Burgas - Top Destination For Beaches and Best Place For Living
Burgas has won the prize "best place for living in Bulgaria" for several years. While this kind of rankings and votings shouldn't be taken too seriously, there is for sure something behind them. Burgas is really a well planned town, easy to reach from the Capital and with direct flights from abroad. Here are some of the best known advantages of this city:
- As it is one of the largest Bulgarian cities with population of about 200,000 you'll find all the stuff you can expect from a big city: theatres, opera houses, shopping centers, markets, business opportunities and more.
- Burgas is a sea town with lots of beaches. It's one of the popular places for sea tourism and even if you don't want to stay in the city itself, the nearby sea resorts are pretty close.
- Because of the sea the city has good fish markets.
- Burgas is one of the first cities in Bulgaria with bicycle renting system. While not perfect the infrastructure of cycling paths is much better than in the other cities here.
- There are excellent connections to the other parts of the country. The highway connects Burgas to Sofia making the car trip just about 3 hours long. There are many trains and buses taking 5-6 hours.
- Burgas has an airport with a few international flights and flights connecting it to Sofia.
The climate in Burgas is different than most of Bulgaria. It's close to sub-tropical with very hot summer and relatively mild but windy winter. The high air humidity makes it not that pleasant in both seasons. While summer is the most popular time for going there for tourism I strongly recommend you to visit it in spring or fall.
Don't underestimate the wind especially around the sea.
It's easy to visit the city not well clothed if you rely entirely on the air temperatures and the weather forecast. The heat in the summer can also be hard to bear even at night.
Things to See and Do
Burgas is not just the beaches. Here are just a few of the interesting things you can see and do there:
- Go to the Anastasia Island. This is a popular touristic attraction with a museum, a monastery bakery, a church, a guesthouse and more. There is a ship going to the island and back 3 times per day. The trip takes 30 mins and costs € 5 - € 6 depending on the season.
- The Ethnographic Museum is located in the city center. You can see a great collection of traditional Bulgarian costumes.
- The Sea Garden of Burgas is actually the city park, easily accessible from the center and the sea. It's a great place for walks and leasure.
- If you go to the beach, do visit the Burgas Bridge to feel the air inside the sea. It's a good place for taking pictures as well.
- The Museum of Salt in Pomorie. This is the only museum of this kind in East Europe, showing the whole process of producing salt by evaporation of sea water.
- The Black Sea Saltworks is a very popular place as well located 3 km away of the city. The healing lye and mud attract a lot of people from the country and abroad.
There are some nearby places also may deserve attention:
- Nessebar is a small town between Burgas and the Sunny Beach resort. Nice and calm place if you want to run away from the big city and the tourist crowd (not sure about the latter). Nessebar is one of the oldest towns in Europe.
- The Sunny Beach resort. I'll just quote myself from this article: Overbuilt. Boring. Horrible. Stay away. But still a lot of people want to go there, so we keep saying about it.
- Sozopol together with Nessebar is one of the oldest Bulgarian towns. It's now a poplar resort so the old charm is kind of lost, but it's still a nice place to visit.
- Strandja is one of the less popular Bulgarian mountains and very interesting to visit if you are this kind of tourist. The area is also the least populated in the whole country so you can visit small villages and towns.
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