City data

Date of establishment: 17th century
Time zone: GMT +2, summer period GMT +3
Total area: 253,644 km?
Population: 207,925 inhabitants
Restaurants and cafes: Numerous in the city
Cuisine: Bulgarian, Mediterranean
Shopping: Stores and boutiques in town
Normal opening hours: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m
Credit cards: Accepted in major shops
Spoken languages: English, Russian

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Port data

Official name: Port of Burgas JSC
Location: 42°30’ N, 27°28’ E
Adress: 1, Prince Al. Battenberg Str., Burgas, 8000, Bulgaria
Telephone: +359 56 822 222
Fax: +359 56 822 156
VTS: 14
ISPS: Available

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Nessebar, Bulgaria

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On what peninsula with the length of 800 m and breadth of 300 m are there 80 temples? What city on the Black Sea coast is older than Rome and Istanbul? What city did the conquerors add on, but not destroyed? Let's find out the truth in Nessebar.

Origin of the Name. The original Thracian settlement Menebria was called Mesembria by the Ancient Greeks and then called Nessebar by Khan Krum in 811. The name is preserved to the present days.

History. Nessebar is a rich city-museum defined by more than three millennia of ever-changing history. There are 80 temples so far on this small peninsula the area of which is only 24 hectares. Nessebar has not always been so small – once it was located on the territory of about 40 hectares, but the destructive earthquake took undersea a large part of it.

Nowadays Nessebar consists of two parts – the ancient and modern ones, divided by a narrow isthmus. In its ancient part there is nothing except few cars and modern lables to remind about civilization. When you wander along its narrow streets in the morning, you have a feeling that you are out of time. Later, hen life arouses, souvenir shops open, tourists appear, the best place to go is one of the numerous fish cafes, where fishermen have already brought their morning landing. Be sure to ask for a glass of «Khan Krum» white wine, an owner will appreciate your taste! In the evening the city changes its look. lluminated majestic Byzantine temples are trasnformed into mystical places, enigmatic and mysterious. Just one day – and love forever.