rubles per person.

Andalucia Beach Hotel & Residence

Andalucia Beach Hotel is one of the most popular hotels and was built in 2007. In the eight-story building guests can stay in spacious rooms. This option will be optimal for holidays with children. Here you can eat in one of 10 restaurants, which work on all-inclusive system. On the territory of the hotel it is convenient to relax on its own beach, equipped with the latest technology. Children can have fun in the children’s pool, go to a specially equipped club or play on the playground. The price range for one person from 3 500 rubles.

Grand Resort

Despite its three stars, this hotel provides guests with an excellent comfortable rest. Here you can play miniature golf, tennis or take a walk in the garden. Given its location on the territory of the Wellness Center, guests have the opportunity to take advantage of various hair and body treatments. Also here you can perfectly relax with children. Those who care about their health can go to the fitness center or swim in the pool. The price starts from 2600 rubles.

Hotel Manastira

There are beautiful beaches just a 2-minute walk away. The highlight of the complex can be considered its location on a hill, which offers picturesque views of the sea. Surrounded by quiet gardens, it is a comfortable place to stay. The territory has a private beach and two swimming pools. You can have a meal in the hotel restaurant and order both Bulgarian and European cuisine. The price range is from 3700 rubles.

Where to eat

For those who like good food there are several restaurants on the territory of the resort. Here you can taste traditional Bulgarian dishes and drinks. In some restaurants in Elenite, such as the Sozopol restaurant, it is customary to hold themed dinners in some national style.

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  1. Paco’s. Among the many restaurants and other establishments, you can note “U Paco”, which is considered one of the inexpensive, where the food is delicious. You will be pleasantly surprised by the atmosphere, reminiscent of the interior of a pub in England, or a fisherman’s hut. The dishes are cooked from the freshest products. The grilled lamb with wine is considered the gem of the place. In addition, the institution is open until 12:00 at night.
  2. Jack Sparrow. This is an excellent restaurant with a good menu. Highlights of the place are hot dishes and salads. At the same time you can snack here for not much money. This restaurant can be quite called a family restaurant where friendliness and friendliness reign. The waiters serve in Russian and English. Here you can try traditional Bulgarian dishes.
  3. Talyana. A luxurious place for 320 seats and is located on the beach, not far from the Royal Park Hotel. The unique construction in the form of a ship allows you to plunge into a fabulous atmosphere and feel like a guest on a schooner. Facility’s zest is represented by dishes cooked on grill or barbecue. There are especially delicious seafood dishes.
  4. Pacos. An excellent place where you can order both meat and seafood dishes. It is worth noting that the portions here are huge and the price is low. If you plan to sit on the terrace, you should reserve a table in advance.

Traditional dishes

  • One of the most popular meat dishes is moussaka, baked potatoes with cheese, meat and eggs. Seasonal vegetables are often served as a side dish.
  • Those who care about their health and figure are recommended to try “kiselo mlico”. This product reminds yogurt and is made only from natural raw materials. All living bacterial cells are preserved in it. More often it is made of buffalo, sheep or cow milk. Kashkaval cheese is made of sheep milk in the mountain valleys.
  • Among the cold snacks worth mentioning are flat sausages called lukanka.
  • In Bulgarian cuisine is also very popular dish gyuvech. It is prepared from a piece of lamb baked in the oven with vegetables. The meat is laid in large slices on a dish.
  • One of the varieties of fast food is Banitsa, which is made of flaky pastry with cheese or meat.

Shopping

In a small town there are supermarkets and shopping centers, shops with fruits and vegetables and souvenirs. You can take pottery, silver jewelry and rose oil from Elenite. It is better to buy souvenirs in stores, not in the market stalls.

What to see in and around Elenite?

As we have already noted, in Elenite itself there are no historically famous places. But for a small fee you can arrange an excursion to the ancient Nessebar or go to Bourgas, which are located nearby. For example you can go to Nessebar by sea cab. They depart from the central pier according to the schedule. The cost of such a trip will be 20 BGN.

You can also take a trip to Rila Monastery. This is a two-day excursion, during which you will make a tour of Sofia and get acquainted with the ancient monastery. The cost of this trip will be about 200 BGN. Children under the age of twelve are given great discounts.

Emona Fortress

There is a fortress in one of the picturesque Bulgarian villages situated on the Eastern cape of the Emona Mountain. Very close to it there is the beach of Irakli and next to it there is a military facility of NATO. The building attracts tourists because it is more than a thousand years old. Originally there was a monastery and only later a fortress. You can get here both by private transport and by bus or bicycle.

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Kamchia Reserve

For those who are not indifferent to nature, you can go to the protected area, which is included in the network of nature reserves of UNESCO. The forests along the river Kamchia are especially magnificent. There are 258 species of birds and a large number of amphibians. Visiting the reserve, you can truly enjoy being at one with nature. Clean air surrounded by lush greenery will charge you with positive energy for a long time.

This is a great place for fishermen, as the river is home to over 25 species of fish. Also, on the territory you can meet the European marsh turtle and Central Asian turtle. While relaxing, you can admire the birds, especially the black stork and the lesser spotted eagle. The only requirement for visiting this place is cleanliness. You can move only by the marked paths.

Entertainment in Elenite

Vacationers in this resort have all conditions for an interesting and fulfilling vacation. You can rent any kind of equipment for water relaxation at the beach which is about a kilometer long. You will be offered equipment for diving, surfing, jet skis and more. Here you can play tennis, volleyball, shoot archery, go sailing or horseback riding.

Although Elenite is a small resort, it has all the necessary infrastructure for a vacation in 2022. In Elenite there is a large shopping center and several supermarkets, you can find currency exchange and souvenir stores. Here you can buy everything for which Bulgaria is famous – rose oil, silverware, souvenir weapons and pottery.

Entertainments for children on vacation in 2022

A few years ago in Elenite was built water park, called Atlantis. You can get on the territory of the complex for free if you have a rest in these places. The architectural idea of the aqua park is based on the fairy tale “1001 Nights”. Here animators are engaged with children, created a variety of entertainment and attractions for young holidaymakers. On the territory of the resort there are several pools for children, and a variety of contests and competitions are regularly held. The price category of this place provides free time for children under 90 cm in height. Ticket for a person for the whole day does not cost from 500 rubles. Umbrella and sun lounger can be rented for 100 rubles.

For adults, too, provides an extensive entertainment program. During the day you can engage in a variety of game sports, and in the evening you can watch an entertainment show on the amphitheater stage. If you like an active nightlife, you should go to the nearby Sunny Beach. There the nightlife is literally boiling. You can get to St. Vlas or Sunny Beach by taking bus number 8.

Considering the calm political situation in the region, you can rest here without worrying about your safety.

The well-developed infrastructure in the resort complex and the clean, healthy air, this place will allow both romantic couples and families with children to relax. This is a place where you can trace a perfect combination of sea and mountains. Everything is perfect here: sandy beaches, clear sea, white villas and coniferous forests.

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