Surrounded by the coastal Burgas Lakes and located at the westernmost point of the Black Sea, Burgas is the second-largest city on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. It is also the fourth-largest city in Bulgaria after Sofia, Plovdiv and Varna.
Traveling to Burgas you could fly into the Burgas Airport which is the second most important in the country located in Sarafovo district, from almost any country in Europe. There are also regular, comfortable and very convenient buses from every city in the Bulgaria to Burgas. There are also many buses bringing in tourist from Turkey and Greece. The central train station is located at the very heart of the city and serves both international and national trains. Tourist could also travel to Burgas by ferry from other cities on the Black sea coast and dock at the Port of Burgas which is the largest Port in Bulgaria.
There are numerous attractions in Burgas for tourist to explore. To begin with one might consider visiting some of the numerous museums in Burgas to learn about the history and culture of the cit and Bulgaria at large. Some of this museums include: the Ethnographic Museum- which includes various ethno exhibitions in its program and offers summer school of Arts, Crafts and Dances, The Archaeological Museum-which displays a variety of exhibitions from ancient Roman, Byzantine and Greek antiques, the Historical Museum-which tells both the history of Burgas and the national history and also displays various guest exhibitions from other museums and countries, and the Nature and Science Museum-which shows exhibitions of flora, fauna, subjects of medicine, physics and many various thematic exhibitions.
Vaya Lake is the largest natural lake in Bulgaria and an important tourist attraction in the country. The lake is served by three rivers and it is mildly salty. The lake is a birdwatcher paradise with more than two hundred and fifty bird species having been sported on the lake. It is also a famous site for sport fishing with the carp fish being very popular.
Atanasovsko Lake located to the North of Burgas is another important tourist attraction. The water is salty and makes the lake favorable for salt-production. It is also an important bird viewing area with more than 70% of all birds that can be seen in Bulgaria being seen in the Atanasovo lake zone.
Strandzha Mountains is an important attraction for hikers and bikers. In the neighborhood around the mountains Strandzha and Sakar to the south of Burgas are the world-famous authentic fire dancers, called nestinari who’s bewitching dance moves will leave you refreshed.
Nature and Science Museum – Burgas, Bulgaria
In 1951 the Fishing and Hunting Association in Bourgas town opens a temporary exhibit, consisting of 600 exponents: minerals, fossils, birds and mammals. In 1974 as a result of a botanical expedition to Strandja and Sakar Mountains and Black Sea coast the collection of exhibits enlarges with vertebrates. On 23.05.1985 the Museum of Nature and Science was officially opened.
The exhibition of the museum is situated in 6 halls and illustrates the natural opulence of Bourgas and the region. The collection consists of 1700 exponents, 102 pictures and 299 drawings and maps that reveal the unique flora of Strandja and the rich variety of birds along the Black Sea coast. These natural resources are described as a result of the geohistorical development of the region and the influence of the basic ecological factors and man. The actual bio diversity is presented as a consequence of evolution.
The exhibition of the museum comprises 4 departments:
DEPARTMENT “GEOLOGY” The geohistorical development and the climate characteristics of the region are described there. The main deposits of the materials are the Black Sea coast, Strandja Mountain, East part of the Stara Planina, and the plain of the Bourgas region. It includes rocks and minerals from Archaic, Paleozoic and Mesozoic Era and rocks and fossils from Neozoic Era. There are also over 40 kinds of palaeontological exhibits, mostly mollusc.
DEPARTMENT “BOTANY” Flora of the seacoasts, marshlands and longoz territories, as well as broad leaves forests and protected species of Strandja and the Black Sea coast are exhibited.
DEPARTMENT “INVERTEBRATES” The collection consists of over 1000 species: protozoa, terrestrial animals, freshwater, sea and arthropod mollusca, crabs, scorpions and insects. DEPARTMENT “VERTEBRATES” The collection includes over 320 animal species, arranged in a systematic way according to the evolution of the food rage: sea fish, terrestrial animals and reptiles living in forests, bushes and marshlands, birds and mammals.
Monday – Friday
9.00 – 12. 00 and 13.30 – 17.00
Address: Town of Bourgas, 30 K.Fotinov str.
Historical Museum – Burgas, Bulgaria
A building constructed in 1901 houses the history museum of Burgas. The collection presents society, economy and culture from the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th. The ground floor has been turned into a crypt that protects many Triavna school icons. Some authentic revival-period books are also protected there.
Photos present the old Burgas on the second museum floor. Together with documents, the pictures present the evolution of the city and its transformation into important harbor and trade center. The opening of the first school and the creation of the first church in the city can also be witnessed through the pictures and documents. Authentic photos present the cultural development of the city in this period, as well. A number of well-known actors performed in Burgas at the time.
The events and individuals involved in national liberation struggles have also found their place in the museum collection. European fine arts from the 18th and 19th centuries are presented on the third floor. Original glass, porcelain and bronze works of art have been displayed.
The history museum is situated on 31 Lermontov street Burgas and is open for visits each week day from 10 am to 7 pm and from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturdays.
Here is a video of the sites of Burgas, Bulgaria. I am not sure it looks that much like Miami, Florida, but who am I to judge. Enjoy!!