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Burgas
Burgas
#About the Vacation City for Young People and the Pearl of the Black Sea

There is a reason that Burgas is called the Gem of the Black Sea, and has become an important tourist attraction in the south Black Sea. This is a vibrant port city, with casinos, shopping centers, good prices for shopping, and warm Bulgarian hospitality.

Many see Burgas as the ideal destination for relaxation in Bulgaria. Like Varna, it is excellent for family vacations, with nice beaches and pampering hotels. It is the fourth city of its size in Bulgaria, but it still maintains its small town feeling.

The center of life in Burgas is around the maim square - Torikata Square, and the beach. In the city there are older buildings next to modern ones, and it is interesting to wander around the streets towards sunset.

Burgas is also a city for nature lovers, that can come here to enjoy the 4 magical lakes around. These are located outside the city and are stopping points for migrating birds. With a jeep, a rented car or a taxi you can take for the day, you can explore the mountains and picturesque villages, with many surprised, authentic food and great Bulgarian views.

See all the attractions in Burgas by clicking on the tag "Burgas".



#History

Opposite of what might be expected, a visit to Burgas will introduce a city with a rich and fascinating history. Settlement in Burgas began somewhere around the New Stone Age. In the late Bronze Age it became an organized settlement. From digs around Burgas, it seems that trade took place with developed cultures in the area and with other populations in the Mediterranean.

After the Romans conquered the area, in the first century BC, they built the Deultum Fortress, whose ruins can be seen until today about 20 kilometers from Burgas.

A millennium later, with the Ottoman conquering in the 14th century, the name of the city was changed after the Ottoman-Russian War in 1878, Burgas was then included in the Eastern Rumelia region that belonged to the Ottomans. After 7 years Eastern Rumelia was united to Bulgaria.

At the beginning of the 20th century, with the opening of the Burgas Port, a fast-paced development project began over the city and increasing the number of residents. The tourism and financial developments in Burgas were expanded dramatically.

the development in Burgas during the Communist Era was significant, and made it an important industrial center.

Today, along with many tourist attractions in the area, Burgas is one of the largest industrial centers in Bulgaria, and a significant city in Bulgarian manufacturing.

https://youtu.be/tFasrD6hJqc



#Geography

On the southeast section of the Black Sea beaches, less than 400 kilometers from the capital Sofia, is Burgas, the fourth city in size in Bulgaria, and the most important in the southern Bulgarian beaches.

Burgas has a long sandy beach line, along the Black Sea in Bulgaria. In contrast to the Bulgarian coastal plain, where Burgas is situated, the forested mountain ranges that remote villages and ancient monasteries dot are still visible in the landscape.


#When to Arrive?

On cold days, the weather in Burgas is comfortable and pleasant. The recommended time to visit Burgas is in the spring, between April and June, when the weather is nice, even if the weather changes quickly. The advantage is fewer crowds.

In the months of July to September, the official tourist season, the weather is hot and nice, but notice that the city is crowded with tourists.

The tourist season in Burgas begins in the spring (May-April) and continues all summer long, until the end of September, beginning of October.


#Transportation

Landing in the Burgas airport is about 10 kilometers from the city. Get to the center of town by taxi, or bus number 15.

To move around in the city there are inexpensive cabs or public buses.

For leave the city you will use the central bus station Yug, in the southern end of Aleksandrovska Street.

Across the central bus station is the train station. From here you can travel by train for cities like Sofia, or over central cities in Bulgaria or neighboring countries.

#Food

The Bulgarian kitchen offers excellent traditional dishes, like Bulgarian cheese, and yogurt, originating from Bulgaria, supermarkets carry over 300 different kinds.

Be sure to try Banitsa, a delicious filo dough pastry, with different flavors and stuffing. Gyuvetch is a great dish with meat cubes, potatoes and steamed vegetables. Shopska is the Bulgarian version of a Greek salad.

Another must-try is the Bulgarian excellent mousaka without eggplants. There is also a filo dough pastry called Byurek, stuffed grape leaves Sarmi, Bulgarian kebab Kebanche, and wonderful cold zucchini soup.

In Bulgaria, you will drink Slivovitz, a good local peach brandy, and Grozdova Rakia, grape brandy. The popular Bulgarian drink is Mastike, is made of tree sap.


#Internet

In Bulgaria you can buy a SIM card with internet at almost every supermarket.


#Shopping

Vacationing in Burgas will let you enjoy shopping 24/7. If you shop in town, on the main shopping streets and the different malls, and not in the tourist area - you will get great prices, up to one-fourth of the price!

Go shopping in the shopping centers in town, like Burgas Plaza, Tria City Centre, or Pirgos Style, where items are rather cheap.

Look around the streets, and on Aleksandrovska Street you will find cheap shopping, and more expensive shops on Aleko Bogoridi.

