Walk through the ages in Nessebar, a relaxed resort town on the Black
Discover Nessebar, The Pearl of The Black Sea.
Centuries of history still exist here, among busy shops, satisfying restaurants and a modern beachfront scene.
Medieval walls, 18th century wooden homes and contemporary craft galleries charm and delight. Byzantine, Bulgarian and Ottoman influences shine in food, architecture, art and hospitality. The panorama of the Eastern Orthodox world is at its finest here. See why travelers worldwide call this picturesque town The Pearl of The Black Sea.
The town of Nessebar is situated 36 km to the NE of the town of Bourgas. It is located in the northern periphery of the Bourgas bay. The town of Nessebar is perched on a small and rocky (Sarmatian calcareous sandstone) peninsula with the same name.
The church complex and the old town of Nessebar represent protected by UNESCO cultural heritage since 1983.
What made Nessebar a popular destination ?
What makes Nessebar so remarkable are its numerous archaeological sites and most of all the multitude of churches in this tiny town.
Fifteen – that is the number of churches that have been discovered and conserved in Nessebar, each with its own history and architecture.
And they are all located on a peninsula that is 840 meters long and no more than 350 meters wide. The narrow isthmus that is its connection with the mainland takes visitors to one of the oldest early Christian metropolises in Europe. The first signs of humans date back to the 6th century BC, when there was a Thracian settlement here. Later, it was replaced by a fortified city-state with an amphitheatre and even a system of plumbing that was way ahead of its time.
Church building never stopped in the course of a millennium and more. And it is because the town is perched on a small peninsula, almost completely isolated from the mainland and from enemy armies that so many of the churches are so well preserved.
Small wonder then that the ancient Nessebar has been proclaimed an architectural and archaeological reserve; it is the only Bulgarian town to have been included in the UNESCO World Heritage list in its entirety.
5 Things to See and Do in Nessebar
1. Discover the Ancient City of Nessebar
The old town of Nesebar has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It’s on the coast of the Bulgarian Black Sea. It’s well worth a visit, but in summer, it gets very crowded because many people come daily to the beaches and to discover the new city of Nesebar, as well as other places nearby. Nesebar has a rich historical and architectural legacy, and like many other places in the Balkan region, it reminds us of a crossroads between old empires. Besides the old monuments of its rich historical past, it has a nice beach and a picturesque seaport.
The town of Nessebar, which was originally called Nesseba, stands on a small rocky peninsula in the Black Sea and is connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus. The city dates back to 510. C.
2. Ancient Nessebar and wine testing
Discover the historic gems of Nessebar and sample delicious wines in the nearby countryside. See the town’s many beautiful churches, including St. Stefan’s, the Old Metropolitan Church and Christ Pantocrater, before a trip to Pomorie Wine Cellar. Tour the winery and taste two reds and two whites at the edge of the Black Sea.
3. St. Stephen’s church
Discover the new Bishop’s residence’s colorful frescoes and hand-carved wooden throne.The Church of St. Stephen is a former Orthodox Church in Nessebar, Eastern Bulgaria, which is now turned into a museum.
4. Church of Christ Pantocrator, Nesebar
Admire the art gallery inside this beautiful church and its restored facades from the 1200s
Inside the church you will find many beautiful paintings. The neighborhood of the church are well maintained, there is a nice pathway and nice planted flowers. This church harmoniously looks at the background of adjacent buildings.
5. Byzantine Baths Complex in Nessebar
Learn about these 6th century baths, where Emperor Constantine IV restored his health.
Traditional Bulgarian Foods You Must Eat in Nessebar
Soups, salads and pies are the main diet in Nessebar. The quintessential Bulgarian plate is shopskta salad, a crisp mix of peppered tomatoes and cucumbers with sirene.
Tarator, a refreshing yogurt soup, or shkembe chorba, a warm tripe soup, are favorites. Try bantisa, an egg and cheese pie, or moussaka, a minced meat and potato dish. Drink rakia, the potent fruit brandy, or boza, a millet based beer popular in folklore.
Shopping in Nessebar
Shop Old Nessebar to meet lively merchants and find fun crafts. Talented artisans are everywhere here. Painted earthenware, wooden carvings and religious icons make beautiful souvenirs.
Red tablecloths are a local tradition — bring home a solid or embroidered one. Bulgarian artists have a special style of printing on timber, too. Hand-applied inks sink into wood for a saturated look that’s wholly unique.