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JUST a three hour flight from the UK lies a picturesque holiday destination with untouched beaches – and it is cheaper than Spain.

Not only does this Balkan country offer cheap food and drink but it is one European summer getaway that won’t leave tourists out of pocket.

Just three hours from the UK, Bulgaria has a beautiful coastline


Just three hours from the UK, Bulgaria has a beautiful coastlineCredit: Alamy
Bulgaria is much cheaper than Spain, with affordable beer and food


Bulgaria is much cheaper than Spain, with affordable beer and foodCredit: Getty

Flights to Bulgaria take three and a half hours on average from London, and cost as little as £62 there and back.

It ranks fourth in Budget Traveller’s list of the most affordable countries to Europe to buy a pint, with a beer only costing 78p.

You can get a typical Bulgarian-brewed beer for even less, in the region of 60p.

Only Belarus and Ukraine – two countries on the Foreign Office’s no-travel “red list” – and stag-do favourite the Czech Republic offer cheaper pints.

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Whereas a trip to Costa Del Sol hub Malaga can cost over £140 a day, you can get by in Bulgaria with as little as £40 in daily expenses.

Accommodation, taxis, food, entertainment, booze and water all cost less in Bulgaria than they do in Spain.

The Sun visited the little-known seaside resort of Nessebar on Bulgaria’s Black Sea Coast, where cocktails cost £4 and summer temperatures hit 28C.

Apart from one road running onto the mainland, the town is completely surrounded by water.

Both Ryanair and Wizzair run direct flights from London to Burgas, which is a 30-minute drive from Nessebar.

This charming town is steeped in history and culture thanks to its narrow cobblestone streets, eclectic folklore, traditional Bulgarian houses, and ancient ruins.

One of the best things about Nessebar, and Bulgaria generally, is its affordability.

During the summer months, local street food vendors line the streets giving tourists pocket-friendly choices.


Hotels are affordable too – a budget bed and breakfast costs as little as £35, while a sun-lounger will cost just £20 for an entire day.

The stunning beach is surrounded by crystal-clear water, making it a perfect spot for swimming and sunbathing.

Meanwhile, in Nessebar, tourists can also visit the Old Windmill – an iconic landmark overlooking the town.

For those interested in ancient history and culture, Nessebar is home to several ancient ruins and monuments, including the Church of Saint Stephen, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to the 11th century.

One of the most significant ancient attractions in Nessebar is the Thracian necropolis, which dates back to the 6th century BC, with has 40 tombs.

There’s also the Nessebar Archaeological Museum, which offers a glimpse into the town’s history.

Entry tickets into the museum cost £3 for full-paying adults and £2 for children.

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Bulgaria has a bit of something for everyone from its stunning beaches and crystal clear waters to its history and culture.

But with its pocket-friendly prices, Bulgaria is the perfect destination for holidaymakers on a budget who want to experience the beauty of Eastern Europe.