This beautiful Balkan country has mesmerised countless travellers through the ages - it’s a mix of landscapes inspiring many an artist and visitor. From the majestic Danube river and its popular Black Sea coastal resorts to its more mountainous interior, it’s a landscape as rich for exploration as it is for stress-busting relaxation. With the 10th-century architectural wonders of the Ria Monastery, the spectacular Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the enticing sands of Sunny Beach, and the ski mountains around Borovets, there’s plenty to see and do in Bulgaria. But in today’s increasingly eco-conscious climate, many travellers are looking to leave nothing but memories, and are actively seeking holiday destinations that cut back on their ecological impact. Luckily, there are plenty of options in a country this size - be it coastal resort hotels that use solar arrays, inland countryside retreats built with eco-friendly materials, or accommodations that encourage exploration through free bike rentals or proximity to popular hiking trails. Read on to get an insight into some of the eco hotels in Bulgaria.
If it’s an eco-friendly holiday you’re after, then you’ll likely be a big fan of the great outdoors. Well, Eco Hotel Imenieto derives its name from its proximity to one of the first eco paths in Bulgaria, which passes just a few hundred yards from the property. The trail heads through the beautiful Emen Gorge and on to the Momin Skok Waterfall. Situated near the village of Emen, some 20km (12.5 miles) from Veliko Tarnovo, the hotel is made up of several buildings and lodges, making it suitable for a range of guests. Amenities include air conditioning, a sauna, a pool, free Wi-Fi and an on-site restaurant. This accommodation is also home to a charming green garden with a playground and a small pond. Bikes are provided free of charge to guests, and horse riding sessions can be organised with the staff.
Nature fans will likely enjoy this peaceful hotel, which is located amid the rugged landscapes of the Belasitsa mountains in the remote village of Kolarovo - just a handful of kilometres from the borders of Greece and North Macedonia. This property enjoys exceptional word of mouth, as previous guests were big fans of the proximity to the mountains and the calming sounds of a nearby river. Amenities include free Wi-Fi to stay connected on your travels, air conditioning, a garden terrace with a playground where you can unwind with family, and an on-site restaurant. The hotel offers a shuttle service, should you wish to limit your car use, and the staff can also organise hiking options for you, subject to additional fees.
Eco Hotel Momata
Address: Ul. Belasitsa 10
Price: from 30 USD
Hand sanitizer in guest accommodation and key areas Garden Restaurant Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities Cashless payment available Indoor pool (all year) Air conditioning Terrace
This self-styled ‘jewel in the crown’ of Albena’s beach resort hotel enjoys fantastic word of mouth from previous guests, as well as excellent views of the Black Sea coast from its rooms. The private balconies are perfect for maximising that coastal vista. Each room or apartment is also equipped with free Wi-Fi, air conditioning for added comfort, cable TV and a safety deposit box. The hotel is also home to an open-air swimming pool and a restaurant. For an additional fee, guests may enjoy access to a range of activities, from water skiing and diving to mini-golf and tennis. Boasting water and energy-saving measures, along with a power supply which is partly augmented by solar collectors, guests are assured that their holiday’s eco-impact will be a little bit smaller.
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Enjoying an exceptional reputation, this apartment complex is handily placed for nearby hiking and cycling options, so fans of the great outdoors will likely find much to enjoy. Indeed, the property is just a stone’s throw from Srebarna Nature Reserve and lake. It has an excellent view of the water, so birdwatching enthusiasts should make sure to keep their binoculars handy. Based in Srebŭrna, Srebarna Lakeview Apartments is equipped with free Wi-Fi and garden grounds where you can unwind with loved ones or friends. Amenities also include outdoor barbecue and picnic facilities, patio facilities, air conditioning, and an on-site mini-market for picking up tasty treats. Several of the apartments - some of which are made of eco-friendly materials and can sleep three to six guests - come with kitchen facilities, should you plan on whipping up meals during your stay.
Srebarna Lakeview Apartments
Address: Dobrudja 13
Price: from 36 USD
Free parking WiFi Free WiFi Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities Smoke alarms Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays Non-smoking throughout On-site parking
Constructed using eco-friendly materials, this centrally located hotel apartment complex in Sandanski boasts a superb reputation and is handily placed near the town’s tourist attractions, including the Archaeological Museum, Episcopal Basilica Sandanski, and a nearby local park. Its central location means there are eatery and shopping options yards away from the apartment, and the nearest bus stop is only 350 yards (320 metres) away. The room comes with plenty of amenities: a full kitchen, free Wi-Fi, air conditioning and soundproofing for added peace and comfort. Guests will sleep on a large double bed, ideal for couples, but it can accommodate up to four people thanks to an additional sofa bed. The apartments also have balconies where you can enjoy a view of the city.
Fans of traditional architecture, as well as nature, will likely be interested in this property. Not only is this Revival style guest house complex a recipient of an Authentic Bulgaria award, it has also been recognised for its eco-friendly building credentials, showing its love of nature through simple touches like using natural fibre sheets. Previous guests praised the amazing accommodation and its setting in the quiet hillside village of Kosovo. Sleeping options also range in size from double and twin rooms, up to a 6-bedroom house capable of sleeping up to 15 people - making it suitable for all kinds of travellers. Amenities include an on-site restaurant/cafe and bar with a roaring fire, free Wi-Fi and parking, an outdoor terrace garden, and barbecue facilities. The hillside setting also makes it a great option for hiking fans.
A holiday park which enjoys fine mountain views in a countryside setting, Sinia Vir Eco Residence’s wooden framed villas enjoy fabulous word-of-mouth from former guests. Its location is sure to appeal to fans of the great outdoors - indeed, the Sinia Vir Waterfall is just a little over half-a-mile (0.8km) away. You can even rent bikes should you wish to do the eco-friendly thing of exploring under your own power. If you do, you’ll find the village of Medven close by and the historic community of Jeravna a little more than 3 miles (5km) away. Those seeking to simply relax at the accommodation rather than see the sights will enjoy the complex’s on-site restaurant, outdoor pool and pool bar. Other amenities include free Wi-Fi for checking up on your travel itinerary, and a cable TV.
Boasting a picturesque village setting, this highly rated 3-star hotel in Madara is complete with an all-year outdoor pool and on-site organic restaurant sure to win points during your stay. Amenities include free Wi-Fi and parking, and a satellite TV in each air-conditioned room. There’s also an outdoor barbecue facility should you wish to indulge in a little alfresco dining in the garden. Villa Bulgara Eco offers a range of spa and sauna treatments for an additional charge. Walking tours, bike rentals, and car hires can also be arranged - perfect for exploring the wider area. Nearby attractions include the stunning 7th-century Madara Rider rock relief 2.5 miles (4km) away and the ancient Shumen Fortress which is only 15 minutes away by car.
A greener visit to Bulgaria awaits
Those seeking to minimise the impact of their holiday on the environment will find options available when exploring Bulgaria, be they ecological buildings, hotels with green power, or sites offering organic cuisine. Which eco-friendly characteristics will you seek out?
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