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Ploshtad Troikata
Torikata Square
#About the Central Square in Burgas

Torikata Square (Ploshtad Troikata) is one of the main squares of Burgas, and is an attraction for many of the city's visitors. with a special atmosphere, it is a great place for pedestrians, to take photos of buildings and enjoy the experience.

The square and its surroundings combine in an interesting way the Socialist-Soviet facade, with western and modern styles. As the main square in Burgas, Torikata connects to Aleksandrovska Street. This street, also the central commercial and shopping street in the city, is a modern street with its architecture.

It is interesting to see how the two come together perfectly, the old look and style of the square, and the western and modern look of the street. While the square is surrounded by buildings built in the typical Soviet style, among them is the Hotel Bulgaria building and the university building next to it, Aleksandrovska Street is characterized with the modern style of western Europe.

This architectural contrast, between the Soviet facade of the square, and the more western facade of the street creates a beautiful combination between the street and the Socialist Square next to it.


A Look at the Square on a Holiday:

https://youtu.be/1fEr-pSpDsQ


A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/4TXHv1kojIc
The Poda Nature Preserve
Poda Nature Preserve
#About the Center for the Preservation of the Four Lakes

About 8 kilometers south of Burgas, the Poda Nature Preserve was established in 1998 to protect the bird habitat in the area.

It is a center for conservation of Bulgaria's largest swamp region and the four lakes near the bustling resort towns of Mandrensko, Burgasko, Atanasovsko and Pomoriysko.

In this lakes land birds on their long journey, every fall, to Africa. The area itself is home to about 260 species of birds, almost 70% of all species in Bulgaria as a whole.

The marshes and lakes surrounding Burgas constitute a stopping point for masses of birds passing by the city, which is on the migration route. This permanent route, called Via Pontica, is one of the main migratory routes of the migrating birds for winter and summer, back and forth, between northern Europe and Central Africa.

In the center of Poda you will find observation points that make great observations for professional birds watchers. In fact, the conservation center offers visitors an opportunity to identify rare and endangered birds and raise awareness of their conditions.

The center also offers tours of the lakes, as well as a variety of hiking trails in the reserve.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/GLHGzgY-_Cc
Burgas Market
Burgas Market
#About the Market in Burgas

The Burgas Market is not the largest or most impressive, but it is a nice market that offers mostly agricultural products and souvenirs. The market, located in the west of the city, and offers a great opportunity to shop and at the same time enjoy the atmosphere of the place.

In the market, you will enjoy a magical and unique atmosphere. You will find plenty of fruits, vegetables, local products like cheese, meats, and more. This is a great place to buy ingredients for dinner if you are staying in an apartment with a kitchen.


#Tips

We recommend beginning the tour of the market at the intersection of Ferdinandova and Debelt Streets.
St. Anastasia Island
St. Anastasia Island
#About the Only Populated Bulgarian Island

One of the special experiences in Burgas and Nessebar is going sailing to the unique rocky island that is on the Bulgarian Black Sea, the St. Anastasia Island.

This is a volcanic small island in the Burgas Bay, the biggest bay in the Bulgarian Black Sea. In its history, it was used as a religious hiding spot, a lonely prison, and a place to pirates. One of these, by the way, hid a golden treasure in the beaches, that has not been found to this day.

The island itself was created from a volcano eruption. Storms and sea waves throughout the years created the interesting shape of the volcanic rock, in the shape of dragons, mushrooms, a sun gate, and a fossilize pirate ship.

In the island, named after St. Anastasia, you will see a small historic museum and a beautiful small church, you can experience creating medicine from plants from the pharmacy here. Visit the local lighthouse, that can be entered sometimes.

In addition to the wonderful public beach, there are restaurants, pubs, and rooms for accommodations.



#What is There to do Here?

A visit to St. Anastasia Island will show you a small island, that used to be a prison, and today has become a nice attraction to tour.

