Each summer season, the sun-drenched coasts of Bulgaria and Croatia turn into densely inhabited, intensively
exploited tourism industry hot spots. This book traces the various architectural and urban planning strategies that have been pursued there since the mid 1950s—first in order to create, and then to further develop, modern holiday destinations.
It portrays (late) modern resorts of remarkable architectural quality and typological diversity that have lasted for decades: as anchors of the socialist states’ ‘social tourism’, as playground for domestic publics in search of recreation and as a viable product on the international holidays market. It shows how–after the fall of state socialism–individual resorts and outstanding buildings have been restructured both economically and physically and traces the present-day conflicts triggered by coastal development in the name of tourism.