Nessebar, also known as Mesembria or more fondly ‘The Pearl of the Black Sea’, is the perfect place if you are looking for medieval churches and old-world architecture flooding its routine streets. The small rocky city is a short 40 kilometers drive away from Burgas, located in the Black Sea.
Ancient City of Nessebar bears the stories of its many kingdoms and civilizations within its walls. It is a unique example of a synthesis of the centuries and numerous civilizations have left traces here harmoniously fit in with nature. More than 3,000-year-old site of Nessebar was originally a Thracian settlement. After this at the beginning of the 6th century BC became a Greek colony. The town fell under Roman rule in 1st century BC. It was one of the most important strongholds of the Byzantine Empire from the 5th century AD, and was fought over by Byzantines and Bulgarians, being captured and incorporated in the lands of the First Bulgarian Empire The rich history, so prominent here, has earned it the title of a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
A trip to Nessebar is a treat to the ever-exploring traveler. The drive to the old city is as memorable as the city’s star attractions! The old part of the town that is supposed to be partly underwater is connected to its new one by a man made isthmus. Cutting across the blue waters, the city exudes its charm the moment you can see its beautiful buildings.
The yacht base embracing the Black sea, the tapering roofs of the buildings, the old stone architecture which houses its religious feel and the streets which calmly lead you to the its star attractions, is sure to make you unwind and really get one with the place around you. This has led to a tourism foothold in Nessebar. The city now accommodates luxury resorts to offer a unique experience with its scenic beauty.
If you are looking for a place which will calm you down, visit the city off season (in the beginning of June or after August) when the place is frugally crowded. Your travel itinerary will be a unique one with the ancient city of Nessebar.
Check our 7 day itinerary which gather several UNESCO sites, including Nessebar here.