At the beginning of our holiday in Bulgaria we have planned a fairly large walking tour for the whole day. Just think – to go 19 km along the coast, to visit three new small towns with their sights, to see the natural reserve Lake Pomorie with its healing mud, rare plants, pelicans, cormorants, herons and swans.
And as a reward for such a tiresome route – swimming on a wild beach on a spit, where to the nearest person is about 500 meters, healing black sand and surprisingly clean and warm water.
Yes, this route was quite exhausting, but we will remember him for a lifetime.
About advantages and disadvantages of hiking routes
Like any other rest, hiking trails have their own advantages and disadvantages. Especially in comparison to traditional tours or independent tourism by public transport.
The advantages of walking toursfor us are: a significant saving, the possibility of maximum immersion in the country, its way of life and customs.
But the main advantage is the opportunity to see those parts of the country and visited cities, which are not mentioned in any guidebook and where tourists do not come on excursions. There are many such places. It is necessary to move away from beaten tourist paths just a few kilometers and the country is changing. Sometimes a little, sometimes radically. It is really very interesting to notice that.
Another bonus – new, not crowded by visitors beaches, where you can find solitude, take a break from a noise and just enjoy the sea.
The disadvantage of hiking by foot, in our opinion, is their complexity – rather hard to go 15-20 kilometers, partly under the hot sun. Even for young people. What to say about elder generation. There is one more drawback – no medical assistance can not be expected. You can count only on yourself.
Our route: Nessebar – Ravda – Aheloy – Lake Pomorie – Pomorie
We had a rest by a voucher, and therefore we have constantly lived in one of the most interesting Bulgarian resorts: in Nessebar.
We got out right after breakfast (about 8 hours am) and went to Ravda, a fairly large resort village about 3 kilometers from Nessebar. From Ravda we went by foot to Aheloy, and then – to a spit.
We have come to a spit approx at noon, and stuck there for several hours – the water was very warm and clean.
Then, a small march to Pomorie, sightseeing and back – by public transport (by bus).
We have returned home late in the evening.
Our advice: if you want to try to repeat our walk, be sure to plan it on the first days of vacation – it is very exhausting, we would definitely not have gone anywhere on the tenth day of our rest.
If desired, you may well do the opposite: to go from Pomorie to Nessebar and walk along fantastically beautiful evening city.
What is required to take for this independent tour
First of all you should take care about headdresses and clothing that protects from the sun – you will have to go quite a long time, in many places there is no shade at all. If you want, you can take sunglasses, because you will have to walk along the sea, your eyes will get tired very quickly.
On the way you will come across a large number of pretty landscapes – be sure to take your photo or video camera. If you have a camera with a big zoom (superzoom) – you will be able to take pictures of swans, cormorants, herons and pelicans in their natural habitat.
Do not forget a bottle of water, a sandwich or a small set for a picnic – it will be interesting and pleasant to snack on a wild beach. If you do not really like to cook, almost every 5-10 kilometers you will see a small town with a good selection of restaurants and fast food.
Be sure to bring beach towels, sunshades, bathing suits – on the way you will see a lot of very different beaches, some of which you will like.
We recommend to take money for a back journey. Tickets from Pomorie to Nessebar cost 3-3,5 levs (depending on stops).
How to use a navigator along a way and whether is it needed at all?
Generally speaking, you do not really need a navigator– you will not get lost even just seeing photos from this article – you need to constantly move along the coast, without turning anywhere.
We used SitiGid Navigator with free map of Bulgaria. We strongly recommend to choose to display main tourist attractions and places for photos. So you can more quickly find places about which we talk.
As a conclusion: the direction of movement will be clear to you constantly. You just need to go ahead, leaving the sea on your left. Navigator will also help you better define the remaining travel time and find interesting sights.
The resort village of Ravda – excellent beaches and a minimum of attractions
It is really not difficult to get to Ravda. It is necessary to pass a few kilometers along the highway. If you turn off the road to the left, you will be able to soak up the sun on one of large, half-wild beaches. We decided in the morning, when it is not so hot, to pass a maximum distance.
Literally after 10-15 minutes started the suburb of Ravda with one of the city’s bus stops. Even in the suburb can be seen a lot of good hotels, mostly 4 stars:
In the city there is nothing really interesting and curious. During a short walk we were able to find only one lovely fountain and a small church, which, unfortunately, was closed.
