Nessebar Travel Guide
Overview North of Bourgas lies the ancient town and popular Bulgarian
holiday destination of Nessebar, located on the tip of a long and
narrow peninsula in the Black Sea. The picturesque town is one of
the oldest in Europe, emerging as a fortified Thracian settlement
over 9,000 years ago and changing hands many times before being
captured by the Bulgarians in the 7th century. Like many European
cities, Nessebar has an old town and a new town, but it is the old
quarter that gives the peninsula its character, and is protected as
a UNESCO World Heritage site. A popular tourist attraction,
Nessebar charms holidaymakers with its narrow cobblestone streets,
period wooden houses, courtyards, taverns and romantic atmosphere.
The old town is famous for its medieval churches, with beautiful
facades and well-preserved interiors that are remnants of the
historic Slav and Greek Orthodox communities. Nessebar is an
architectural and historic monument of Bulgarian culture and is one
of the most popular tourist resorts along the southern coast. It
offers a good selection of private accommodation, and the new town
has modern facilities as well as larger hotels.
Nessebur © Bulgarian Tourism Authority
Shopping Popular souvenirs from Nessebar include leather and textiles,
wooden toys, and silver jewellery. The street markets in Nessebar's
old quarter have a good variety of colourful mementos.
Restaurants Nessebar has no shortage of restaurants, cafés and
taverns for visitors to choose from on holiday. The most alluring
restaurants are along Roussalka and Tsar Ivan Assen Streets on the
southeastern tip of the peninsula. Fresh seafood and sea views are
the order of the day!
Nightlife Nessebar's nightlife is limited, but the mega-resort of Sunny
Beach is just two miles (3km) away and offers an excellent
nightlife for those seeking more entertainment than the quiet beach
holiday can offer.
Activities Nessebar has two beaches near the new town as well as the nearby
beaches of the Sunny Beach resort, which also offers all the
activities of a large-scale tourist resort. The old town is full of
architectural monuments, ancient churches and museums to
Negatives For modern amenities and a bigger variety of holiday
accommodation it is necessary to stay in the new town on the
mainland, which doesn't have the charm and atmosphere of the old