Burgas is the fourth-largest city in Bulgaria, and occupies the Black Sea’s westernmost point. From pink saltwater Lake Atanasovsko to the expansive Sea Garden, Burgas is full of surprises. Other attractions include a mysterious island steeped in pirate legends, and three lakes inhabited by over 260 species of birds. Read our guide and discover what to do while visiting this coastal city in Bulgaria.
Restto seats diners in a vintage interior, decorated with works by Bulgarian artist Georgi Andonov, or out on one of Burgas’ main streets. Its speciality is fish and seafood dishes paired with rarely-seen sides: try vine-wrapped trout accompanied by zucchini cooked three ways, or turbot teamed with fennel gratin and stewed celery. The mussels in tomato and garlic sauce is a great starter, especially when accompanied by warm, home-made bread. Take cash, as cards aren’t accepted.
2,000 years of history are on display at Aquae Calidae, a complex of well-preserved ruins set in a landscaped recreation area. Footbridges and glass floors enable you to study the remains of Roman walls and baths built on thermal springs, which made Aquae Calidae one of antiquity’s major spa destinations. Inside, you can see a detailed recreation of Suleiman the Magnificent’s opulent 16th-century bathroom, and watch a 3D film tracing the site’s history, from the Thracian era to the Middle Ages.
This article was originally written by Maria Angelova and has since been updated.