The museum exposition represents the life style and the customs of the people living in Bourgas region. Special attention is paid to Buglarian customs Martenitsa, Kukeri and Nestinarstvo. There is a collection of Bulgarian traditional costumes.
The museum is located in a house from the middle of the 19th century.Related to:
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The historical museum represents the development of the town of Bourgas in 19-20th centuries. There is a collection of icons from the Renaissance on the first floor. Old printed books, the earliest pictures of Bourgas, etc. are exhibited.Related to:
- Historical Travel
- Museum Visits
Spa in the Plantea hotel, Burgas
Well, we didn't find much to do in Burgas but we used the Spa of the hotel, which was the best part of the hotel actually.
The stuff was nice, prices were normal, and it was one good thing to have after a long day under the sun
Burgas and area - things to do
Burgas is the fourth biggest city in Bulgaria and the second on the Black Sea coast. Amont Bulgarians, people say that this is rather an industrialised city with not quite many attractions but the area around it offers a plenty of things to do.
The mere city is situated on three sweet-water lakes - Atanasovsko, Burgasko and Vaya and the landscape includes an interesting transition from land and water. It is also flat, so it means that hiking, cycling, in line skating are at home in Burgas. Apart from this, the lakes house a lot of rare species and birds and you can visit the nature information center of Vaya.
There are many resorts and small towns on the north and south of Burgas.
Northern from Burgas, you can visit the UNESCO town of Nessebar with its ancient and mediaval curches and interesting architecture. On the south you can visit Sozopol, a town which dates back to the Old Greeks and still has a Greek colony.
Ropotamo river reminds of tropical dense and humid forests and the area teems with turtles, rare birds, some reptiles and water lilies.
Primorsko is more for the youth, while Sinemorec is a village.
Burgas's Open Air Theatre
Burgas has a lively year-round cultural scene which reaches its peak during the summer months with several festivals taking place. This Hi-Tech open air theatre, with its retractable roof, is located in the Sea Garden and is host to diverse events such as the various music festivals, theatrical performances and the annual "Burgas and the Sea" competition. (2nd website below)
For details of events and tickets visit the Tourist Information Centre in the underpass on Hristo Botev.Related to:
- Theater Travel
Become A Sharks Fan!
The Sharks is the nickname of Burgas's "one and only" football club: PSFC Chernomorets of which I am now an official Facebook fan member.
I just happened to pop in for a coffee one morning into what I thought was an ordinary little cafe on the way from my hotel into the city. I got a warm welcome, a decent cup of coffee and a very reasonable 1.10 leva bill.
Well if it happens to be on my way into the city then obviously it'll happen to be on my way back too - during beer time! And so a return visit that evening was duly made. A beer went down rather nicely, Burgasko of course, and a second seemed the order of the day.
This was a chill little bar and obviously one for the football fans, judging by the club paraphernalia on the walls. The music was good (a bit of decent rock instead of the commercial pap that seems to be the Bulgarian norm) and as with any good bar a casual conversation ensued.
An odd "nastravei" here and the clinking of glasses sortof brought me into it, even if I didn't understand anything more than the word "nastravei".
As I was finishing my second beer and fully intending to head back to my hotel one of the guys at the bar said something to me in Bulgarian, at the same time pointing to my almost empty glass. I had to put my hands up and declare - "Az nie sum Bulgarskie!"
"Ah, my friend, where are you from?"
"Have a beer?"
And that's how I discovered that I was in the local football team's fan club bar. My new friend Stanislav (?? - I have the memory of a goldfish) bought the beers and the topics of conversation between his excellent English and my naff Bulgarian evolved into proper pub speak - first about the football, then about whisky, then whatever...
I was actually quite good that evening and just had that one more beer and a little(ish) whisky just to be sociable before parting with handshakes all around and the promise to have a proper night out before I left the city.
Well promises had to kept and here's the pics:
Fun night out!Related to:
- Beer Tasting
There is a riding school at the northern end of the city beach, when you reach the end of the city beach you turn left, cross the railway and go up the park and you'll see it on the right.
They have both ponies and horses so both adults and children can enjoy.
Keep in mind that they have a lunch break from 12 till 3pm, and close at 7 pm.
These are summer operating hours.
One round with a pony costs 2 leva, and with a horse, 5 leva (prices as of August 2009)Related to:
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Since 2008, a sand festival is held in Burgas every summer. Sculptors from around the world build fantastic sand sculptures. The 2009 theme is fairy tale and fantasy characters.
The festival is open till September.
It is held in 'Ezeroto' park, at the northern end of the Sea Park (Morskata gradina). It is right next to the riding school.Related to:
The gramophone appeared about 15 years ago. I don't know the artist but I like it. it kind of became one of Burgas' symbols, now they even put it on postcards. You can really turn the handle but unfortunately no music comes out. Kids love to do it over and over again.
When I was still at highschool there used to be a cafe right next to it, called the Gramophone, where we used to hang out and drink beer after school. They played good music too. Now it's replaced by a more shiny and expensive cafe. The desserts are good but the best thing is the location, purfect for people watching as the whole town & guests walk past to go to the Sea Park and the beach.Related to:
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There is a small park next to the Bulgaria hotel, at the corner of the two pedestrian streets, Alexandrovska and Bogoridi. It a great place to sit down and relax and let the kids play. There is a fountain too.Related to:
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Former Communist Party/University Building
It was built in the 80's and it represents what I call the Socio-Realistic Style: imposing, white and shiny with a lot of marble/concrete, and somewhat angular and uglish. You can find such buildings (as well as a Russian Soldier/Army monument) in every Bulgarian town. In Burgas those two are easy to find, there are right next to each other :) The Communist Party building housed the Private University after the changes, and now, the Court. And the marble pavement 'houses' the local skating community :)Related to:
- Historical Travel
Burgas Private University
This is the new building of the university, it was built in 2004. It's on San Stefano Blvd right at the beginning of the main Alexandrovska St. Before the university was housed in the big white building at Troikata Square, right next to the Monument, initially the Communist Party hdqs, now the court house.Related to:
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Poda Nature Centre
This is the best Nature Cantre in Bulgaria for last 5 years. The building is situated on the south end of Burgas, on the main road to Sozopol and Malko Tarnovo. There is a good permanent exhibition. In case you are interested in, a qualified guide could introduce you to the Nature of that region. You can watch the birds around from the balcony on the second floor or just take a tour around. We took a tour through the lakes after the presentation - both were very satisfying. The shop has some postcards and souvenirs.Related to:
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Just walking the main streets of Burgas during the warm months (when almost all people are out and about town) should be a pleasant experience - just keep off dark alleys at night and beware of swindlers and pickpockets during summer:)
It's not so scary though. If you take basic precautions (not flashing large amounts of money, staying away from suspect people etc) that you usually take in any other foreign city, you could stroll with the flow and enjoy window-shopping or people-watching.Related to:
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Galleries and Museums
Burgas has always taken pride in its many cultural events and institutions. Among the latter are an art gallery with paintings & icons (in the building of the former synagogue, 1905-1910, architect Ricardo Toscani; address: Mitropolit Simeon St. 24), a historical museum, an archaeological museum (Bogoridi St. 21), an ethnographic museum (Slavianska St. 69), etc. There is also a gallery of the union of the Bourgas painters on Alexandrovska St. 22, which I especially like.
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