Burgas is considered to be the centre of the southern section of Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast, and is its number one harbour. Burgas – the city is the fourth largest in Bulgaria, situated in the most western part of the Burgas Bay, spreading on a peninsula surrounded by the three famous lakes – Bourgasko, Atanasovsko and Mandrensko. The city of Burgas is turning to be the most vivid and busy centre in the South Black Sea coastline and has the biggest port area in Bulgaria with well-developed industry and flourishing trade relations.
Although its historic and cultural sights cannot compete with those of its rival, Varna, being less crowded in the summer months, with its cafés and restaurants it can offer a pleasant venue for switching-off. Burgas also serves as an ideal springing-off point for touring the southern coastal region.
The Port of Burgas is the biggest seaport in the country. The Airport of Burgas is the one where the international flights land in summer. It’s not famous as a beach resort (although you can find a few beaches), but rather as a starting point for the big southern Black Sea resorts in Bulgaria with its railway station facilities and busy bus station.
The favourable geographical location and advanced transport infrastructure of Burgas are good prerequisites for development of tourism and trade. Burgas is not only an important industrial centre in the country, it also has considerable resources for tourism. What mostly attracts people here is undoubtedly the sea. The Sea Garden which rivals the one in Varna, the cathedral of St. St. Cyril & Methodius with lavish decorations of mural paintings and frescos, the Armenian Church, the catholic cathedral, the churches of St. Deva Maria and St. Ivan Rilski, the Natural Science Museum, the Philharmonic orchestra and the Art Gallery.
The city beach in the proximity of the Sea Garden is a very busy and visited place. There is a whole range of bars, restaurants, cafeterias, entertainments and sport facilities on one side and the natural tourist attraction – the golden sand, on the other. The dark colour of the sand on the seacoast of Burgas is due to the tinge of magnetic alloys which have a very curative effect.
Excursions around Burgas
The Burgas Lakes, located near the town, constitute the country’s largest wetland complex, harbouring numerous rare bird species. Also regarded to be of particular interest in the region are the two small historic towns of Nesebar and Sozopol.
The nearby towns of Nessebar and Sozopol are the treasure cities of cultural heritage along the sea coastline, as well as very welcoming sea resorts attracting holidaymakers and tourists as ambient and distinctive sea resorts. Both cities, surviving through the ages, are museum cities and leave a deep mark in the hearts of those who have enjoyed their sceneries, attractions and natural beauties.