Nessebar, Bulgaria

Nessebar is the pearl of Bulgaria: a masterpiece of architecture that has survived to our times. The city is located on a rocky peninsula 850 m long and 300 m wide, 37 km north of Bourgas.

According to, Nessebar is one of the oldest cities in Europe. It has been proven that its history dates back at least three millennia: every year archaeologists discover new traces of ancient cultures and civilizations that lived on the peninsula. Nessebar is included in the list of world cultural heritage: in 1956 it was declared a city-museum, and since 1983 Nessebar has been under the auspices of UNESCO.

Old Nessebar is an example of a miracle. Several centuries ago, he went under water, only a piece of land 850 by 300 meters remained in place, where all 40 city temples are collected. “Underwater Nessebar” is clearly visible from the boat in good weather.

How to get to Nessebar

The nearest airport and railway station are located in Burgas (30 km). It can also be reached by plane and train through Varna (100 km).

By rail, you need to go to Varna and Burgas only through Minsk and exclusively in the summer, from June to September. By bus, you can get to Nessebar through Sofia with the help of Ecolines or through Chisinau, from where you can go to Burgas or Sofia by bus of EuroLines Moldova. Those who decide to drive from Moscow will have to drive along the roads of Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia and Bulgaria for a total of 3,000 km, spending about 32 hours on the road.

Hotels in Nessebar

Rest in Nessebar is economical. There is a good selection of two- and three-star hotels at reasonable prices. For those who are not constrained in their means and want to stay with maximum comfort, Nessebar offers luxurious 5 * and 4 * hotel complexes in the new part of the city and next to it, in the village of Ravda. Tourists often settle in old houses of the past centuries, which also have all modern conveniences.

You can refresh yourself in the city at almost every step – there are many restaurants, cafes and taverns offering dishes from fresh seafood. In the old part of Nessebar, you can taste exotic dishes – shark meat, frog legs, lobster tail or mussels in batter. The price for a good lunch does not exceed 55 BGN. In some restaurants, subject to their daily visits, you can negotiate with the owners for a 10% discount.

Prices on the page are for July 2021.


Many consider the beach in Nessebar to be the most beautiful in Bulgaria. Such a high praise, as well as the international environmental award “Blue Flag”, was awarded to a wide strip of pure golden sand, stretching between Nessebar and the village of Ravda.

On the beach of the resort you can play volleyball, rent a scooter or a yacht, hire an instructor for diving or windsurfing. By sea you can get to Sunny Beach, St. Vlas or Burgas and take advantage of the entertainment offered there.

Entertainment and attractions of Nessebar

Nessebar is divided into two parts: the New, mainland, where comfortable cottages and private hotels, cafes and bistros, restaurants and shops are built, and the Old – on a small peninsula connected to the land by a narrow isthmus about 400 meters long. In the Old Town, the remains of medieval churches, the ancient port and fortress walls, old houses with wooden bay windows and external stairs create a unique atmosphere. Cobbled streets and wooden buildings from the 19th century give Nessebar a special charm.

The main attraction of Nessebar are churches. Each of them has its own architecture. The Metropolitan Church (5th century) is the oldest in the city. According to legend, it was built on the ruins of the Temple of Apollo. The three-nave Metropolitan Church of St. Stephen (already built in the 9th century) has well-preserved frescoes of the 16th century, a carved iconostasis of the same period, a throne and a bishop’s chair from the era of the Bulgarian Renaissance.

One of the most beautiful not only in Nessebar, but throughout Bulgaria is the Church of Christ Pantokrator (Almighty) (12-14 centuries). It strikes with the richness of forms and ceramic inlays in the decoration. Now the building of the temple houses an art gallery. The Church of St. Paraskeva (13th century) in the northern part of Nessebar is interesting for its richly decorated facade.

According to world statistics, Nessebar is the city with the largest number of churches per capita in the whole country. In the middle of the century there were about 80 chapels and temples, more than half of them remained intact, the rest – in the form of ruins, which still impress tourists.

Ancient attractions such as the windmill and the Turkish bath are no less popular with tourists.

The city has archaeological and ethnographic museums. The first exhibits gold jewelry from the 4th-3rd centuries BC. e. and coins of the 4th-1st centuries BC. e., black figured pottery from the Middle Ages and Antiquity, Thracian stone anchors, tombstones and an impressive collection of icons. And in the second one you can get acquainted with the traditional decorations and costumes of the Bulgarians.

Of the natural attractions, it is worth mentioning the bizarre white rocks and natural sand dunes 7-8 meters high. They create a truly fabulous landscape.

In addition to historical and cultural attractions in Nessebar there are city, Luna and water parks. Free buses run to them. There are also many taverns, restaurants and nightclubs.

The advantage of Nessebar is that one of the largest and most popular resorts on the Bulgarian Black Sea – Sunny Beach – is only 3 km away.

Shopaholics will also find something pleasant to do: there are shops scattered throughout the city where you can buy anything: from clothes to souvenirs.

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The climate in Nessebar is temperate with Mediterranean influences. The swimming season here lasts from May to October. In summer, the air temperature reaches +28…+30 °C, and the water warms up to +26 °C.

Nessebar, Bulgaria