So you can only admire and examine lovely modern hotels, cozy restaurants and many souvenir shops. The city has a water park.
Ravda seemed to us very green, but not very shady town. In Nessebar streets are clearly narrower, but more shady. Perhaps this is because in Ravda is not many trees. But here is very large number of different plants and flowers.
We can not say that in Ravda there are low prices (it was 2-3 years ago, according to reviews). Almost the same as in Nessebar, but slightly lower than in Sunny Beach – it is purely a resort village, focused on tourists.
Having decided to allocate another half an hour, we walked to a beach. It is located in 5-7 minutes from the city center.
The first beach we visited was Academica, located closer to Nessebar. The total length of the protected area is 330 m, but the beach is much bigger. Paid sun beds and sunshades occupy about half of the territory. The remaining space is allocated for holidaymakers on towels. Some websites write about the huge number of rotting algae (information is 3-5 years old). We have not seen this. Beaches were quite clean, algae were removed.
Prices at the beaches of Ravda are a bit lower, than in Nessebar. Sunshades and sun beds, for example, cost 6 levs instead of 8. The beaches of Ravda are mainly cultural – there are rescue workers, rented sunshades and sun beds, allocated a separate corridor for water sports.
If you walk a little further south, you can find another beach, much more green, but a little spontaneous. It is called the South Beach of Ravda. You’ll have to go down to the beach for a long time. Here also there are changing cabins, paid sun beds and sun shades, a massage, rescue workers and even a shower.
Aheloy – a small town and a lot of luxurious hotels
To Aheloy we walked not along the beach – there are large stones and there is no passage. There were two variants – either to walk along the dirt road along the beach, or get too faralong highway, which takes you directly to the city.
We have chosen the first option. If you walk along the dirt road along the coast, in Aheloy you will be already after 15 minutes. Along the highway – three times more.
During this walk we did not go directly to Aheloy, it is located 15 minutes walk from a coast. So we choose to see only hotel complexes near a coastal strip. In contrast to popular resorts of Sunny Beach or Golden Sands, here it is not very crowded, hotels are very green and really look cozy and beautiful.
Hotels here are not located in continuous strip, but alternate with areas of untouched nature. So it’s really interesting to walk far from Aheloy.
Wild beaches near Aheloy
Just beyond luxury hotels there is a small modest camping and wild beaches. Nearby you can see a small area of the plant, where the salt is evaporated from the lake, as well as to look at ordinary wooden houses, where Bulgarians like to rest.
From about this moment sand on the beach becomes black. It is considered to be curative, and very useful for a musculoskeletal system. At the beach you will meet people smeared with black mud from head to foot. Do not be afraid. Merely in Lake Pomorie is completely free to get curative mud.
Lake Pomorie and a spit between Aheloy and Pomorie
Along the beach, on the sand, it was quite difficult and tedious to walk. At some point we decided to go up to the dam, where is a pretty good, trodden dirt road.
It turned out that to climb up is not so easy – the dam was strengthened by rather large fragments of stones, on which we had to climb to the top.
Healing mud, rare species of birds and plants
When we nave climbed the dam, we have immediately noticed the large number of people who were swimming in the lake, fishing and tooking mud treatments.
It is necessary to clarify that it is best to go here during windy in the afternoon. In the morning the wind is too weak, and you may be very unpleasant to walk because of the large flocks of of midges.
Do not forget to constantly look at the lake. There you can see not only rare species of plants (from the side of Pomorie, you can even see information boards about this), but also many species of waterfowl. For example, we have identified gulls, swans with little nestlings, pelicans, cormorants and herons.
Exactly in such moments it is useful to have a camera with a strong zoom. Birds swim quite far, but we really wanted to see them.
While we were walking along the spit, we met a company of 3 people. A man of retirement age and two grandsons. They walked from Pomorie to Nessebar. It was nice to know, that we are not alone lovers of hiking. We told them about our traversed route, gave some advices. We have advised to gaze at the lake to see birds and went our separate ways.
Wild beaches on a spit with black healing sand
The main charm of this walk proved to be a wild beach on the spit of Pomorie. Just imagine: perfectly clean, warm sea, to the nearest person is 500 meters, and you can sunbathe, swim, have a picnic or relax.
Sand on the beach is mainly habitual to us, white, but in some places there are also a healing black. Walking on it, of course, is quite hot. And also you can easily gather up all sorts of sea shells and even find living.
