Appropriately called Heliopolis, or ‘City of the Sun’, by the ancient Greeks, Obzor is a friendly and laid back little holiday resort, even at the height of the season. The Romans also liked the place, calling it Navlohos, and turning it into a key fortified trading settlement on the route between Constantinople and the Danube. They also built the Temple of Jupiter, some of the columns of which can still be seen in the park next to the town’s main square. However, unless you’re an archaeologist a trip to Obzor isn’t really about delving into the town’s history. It’s about relaxation in the time-honoured tradition of the sun, sea and sand holiday. The town’s superb beach, set against the stunning backdrop of the Stara Planina mountains, is the centre of attraction. And the most popular pastime for visitors is stretching out on a sunbed for some serious suntime, punctuated with the odd dip in the ocean. As for evening entertainment, Obzor is no Las Vegas, but the mostly family-run eateries serve up an attractive assortment of fare, both Bulgarian and cosmopolitan, plus there are several music bars where you can dance off your dinner. For a break from the beach life, hire a car and explore the coast road, which winds through some charming little hilltop villages and offers spectacular views of the coastline. You can also drive through rolling vineyards to the picturesque little coastal town of Byala, where you can sit in one of the harbour side fish restaurants and sample the catch of the day, complemented by a glass or two of the local Dimyat wine.
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Written on 01/06/2010, Anonymous said...
We were unsure about visiting Bulgaria as we had heard so many negative things about it. None of them were founded. We went to St Vlas near the marina at Bells Apartments. Bulgaria is a beautiful country with beautiful people. The people are an asset... more on this review
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