You have a flight to Burgas and don’t know what to do? Well, you are in luck, because I didn’t either. So I did my research and here is what I found.
Burgas is a typical seaside town with not much to offer besides the beautiful beach. Happily, if you are coming here for holidays and the wind is strong (which it was when I was there), you can try some amazing water sports for close to nothing.
Bulgaria is probably the cheapest European destination, with Hotel rooms starting at 20 euros, dishes in restaurants at around 3-4 euros, and very affordable kite lessons.
So here we go, what can you do in Burgas if you have a few days to spare.
Have a picnic on the beach
It might sound weird that it comes as my first recommendation, but it’s the first thing we did when we arrived and it was epic! We headed to the Billa supermarket to purchase a variety of Bulgarian mezzes, cheeses, sausages, and of course some delicious, local wine. Then, we just sat on the beach, under an umbrella, and enjoyed the view with great, local dinner. Billa has a fresh section where all the mezzes and salads are made on the day and it’s pretty good quality.
Walk through the Sea Garden
The park is really nice and fresh during the day and hosts some great local concerts at night. Head to the Tourist Information Center or visit their website for a schedule, but if you are here during the summer, it’s almost guaranteed that something will be happening. By the end of the park, close to the lake, we stumbled upon a souvenir market. People were selling bracelets, pottery, t-shirts but also honey, cheese, locally made marmalade, and Rakia. The prices were much more interesting than in the city center.
Learn how to kitesurf
If you are a watersport fan, then don’t hesitate to ask around for a kitesurfing class. The wind is strong, the sea not too deep and it looks like a lot of fun!
Located around 50 minutes by bus and 20 minutes by car, Nessebar, is part of the UNESCO World Heritage and is worth a day trip. The small city exists in two parts separated by a narrow isthmus with the ancient part on the peninsula and the more modern section on the mainland. The older part is absolutely beautiful and looks more like a small medieval town than a city. It has roots in Antiquity, it was part of the Ottoman Empire and now is part of Bulgaria. Little streets are very charming, reminded us of Greece.
Some friends that we made in Burgas recommended this place. I have been there 15 years ago and frankly, I don’t remember much. But is it very close to Burgas, the buses leave every 20 minutes and the city is really cute. Sozopol is one of the oldest towns on Bulgarian Thrace’s Black Sea coast. The first settlement on the site dates back to the Bronze Age. So it is definitely worth a visit.
Here is a bonus story about the Sozopol Vampire:
During archaeological excavations in 2012 the remains of a skeleton pierced with an iron bar in the heart were found. It is believed that those are the remains of the local nobleman Krivich, ruler of the fortress of Sozopol. Believed to be a very cruel person, the locals made sure that he would not come back to haunt the city after his death by piercing him with an iron bar in the chest. There are more than 100 medieval funerals similar to that of Krivitsa found all over Bulgaria. The remains were pierced with either an iron or a wooden bar through the chest to make sure that the dead will not rise from the grave as a vampire. (source: wikipedia.com)
Enjoy your holidays! 😉
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