Famed for its UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town, Nesebar is a picturesque seaside resort on Bulgaria’s Black Sea Coast. It was originally established as a Thracian settlement before becoming a stronghold of the Eastern Roman Empire in the 5th century. Nesebar has been nicknamed the “Pearl of the Black Sea”, with beautifully preserved buildings and leisurely beaches.
Things to do in Nesebar
Stroll through the cobblestone streets of Nesebar’s Old Town, which is clustered with stone-walled houses dating from the 18th and 19th centuries. Many are now occupied by handicraft and souvenir stalls, as well as cosy restaurants and eclectic bars. Admire the Byzantine-era fortifications and the remains of the Church of Saint Sophia with its arched windows and atrium. During the summer months, you can refresh with a dip from the sands of Old Town Beach.
One of Nesebar’s most magnificent religious landmarks is the red-and-white Church of Christ Pantokrator. Built in the 13th and 14th centuries, it is one of the best-preserved medieval churches in Bulgaria and is renowned for its opulently decorated interior. Today, the Church of Christ Pantokrator serves as an art gallery and is surrounded by seasonal flower gardens.
History buffs can visit the Archaeological Museum to see pottery, statues and jewellery dating back 3,000 years. Get up close to stone anchors from the 12th century BC and see a collection of silver coins from the Thracian era. The museum also showcases paintings and crafts from Nesebar’s Bulgarian era.
Getting around Nesebar
Nesebar is around 40 minutes’ drive from the centre of Burgas and 30 minutes from Burgas Airport, which has seasonal flights to destinations across Europe. Regular buses connect to Nesebar and the historic Old Town is compact enough to explore on foot.