Located in the south-eastern region of Bulgaria, the municipality of Nessebar consists of 3 towns, Nessebar, Obzor and St Vlas, and has a history dating back over two millennia. The Eastern Balkan Mountains and the Black Sea wrap their individual charms around the island, whilst the impressively narrow man-made isthmus is the only thing that connects the island to the mainland.
This island is split into two varying areas; simply put, old and new. The Old Town is delightfully intimate, spanning just 850m long and 350m wide but still able to portray a fantastic setting of local heritage. At every turn there is something extraordinary to explore, especially when it comes to striking architecture, with ornamental facades of dramatic church designs that provide a real highlight when visiting this port of call. Preserved monuments from the renowned Roman and Byzantine eras can also be found combined with the captivating charm of the romantic peninsula backdrop. The Old Bishop’s Residence is a must see for all tourists wishing to visit the area and an enthralling location to discover along with the many fortress walls. Whilst in Nessebar, don’t miss the chance of visiting the Roman Baths that date back to the second century!
The contemporary part of the island very much revolves around the impeccable architectural designs of the modern world. Exquisite resorts welcome tourists to a cosmopolitan haven with many beautiful hotels and water sport activities.
Tucked away in narrow winding streets, you’ll find many of Nessebar’s restaurants, where you can taste traditional Bulgarian dishes, fish delicacies, game and more. The Chateau Medovo is a popular location to visit and discover an amazing open air museum, as well as witness the workshops of many skilled artisans with the opportunity to even have a go yourselves. Perhaps you’d prefer a wander to Pomorie? Here you can see the brilliant highlights of the Thracian Tomb before indulging in the superb tastes of the local wineries.
Your day doesn’t have to be full of exploring and walking as you can sit back, relax, soak up the sun and work on your tan on one of the many beaches this island has to offer.
Surrounded by lush beaches, sapphire waters and deep rooted history, it’s not hard to see why Nessebar is an enticing port of call on cruise itineraries and why it has also been designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
One thing you should be aware of when visiting Nessebar, is that there are many narrow cobbled streets meaning this Eastern Mediterranean port of call is not easily accessible to all passengers.