St. Konstantin, Bulgaria With its 230 miles of splendid Black Sea beaches, magnificent mountain ranges, a lovely Mediterranean climate, fascinating Balkan history and culture and one of the friendliest peoples in this part of the world, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Bulgaria has just about everything for a great holiday. And not only are the ingredients there for a memorable stay but once in the country you’ll be amazed at the low cost of living, excellent local transport links and a real feeling that Bulgarians are genuinely pleased that you have chosen their country to visit. Sofia, the capital, needs little introduction but Varna, Bulgaria’s second city, is not so well known despite being the country’s main port. It’s a lovely place to spend a few days with its bustling harbour area and the traffic-free pedestrianised centre’s array of shops, restaurants, pavement kiosks (selling everything under the sun), wide tree-lined avenues and beautiful Orthodox cathedral. It’s only 5 miles from St. Konstantin where our hotel is located and is easily reached by cheap taxi or the excellent local bus service.
The four-storey hotel welcomes guests in 124 cosy twins including 20 comfortable family rooms and four exquisite suites. The elegant rooms feature: air-conditioning, shower bathroom, telephone, satellite TV, mini-bar and spacious balcony.There is a smart restaurant serving national and international cuisine, lobby and day bars, confectionery, and an outdoor swimming pool. Picturesque St Konstantin is one of the Black Sea’s oldest and most popular resorts and it’s easy to see why. The whole area is full of oak, beech and pine trees which give the resort a peaceful, natural ambience and which offer visitors not only some lovely woodland walks but also a lot of natural shade during the hot summer months. There’s a wide selection of shops, bars and restaurants dotted around the resort and the local bus stop for Varna is just a short stroll away. Hotel Lebed is perfectly positioned some 300 yards from the small harbour and beach, a long crescent-shaped stretch of soft, gently shelving sand. The beach, reached by a short series of easy steps, has one hotel overlooking it, a couple of bars and, of course, sunbeds and umbrellas. The Lebed is surrounded by attractive gardens and boasts a large swimming pool with sun terraces, sunbeds and umbrellas. It is air-conditioned throughout and has a restaurant, a coffee lounge and bar and a reception area with safety deposit boxes. All rooms have balcony or terrace, private sh/wc, hairdryer, minibar, satellite TV and telephone.