This beach is considered to be wild, many people sunbathe nude. If you walk closer to Pomorie, there will be nudist beaches. But in our opinion this is much more interesting to have a rest in solitude. Less people rest approximately in the middle of the spit – there is quite long time to go.
We had a little picnic, had eaten purely Bulgarian products: here are very tasty cheese, bread, and even inexpensive sausage consists of meat. We advise you to bring along 2 bottles of water as it is consumed very quickly during a walk.
Pomorie – one of the best resorts in Bulgaria in terms of price and quality
We got to Pomorie fast enough, because we had a rest on the beach. Where the braid ends and start wooden vacation houses are often sold healing mud in bottles. If you do not want to extract it by yourself – you can buy it.
Near the city there is an area where it is necessary to go by an asphalted road. There’s no shade, and the sun burns unmercifully. So it is better to pass this part of the road as quickly as possible. On the other hand in this place can be seen swans.
At the beginning of our journey, the city seemed to us too modern, everything was actively built up with high-rise buildings, but the further we went deep into Pomorie, the more beautiful it became.
It should be said, that the city is divided into two unequal parts – the new city, located on the mainland and the old part, in the form of an island connected to the mainland by two rather narrow isthmus. Of course, in the old part, on the outskirts, you can find a lot of new buildings, but closer to the center the city becomes more beautiful and romantic.
The central street of the city is called Knyaz Boris I street (by the way, in almost every Bulgarian city there is a street with the same name). It’s quite a wide pedestrian avenue with lots of shops, restaurants and cafes. Here you can sit in a nice park, watching kids playing at a playground. Near the park there is the Church of the Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary, which we will discuss a bit later.
In Pomorie are a lot of parks, greenery and shadow. There is almost no noisy nightclubs. The city is more suitable for a measured family vacation. In the city are living a lot of children, there is a cinema. Here are regularly held concerts of various national ensembles, choreographic collectives, as well as pop stars arrive.
Attractions of Pomorie – what can be seen in the city and nearby?
In terms of attractions, Pomorie is not too rich. Walking through the streets of the city, you can see a lot of nice old buildings, small monuments, gazebos.
Besides of lovely old town and a few paid museums, here you can see the Monastery of St. George (it is located in the new part of the city, we recommend) and the Thracian tomb (located outside the city, we do not advise). During this trip we did not got there, but visited the other day.
In the old part of the city will be interesting to look at the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, located near the central park and wander through charming medieval streets of the city.
If you still have any strength, you can visit local beaches. They are quite beautiful and well maintained. Prices of sun beds and sunshades are certainly lower than in Golden Sands, Sunny Beach and Nessebar.
Prices in shops and restaurants – cheaper than in Nessebar and Sunny Beach
Prices in Pomorie are significantly lower than in Nessebar and Sunny Beach. Even in the most central streets. Of all the resorts we visited in Bulgaria exactly in Pomoriewe have acquired most of souvenirs.
All this is also true for restaurants – where you can eat 3-4 times cheaper than in the town of Nessebar and portions are much larger.
We advise to read: a separate article about the town of Pomorie.
A way back by bus – a timetable and prices
Our return journey began at a bus station in the old part of the city. It’s a bit more expensive (a ticket to Nessebar and Sunny Beach costs 3,5 levs), than from the bus station of the new city (only 3 levs). And buses from here go much less often.
But there are also advantages. Firstly, right next to the station there is a big fruit market with very low prices. Every time we came to Pomorie, we bought something here. Fruits can be washed directly on the market in a specia fountain.
We want to note a small feature. Prices for fruits at the market are very different. The cheapest peaches will cost 0,8 levs and the most expensive 4,5. However, even cheap fruits are always delicious and you can choose not spoiled.
It may be useful: a bus schedule from Pomorie to other cities of Bulgaria.
Closer to 6 pm we went home – we were very tired. Our bus reached the goal literally in 20 minutes. From a bus window, we could not only enjoy the passed route, but also consider Lake Pomorie from completely different side.
Useful links and interesting articles:
- The attractions of Bulgaria – what else we advise you to see
- A small article about Ravda – the first of the towns we have visited during our walk
- Lake Pomorie – a unique natural reserve in Bulgaria
- A wild beach on the spit of Pomorie – one of our favorite in Bulgaria
- Pomorie – the city, to which we would like to come to rest
- An article about the nature in Bulgaria