In the vibrant and colorful markets of Burgas, you will find many stalls and great clothing stores, with shoes, jewelry, souvenirs and more.

Parents say that the chain store Jumbo has great products for children, including things for school.



#Entertainment

An evening walk on the promenade is a great opportunity for fun experiences. There are cheap restaurants, casinos (don't forget your passport to get in), entertainment for adults for more options.

For more entertainment recommendations click on the tag "Entertainment in Burgas".


#Betting

Many come to Burgas for the bettings. There are two large casinos called Hrizantema and Platinum. Other than those there are many smaller casinos.

You can only bet over the age of 18, be sure to bring your passport with you.

You should try to limit the amount of money that you bet over, the rest of the money should be saved in the hotel.


#Money Exchange

Exchange money only at the hotel or with the company called Crown around the city.


#Tips

At cafes and restaurants in Bulgaria, it is customary to leave between 10% -15% tip for the check amount. Taxi drivers get about a 5% tip, and on organized tours usually the guide and bus driver each receives between $2.5/$3 from every participant.


#Bulgaria Country Code

+359


#Electric Outlets

The required types of plugs are Types C, E, and F.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/AIAa5NQc1bo


Sites in the City:

https://youtu.be/lpFzeUudXJw
Crete
Crete
#About the Largest Island in Greece

The Mediterranean atmosphere in Crete is perfect. Between the remains of a glorious past, one is greeted by a pleasant and friendly local population that speaks a different language but behaves with hospitality in everyone. Nowhere beats Crete when it comes to experiencing the sun-burned Greek charm, with the lazy and relaxed lifestyle of those who have everything and need nothing.

The island, which is the fifth largest of the Mediterranean islands, is considered the largest of the Greek islands. Who has not ruled here throughout history? There were the Greeks, the Romans, the Ottomans, the Venetians, and the Germans in World War II.

This island is a treasure. Crowds of tourists flock here every year, searching for the sea, the sun, the excellent food and some of the remnants of the Minoan culture, born here and the pioneer of Western cultures.

Apart from high mountains and small villages, beaches and blue bays, olive groves, bubbling nightlife and delicious taverns, Crete also has wooded hills, fertile soil and densely cultivated valleys, deep canyons, unique archeological sites, steep cliffs that rise from small beaches and sandy bays and bright villages.

The mountainous part of Crete is characterized by high mountains with fruit trees and endless olive groves. The local estimates is that the island has over 20 million olive trees.

This is actually a chain of mountains, which divides the island of Crete in two, and separates its southern and northern parts. Interestingly, if the major cities and popular tourist towns are on the northern coast, those interested can find peace and quiet on the more pleasant, quiet southern beaches and small villages, whose inhabitants live slowly and calmly, some of them still engaged in traditional handicrafts.


#History
The island of Crete preceded Greece and only became part of modern Greece in 1913 after the Balkan wars.

Minoan, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Venetian, and Ottoman - the strategic location of the island in the Mediterranean made it a desirable island by empires and rulers. Everyone seemed to have passed through here, leaving their mark.

It all starts with the Minoan culture. Many see Crete as the cradle of Western culture, always referring to the Minoans, which was the first known culture on the continent of Europe.

The Minoan culture was of paramount importance in Greek mythology as well. The legends tell of Zeus's birth in Crete, the father of the Gods and the ruler of the heavens. It was from this place that the Minoan king Minus ruled Greece and the eastern Mediterranean. Crete was also the site where Hercules was anchored to complete one of the missions he was given, and this was where Athens, every year, sent a boat laden with human sacrifice.

After Greece, the Romans, the Venetians, and the Ottomans ruled here. At the end of the 19th century, they withdrew from the island, following the rebellions of the islanders. In the early 20th century Crete became part of Greece and during World War II it was conquered by the German army. During the war several battles between them and the Allies took place on its land.


#Entertainment
Among the sites for young people on the island of Crete, Malia is considered the capital of clubs, bars, parties and nightlife.


#Food
Souvlaki, giros, Greek salad, tzatziki, ouzo, feta cheese and seafood are plentiful, but there are many more wonderful dishes offered in Greek tavernas.

The best Taverna experience is to open with the rich Greek Mezes - a collection of excellent Greek starters.

Greek salad is also satisfying and wonderful, especially when the ingredients are fresh and seasoned well. Tavernas will usually do the job.

Meat lovers will be able to find any street is souvlaki, the Greek Shishlik, or Girus, the Greek shawarma. Fish is usually more expensive in these taverns, while octopus and chicken will be cheaper.

The local feta cheese (very high fat percentage) and the large, juicy red grapes.

Another pleasant surprise is the local wine, combined with ouzo and raki that flow through the streets like water add to the light mood of the island.

