Many tourists, who are just planning to go to Bulgaria, when choosing a resort are interested not only in prices, food and accommodation, but in the purity of beaches and the sea. Information in most forums dates back to 2005-2011 years, which means there is no confidence in it. Those beaches, which were previously considered pure, can deteriorate in 2015, and others – to get better.
We tried to compare the information from the major tourist websites with the European Union report about the purity of the water and were surprised to find that some of them recommend Kranevo and Chernomorets, as resorts with the purest water. But in fact they are one of the worst.
Unable to find current information about the purity of the water in Bulgaria, we have conducted our own analysis of the European Union report and are publishing it here.
The European Union researches of purity of the beaches and of the seawater in Bulgaria
If to open the report of the European Union Commission about the purity of beaches in different countries, we see that Bulgaria is on the 6th place, ahead of Spain, Italy, Portugal, France, and even Montenegro. 91% of the beaches, according to high European standards, deserved a rating “good” or “excellent.”
The measurement method is quite simple. Throughout the year, at the main beaches of the country are taken water samples and checked for purity and presence of bacteria Escherichia coli and Enterococcus
- at least one sample is taken just before the start of the tourist season.
- during the season are taken at least 4 samples
- at least one sample is taken every month
In fact, for popular beaches samples are taken more frequently.
Since the first sampling by the new method (in 2011) a rate “excellent” gained 73.4% of beaches, “good” or “excellent” gained 96.8% (in 2011 there were – 49.5% and 96.8%). As you can see, even with the large influx of tourists Bulgaria managed to maintain its sea and beaches very clean.
Since the publication of the report (2014), Bulgaria has made significant investments into water purification systems and equipment of the beaches, and therefore the situation is even slightly improved. The report is published at the end of the year, and therefore the report about the purity of beaches in 2015 can be expected in early 2016. If you are interested in it – write in comments and we will prepare it.
What beaches in Bulgaria can be considered dirty or dangerous for health?
Of 94 tested, beaches, only three do not reach up to the highest EU standards. However, they are quite suitable for swimming:
- Officers beach in Varna
- Popski beach in Tsarevo (there’s too warm water, algae)
- A beach of Dogs in Golden Sands (at the north of the resort)
Also, in Bulgaria there are 5 beaches, the purity of which is considered minimally sufficient:
- The South Beach in Varna
- The central beach in Varna
- The central beach in the town of Chernomorets
- The South Beach in the town of Chernomorets
- The central beach in Lozenets
You can evaluate the quality of the beaches and the sea water of Bulgaria and other European countries thanks to a special interactive map, which is updated regularly.
If you are interested, which beaches have become cleaner or dirtier in recent years, you need to download a special map and open it in Google Earth.
Our comments about the purity of beaches and the sea in Bulgaria
The sea in Bulgaria, in our opinion, is quite clean and clear. You can make sure in it for yourself by viewing photos on our website. Visually, the water here is much cleaner than in Crimea, but slightly inferior to the sea in Montenegro (where it is more clear).
In Bulgaria, there are algae, but not as much, as they write on forums. We had a rest in Nessebar in late August and early September. During 14 days only once we saw algae.
You can make sure about the purity of the sea while looking at our photos:
More articles about the sea and the beaches of Bulgaria:
- The sea in Bulgaria. Photos and information
- The beaches of Bulgaria – a description, photos and our reviews
- A selection of the best beaches of Nessebar – what to choose and how to find?
- A selection of good clean beaches in Pomorie
- Our favorite beach in Bulgaria – unpopulated corner on the spit of Pomorie