Information & Facts
Nessebar has two beaches near the new town as well as the nearby
beaches of the Sunny Beach resort, which also offers all the
activities of a large-scale tourist resort. The old town is full of
architectural monuments, ancient churches and museums to
Bulgarian is the official language, which uses the
Cyrillic alphabet, but English, German and French is spoken in
resorts, hotels and restaurants.
The official currency is the Lev (BGN), which is divided into
100 stotinki. The Lev is tied to the Euro at a fixed rate of EUR1 =
1.955 lev. Bulgaria has strict currency regulations. If you enter
Bulgaria with cash of any currency amounting to the equivalent of
8,000 leva or more, you must declare it to customs officials.
Foreign currency may be exchanged in banks, hotels or at one of the
numerous bureaux de change, however due to a common practice of
misleading rates of exchange it is better to go to banks or hotels
to change money. A receipt called a
bordereauxis issued when exchanging currency, indicating
the amount that will be given, and it must be kept until departure.
Not all banks accept travellers cheques and those that do usually
charge a 5% commission. Major international credit cards are
increasingly becoming accepted by tourist hotels, upmarket shops
and restaurants, travel agents and car rental agents, but Bulgaria
is still largely a cash economy. There are ATMs in the main cities
and at Black Sea resorts.
For modern amenities and a bigger variety of holiday
accommodation it is necessary to stay in the new town on the
mainland, which doesn't have the charm and atmosphere of the old
Nessebar's nightlife is limited, but the mega-resort of Sunny
Beach is just two miles (3km) away and offers an excellent
nightlife for those seeking more entertainment than the quiet
holiday can offer.
Nessebar has no shortage of restaurants, cafés and taverns for
visitors to choose from on holiday. The most alluring restaurants
are along Roussalka and Tsar Ivan Assen Streets on the southeastern
tip of the peninsula. Neptune Restaurant is the best for fresh fish
and offers splendid sea views.
Popular souvenirs from Nessebar include leather and textiles,
wooden toys, and silver jewellery. The street markets in Nessebar's
old quarter have a good variety of colourful mementos.
Local time is GMT +2 (GMT +3 from last Sunday in March to
last Sunday in October).