Just be sure to enter authentic taverns. The waiters do not usher in passerbys, so it is up to you to go on in. The menus are not on display and in the local joints, the menus are generally only in Greek and English. If dogs and cats are hanging around the taverna, it's a good sign- touristy restaurants tend to shoo them away.


#Transportation
If possible, explore the island with a rental car. Some hotels have a representative of a car rental company. If you have taken a local vehicle, carefully check the vehicle thoroughly and make sure that it has full and valid insurance that covers any damage to property or God forbid body injury.


#Tips
A good tip in restaurants and cafes in Greece is 1-3 euros. Before the economic crisis, 20% were given as a tip, but today the tips have dropped significantly. Another option is to leave a restaurant at 10% service charge on a low account or 5% at a high expense. You do not need to tip taxi drivers.


#Greece Country Code
+30


#Electric Outlets
The possible plugs are Type F and C (see link below with photos and details).


A taste of the upcoming trip? - Here's a video that will show you the island in all its beauty:

https://youtu.be/8iktgpgaYy4


Local Music:

https://youtu.be/934Befj4aD8


Aerial view:

https://youtu.be/18sYgM3OExg


A Bit From the Local Kitchen:

https://youtu.be/vjLl5jdb2Do
Albena Beach
Albena
#About Varna's Big Sandy Beach

Albena Beach is a stretch of beach on the Black Sea, more than a kilometer long, and has smooth, pleasant sand, which is a popular vacation spot among vacationing families. On the hill behind it there are a chain of holiday villages packed with vacationers from all over Europe.

Thanks to the pleasant winds blowing on the Albena Beach in the summer, staying here, even during the hot hours of the afternoon, is relatively pleasant and not too hot.

This beach is known for the wide range of marine sports that can be found here at relatively cheap prices. If you are a water sports enthusiast, here you can enjoy cruising, speedboats, jet skis, water skiing, water parachutes and more.

Albena has many nearby hotels and full beach services, including restaurants, bars and umbrellas for rent and suntanning beds. There are spaces for a variety of sporting activities, from tennis courts and soccer, through halls for basketball games, badminton, volleyball and mini-golf to great swimming pools.

There is a fee to enter the beach, as well as some of the services on it. But for tourists from the West prices can be considered cheap.


#Sunrise from the Sea

One of the great experiences of the beaches here is the sunrise in the Black Sea. It is a special play of sunrise, where you see the sun rising from the sea. It is worth waking up early at least once and enjoying the experience.



A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/NixorSeDe7Q
Varna
Zlatni Pyasutsi
#About the Great Resort in the North Black Sea

The Golden Sands Resort, a pleasant stretch of beach 17km north of the city of Varna, is a huge 3.5 km beach which is considered the largest resort on the northern shore of the Black Sea, where you will find magical golden beaches, green forests and blue sea Wonderful.

The beach is sought after by many tourists arriving in droves and is also a sought after place for a great family entertainment on the beach. There is no more suitable for seeking the sun.

Quite a few tourists are surprised to discover that the attractive beach, which made Varna so popular in Europe and created Varna's hot summer resort, is outside the city itself.

The beach itself has many hotels, restaurants and hotels, spa springs, a water park, leisure and leisure activities, coffee shops, water sports facilities and clubs, Luna Park and several shops.

But the golden sands is not only big and popular and one of the most beautiful coastal strips in the Black Sea. Apart from beautiful blue waters and beautiful golden beaches, the area is also a must visit because of the wonderful forests on the hills, the hot springs, the nearby National Park and more.

It is surrounded by warm and natural springs, and nearby is the famous Elze Monastery, the rock-cut monastery. It is an enjoyable experience to climb the narrow path and visit the caves where the monastery is located. The children will enjoy it, too.


# What is the origin of the name?
The beach was named Magda for a treasure that Shapirotim buried here and became golden sands. Legend tells of a group of pirates who buried the gold stolen from innocent ships. But the shore, which understood the source of gold planted in it, avenged them and turned the gold into golden sand.

Another legend says that his name comes from pirates who actually found a large gold treasure.


# Sunrise from the Sea
One of the special experiences of the beaches here is the sunrise in the Black Sea. For many it can be a special spectacle of sunrise, where you see the sun rising from the sea. Try at least one morning to wake up early and enjoy the experience.


# Nature Park Golden Sands
The Golden Sands (Zlatni Pyasatsi) is a large natural forest typical of the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria. He wears the beach, the Riviera and casinos of the Golden Sands. It has enjoyable hiking trails along marked trails.

From the "golden sands" beach you will reach it on foot, which goes up from the Melia Grand Heritage. The road crosses Highway 9, in an underground passageway.


#Tips
Leisure lovers and clubs will also find in the golden sands a turbulent nightlife.


Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/u1nYykLF11U


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