Nessebar is one of the most ancient cities in Bulgaria. It was founded by the Thracians long before the advent of our era and managed to be a Greek, Roman and Byzantine colony. In the 15th century, the settlement came under the protectorate of the Ottoman Turks.
As a tourist center, the city began to develop only in the 20th century. Today there is everything for a relaxing family holiday: cozy beaches, ancient architecture, hospitable taverns and cafes, souvenir shops with products of local craftsmen.
Not far from Nessebar is the famous Sunny Beach, known in our country since the times of the USSR. Nowadays, it has turned into a modern resort that annually receives hundreds of thousands of tourists from different European countries.
What to see and where to go in Nessebar?
The most interesting and beautiful places for walking. Photos and a short description.
The old quarters of the city are located on a small peninsula connected to the new part of Nessebar by a bridge. In the 10th century BC, the first Thracian colony was founded here. Then the Romans, Byzantines and Turks ruled the territory of Bulgaria. The buildings with foundations built during the Ottoman period, as well as buildings from the 18th century, are best preserved in the Old Town.
The mill is located on the isthmus connecting the Old Town and the modern part of Nessebar. The construction itself is made of wood and fortified on a stone foundation left over from the Byzantine church. The mill is considered a symbol of the city; tourists often come here while walking. It consists of three floors: flour was stored on the first floor, the miller's family lived on the second, and the mechanisms of millstones were on the third.
Western fortress wall
The Western Wall is all that remains of the once powerful defensive system of the city. A small section of the fortification stretched for about 100 meters, the height of the structure reaches 8 meters. The surrounding area is ennobled and well-groomed, so it is pleasant to walk here and enjoy the view of the surroundings. It is believed that the wall was erected during the Early Middle Ages and restored several times.
Churches of Nessebar
Nessebar is famous for its temples built in different historical periods. Among others, we can mention the Church of St. Paraskeva of the 12th century, the dilapidated Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel - a UNESCO site, the Church of St. Stephen, built in the 11th century, as well as the Church of Christ the Pantocrator - one of the most famous and well-preserved churches of the Middle Ages in the city .
The Museum of Archeology is located at the entrance to the Old City. It opened in 1994. The impressive exposition occupies four floors and consists of objects belonging to the Thracian, Roman and Byzantine historical periods. Here visitors can view collections of icons, dishes, jewelry, coins, ship accessories, as well as statues (or rather, what is left of them) and ancient burial slabs.
The exposition is located in a city estate of the 19th century, which previously belonged to a wealthy merchant. Each room of the house is dedicated to a different theme. Furniture, household items, craftsmen's tools, household utensils, clothes, textiles and many more interesting exhibits related to the life and culture of local residents are exhibited here. Folklore ensembles often perform on the street in front of the museum during holidays.
Mini water park «Pirates of Caribbean»
True to its name, the water park is decorated in a pirate theme. There is a huge frigate, a treasure chest and an observation post on the tower that attracts all children. The area near the institution is small, mainly water attractions were developed for young guests. After visiting the park to recuperate, you can go to the local restaurant "Black Pearl".
Water park "Aqua Paradise"
The largest water park in Bulgaria with an area of over 30,000 m². On its territory there are several dozen slides designed for adults and children. In addition to water attractions, there is a climbing wall and a swimming pool with springboards. The park opened in 2006. It is distinguished by increased security and infrastructure that is comfortable for tourists, which includes recreation areas, a restaurant and a bar.
A sandy strip on the Black Sea coast, located near the village of Radva. Due to the fact that the beach is located outside the bay, there are quite often waves here. The territory is divided into a paid one, where in the high season they can ask for money for entry, and a free zone. The indisputable advantages of the South Beach are pleasant golden sand, clear sea and shallow depth.
The largest seaside resort in Bulgaria, located in the east of the country. Nessebar is located near its hospitable beaches. The infrastructure of the place was formed in the 1960s. If you look at the modern look of Sunny Beach, you can still see Soviet-era hotels here, but there are still more new modern buildings. For the cleanliness and quality of the beaches, the resort was awarded the prestigious Blue Flag.