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Bourgas, Bulgaria’s fourth largest city is a thriving port with much to offer. It is home to several interesting museums including the impressive Museum of History, which houses a rich collection of local archaeological treasures and the Ethnographic Museum, which exhibits an interesting selection of Kukeri masks and costumes. The church of Saints Cyril and Methodius contains some amazing religious frescoes, which are well worth seeing. One of the city's most beautiful offerings is the incredible Sea Garden, a park located on a hill overlooking the sea, which has an abundance of attractions including a zoo, casino and open-air theatre. Bourgas is also a great place to dine out with a host of traditional and international restaurants to choose from, many of which play live music.
A little further, out of the town, there are some beautiful lakes. Lake Bourgas, Lake Pomorie, Lake Atanassovo and the Mandren Lakes are all ideal locations where you can relax with a picnic and watch the many herons and pelicans, which congregate here.

South of Nessebur around 40 km from St Vlas is the wine, spa town and beach resort of Pomorie. It is one of the country's main sources of salt and is famous for its therapeutic mud baths. The Monastery of St George is worth seeing; it has a domed belfry and is home to an eclectic selection of 19th century buildings brought to life by the multitude of pot plants and shrubs, which adorn the courtyard. The Church of the Transfiguration, an 18th century church at the eastern side of the Pomorie peninsula is also worth a visit. Whilst visiting the town, be sure to try some of its aromatic Pomoriiski Dimyat wine.

St Vlas offers visitors numerous private hotels of a variety of styles and high-quality service, making the small village a preferred destination for holidaymakers. The four-star Laguna Hotel stands out against the rest for its beautiful design and top-class service. Its prices are also very reasonable from 25 euro per night during peak season. The hotel offers a wide range of facilities including sea views, a private swimming pool, games hall and bars and restaurant.

The Bells Hotel is located in beautiful grounds with a lovely bell tower in the middle. The adjacent terrace offers spectacular views to the sea and each room is like a self-contained apartment with cable TV, kitchen facilities and a spacious living room. Another gem is the Gala Hotel, which lies close to a beautiful forest 400 meters away from the seacoast. This hotel is unique in its architectural design and offers 2 3-bed apartments, 13 double rooms and 7 studios. There are also a plenty of 3-star hotels in the town, such as the Alfa, Astra, Bel Ami and the Intzaraki.
The Admiral at the Palace Hotel is a particular favourite but a little on the pricey side by Bulgarian standards. The Johe Banana and Vodenicata also ranked among the town's top restaurants. Those seeking a more active nightlife will enjoy the Piano Bar, Diamond or the new Club Planet Yacht.There are plenty of fantastic restaurants to choose from in St Vlas, and many offer fabulous views of the sunset and the bay.

Similar to other seaside villages, accommodation with private pensions and houses is in high supply as well. St Vlas lies close to the lively resort of Sunny Beach and the historic UNESCO town of Nessebur. Both are easily accessible by public transport and a boat taxi links St Vlas to Nessebur. Bulgaria's largest holiday resort, Sunny Beach lies 5 km away and offers a wide variety of entertainment suitable for visitors of all tastes and ages. It is renowned for its lively nightlife, abundant family entertainment and prestigious 8 km of Blue Flag beaches.

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