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Burgas, Bulgaria

Burgas, Bulgaria

The Black Sea and its rich coast are the stars in the lively city of Burgas, the Bulgarian coast’s second largest city. Long stretches of fine-sand beaches hug the coast, giving both tourists and locals plenty of room to enjoy the delightfully warm climate – and the perfect sand texture to create sandcastle masterpieces. A myriad of museums offer archaeological, historical and ethnographical insight into this charming city, offering a chance to truly understand Bulgarian culture and its roots.

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Burgas, Bulgaria

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The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss

The Morska Gradina, or Sea Park, is the most idyllic spot in Burgas. The park overlooks Burgas Beach and pier, giving you a picture perfect, sweeping backdrop for photos. Artwork and monuments are dappled throughout the park, mixing with blossoming flowers and neatly trimmed vegetation. The long stretch of park is dotted with cafés and restaurants, so you can cap off a stroll through Morska Gradina with a cool beverage and traditional Bulgarian cuisine.

Other Fun Things to Do

  • Explore an abundance of wildlife at Burgas Lakes, a group of lakes that are among Bulgaria’s largest. Hundreds of bird species nest by the lakes, making bird watching one of the most popular activities here.
  • Stop by the picturesque city center in Burgas, where gushing fountains, incredible architecture and quaint boutiques line the square.
  • Discover Bulgaria’s ancient history at the Archaeological Museum. Here you’ll find an impressive collection of ancient Greek, Roman and Thracian antiquities.

Get a Taste of Local Flavor

Freshly caught seafood, including mussels and whitebait, are the staples of the coastal cuisine in Burgas. Bulgaria’s warm climate makes it ideal for growing a variety of vegetables, resulting in hearty salads (some served with savory chunks of sausage), and pickled vegetable dishes and garnishes. Have lunch at a mehana, meaning “wine house,” where small appetizer-style dishes called mezes are served before the main course. Don’t leave Burgas without sampling rakia, a sweet brandy made from plums, grapes, peaches or cherries that is traditionally served with vegetables.

Shopping for Bargains

Stay in Burgas’s city center for the best shopping bargains in Bulgaria. For a more urban shopping experience, head to the modern Galleria Burgas, the first Bulgarian shopping center to be given LEED certification for its eco-friendly construction.

Local Currency

The Lev (BGN) is the official currency of Bulgaria, but most cash transactions can also be done in Euros. Currency can be exchanged at most banks and exchange offices. Credit cards are not recommended for payment as their use is not as widespread in Bulgaria as in other parts of Europe.

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    Before You Visit

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