ABOUT BURGAS

Welcome to Burgas!

The caress of the salty sea breeze, the scent of the sea, that little bit of quiet, filling the tiny, huddled streets, the smiling eyes welcoming you…

Burgas will make you laugh, to walk barefoot on the sand…, to fall in love…, to be you…

and it will definitely make you want to come back.

Burgas is the fourth largest city in Bulgaria, located on the Black Sea Coast, at the eastern border of the European Union. Its strategic place on Europe’s map has helped it to develop as a place you can easily reach…

Burgas has an international airport, a maritime station, train station and two coach stations. A highway links the city to the capital – Sofia. There are good road connections between Burgas and all other Bulgarian coastal cities. 

The natural treasures of Burgas are undoubtedly one of the reasons for the city to be a preferred place of relaxation for people from around the world. “The sea bring together all things from afar

Wherever you look at it, Burgas is surrounded by water.

To the east is the Black Sea, to the west of the coast there are three lakes – Burgas, Atanasovsko and Mandrensko Lakes – the form the larges complex of seaside lakes in Bulgaria and are declared protected natural territories. The Burgas Bay has one of the longest beach strips with a fine golden sand, gradually deepening sea level, a calm and clean water, light and pleasant breezes. There are around 140 different types of fish in the Burgas Bay. One of the largest air “highways” of migrating birds of passage in the whole of Europe – Via Pontica passes over the Burgas lakes. There are up to 300 000 storks flying over the city every year during the autumn migration. During their migration period, this is also the place with the highest concentration of Pink and Dalmatian pelicans, reed warding birds and hundreds of other bird species, some of which are protected.

SIGHTSEEING

Aquae Calidae

The place brings together the rich history, and attracts its visitors with many different possibilities for relaxation and entertainment.

The archaeological values found on that place such as the fortress walls of the ancient city of Terme (Thermopolis), the Roman baths of the 1st century AD with a warm and cold swimming pool, and various medieval rooms are accessible to tourists through the modern footbridges that facilitate their passage and viewing.

The complex allows citizens and guests of Burgas to visit the fully renovated bathroom of Suleiman the Magnificent. Upon restoration, the original vision is strictly adhered, lined with marble and typical oriental ceramics. The authenticity is complemented by natural and artistic lightning.

The museum exhibition will include all artefacts found on Aquae Calidae – gold, silver and bronze coins of different ages, golden earrings, bathroom accessories, seals, ceramics, marble decorative details and inscriptions, and cult objects.

ST.ANASTASIA ISLAND

St. Anastasia Island is located in the Burgas Bay in the Black Sea. It is a volcanic rock island, 12 meters high, at some places up to 17 meters high, and its area is almost 9 decres. Between 1959 and 1990 it was known as Bolshevik Island. It is surrounded by mystery and there are hundreds of legends and stories about it.

One of the most famous legends is about the pirates who attacked the island at the time when it was housing a monastery. The monks hid in the church and prayed to Saint Anastasia to help them and save them from the raid. She heard their prayers and sent a fearsome storm which broke the pirate ship in two. Even until today, the remains of the ship are fossilised in a rock, which every island visitor can see. It is believed that the reason for the pirate raids was a golden treasure, buried on the island and protected by the ghost of a dead pirate.

St. Anastasia Island today

A healing place, offering wonder-working herbs and potions from old recipes, medieval monastery cell, where you can stay overnight, restaurant with authentic Burgas meals from old recipes…all this in the most romantic place in the Burgas Bay – St. Anastasia Island. You can get there on a boat, leaving from the Sea station Burgas.

SAND FESTIVAL BURGAS

In the Burgas Park “Ezero”, on an area of five decres, immediately next to the beach, every summer there is a city built of sand figures. Every year, the festival theme is different – “Sea World”, “Fairy Tale Heroes”, “Circus”, “Cartoon Character”, “Hall of Fame”, etc.

Over 2500 tons of sand is used every year in order to build the fantastic models. The special lighting adds to the charm of the unique sand city in the evening. The sand sculptures festival, organised by Municipality Burgas, welcome participants from around the world – Indonesia, England, Belgium, Holland, Ireland, Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, etc.

Data on sand sculptures art dates as far back as Ancient Egypt. In present times it is even more popular with hundreds of competitions, organised throughout the world. Burgas is the proud host of the only sand festival of its kind on the Balkan Peninsula.

THE PIER

“Going to Burgas and not seeing the Pier is like going to Rome and not seeing the Pope”this is what any local person will tell you if you ask them about the most emblematic place in Burgas and this reply will not be just empty boasting.

Almost every walk in Burgas ends in a walk along the Pier, located in the city centre. As a natural finish of the old part of the beautiful Seaside Park, going almost 300 metres into the magnificent Black Sea, one of the symbols of Burgas attracts tourists from near and far every year.

The romance of the Pier will enthral you not only with the endless sea horizon but with the lively terraces along its length, where you can see lovers embracing each other, children with dreamy eyes and old fishermen in a heated discussion about life and people and most often sea and fish.