That unofficial and free 'spa' comprises of a few salt production basins that are not used any more. One has very salty pinkish water that is so thick that you float like in the Dead Sea, and there are some with black thick mud that is supposedly good for your skin, joints, organs, and everything. There are people coming from other places too and everybody says those 'baths' helped them. I've been there only once, in 2004, and I don't even know whether the company that owns the salt production facilities, hasn't closed the place or something. It took me some time to make myself wallow in the mud like a pig but it was funny. Anyway the sea is right there so you can wash after that. There were also women taking the mud and salty water in jars to perform beauty procedures at home. (Anyway, it's free, compared to the expensive cosmetics with Dead Sea minerals). And it doesn't go bad, because it is bad, after all that mud was formed by salt and other minerals extracted from the water and the dead organisms. Did I mention that it stinks too. Now that's an off the beaten track place, as even most of the locals haven't heard of that place.
For a pleasant wander along the sea shore you can walk for miles north from the city. This takes you past the wetlands of the Atanosovsko Lake and its salt-flats whose dark mud is reputed to have healing properties.
The seashore varies as you walk and arriving at the section of black sand comes as a bit of a surprise. The sand actually IS black, not due to pollution but the combination of natural minerals, especially manganese compounds, which are particular to the area.
If you keep going there is footpath following those areas where there is no beach and eventually you'll arrive (after about 10 km) at the beach resort of Sarafovo.
If you don't fancy the walk back you can catch a local bus, the N 15, back into the city centre.
the first one is to be found ot Bogoridi Street - the street that leads from the city centre to the sea, sea garden and the pier. Next to the gramophone there is coffee shop - try the cakes there.
it is a popular meeting place.
the second one in the yard of the Ethnographical museum.
Sinemoretz is a small village situated about 100 km south of Burgas and 10 km from the Turkish border. In the past years it has become quite a popular spot for tourists seeking less populated beaches and nice nature. AtSinemortz the Veleka river flows into the sea and separates the village from the wooded hills. Just before flowing in the river runs parallel to the sea so there's a small stretch of beach about 5 meters wide that has water on both sides so you can bathe in the sea or river.
In my highschool days I went camping with some friends in the wooded hills ( that was illegal). The hill was a perfect spot for watching the sunrise. We brought water from the village, the boys caught fish in the sea and crabs in the river, and cooked them on the camp fire. A guitar, a few bottles of vodka, and a huge sack of vegetables added to the bliss. We spent the whole days on the sea/river beach and returned to our hidden campsite only at night...We only went to the vilage to get water or maybe buy a loaf of bread, so as far as I remember, I didn't spend more than 2 or 3 levs ($1-2) for the five days there. I don't know whether that's possible now, more than 10 years later...
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Ropotamo River flows into the sea about 50 km South of Bourgas. It flows through the protected area called Arkutino. You can take a boat trip that will take you to the Black Sea trough the deep forest. You can see the rock formation called the'Lion's Head'.
There is a great beach right next to the river. It can be reached either by boat or after one-hour treck from the road. This explains why there are hardly any people there.
At Arkutino, for a small fee you can also see the water lillies.
The bus going to Primorsko stops at Arkutino, there may be minibuses going that way from Bourgas or Sozopol.