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1. Posted by magi.ship (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

I have visited Ravda, Bulgaria last summer. I was quite delighted. It is a small vilage,it's peace and quite and near Nessebar.I was staying in a family hotel which was good with it's low prices and service was quite good. Have anyone been to Ravda? I can share my experience with him if anyone is interested.

2. Posted by murphc09 (Budding Member 57 posts) 7y

I've been to ravda a few times as My familly have a little apartment there, it's a really nice place.

My Farther showed me the projected new development for ravda yesterday actually, they're looking to develop the whole beach front area spending millions building a new luxury harbour, new hotels, a new park etc.. Not sure when it'll be complete but it could be good for the whole area depending how you look at it. When I visited it was pretty much the only coastal area where the majority of the tourists where Bulgarian, it had that nice feel of real bulgaria, I guess this might change if the area becomes more up market and aimed at rich westerners/Bulgarians.

3. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 7y

I've been to Ravda. Nice little place; not much going on other than the beach :) Have you considered creating a wiki travel guide to Ravda? Bulgaria has gotten a bit more of a bad reputation of late here in Norway, specifically due to Sunny Beach, but there's lots of Bulgaria that's fascinating. And as a country it's still pretty cheap to visit too!

4. Posted by murphc09 (Budding Member 57 posts) 7y

Sam I am,

Why is it that Bulgaria has lost it's appeal in Norway?

When I was out in Sunny beach it was busy with Norwegian, Swedish and Russian teenagers all out drinking/parting, yet my friend returned last year and he said there were hardly any there and it seemed to be mainly the British.

Has the place had bad publicity in Norway?

5. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 7y

Sunny Beach hit all the headlines, several times, the summer before last. In fact, it was coined 'Bloody Beach' for a while... and that's still what those that don't know it will mention if you say Sunny Beach. A Swede and a Dane died within a matter of a few weeks after being beat up, and the media went wild. A lot of talk about corrupt police and no desire to keep the place safe etc. etc. Here's an article from a Norwegian paper early last year about how it affected the tour operators doing business there. I've run it through Google translate, so the translation might be a bit weird in places!

6. Posted by murphc09 (Budding Member 57 posts) 7y

Ahhh right, I wasn't aware of the people dying.

I guess that explains why the place was quiet, it's a shame as the place had a lot going for it.

7. Posted by renatolaza (Budding Member 23 posts) 7y

hello
can you comment a bit more on this family hotel
was it close to the beach , prices etc
does anyone know if its convenient to get there from Italy by train:)

8. Posted by monkeycat (Full Member 109 posts) 7y

Just back from Ravda.

If you like over developed resorts with half built apartments and what natural beauty there is covered in concrete or with the beaches full of sun loungers and parasols you have to pay for, then Ravda is the place for you.

Otherwise, find somewhere else.

9. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 7y

Quoting monkeycat

Just back from Ravda.

If you like over developed resorts with half built apartments and what natural beauty there is covered in concrete or with the beaches full of sun loungers and parasols you have to pay for, then Ravda is the place for you.

Otherwise, find somewhere else.

Wow, you really found it that bad? Yes to half built apartments and natural beauty being covered, but sadly that's the story of way too many coastlines. Maybe it was the time of year I was there, but there was hardly anyone on the beach back then. Though judging by the number of apartments they were certainly hoping for more ;)

10. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 7y

Quoting murphc09

Sam I am,

Why is it that Bulgaria has lost it's appeal in Norway?

When I was out in Sunny beach it was busy with Norwegian, Swedish and Russian teenagers all out drinking/parting, yet my friend returned last year and he said there were hardly any there and it seemed to be mainly the British.

Has the place had bad publicity in Norway?

Another reason that Norway (along with other Scandinavian countries) doesn't send so many visitors anymore, is because Sterling Air went bust last year. They were a Danish airline and used to fly (with connections from Sweden, Norway and Finland) to Varna for just a few €'s each way. Also Thomas Cook that used to do many flights from Scandinavia quite cheaply with connections, have sliced their routes back too.
Thomson, with its subsidiaries and First Choice have also pulled out of Varna and now only go to Burgas in the summer (Plovdiv in the winter only, for the skiing). So Sunny Beach has seen a vast drop in numbers over the last two summer seasons and many of the hotels have only just survived in 2009. The resorts of Golden Sands, Sunny Day and Albena have been hit tremendously hard over the last two summers. They are served by Varna airport which has seen it's charters all but vanish compared to three years ago.
Prices are still incredibly low in Bulgaria, it is in fact one of the cheapest countries in the world for a self-built holiday. Still it struggles for the tourists from both Western and Eastern Europe. In 2007 the Russians flocked to Bulgaria in their tens of thousands, likewise the Romanians. Not anymore. Both the northern (Varna) and southern (Burgas) beach resorts are really feeling the pinch. Be assured, it's not just from the Norwegians.