The small beach on the island is fun and great for sunbathing. The chapel that was rebuilt is interesting to see, the only one left on the Bulgarian islands from the Middle Ages. All the other churches on other islands are in ruins.

The lighthouse, that shows boats the way to this day, reaches up to 10 kilometers, is on the northern part of the island. It was opened in 1914, and replaced the lighthouse from 1889 that was built on the island by a French company, and was a metal rod 40 meters tall.

Today, the St. Anastasia Island is one of the most romantic places on the Bulgarian islands. You can dine here in restaurants with authentic Bulgarian food, in what was a monastery from the Middle Ages, and in the 20 century was used as a prison, and today it is a hotel.


#History of the Island

This small island has an interesting history. Archeological findings and underwater research were here done in 1973, and settlements were found from the 4th and 6th centuries BC.

The St. Anastasia Monastery on the island was built in the Middle Ages, and is the only preserved monastery on the island, at least part of it. The earliest recording of the island's existence is from the 15th century. During the years the monastery was attacked by pirates, and there is a legend about the treasure still hidden on the beach.

At the end of the 17th century, the Dutch cartographer Nicholaes Witsen was the first to map the island.

Around 1920 the monastery was abandoned, and the building became a prison. Here communists at the time were held, and the St. Anastasia Island received the nickname the Bolshevik Island.

Throughout the years, communist prisoners that were held at the prison on the island managed to escape and reach Burgas. At a certain point, the distance and difficult maintenance forced the government to transfer the prisoners from here to a police station in Burgas, with some being released. Some managed to rise to power in Bulgaria later.

Starting from the 1960's and until the 1980's, the island filled with artists, bohemian people of Burgas, and the island became a popular tourist attraction.

In 2001 the St. Anastasia Island received a title, a point of cultural and historical Bulgarian destination. Today you can get accommodation in the monastery from the Middle Ages, which used to also be a lonely prison.



#The Island's Legend

St. Anastasia is a place full of stories and legends that have been associated with it over the years. There are those who note that during the Vikings, these wonderful seafarers visited it. Others can tell of a miracle that took place many years ago when in the mystical island a drunken captain fell from a high cliff, and miraculously survived unharmed.

But the best-known legend is about the fossilized pirate ship on the island of Anastasia. The remnants of the ship, according to legend, are what remains of a pirate ship that attacked the island many years ago.

According to legend, the reason for this attack was a gold treasure buried on the island by a dead pirate. The pirates who were looking for the treasure hoisted their ship on the island and the frightened monks in the convent locked themselves in the church and prayed to Saint Anastasia to save them.

According to the legend, Saint Anastasia heard the prayer of the pleading monks against the pirates who raided them. She sent a terrible storm through the sea. In the storm, the pirate ship was thrown ashore and crashed. Its remains, the fossils, say the Islanders, are still there today and can be seen on the beach.

The secrets of this mysterious island have no ended. Some believe that on the island there are two hidden dungeons with many secrets hidden inside. There were well hidden, and have no been found to this day, but the search continues.


#Tips

A boat from Burgas can be found at Magazia 1 station. It is about a half hour ride.

There is also a cruise to the port of Nessebar.

The island has a restaurant that offers local and authentic foods, creative from very old recipes.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/zGMpwow306o

Must See in Burgas

Burgas Archaeological Museum
Burgas Archaeological Museum
#About the Museum of Archeology and Antiquities of Burgas

The Burgas Archaeological Museum is a small museum with a diverse collection of prehistoric and historical artifacts. These were discovered in the region and survived from the Stone Age, through the period of ancient Greece to the Roman period. Most of the collections here focus on the development of the cities along the Black Sea coast and various aspects of sailing.

There are also a few artifacts from the history of Burgas during the period of the First and Second Bulgarian Empire, as well as antiquities from the period of the conquest of the city of Burgas by the Ottoman Empire, in the 14th century.

