Often referred to as the "Bulgarian Ravenna," Nessebar is located on a former island in Eastern Bulgaria, linked to the mainland solely by a man-made isthmus.
Surrounded by resorts that line the lush beaches and sapphire waters of the Bulgarian coast, Nessebur's roots can be traced to an ancient Thracian settlement known as Messembria, which evolved into a Greek colony in the 6th century B.C. A sought-after settlement by warring Byzantines and Bulgarians, Nessebar eventually fell under Ottoman rule until regaining its independence in the late 19th century. But the remains of its past still lie scattered across the landscape today, from architectural ruins to a variety of museum artifacts to centuries-old churches by the dozens.
Stroll along the cobblestone streets and you'll see how history has survived amongst modern comforts in this ancient UNESCO-designated city.