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Old Nessebar
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Reviewed 15 September 2008

We went to Nessebar in September and we had an wonderful time. We stayed at Arsena Hotel but I won't say anything more about it, I think the reviews that you can already find here are very true.

I will talk about the restaurants you can find mainly in Old Nessebar. Our holiday lasted 10 days and 7 days out of 10 we ate at one single restaurant: Panorama, on the right side of the city. The food was delicious, big dishes, the waiters were very pleasant and they all spoke English. I can recommend Kawarma, Exotic Steak, starters with baked potatoes, Exotic Salad, all kinds of beef steak, the sword fish and of course the Spits (as they call them) made of meat or fish.

The prices are like everywhere in Nessebar but the quality of the food, the kind waiters and the overall atmosphere will just enchant you. And please try the Rakia, they will recommend you the brand. And also the red wine of Domaine Boyar or Targovishte.

We also went to The Old Anchor, and we can recommend it to you as a good restaurant, and it is in the middle of the old city.

We saw a recommendation here for Hemingway Restaurant, and we took it but we weren't impressed at all. The food is at most ordinary.

Don't go to Bronko Pizzeria which is in the right part of The Old Anchor, the food is horrible.

Have fun!

10  Thank andreea_me
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Reviewed 27 August 2008

Small narrow streets with houses from 12th century. You can feel there like in another world when you're walking down the cobbled streets with sight of the Black Sea. You can also visit small Ortodox churches and Roman therms (actually ruins).Tickets aren't expensive - 2 and 4 leva/person. It's very nice place for a walk and for buying souvenirs (especially honey made from roses, watercoloured paintings showing Nesseber and things from Arab countries) but it's very crowded. Worth seeing, I can really recommended this village. It was one of the best experience in Bulgaria.

14  Thank werta
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Reviewed 12 August 2008

Old Nessbar is fine, we went this year there and we found a cozy room with only 30 euros, with seaview and good condition.
What was the worst experience of the whole trip was a restaurant, at the entrance in the island that xcan be considered the old Nessebar, a restaurant named Sea Wolf.

Yes, they were wolfs and they've ruined us an entire night by making us angry and revolted. They served us a fish, in the menu was 7 leva (cca 4 euro) for 100g. It doesnt look to me as an exotic fish (its name was palamud) merely it looks and taste like a stavrid. Anyway, they charged us 49 leva for it, they were pretending that it had 700grams!!!! It was amazing: at most if it had 250g, trust me, it was 1/3 of a normal plate. They were pretending that the fish was shrinking. Come on, how much can a fish shrink? It was not a jellyfish!

Well, anyway, it was not about the money (almost 30 euros) but the attitude. In that evening we went straight to bed and sleep, no walking, no drinking, no fun, because they ruined our good mood.
So, i dont advise nobody to go there, you can find good quality services elsewere.