Among the objects you will find are Neolithic flint tools, Greek sculptures, jugs, jewelry, mosaics and more. Particularly interesting are the remains of a wooden canoe dating from the 5th century BC, and a beautifully preserved wooden coffin in which the Thracian governor was buried.

In one of the nice collections at the Museum of Archeology in Burgas you will see exhibits that reveal the history of navigation in the Black Sea, beginning in the middle of the 2nd century BC.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/SN7BGk4WKnI
St. Hach Armenian Church
St. Hach Armenian Church
#About the Ancient Armeninan Church in the City

The many Christian sects in Bulgaria and Burgas, gives visitors the opportunity to see the variety of beauty and architectural creations from the history of the city.

The St. Hach Orthodox Armenian Church (Surp Hach) was built in 1853 by the members of the Armenian community in the city, in the same place where once a church stood in the 17th century. This is a cultural meeting point in the city, and one of the oldest religious sites in Burgas.

The St. Hach Armenian Church, located along Aleksandrovska Street, right behind the tall Bulgaria hotel, where the large casino sits.

From an architectural point of view, the St. Hach Armenian Church is an impressive building, full of beauty and built in a different style from other Orthodox churches in the city. Be sure not to miss a visit to the inside of the church, it is especially beautiful from the inside.

At a small garden across the church you can see the monument for the victims of the Armenian people.

In 1878 at a ceremony at the St. Hach Church the Russian General Lermontov participated, the one who liberated the area from the Ottoman rule. The road where the church stands is named after the general today.



#Tips

Be sure to come here dressed modestly.

Entrance is free of charge.

After a visit here you can cross the street and get a drink at an authentic Armenian cafe.

Opening hours are daily between 6:00 am and 10:00 pm.


Enter the Atmosphere:

https://youtu.be/TK2DBedCxQo
Sunny Beach Promenade
Sunny Beach Promenade
#About the Promenade Next to the Wonderful Beach

The Sunny Beach Promenade begins near the Victoria Palace Hotel, and from there it continues along Sunny Beach.

Along the promenade you will find food stalls, watches, clothes, shoes, perfumes, and other things to buy. All this next to bars, pubs, restaurants, and more. There are many brands, most of them fake, though made at a rather high quality.

The promenade has a nice amusement park, though not too big. There are nice and scary rides, like the extreme ride with the chairs, that spins the people at a high speed, a scary maze, a nice 3D movie, Ferris wheel, driving simulators with racing cars and other amusing rides.

During the evening hours, the promenade is also the center of entertainment. It is long and full of attractions for the young, and the whole family. There are fast food places of all kinds, restaurants on the beach, and of course places to drink, a variety of bars, pubs, and clubs all along the promenade.



#Tips

Bring money for shopping to the promenade, there is always something nice here.

The beach here is long and lively, and is almost always full of vacationers, especially during the noon hours.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/iqkD7NHjetE
Strandzha
Strandzha
#About the Natural Mountain Park

Hidden in the southwest corner of Europe, Strandzha Natural Park (Strandja) is about an hour drive from Burgas, a nature preserve barely populated, far away from big cities.

This natural park has the Standzha Mountain Range in the middle, full of green forests, with wonderful views. The location of the park is in the south-eastern corner of Bulgaria, near the Black Sea beaches. It spreads across and into Turkey.

The park with the Standzha Mountains is the peek of the enchanting forest. Thousands of beech trees, and endless bushes surrounding the rich greenery make this park green and relaxing, a place to connect with nature. With the breathtaking views and the many butterflies, birds, reptiles and wildflowers, the natural park is varied and spreads wide, it is one of the best places in Eastern Europe to watch wild animals.

In addition to the lush nature, the local culture is no less interesting, in the local villages cultures developed over hundreds of years, like curious wooded architecture that can be seen in the ancient wooden houses that were built in the secluded villages.

