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Bulgaria Road Trip: Nessebar

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Our next stop on our itinerary was the lovely town of Nessabar. Point C on map. Journey time was around 4 hours. Nessebar is situated on the coast and a real nice spot to relax for a couple of nights. It’s often referred to as the “Pearl of the black sea”. The town is split into two parts. The main part where most of the tourist hotels are situated and a small peninsular (The old town which was previously an island). But is now joined by a narrow man-made walkway “Isthmus”. Nessebar is a much quieter resort than the infamous sunny beach area which is opposite in the distance across the bay. We stayed in the old part of the town at the Villa Azzurra . Villa Azure quaint old traditional hotel built in the traditional Bulgarian way, “one thing to note they accept guests over 16 years old”. There are plenty to do in the old part of town with its many shops, bars and nice restaurants, many as you would expect serving some excellent seafood. The old part of town gets very busy during the day with lots of day trippers from all the other black sea resorts. But empties out dramatically in the evening. That’s the one advantage of staying in the old town. Also you can get up early to explore before the coaches arrive. Point to note there are no cars allowed in the old town only residents are allowed, but there is a large car park just at the entrance to the town with very reasonable 24hr rates 8 lev. £3.65

There are lots of historical landmarks, quaint churches and museums to explore in the old town, and lots of very lovely Bulgarian houses to admire, it’s almost like stepping back in time. Make sure you visit the Ethnographic museum and the Archaeological museum both of which details the journey of old Nessebar through its history. Entrance fees to both sites at time of writing is 8 lev, which £3.65 (Bulgaria is very cheap), strange exactly the same as the car park. I would highly recommend staying in the old town for a night or two. If this is not possible take a day trip, you will not be disappointed.