Bulgaria
Nesebŭrski Poluostrov

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  • Day11

    Nessebar, historic... and tacky!

    May 27, 2019 in Bulgaria ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Late departure from Veliko Tarnavo today, so we had some time for a walk and shopping after breakfast.

    Only one scheduled stop today on the way to Nessebar, and it was the village of Zheravna, an isolated village at the foot of the Balkan Mountains, with 500 inhabitants, and 300 houses mostly of the Revival Period of the 18th century. The architecture differs in this village because the traditional houses are made entirely from wood, with the stone used for the perimeter walls.

    We arrived in Nessebar, on the Black Sea coast, in late afternoon, and had a bit of a kerfuffle getting into the old town - only residents and hotel guests can bring a vehicle into the old town, but you have to physically collect an entrance card from the hotel before you can enter, so Nadya had to walk 750m to the hotel to collect the card, then when she got back the card didn't work because the hotel forgot to check it "out"... so the system wouldn't let us in because it thought we were already in. The guard on the gate refused to open it manually and he insisted she walked back to the hotel to fix it, so, with our car now causing a major traffic jam, there was much swearing in Bulgarian and arm waving before it was sorted!

    Nessebar exists in two parts separated by a narrow man-made isthmus, with the ancient part of the city on the peninsula (previously an island), and the more modern section on the mainland side. The town is a UNESCO World Heritage site and claims to have the highest number of churches per capita in the world - there are 41 churches, the oldest from the 5th century AD. Unfortunately it has also become a magnet for masses of (mainly) English, Russian and German package tourists, and the shops are a seemingly endless stream of tacky souvenirs and overpriced food amongst the spectacular old buildings.
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  • Day6

    Nessebar

    July 23, 2017 in Bulgaria ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Heute waren wir in Nessebar und haben uns die Altstadt und den Hafen angesehen. Es war ein entspannter Tag und Nachmittag haben wir es gut gehen lassen am Strand. Am Abend noch ein leckeres Essen in der Appartementanlage. Morgen früh soll es dann weiter gehen.

  • Day568

    Day 569: Nessebar

    September 6, 2018 in Bulgaria ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Today was a day trip to the town of Nessebar, about two hours south of Varna. It's a small rocky peninsula that's been an important city for millennia. It was home to Thracians, then Greeks, then Romans, later Byzantines, Ottomans, and of course the Bulgarians. There's some great history here, lots of churches and some of the fortifications too.

    We wandered around for a while, had a great lunch on a terrace over the water, then Shandos and Schnitzel had a little paddle in the water. Schnitzel has taken quite a liking to digging in the soft sand at the water's edge, though he's definitely not a fan of deep water!

    Checked out more of the town, and went in two of the best churches with nice frescoes. By mid afternoon it was time to leave and so we headed back to the car and drove back to Varna.

    Not the end of the day though, as we were meeting a group of fellow World Heritage Site enthusiasts. We're part of a website community and their annual meeting this year was in Varna, so we headed back into town and found the restaurant to meet up with everyone. Most people already knew each other, but were quite friendly and welcoming. 15 people from I think 10 different countries - all European except us and one guy from Canada. Generally a bit older than us, though I think I'm the youngest. We've got two days ahead of us, hopefully it's not too weird or awkward!
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Nesebŭrski Poluostrov, Neseburski Poluostrov, Несебърски Полуостров

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