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Although many flock here for the Black Sea coast beaches, Nessebar also boasts a UNESCO World Heritage site which is home to various Medieval churches and a string of other ancient landmarks in its historical centre. With their own vehicles, tourists can divide their time between Nessebar and its neighbours along the coast, while Romania and Greece are alternative options for those that wish to visit more than one country on the same trip.
Who to Book With
The big names of the industry aren't easy to find in Nessebar; however, there are plenty of small companies with offices among the resort’s resorts and hotels. Bahami, Sol Nessebar Palace Hotel, Amfibia Beach Sunny Beach Resort and Nessebar Beach Apartments and Hotel Sol Nessebar Bay all offer car hire facilities.
Best Time to Go
As with most European destinations, Nessebar is best visited in summer, which roughly runs from June until September. This is because the climate is at its most pleasant and the temperatures are at their highest at this time. During this period, expect hotel and car hire rates to increase, however.
Need to Know Essentials
When collecting a car rental, the following documents must be shown:
- International Driving Permit
- Passport and other valid form of photo identification
- The credit card that was used to make the reservation
- A print-out of the reservation confirmation
Nessebar is not really a driver's town, with its old centre mainly consisting of cobbled streets that are for pedestrians only or are in a condition unfit for driving. Similarly, parking spaces may be near-impossible to find. Yet for trips to other towns along the Black Sea coast and elsewhere in Bulgaria, personal transportation is essential.
Our guide to Bulgaria contains more detailed driving information.
Due to its age, Nessebar has a limited public transport network, meaning there is no rail or subway system. Most tourists take taxis if they don't have their own vehicles, while some use the local bus service. Independent companies offer coach services between coastal destinations and the main points of interest in the region.
Nessebar is without a subway or metro station. There is, however, a small open-air train that mainly transports tourists between old Nessebar and the new town area.
Nessebar's main bus station is located on Han Kroum. From here, buses to the likes of Bourgas, Varna and Pomorie are supplied by companies such as Burgasbus and MiniBusExpres. While fares between towns may run at £10 per person and beyond, routes around Nessebar can cost less than £1.
In such a tourist-oriented place as Nessebar, taxis are common and are regarded as the safest and most convenient way to get around for those without their own transport. Most cabs are unmetered and fares of between £5 and £10 should be expected, even for short trips.
Situated on Bulgaria's east coast, Nessebar is well-located for those that love lazing on the beach as it offers quick access to a plethora of famous and lesser-known coastal towns. For those with their own transportation, trips to some of Bulgaria's eastern European neighbours are a possibility.
Burgas – A steady drive south of Nessebar along the E87 leads tourists to Burgas, which is arguably Bulgaria's most popular tourist destination. This drive is not to be missed for the unique coastal scenery along the way, with a stop off at Pomorie an option.
Vitosha National Park – Visitors who wish to venture further south than Burgas can stop off at Vitosha National Park, which is the largest park of its kind in this part of Bulgaria. Visitors interested in visiting more than one country may wish to head to northern Greece and large cities such as Thessaloniki – the second-largest city in the country after the capital, Athens.
Romania – A trip north of the area along the E87 to Burgas sees drivers eventually cross the border into Romania. While there are some interesting small towns in the southern part of the country, Bucharest is only a 5 hour, 30 minute drive from Nessebar.