Area guide: Cape Kaliakra, Bulgaria

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Chris Bertram assesses the unknown quantity of Bulgaria’s key golf area, Cape Kaliakra

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When to go

You can reasonably expect warm weather from the middle of May to the middle of October – and could easily get lucky with a week of warmth earlier and later in the year. You will definitely experience hot sun in July and August. We went in early July and it was beautiful – hot sun and clear skies – for all three days.

Price point

A stand-out benefit. As the skiers among us know, Bulgaria does ‘low-cost, high-quality’ very well. So, three nights and two rounds can be yours for under £300… and a huge glass of proper beer is 90p! There is not as much of a requirement to stay clear of the summer peak season in search of a cheaper deal either.

Where to stay

Lighthouse Golf

Definitely stay in the five-star hotel at Lighthouse – and do the all-inclusive deal that works out at around £50 a day. You will probably spend £50 worth of drinks in British terms round the pool! Plus feast on the buffet at lunch and dinner. The hotel is stylish and well-equipped with a terrific pool area and an extensive spa. 

How to get there

You can fly direct to Varna from Luton, Gatwick, Manchester and Birmignham in three hours, or via a stopover in Sofia, but that really does add time onto the journey – and driving from there isn’t ideal because it is seven hours. Once in Varna either pick up a hire car or jump in a taxi – which is likely to be around £50 each way – and within 45 minutes you are in Cape Kaliakra. There is a third route, via Bucharest in Romania, because is it actually under four hours away.  Just make sure your hire car has the correct cross-border papers.

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