#Tips

You can easily get here in a rented car or on an organized daily tour from the hotel.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/8RSKswWg8fY


Morska Gradina
Sea Garden
#About Varna's Park for Those Looking for Pease and Quiet

Primorski Park, or the "Sea Garden," which were opened in 1908, is the main park in the city of Varna, and the prettiest city park in Bulgaria. It started as a small garden in 1862 by the Ottoman governor of Varna.

The park, also called the "Sea Garden" is located along the city's coastal strip. It has an elevated position above the waterline, Primorski Park overlooks the Black Sea.

On Primorski Blvd, the park is a perfect place to relax, take a break rest on the green grass. With 26,000 square meters, this huge and beautiful park is considered the largest green area in Europe. With flourishing gardens, many attractive corners, statues and fountains. The gardens were designed by the famous Austrian artist Anton Nowak, who turned the gardens into a charming place for all ages to enjoy.

The park, attracting both locals and tourists, guarantees you hours of fun. Here you can have a good time for two hours and up to a full day.

Apart from its charm, the park has several attractions for kids, such as a zoo, an aquarium, an amphitheater, a dolphinarium, a planetarium and an observatory. Children can enjoy the playgrounds in the large play area, and those interest can also sail on boats in the water channel in the garden.


#Tips
Entrance to the park is free.

The park is open 24 hours a day, but for those who do not like big crowds, it's best to arrive early in the morning, or later in the evening.

In the summer there are various events and performances.

After visiting the park you can go tanning at the city's public beaches.

The park has cafes and restaurants overlooking the sea.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/WQMJFNVjAXQ


The Great Nature:

https://youtu.be/J24t0vMYypc


Lots of Locals:

https://youtu.be/0dlN8Kwcce0
Sozopol
#About the Fishing Village

Sozopol is a fishing village that has become a nice port city, popular and full of life, that offers visitors a beautiful strip of beach, wooden cabins built on stone bases, wonderful stone streets, narrow alleyways with ancient buildings that are full of magic and two wonderful beaches.

Here the ancient Greek city Apolonia used to be located, that for hundreds of years was a successful and independent city, until the Romans destroyed it, which it never recovered from. From that impressive city, a small fishing village remains, that survived until the 19th century, and then 150 big white houses were built, in the traditional Black Sea style.

Sozopol is about 30 kilometers south of Burgas, and it is about a 40-minute ride. The interesting part of the city is the ancient part, located on the land in the north of the newer area. You can enjoy a tour, combined with a good and inexpensive breakfast, or spend a few days and go wandering around the beaches.


#Tips

There is a bus from Burgas to Sozopol every 20 minutes, the ride is about 40 minutes long.

At a look at the nice stalls with embroidery.

The nudist beach will allow you to swim and tan without a bathing suit.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/_gbnJAVOMBU


A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/UJTELN8kPE0
Nessebar
#About the Gem of the Black Sea

About an hour and a half drive south of Verna, and about 30 kilometers north of Burgas, a beautiful ride, as you are surrounded by the views of the Black Sea, the green forests and villages, you will reach the ancient fisherman village of Nessebar.

Nessebar is a wonderful ancient village, that was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is located on a small island connected to the beach by a road. There are many ancient buildings, a few churches, archeological sites from the Byzantine period, and more.

The ancient fishermen village is a nice place with a wonderful atmosphere. In this picturesque village, you will find yourself wandering around ancient stone alleyways, and surrounded by about 40 churches, the oldest of which are from the 5th century AD.

It is best to come here during the day hours. In every corner, you will find beautiful sights and local beauty, that will be definitely Instagram worthy.

This is one of the oldest cities in Europe. Already in 1983 the archeological remains here, the Greek Acropolis, Apollo Temple, and the Agora, were declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.


#What Can Be Seen Here?

