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Nessebar is one of the great gems along the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria , offering a little history, local culture and lots of fun in the sun. Holidays to Nessebar have something for everyone ' one day you can take a historic tour through the remains of the Roman, Ottoman and Byzantine Empire and the next, you can spend hours relaxing and soaking up the sun on the long sandy beaches and jumping in the crystal clear waters. Nessebar is also close to other Bulgarian hotspots such as Sunny Beach, Bourgas and Varna if you want to explore further afield. That's the best thing about a Nessebar package holiday from Direct Holidays ' you really can get the best of both worlds!
Sunny Beach Nessebar's better-known neighbour is the party-pumping town of Sunny Beach. Boasting a 5km wide sandy beach, it's not just the colourful diving spots, water parks and luxury hotels that draw the crowds in year after year, but the non-stop nightlife. From restaurants and pubs to bars and clubs, Sunny Beach really comes to life after the sun goes down. Join a pub crawl, get dressed up for a themed club night or simply dance until daybreak at one of the hottest beach parties in Bulgaria. Old Nessebar The ancient city of Nessebar is one of the oldest towns in Europe, believed to have been founded over 3000 years ago. Sitting on the rocky peninsula against the dramatic backdrop of the Black Sea, the Old Town is brimming with centuries of history - from Roman fortress remains to old Byzantine churches and quaint antique-style houses. Romantic rather than relaxing, a stroll through the narrow cobbled streets and antique shops makes a nice change from the usual beach life.
Go church-hopping If there's one thing Nessebar is known for, it's the town's collection of churches and cathedrals. According to legend, there used to be approximately 40, however these days it's dwindled down to around 23. The main monument is the Church of Christ Pantocrator, one of the best-preserved churches of the Middle Ages. It's right in the centre of Old Nessebar and is well known for its lavish design and architecture. The unfinished 14th century Church of St John Aliturgetus, the Church of St Stephen and the Church of the Holy Saviour are all worth a visit too. Hit the Aquaparks Nessebar's local waterpark, Aqua Paradise, is pretty much what it sounds like ' a pool-filled haven for families and kids alike. It's Bulgaria's largest and newest waterpark with a whopping 20 water attractions, slides, tunnels and pools. The main must-see is the imposing castle overflowing with waterslides and labyrinths.
Sol Nessebar Mare Families will love Sol Nessebar Mare, with its on-site pools and slides, watersport facilities and hotel entertainment. Sitting right on Nessebar Beach, you'll also be within easy walking distance to the Old Town for a cultural day trip. Make the most of the pedal boats, bicycles, archery, basketball, volleyball and other sports activities ' perfect for burning off any leftover holiday energy. Sol Nessebar Palace A sister hotel to the Sol Nessebar Mare, this four-star resort takes your stay just the step further with a beach bar, luxury spa treatments, Bulgarian and international restaurants and a night-time disco. The hotel is just 50m from the beach and half way between Nessebar and Ravda. Festa Panorama Hotel Right in the heart of the new town, the Festa Panorama is a bit further out from the main resort strip, and is perfect for those looking for a relaxing stay. Guests can enjoy the indoor and outdoor pools, whirlpools and bars, play a little petanque or volleyball, relax with a spa and sauna, and then head on up to the on-site nightclub.