Located at the westernmost point of the Black Sea, Burgas is the largest port in Bulgaria and a hub for the country’s fishing industry. It boasts a magnificent seafront promenade and several fascinating museums that explore the region’s cultural, historic and artistic past.
Things to do in Burgas
One of the oldest and most beautiful buildings in Burgas is the Holy Cross Church, which dates back to 1673. More imposing is the Cathedral of St. Cyril and Methodius, an Orthodox basilica that features marble columns, a large dome and stunning stained glass windows. Step inside to see the frescoes painted by the renowned Bulgarian artists Nikola Kozhuharov and Dimitar Gyudzhenov.
The folk history of Burgas is showcased at the Ethnographic Museum, which occupies a 19th-century home once home to the former mayor, Dimitar Todorov Brakalov. Wander through the period-furnished rooms and browse the textile displays, then see traditional costumes worn by the various ethnic groups that populate the region. The Ethnographic Museum also hosts hands-on workshops in handicrafts that range from pottery to glassmaking and crochet.
Burgas makes an excellent base for visiting the Roman city of Deultum, which lies on the western shore of Lake Mandrensko. While it was established by the Thracians, it flourished under Roman rule and was once the richest town in the Balkan region. Explore the centuries-old bathing complex with its underfloor heating, then get up close to some of the ceramics, statues and coins that were uncovered at the site in the Burgas Archaeological Museum.
Getting around Burgas
Burgas Airport is a 10-minute drive from the city centre and has seasonal flights to destinations across Europe. Trains connect from towns and cities across Bulgaria to the Burgas railway station while buses travel throughout the city.