LAST UPDATED 29/07/2008
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Level of surfing


Quality of surf


Net code





354 km


Temperate Mediterranean - hot dry summers with cool winters


Difficult Internal Travel

Best Months

November - January





Time Zone


Special Requirements

Limited Surfing Supplies Available


Avala: The Bulgarian Black Sea Coast; 2004

With a total area of 436,400 square kilometres and depth of over 2000 metres in some places, there is easily enough space for persistant wind patterns to create rideable swell on this body of water. Naval battles have been fought here, empires born and lost on the shores. This area once maked the end of the civilised world as far as the Greeks were concerned. It marks the end of the popular definition of what surfing is all about as well. As surfers turn their eye towards places such as Bulgaria, real suprises are only now beginning to apear around coastal spa towns such as Vama - a new frontier awaits discovery.

what to pack

Flashdance: A pair of very simple Moroccan flip flops called "Cabjuks"; 25 May 2007

Make sure you pack according to the season. Going in winter will require warm clothes. Windproof and waterproof clothes will be good.
A small backpack makes a good carryon bag and will be useful in daily life. Women: remember to take a good flat pair of shoe's.... And for everybody: pair of comfortable walking shoes will be great for sightseeing. Beach clothing & sandals will be useful if you are going in the warm season. Try to choose classics, and items that you can mix and match. Have at least one set of nicer clothing for more formal occasions.

Definitely take along some bug repellent spray, good sunscreen and sunglasses! Better take your medicines with you (esp. anti hastamine tablets), as the brands can be unfamiliar. Bring your own toilet paper and anti-septic hand-showerstuff, because the toilets are not always very clean.

All the gear if you plan to camp: a good sleeping bag and tent that are good for very low temp; special gas container u can use for heating food and water; a sturdy backpack or a cargo pack with a good daypack. Invest in a portable water filter or at least take some puri-tabs or boil the water.

Bring plenty of memory for digital cameras and bring plenty of batteries. Pretty much everything can be bought in Bulgaria nowadays. But again, travelling to the remote areas, better to bring everything with you.

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