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Bourgas Holidays

A historic Bulgarian seaside spot

 With sandy beaches and leafy parks, fine Bulgarian cuisine, ocean views and ancient sites, Bourgas city breaks have it all. 

Set by the Black Sea on Bulgaria’s scenic eastern coast, Bourgas, often translated as ‘Burgas’, is surrounded by the Burgas Lakes. Famous for their biodiversity, they are home to many interesting plant and animal species, and are popular with nature lovers. Within Bourgas itself, you can visit the beautiful Sea Garden for lovely bay views, admire a number of interesting monuments or hit the beaches for sunbathing, swimming or more active pursuits such as volleyball.

Just outside the city is Aquae Calidae, a Roman complex with working mineral baths, but Bourgas itself has many historic churches, museums and monuments to discover, including the Orthodox Church of Saints Cyril and Methodius. 

Once you’re done exploring, the city has many acclaimed restaurants to enjoy. Here you’ll find authentic Bulgarian cuisine – which draws influences from neighbouring countries such as Turkey and Greece – as well as top-notch Bulgarian wines on the menus.

So whether you’re looking for history and culture, leisurely days spent unwinding on the beach, pleasant park walks or a mix of them all, city breaks to Bourgas tick all the boxes.

Three tips for a top trip

Rent a bike

Bourgas is a great city to explore on two wheels. There are lots of bike hire shops to choose from, and rentals are affordable, too.

Try the local cuisine

Bulgarian cuisine has Balkan, Turkish, Greek and Mediterranean influences. Be sure to try some local dishes, including traditional salads and grilled meat and fish, as well as some Bulgarian wine.

Soak up some culture

If you’re looking for a cultural hit, there are range of museums to explore and ancient Roman ruins all within easy reach of Bourgas city centre.

Best attractions to see in Bourgas

The wetlands

The beautiful Burgas wetlands are renowned for their biodiversity, and are home to lots of rare wildlife and plants. Lake Burgas, Bulgaria’s largest, is in the middle of the city.  

The Sea Garden

The largest park in the city, the Sea Garden is a beautiful spot that opens out into the Bay of Burgas. Enjoy beautiful ocean views and marvellous exotic plants.

The churches

There are a number of architecturally interesting churches in Bourgas, such as the 19th-century Church of Saints Cyril and Methodius, and many more dotted around the city. 

Your Bourgas questions, answered

Bourgas is a picturesque city with a hefty dose of natural scenery – there are several lakes, bay views of the Black Sea and pretty urban parks. 
Yes. While there’s much to see and do in Bourgas city, if you want to get out and about the historic Roman site, Aquae Calidae, isn’t far away.
Absolutely. From large malls to small market stalls and shops selling fine Bulgarian wine, you’ll never be short of places to pick up some excellent souvenirs.