"The Spirit of Burgas" Burgas by penny_g
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Burgas is the fourth biggest city of Bulgaria with some 200 000 inhabitants. It is the second biggest one on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast and is picturesquely situated on the Burgas valey and Burgas Bay. It is surrounded by three liman lakes - Atanasovsko, Burgasko and Vaya.
Compared to other towns in Bulgaria, Burgas is relatively new. It was established in the 17th century. In Ancient times, there was small Greek settlement here, called Pyrgos, Greek for tower. It was built as a point of military defence and observation for colonists from Apolonia (today's Sozopol) against their enemies - the people of Messembria (today's Nessebar). Besides Pyrgos, the present-day city expands over the area of three other ancient settlements: Castrition, Skafida and Rossokastron.
In the Middle Ages, a small fortress called Pyrgos was erected on the place and was probably used as a watchtower. It was only in the 17th century that a settlement named Ahelo-Pirgas grew in the modern area of the city. It was later renamed to Bourgas.
After the liberation from the Ottoman Turks in 1878, Burgas became an important industrial and trade center in the whole country. It has the biggest harbour in Bulgaria and its airport serves all the resorts on the Southern Bulgarian Black Sea coast.
Among Bulgarians, the city has the image of industrial and a bit dirty place unlike its sunny, tourist-wise and friendly people. Burgas gave Bulgaria a multitude of artists in any genre. Summer is ideal to visit Burgas not only of the sea but also because of the music festivals, taking place there.
- Pros:Affordable, good weather, all advantages of a big city, beaches, sea garden, nice ladies
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