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Nesebar (or Nessebar) is a town in Bulgaria, on the Black Sea coast. The central ancient town is full of medieval churches, and is quite beautiful. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Get in[edit]

Church of Christ Pantocrator

There are regular (every 15 mins) local buses from surrounding resorts into Nesebar. If you are on a package holiday in one of the nearby resorts, the rep may try to sell you an excursion to Nesebar on the basis that local buses are unreliable, confusing and expensive; ignore them. You can get buses to Nesebar that are clearly marked in English from numerous bus stops along the main road, and they only cost 1.5 BGN.

You can also get a tourist boat from Sunny Beach to Nesebar; this is more expensive and less frequent that the buses.

Get around[edit]

Roads in and around the old town of Nesebar are quite narrow and cobbled. It is probably wise to park just outside of the town and go by foot. It is advisable to go by bus, dropping you off at the front gate. The cobblestone does make wheelchair access quite difficult but some streets have smoother surfaces.


The ruins of St. Sophia church

Part of the ancient city of Messembria (the old city of Nesebar, located on the ex-island) has sunk under water. When counting the numerous sunken ones, Nesebar becomes the city with most churches per capita in Bulgaria. Many of these churches are older than Bulgaria itself. The old city gates are a popular photo spot, the beaches on the south of the island are also often busy.


The main things to do in Nesebar are to wander around the cobbled streets and visit the churches. In winter museums are closed on Saturday and Sunday.


There are numerous shops and stalls selling souvenirs in Nesebar. Most of their stuff is cheap tourist tat, but you can pick up locally produced lace too.


There are loads of restaurants in Nesebar, with a high proportion employing touts to encourage tourists into their premises. These are likely to be more expensive that most restaurants in Bulgaria, and not very good quality. The Tequila Bar is often recommended though.

  • Vegetarian Healthy Menu (Krishna Food), Liuben Karavelov St, New Town (at the school's entrance), +359-887-389-031. 11:30-20:00. Vegetarian food to have at the spot and to take away. 3-4 lv for a good lunch.
  • 1 Familia Fish and Grill (Фамилия фиш и грил), ul. Krajbrezhna 7, 8231 Staria Grad, +359877096892. 11:30AM-11PM. Seafood with vegan options and views over the bay. So close to another restaurant that they practically share a terrace.


Zagorka is the national lager and is excellent value and tasty. Kamenitza is also a good beer known nationally in Bulgaria. Burgasko is the local beer but have heard rumors that the quality has declined.


Much of the accommodation around Nesebar is in Sunny Beach, a massive tourist resort to the north of the town.

Stay safe[edit]

Nesebar is extremely safe but you may find that the sellers and shopkeepers are very persistent. A lot of the time a shop keeper will insist on following you around the shop and trying to make you try on jewellery clothes etc. A polite but firm "no" usually suffices.

Go next[edit]

There are regular buses to:

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