Burgas will enchant you with its gentle breeze, the aromatic scent of the sea, its
quietness and romantic atmosphere.
What makes Burgas so popular tourist destination ?
Burgas continues to top the list as the best place to live in Bulgaria. After spending just a few hours strolling along the magnificent Sea Gardens, relaxing on the Central Beach and browsing the shops along the generously pedestrianised city centre, then settling down to a lovely fresh fish dinner at one of the many outdoor restaurants, it is easy to see why.
Getting the pronunciation of the city’s name right is slightly trickier – we will not even attempt to give references to ‘burgers’ and such – but suggest you ask one of the many friendly locals to help you out!
Burgas is the fourth largest city in Bulgaria, and the second largest on the Black Sea Coast after Varna. Its permanent population is around 250,000. Burgas operates the largest commercial port in the country and the nearby Lukoil refinery is the largest in south-east Europe.
Fortunately local industry does not detract from the natural beauty surrounding the city. The Burgas Lakes form the so called ‘wetlands’ region and, as a major point on the migratory route for birds from Europe, have been declared a protected area, offering opportunities for bird watching and other forms of ecotourism.
Historical or architectural monuments to visit in Burgas
Whilst in Burgas itself the number of historical or architectural monuments to visit is limited, the surrounding area boasts some fascinating archaeological finds, made in recent years, that give visitors an insight into the civilisations that have dwelled on these lands over the millennia.
The strategic location of Burgas is another good reason to spend more time in the city. From here some of the best attractions of the region are within a 35 – 50 km radius, making it a great base from which to explore. Check out Bulgaria’s largest and liveliest seaside resort Sunny Beach, discover the ancient towns of Nessebar and Sozopol or relax in the spa town of Pomorie.
Every summer a variety of cultural events such as the Sand Sculpture Festival or the Spirit of Burgas (sadly not this year) add to the city’s attraction and the gorgeous Sea Gardens and Central Beach offer leisure opportunities for all. Anyone who enjoys a city destination which enhances a great holiday feeling, should not miss the opportunity to spend time in Burgas.
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Burgas is the second-largest city on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast.
Healthcare in Burgas
Public healthcare in Bulgaria is regulated by the National Health Insurance Fund.
When travelling to Bulgaria, you need to carry a valid EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) in case you need immediate emergency treatment in a hospital. Without this you may be charged for treatment.
Here is a list of hospitals in Burgas region which accept EHICs in cases of emergency:
- UMBAL Burgas
- BurgasMed Hospital
- LIFE Hospital
- Virgin Mary Hospital
Buses in Burgas are a quick, convenient and cheap way to travel around the city and to your favourite beach resorts.
For a full schedule and a list of bus routes and stops, please check the Burgas Transport website (in Bulgarian language only).
You can pay bus fares in cash only; debit/credit cards are not accepted. A single Burgas bus ticket costs 1.50 BGN and can be purchased on the bus.
There are two coach stations in Burgas: South and West. Transport services to the seaside resorts are run by Burgas South coach station, while links to the inland operate from Burgas West coach station.
2. Taxi services
There are regulated taxi ranks at all key places in Burgas – airport, stations and the city centre.
You can book a taxi at any time of the day or night from any place in the city by phone or flag one down in the street. Here is a non-exhaustive list of taxi companies in Burgas (in alphabetical order):
- Burgas Taxi
- ECO Taxi
- Indicar Taxi
- Orion Taxi
3. Bike hire
Burgas is the first city in Bulgaria to have a public rent-a-bike system and over 20km of cycling lanes, which are constantly growing. The “Velo Burgas” rent-a-bike system has 9 bike stations and 3 bike info centres with facilities for inflating tires.
The bike stations have different capacities, offering a total of 120 bikes for rent.
Bikes can be hired by prepurchased cards/vouchers, by by sending a text message or via POS terminal. You can find bike station at the following places:
1. Sea Garden – Cultural centre “Sea Casino” – 13 bike places
2. Sea Garden – “Flora”/ “The Pantheon” – 8 bike places
3. Sea Garden – “Kapani” – 16 bike places
4. Burgas Free University – 8 bike places
5. Youth Cultural Centre – 8 bike places
6. Coach station “South” – 8 bike places
7. Burgas passenger terminal – 8 bike places
8. Residential complex “Slaveykov” – 8 bike places
Prices: Use of bicycle per hour, paid by text message or bank card, use of bicycle with rickshaw or child seat – 1.00 lev per hour
Burgas has one airport which is located just outside the city, in the quiet neighbourhood of Sarafovo.