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The fourth largest city in Bulgaria and largest port on the Black Sea, Bourgas is a lively, compact city, its pedestrianised boulevards and outdoor cafes giving it a distinctly untouched Mediterranean ambience.

It is a great base to explore the nearby resorts, and for bird-watching at the peaceful lakes. Bourgas also boasts a long beach, with Marine Park alongside it, being a popular strolling area. Its trendy shoe shops, hip fashion stores and brand new arcades prove the economic development of the region, and restaurants and bars means that Bourgas is popular year-round.

The season kicks in around early June, from when the city fills up and hotels are full, and winds down by late September. Although not renowned as a beach destination, Bourgas is exceptionally popular as a seaside city, with plenty of attractions and entertainment. The port of Bourgas is the biggest sea port in the country.

Many people use Bourgas as a base to explore the gleaming resorts, like Sunny Beach, 30km (19 miles) north and quaint Sozopol, 34km (21 miles) south, and UNESCO-protected historical town Nesebar, 20km (12 miles) north.

Eating out

Like the busiest nightlife venues, most places for eating out are focused around the southern end of ulitsa Aleksandrovska and ulitsa Bogoridi. Most places have a decent selection of traditional Bulgarian dishes, typically a hearty salad to start, grilled pork or lamb, or the traditional kavarma (pork casserole).

Along the beach are decent bar restaurants serving seafood and pizzas like Bistro Tropicana (southern end of beach). Where the cosmopolitan people of Bourgas gather to watch the sunset.

Nightlife

During the high season the city steps up a few gears and the streets are lively with a Mediterranean feel. Much is based around promenading, especially along Ulitsa Bogoridi, which links the huge ulitsa Aleksandrovska towards the Sea Gardens.

Most bars and clubs are clustered around the junction of these two streets. Barcardi Bar is recommended (51 Alexandrovska Str) for it's late night live music policy, not just because it sells Barcardi!

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Bulgaria Weather

Bourgas experiences a temperate climate, with mild weather year-round. The average daily temperature in the winter months of November to April is 4.5°C (40°F)and in the summer months of May to October it is around 26°C (78°F), which is also the busiest and best time to visit. August is the hottest, and also most humid, month of the year with highs of 30°C (86°F).

Jan 3ºC
Feb 6ºC
Mar 12ºC
Apr 15ºC
May 21ºC
Jun 26ºC
Jul 29ºC
Aug 24ºC
Sep 20ºC
Oct 18ºC
Nov 10ºC
Dec 4ºC

Things To Do on Bulgaria Holidays

What attracts people to Bourgas is undoubtedly the clear blue sea. The city is a starting point for visiting the seaside resorts in the area - the Slantchev Bryag resort (Sunny Beach) and the Elenite Holiday Village to the North and the Duni Holiday Village, renowed for it's unique architectural composition, to the south.

The Sea Garden Park in Bourgas is a lovely place where tourists can sit and relax amongst the beautiful nature of Bourgas. It is situated on a high shore, flecked with colourful flower beds, trees and sculptures. A casino, a small zoo and the open-air theatre are also within the park. The park which is also called Promorski Park is always popular with families. Kids will love the merry-go-round, bouncy castle and helter-skelter.

Bourgas is a well-known festival centre in Bulgaria every summer the Seaside Park's open-air theatre houses the Bulgarian Popular Song Festival entitled Bourgas and the Sea, acknowledged as an event at which musical hits are inevitably ‘born' every time. The open-air theatre also hosts the ever intriguing Annual Summer International Folklore Festival, the Beer Fest, the Bulgarian Rock Music Festival Rock-Explosion, a Blues festival and the wonderfully named On the Beach Theatre Festival!

Bourgas along with Sofia is one of the few places that has kept it's Bulgarian musical identity in a post-communist era. Concert gigs are particularly active over the summer season, when the sea becomes the main drawing point for culture and the Bulgarian bohemia.

One of Bourgas's main draws is it's Central Beach which is in front of the beautifully quirky Sea Garden Park. The beach is a low-key place for swimming and strolling. Where everyone hangs out during the long summer months. The strong winds make good conditions for windsurfing, although there are few places to rent equipment. Kite-surfing is possible on the less crowded northern end of the beach.

Culture

The small old town of Bourgas with its pedestrianised streets makes it easy to explore, with a few pleasant museums and galleries dotted around. Petko Zadgorski Art Gallery (ulitsa Metropolit Simeon 24), housed in the old synagogue, has three floors of paintings including 17th-century religious icons and Bulgarian contemporary artists.

Its exhibition has been arranged in a former Jewish synagogue, now listed as a cultural monument. The frescos inside the gloomily-lit Sveti Sveti Cyril and Methodius (ulitsa Vuzhrazhdane) are stunning. There are more than ten art galleries in Bourgas, so art lovers cannot fail to keep themselves amused.

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