is just some 4 or 5 hours drive from Burgas (including the time on the Custom Formalities). There are many bus-companies offering excursions by bus or just transport to Istanbul and other cities in Turkey. The trip to Istanbul can be made in a day but an overnight is recommended as the city is very rich in culture and sights. Before heading to Istanbul check the visa formalities and take your passport. Depending on your nationality small entrance fee is paid upon entrance to Turkey.
(also Nessebur) is small town under the UNESCO World Heritage conservation program. It is extremely picturesque and attractive. There you can see the Old Metropolitan Church (4 A.D.) and amazing architectural details from the Byzantine epoch. It is located 40 kilometers North of Burgas. Regular public bus lines run every 20 minutes from Burgas to Nesebar and Sunny Beach. The first bus leaves at 5AM and the last at 11PM. One way adult ticket is 6 leva (3,05 euro) (January 2012).
is famous for its ancient and renaissance buildings. The city is located 30 kilometers to the South of Burgas. To get there is public transport leaving from Burgas bus station South which is in the city center. The first buses in the morning leave at 5AM and the last bus for Sozopol is at 9PM. One way adult ticket is 4 leva (2 euro) (August 2009).
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that offers comfortable and modern sleep cabins. The train runs daily and leaves from Burgas after 22:00 (ask in train station for exact time). This is a convenient option if traveling with kids, as they can occupy the travel time with sleeping.
village for a peaceful stay at the sea (i.e. when traveling with kids). Some express buses (micro-buses) daily leave Burgas bus station (next to the train station) and pass Varvara on the way. Travel takes about an hour and costs 10 Lev.
Burgas is a city on the Bulgarian Southern Black Sea coast. It developed more actively in the beginning of 20th century and today it is a large industrial center with many tourist attractions in the region. Built by the sea and surrounded by lakes, Burgas offers relatively mild weather characterized by cooler summers and warmer winters.
Three lakes surround Burgas – Vaya (also known as the Burgas lake), Atanaskovsko lake and Mandrensko lake.
There are historical evidences that the lands that today Burgas occupies were inhabited since ancient times. However at that period most of the lands that today Burgas covers were small fisherman villages and fortifications. It was hard to flourish under the pressure of the better developed at that period trade centers Nesebar and Sozopol. At the end of the 19th century the city had less than 3000 inhabitants.
The Burgas Bay turned out to be very favorable for the navy and the Port of Burgas developed in the beginning of 20th c. The trade and the industry are the driving force of the city even today. The oil refinery was constructed in mid 20th c. and produces many plastic and oil products, as well as gas. More than 300 000 inhabitants live in Burgas today.
The tourism is not particularly developed in Burgas but the city is a stop for the picturesque century old towns Nesebar and Sozopol. Many large luxury holiday resorts were constructed in the Bay of Burgas. For the lovers of nature there are many camp-sites.
- Center – the nightlife, hotels and sights are located here, bus station, train station, shopping area
- Bratya Miladinovi – living area close to the city center
- Lazur – living area with hotels, close to the beach and the nightlife in summer
- Vazrazhdane – living area relatively close to the city center
- Zornitza – living area, close to the beach and the Atanasovko lake
- Izgrev – living area, not interesting for tourists, close to the Atanasovsko lake
- Slaveikov – living area, not interesting for tourists, the Asen Zlatarov University buildings are located in this district
- Meden Rudnik – living area, not interesting for tourists, no beach there, but close to Vaya and Mandrensko lakes
- Sarafovo – formerly a village, now it is district of Burgas, close to the beach, close to the airport, far from the city center
- Kraimorie – formerly a village, now it is district of Burgas, close to the beach, far from the city center
- Dolno Ezerovo – formerly a village, now it is district of Burgas, far from the city center, close to the Vaya (Burgasko) lake - at its North bench
- Gorno Ezerovo – formerly a village, now it is district of Burgas, far from the city center, close to the Vaya (Burgasko) lake - at its South bench
- Lozovo – formerly a village, now it is district of Burgas, far from the city center
- Akatziite – mostly industrial region
- Pobeda – mostly industrial region
- 5th Kilometer – the district is getting bigger as some big retail chains build their stores in this region.
- Sunny Beach - is large holiday complex just a kilometer from Nessebur. In summer the two villages almost merge in one big party and holiday center. Sunny Beach is sometimes called the summer party capital. There are more than 200 hotels and thousands of clubs, bars and pubs. One of the most famous party places is Cacao Beach with guest DJs like Victor Calderone, or bands like UK's Ladytron.
- Pomorie is located 20 km to the North of Burgas. Buses to there run regularly from the central bus station. The Pomorie Thracian Tomb is located near the village of Pomorie. It is open for visitors only in summer. Book a visit from a local travel agency.
- Campings - near Sozopol there are two camping sites very famous among windsurfers and other water and wind sport fans. These are Gradina (Garden) and Zlatna Ribka (Gold Fish). A few surf schools are open there from May to October. Equipment is available for rent.
- St. Ivan island (the Snakes' island) located to the south, near the village of Primorsko. You can search for a boat or small ship for an excursion to there. It is called snake due to the number of water snakes that inhabit the island. Naturally grown cacti can also be observed there.
- Bourgas Mineral Baths - The mineral baths are located 15 km to the northwest of the Burgas city center, near the village of Banevo. There is regular bus line that runs on 30 minutes intervals, buses are leaving from the bus stop at the New Post. The mineral springs are hot (41C) and lightly mineralised (0,604 gr/liter). The spa center is surrounded by huge forest-like garden. The place is ideal for a picnic.
- There is a night (about 8 hours long) train to Sofia that offers comfortable and modern sleep cabins. The train runs daily and leaves from Burgas after 22:00 (ask in train station for exact time). This is a convenient option if traveling with kids, as they can occupy the travel time with sleeping.
Go next (Camping)
The Southern Black Sea coastal line has suffered heavily from the construction boom of holiday resorts and complexes from the 2000 – 2008 period. As alternative to the traditional summer vacation there are a few campsites situated on picturesque beaches in the Burgas region. For travelers without cars - most of them are accessible by public transport to the main village and then by walk or hitchhike.
To the North of Burgas:
- Zora (near the town of Obzor)
- Nesebar bungalows (near Nesebar)
- Bolyarski stan (near Ravda)
- Aheloy campsite (near the village Aheloy)
- Villas Mariana (near Pomorie)
To the South of Burgas:
- VTEPS Chernomorets (Chernomorets)
- Gradina (Chernomorets)
- Zlatna ribka (Sozopol)
- Kavatsi (Sozopol)
- Kiten campsite (Kiten)
- Camping Yug (Kiten)
- Camping Koral (Lozentez)
- Pipilota (Lozenetz)
- Oasis (Lozenetz)
- Arapya campsite (Tzarevo)
- Morski briz (Tzarevo)
- Nestinarka (Tzarevo)
- Zelenika (Ahtopol)
- Slunchev den/Sunny Day (Ahtopol)
- Siniya laguna/Blue lagoon (Ahtopol)
- Zafo bungalows (Sinemoretz)
- Silistar (less than 1 kilometer from the Bulgarian-Turkish border)