Sunny Beach

General information about Sunny Beach

Sunny Beach is an extremely popular seaside resort on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria. It is located approximately 35 km to the North of Burgas. It is the biggest and most popular holiday resort in Bulgaria. There are over 800 hotels with more than 300 000 beds in Sunny Beach resort. There are also lots of restaurants and numerous cafes, live music bars, pubs, discos. The resort's construction began back in Communist times, in 1958. In recent years almost the whole hotel base has been renovated and many new luxurious hotels have been built as well as many apartment complexes.

The climate of the area is Mediterranean, explaining one of the reasons for Sunny Beach's popularity. The summer sun in Sunny Beach shines for about eleven hours in July and August. Additionally, the rainy days per month here range between three in July and August and six for May or June. In general, Sunny beach can be characterized with wide, warm and comparatively calm sea with a gently sloping, mild sandy bottom and approximately 1,700 hours sunshine from May to October. Its plenty of ozone and ultraviolet rays, along with the fresh clean breeze make it excellent place for summer holidays. The average daily temperature in summer is most often around 83°F (28°C) and sea temperatures ranging from 73-77°F (23-25°C). Sunny Beach was recently awarded the prestigious "Blue flag international" prize for its undoubted ecological advantages. The weather in Sunny beach is significantly influenced by the interesting and comparatively rare combination of mountain and sea shore which is most favourable for people with asthmatic and respiratory conditions. The beach of this famous resort literally lays from St. Vlas to Nessebar /about 8 km/ and is between 100- 150 m wide. The sand is really fine, with lots of natural sandy dunes.

Sunny Beach has a very small permanent population, but during the summer the resort is home to many thousands of tourists. The resort is one of the preffered summer destinations among British holidaymakers. There are also lots of German, Irish, Scandinavian and Russian toursists in Sunny Beach resort.

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Nessebar’s Old Town

Due to the unique natural surroundings and the well-preserved monuments from various historic periods, the Old Town of Nessebar became the only Bulgarian town included in the World Cultural Heritage list of UNESCO.

Entirely surrounded by sea, connected to the mainland through a narrow land strip only, the Old Town of Nessebar (850 m long and 350 m wide) welcomes you with its thousand-year old history.

The antique Messambria was established in the end of the second millennium B.C. by the Thracian leader Melsa. In the Early Middle Ages it was called Mesemvria, and later - Nessebur. While crossing the bridge connecting the new part of Nessebar with the Old Town, you get the feeling that you go back into the depths of history. The first thing you see while walking on the passageway is the the Windmill, a real symbol of Nessebar. Next you approach the gate of Nessebar, a part of the Western Fortification Wall of the town, dated to ІІІ – IV century. Spared by the time and the sea waves, Nessebar is probably one of the most protected ancient Bulgarian town. As the centuries passed, it lost one third of its territory, but has protected a number of cultural and architectural monuments from the different periods of its life. Apart from the Western Fortification Wall, ruins from the other walls of the town may be seen underwater, about 80 m away from the seashore.

One could learn a lot more about Nessebar’s history by visiting the Archeological Museum, situated by the gates of Nessebar. The Museum keeps findings from all the development periods of Nessebar – ancient tools dated back to thousands years ago, sculptures, pottery, silver coins, copper and bronze coins and stone inscriptions, showing us the life of the past centuries. Several particularly precious icons worked out between XIII and XVIII century are kept here. The Ethnographic Museum – the Moskoyani house, built in 1840, will tell you more about the life of the local people

Before looking like it does today, Nessebar passed from the reign of the Hellenistics (in the end of V century B.C.) under the rule of the Romans (IV century B.C.), and about the year 330 B.C. it became for many years under the domination of the Byzantine Empire, not until the distant year 912, when the Bulgarian Khan Krum conquered the town. In 964 however during the King Boris’ rule the Byzantine Empire conquered it but his son the King Simeon took the possession back. Thus, the beautiful Black Sea town passed sometimes under the reign of the Byzantine Empire, sometimes under the reign of the Bulgarians, while in 1371 the Ottomans ruined down the solid stone walls, which are now found underwater near the shores of the peninsula.

Today twelve Nessebar churches (both from the Byzantine period V – VІ century, and from the Middle Ages X – XІV century) are preserved and turned unto galleries. They host the cultural summer events of the town and artists’ exhibitions. The temple St. Stephen from XI century also deserves a special attention, also known as the New Metropolitan. Ferscoes from XVI century are well kept here and also an iconostasis from XVII century.

According to the local legends, the number of the Christian temples in Nessebar used to be 42. Today the scientists have data about 26 of them. The reason for the great number of churches is the boom of the port town. Nessebar has been exceptionally wealthy during the Middle Ages, because it traded beyond the borders of the Ottoman Empire and its citizens has enough funds to buy the churches back.

The Old Town of Nessebar is a “must- see” point of interest if you happen to be in Sunny Beach. The feeling you get while walking the little winding cobbled streets will be one of the highlights of your summer holidays.

Sunny Beach Aqua Parks

There are two Aquaparks near Sunny Beach.

Action Aqua park offers family-oriented entertainment, with a broad selection of state-of-the-art and traditional water attractions, themed areas, concerts and shows, restaurants and retail outlets. In Action Aqua park you can feel the fastest water slide – drop with over 60 km/h speed, the highest – 18 meters in the sky, the longest – 120 meters. The attractions which make Action Aquapark a great experience, are: the high-speed slides X-Treme, Free Fall, Kamikaze and Hydrohute; the dynamic Niagara and the mysterious Black Hole; the row through the park on the 330 meters long Lazy River. Catch the wave at the king size Wave Pool and discover the amazing H20 Adventure Island with 8 own slides, geysers, fountains and waterfalls, tunnels and net bridges. Action Aquapark will be an entertainment destination for people of all ages.

In June 2006 was opened the paradise of the water entertainments – Aqua Paradise Nessebar. It is situated on area of 30 000 sq. km. to the west of the seaside resort Nessebar.
Aqua Paradise Nessebar with its over 20 attractions is a unique place for unforgettable fun and emotions. The water slides, tunnels, swimming pools are of a most modern type and impress both with their size and their safety. The total length of the slides exceeds 650 m, and they are located among exotic castles, swimming pools, restaurants, open cocktail bars, verdure, which turn the park into one of the most exciting places for entertainment of both children and adults in Bulgaria.

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