11  Thank zeaos
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Reviewed 22 June 2008

We spent 2 weeks in Old Nessebar in early June 2008 and loved it as a base.
It is stuffed full of ancient monuments and churches : wonderful exploring for the history buff. You can buy a book about Old Nessbar which wil give you a potted history and a guide to all the beautiful old churches. They haven`t quite got the restoration up to standard yet and you do see some hilarious new tiling or stonework on ancient 5th century ruins....I think the National Trust could teach them a thing or two..however they are clearly in the early stages of coming to terms with tourism. The place is littered with ancient monuments and interesting archeology.
It is wonderful to wander round any time of the day or night. However wear decent footwear..the streets are mostly cobbled and uneven.
We loved the little stalls everywhere that are open until 10/11 at night. We particularly found the antique stalls fascinating...lots of russion/nazi ward memorabilia..the most amazing collections of helmets, watches, religious icons, and a proliferation of musical instruments! Ancient Tubas flutes trumpets, lutes, almost everything you can think of. We could browse for hours just looking at all the weird and wonderful artifacts : better than a museum!
Lots of craftsmen...lace makers, woodworker, amateur painters water colours oil paintings, when we walked around we met people painting and sketching.
Lots of rose toileteries because we arrived just after the rose festival in Bulgaria. Also lots of typical earthenward pottery.
many many lovely little restaurants all round the islands..you need to develop ways to navigate round the greeters who try and get you in to their restauranty..but we developed a tactic of pricing up certain things on the menu..eg a bulgarian lager..shopska salad..a `squeezed (thick) yoghurt..maybe a pliska brandy.., a kavarma..special chicken or pork stew..and a coffee..perhaps the price of a certain fish. you can glance at their menu then politely decline if you dont fancy it! Once you know your favourtie restaurants you can head straight for them but it is fun trying out a few!
Lots of lovely little coffee places for people watching..and you can buy freshly squeezed fruit juice on the streets, and well as slices of pizza.. and other nibbles on the run. Everything is sold by weight..all the meat and fish on the menus are priced up by weight ..250 gramms... even your ice cream cone will be weighed on special little scales!
And whatever you do..do not haggle at the markets! Not like Italy or Turkey at all..everything is a fixed price and they get very offended if you haggle.
We discovered our favourite restaurants for watching the sunset..and if it is windy one side of the island..just stroll round to the other side where it is likely to be calm!
One amusing pastime is to watch the evil pirates who drive the lorries with a crane on to pick up illegally parked cars. They drive up at great speed..cop jumps out..photographs the car...crane swings out..they hook straps under the car, whip it onto the lorry and drive off! All done in less than 5 minutes. If you can park the car before you go over the causeway do so, although you can pay to park the car once you get over..but make sure you are parked leaglly otherwise you will loose your car.
If you are staying in sunny beach use the little train, the local bus or the boat to go over..they all run until late into the evening, you can even walk..its not far!
Little beaches on Old Nessebar are all made of shell, so bring jelly shoes! We also caught the bus or strolled to New Nessebar beach : lovely and sandy quieter than sunny beach if you go to the end..and there is a nudist section at the end if you so desire.
It is incredibly cheap...exchange rate at the time 1 lev =43p. We could get a three course meal with beer, fisnishing with coffee and local brandy for 50 levs..about £21 for 2 of us..never any tummy problems.
Nice fish, lovely salads, lovely yoghurt. Change your money at the banks : there are lots of money changers with tempting rates, but we did hear they often only offer these if you are changing £100 and some are sharks. Bank charges no commission. There are also ATMs on Old Nessebar.
We loved to spot the local mafiosi in their black BMWs with their molls with tiny shorts and spiky heels..favourite hangout...The Tangra restaurant near The Neptune! Always full of Bulgarians!
You will never be bored, and although it gets busy during the day when the bus loads arrive you can always find a quiet spot. There is a concrete walkways all round the island by the sea which makes a lovely peaceful stroll.
We also saw dolphins in the bay. Lots of boat trips available, and at the local bus stop down by the harbour you can get buses to Bourgas, and on to Sozopol very cheaply, an express bus to Varna goes from there..times on the bus stop, and you can also hop off the Bourgas bus at New Nessebar..cost 1 lev if you want to go to the other beach..or walk!
Hiring a car is also very cheap..about 38 levs a day..but we didnt bother this time.
We were never bored there was always something to look at, and we always felt safe at night..never worried about strolling the streets. We are always careful of pickpockets where ever we go, so just normal precautions there.
A lovely little place would thoroughly recommend a visit.

30  Thank strawberrywhip
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Reviewed 24 July 2007

We loved old Nessebar, for its beautiful taverns and restaurants, with lovely views. Also the shopping was great. Just like anywhere you go, keep a hold of your wallet and dont use the money changers on the street. Likewise use the public transport as the taxis will rip you off. Old Nessebar is full of narrow cobbled streets and a fantastic array of shops at about a quarter the price you would pay in Ireland. Going to Old Nessebar every evening made our holiday and we would highly recommend it.

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