15 Things to See and Do in Nessebar

Old houses in Nessebar | © infobgv/WikiCommons
Old houses in Nessebar | © infobgv/WikiCommons
Photo of Maria Angelova
8 June 2017

Nessebar is a favorite tourists spot when it comes to sun and culture on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. With its UNESCO listed Old Town and some of the best coastline in the country Nessebar win hearts at first glance. Here’s our list of things to do and see in Nessebar.

Stroll along the old houses of Nessebar

The 18th century was a good time for the inhabitants of Nessebar and many could afford to build new houses. The first floor was made of stone and it was used to shelter livestock and store wheat and wine. The upper floor was wooden and it was where the family lived. You can see some fine examples of the Nessebar old houses in the Old Town today. It gets quite crowded during the day during the summer but if you come before 8, you will have the place to yourself.

The old houses, Nessebar, Bulgaria

See the remains of the fortress

Nessebar has been fortified since Roman times. Today, you can see remains of different era fortifications scattered through the town.

Remains of the fortress in Nessebar | © www.vacacionesbulgaria.com/WikiCommons

Enjoy the sun at the beach

Nessebar has a small beach in the Old Town and two more spacious beaches in the new town – the Northern Beach and the Southern Beach. You can book a sunbed and an umbrella for the day or choose the free zone and bring your own. Many restaurants and cafes cater for the sunbathers.

Nessebar beach | © Sergey Galyonkin/Flickr

Eat fresh fish and seafood

The old fishermen were famous for their fish soup which you can try today in most restaurants in Nessebar. Don’t miss the shark specialties or the small fried fish called tsatsa. Stay fresh with the typical Bulgarian cold soup tarator (cucumbers, yogurt, garlic and dill).

Deep fried tsatsa | © Veselina Lazarova/WikiCommons

Be active at the beach

No need to lie on the beach all day long. Kitesurfing, surfing and scuba diving courses and equipment are available at almost every beach in Nessebar. You can play beach volleyball or hire a boat to get to know the coastline better.

Beach volleyball | © Pixabay

Explore the party village of Ravda

Nessebar and Ravda are almost connected and if you don’t see the road sign, you wouldn’t know you are in another village. Ravda is a summer hotspot for the young and wild Bulgarians, mostly full of students, cheap food and party bars and discos.

Ravda, Bulgaria

Feel glamorous in Sveti Vlas

Just a short drive away from Sunny Beach, in the town of Sveti Vlas, you will find one of Bulgaria’s blue flag beaches and the yacht port of Marina Dinevi. It’s a high-end place with expensive resorts and fancy boats.

Marina Dinevi in St Vlas I | © Boby Dimitrov/WikiCommons

Watch the sunset

Before you hit the clubs, spend a minute watching the sunset in Nessebar. A beautiful spot is the Windmill at the entrance of the Old Town.

Sunset in Nessebar | © Sergey Galyonkin/Flickr

Go partying in Sunny Beach

Sunny Beach is synonymous with summer beach parties in Bulgaria. It is just a few miles away from Nessebar and is known all night festivities. During the Solar Summer Festival in Sunny Beach famous electronic and house DJs play at Cacao Beach Bar.

Sunny Beach, Bulgaria