In the picturesque streets of the village you can see stalls, part are authentic and some commercial, wooden cabin restaurants, with great Bulgarian food, souvenir stores, and relaxing cafes with great views. The older part of the village offers stone sidewalks and houses of stone. In the seafood restaurants are delicious and romantic tastes of the ancient city, there is a sea breeze, and many souvenir stores and small hotels.

In Nessebar you will find Bulgarian authentic markets, where the vendors offer the best of the local products, embroidered table clothes and ceramics.


#History of the Place

As a site that has been settled by the Greek culture in the 2nd century BC, Nessebar is one of the oldest populated villages in the world.

From the 5th century AD, this place became one of the important strongholds of the Byzantine Empire. With the Ottoman conquering of the area in the 15th century, Nessebar's glory dimmed. It began to shine again only in the 20th century, as tourist expanded in Europe, and in the Communist bloc, and this area became a magical village, very picturesque, very touristed and a popular destination in the country.

The village of Nessebar was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO a long time ago. As a result, many of the sites here are undergoing renovation and preservations.

Today, Nessebar is considered one of the leading tourist destinations, and the point of many popular trips around the Burgas area. This is also an area for trips from Verna, which is not far from other places in the country.



#Tips

About every 20 minutes, a bus leaves from Burgas to Nessebar, about a 40-minute ride.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/FZVcEINMqNg


A Visit:

https://youtu.be/rJLcnECs4Yc

Another Look:

https://youtu.be/gFvHVJDjZBg


A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/bZAdfmbjMLw
Nessebar
#About the Gem of the Black Sea

About an hour and a half drive south of Verna, and about 30 kilometers north of Burgas, a beautiful ride, as you are surrounded by the views of the Black Sea, the green forests and villages, you will reach the ancient fisherman village of Nessebar.

Nessebar is a wonderful ancient village, that was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is located on a small island connected to the beach by a road. There are many ancient buildings, a few churches, archeological sites from the Byzantine period, and more.

The ancient fishermen village is a nice place with a wonderful atmosphere. In this picturesque village, you will find yourself wandering around ancient stone alleyways, and surrounded by about 40 churches, the oldest of which are from the 5th century AD.

It is best to come here during the day hours. In every corner, you will find beautiful sights and local beauty, that will be definitely Instagram worthy.

This is one of the oldest cities in Europe. Already in 1983 the archeological remains here, the Greek Acropolis, Apollo Temple, and the Agora, were declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

#What Can Be Seen Here?

In the picturesque streets of the village you can see stalls, part are authentic and some commercial, wooden cabin restaurants, with great Bulgarian food, souvenir stores, and relaxing cafes with great views. The older part of the village offers stone sidewalks and houses of stone. In the seafood restaurants are delicious and romantic tastes of the ancient city, there is a sea breeze, and many souvenir stores and small hotels.

In Nessebar you will find Bulgarian authentic markets, where the vendors offer the best of the local products, embroidered table clothes and ceramics.
History of the Place
As a site that has been settled by the Greek culture in the 2nd century BC, Nessebar is one of the oldest populated villages in the world.

From the 5th century AD, this place became one of the important strongholds of the Byzantine Empire. With the Ottoman conquering of the area in the 15th century, Nessebar's glory dimmed. It began to shine again only in the 20th century, as tourist expanded in Europe, and in the Communist bloc, and this area became a magical village, very picturesque, very touristed and a popular destination in the country.

The village of Nessebar was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO a long time ago. As a result, many of the sites here are undergoing renovation and preservations.

Today, Nessebar is considered one of the leading tourist destinations, and the point of many popular trips around the Burgas area. This is also an area for trips from Verna, which is not far from other places in the country.

#Tips
About every 20 minutes, a bus leaves from Burgas to Nessebar, about a 40-minute ride.


A Closer Look

https://youtu.be/FZVcEINMqNg


A Visit

https://youtu.be/rJLcnECs4Yc


Another Look

https://youtu.be/gFvHVJDjZBg


A View from Above

https://youtu.be/bZAdfmbjMLw


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