Burgas continues to top the list* as the best place to live in Bulgaria. After spending just a few hours strolling along the magnificent Sea Gardens, relaxing on the Central Beach and browsing the shops along the generously pedestrianised city centre, then settling down to a lovely fresh fish dinner at one of the many outdoor restaurants, it is easy to see why. Getting the pronunciation of the city's name right is slightly trickier - we will not even attempt to give references to 'burgers' and such - but suggest you ask one of the many friendly locals to help you out!
Burgas is the fourth largest city in Bulgaria, and the second largest on the Black Sea Coast after Varna. Its permanent population is around 205,000. Burgas operates the largest commercial port in the country and the nearby Lukoil refinery is the largest in south-east Europe.
Fortunately local industry does not detract from the natural beauty surrounding the city. The Burgas Lakes form the so called 'wetlands' region and, as a major point on the migratory route for birds from Europe, have been declared a protected area, offering opportunities for bird watching and other forms of ecotourism.
Whilst in Burgas itself the number of historical or architectural monuments to visit is limited, the surrounding area boasts some fascinating archaeological finds, made in recent years, that give visitors an insight into the civilisations that have dwelled on these lands over the millennia.
The strategic location of Burgas is another good reason to spend more time in the city. From here some of the best attractions of the region are within a 35 - 50 km radius, making it a great base from which to explore. Check out Bulgaria's largest and liveliest seaside resort Sunny Beach, discover the ancient towns of Nessebar and Sozopol or relax in the spa town of Pomorie. Every summer a variety of cultural events such as the Sand Sculpture Festival or the Spirit of Burgas (sadly not this year) add to the city's attraction and the gorgeous Sea Gardens and Central Beach offer leisure opportunities for all. Anyone who enjoys a city destination which enhances a great holiday feeling, should not miss the opportunity to spend time in Burgas.
*Annual Poll carried out by 24 chasa newspaper and Darik radio.