The first major resort south of Varna, Sunny Beach (Slantchev Bryag) occupies a pretty stretch of coast just south of Cape Emine and north of Nessebar. During medieval times the bay had two large fresh water wells and residents earned a living by selling drinking water to Nessebar, which had none of its own.
The resort, begun in 1958, is Bulgaria's largest. The wide, six-kilometer-long beach is protected by dunes and touted as the best on the coast with comfortable 24C/75F degree water and loads of sunny days.
Most hotels are set back from the beach, in numerous small shaded parks and gardens that help alleviate some of the congested feel.