15 Best Things to Do in Pomorie (Bulgaria)

coastal street

Located more than 11 miles (18 km) north from the city center of Bourgas and nearly 5 miles (8 km) from Sarafovo International Airport, Pomorie (27,000 inhabitants) is one of the most charming small towns on the southern Black Sea coast of Bulgaria.

The seaside vacation town enjoys a fresh and healthy maritime temperate climate, which is strongly influenced by the Black Sea and the Eastern Mediterranean. 

The beach season lasts from June till the end of September here. 

It brings clear skies, sunny days and wonderful temperatures of around 77°F (25°C) in June and September, and approximately 81 – 85°F (27 – 29°C) in July and August. 

As Pomorie is located on a 2.2 miles (3.5 km) long peninsula, it is known for its refreshing sea breeze, which makes you feel fresh and comfortable even during the hottest summer days. 

Moreover, the town is known for its very clean and healthy sea air. 

It is a popular place for a summer vacation by the sea, and it is a relatively quiet resort town at least when compared with other popular tourist spots on the Southern Black Sea coast of Bulgaria, such as Sunny Beach, Sveti Vlas and Sosopol.  

Pomorie has always been a very popular destination with visitors from Germany, Ukraine and Russia. 

In addition, it has enjoyed increasing popularity with tourists from Britain, Poland, the Czech Republic, Sweden, the Netherlands and many others in recent years.

It consists of two parts – the new one to the west and the Old Town to the east. 

The old part is the main tourist attraction of the city. It is busy and colorful, and the streets are full of visitors from the beginning of June until the end of September. 

Here you will find numerous restaurants where you can enjoy traditional Bulgarian cuisine and delicious seafood provided by local fishermen.

Pomorie offers beautiful golden beaches, which are an excellent place to swim and sunbathe at least 4 months a year. 

The town is a popular spa destination where you can enjoy hot mineral springs and healing mud.

1. St. George Monastery

st. george monastery
St. George Monastery by Anton Lefterov/CC BY-SA 3.0

Built in the 7th century, the monastery of St. George is one of the oldest existing monasteries in Bulgaria. 

It is located in the new part of Pomorie and fell within the limits of the town only in the 20th century as a result of the increasing population and expanding territory. 

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Today, this Orthodox temple is a functioning monastery that attracts a large number of visitors from around the world.

2. Museum of Salt

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Museum of Salt by Pz.IStP/CC BY-SA 3.0

Since ancient times Pomorie has always been an important center in the production of salt from sea water. 

For this reason, the Museum of Salt should definitely be on your list of places to visit. 

Located on the southern shore of the salt lake, not far from the Old Town, the museum was founded in 2002. 

It traces the incredible history of the traditional industry over the centuries.

3. Lake Pomorie  

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Lake Pomorie by Daniel Enchev/Flickr

Lake Pomorie is a salt lake that dominates the landscape in the area of the seaside tourist town of Pomorie. 

It covers an area of 3.3 mi² (8.5 km²), and stretches for almost 7 kilometers along the Black Sea coast north of the town. 

This is a relatively shallow body of water, with an average depth of about 4.6 ft (1.4 m) and is an attractive place for birdwatching. 

In fact, the lake lies on the second largest migration route for birds in Europe. 

Here you can see more than 260 species of native and migratory birds.

4. Take a mud bath

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Mud bath by Rob Bowker/CC BY 2.0

If you have a few days in Pomorie, you should definitely dedicate one of them to enjoy the healing properties of the mud. 

The tourist town is one of the most famous centers of mud therapy not only in Southeast Europe and the Balkans, but even in the world. 

Because of the numerous minerals it contains, the mud is known for its exceptional beauty properties and advantages for the human body’s health. 

Most of the hotels in the area have their own spa centers, which always include mud therapies. 

However, the biggest enthusiasts prefer to bathe and have fun directly in the mud of the lake itself.

5. Ulitsa Kraybrezhna (Coastal Street)

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Coastal Street by Pz.IStP/CC BY-SA 4.0

If you ask some of the residents or visitors of Pomorie, most of them would say that Ulitsa Kraybrezhna (translated in English as Coastal Street) is one of the most preferred and popular places to go for a relaxing evening walk. 

It follows the coast in a northwest-southeast direction and offers numerous beach bars, restaurants and cafes to visit. 

The coastal boulevard is especially attractive in the late afternoon hours, when you can enjoy the gentle and refreshing sea breeze.

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6. The Nativity of Theotokos Church

the nativity of theotokos church
The Nativity of Theotokos Church by Anton Lefterov/CC BY-SA 3.0

Built in 1890, the Nativity of Theotokos Church is a beautiful Orthodox temple located in the Old Town of Pomorie. 

The interior of the church is a true work of art with most of the walls being covered with fine paintings. 

The icons themselves are of exceptional quality and were created and brought here from Russia.

7. Visit the ancient Thracian domed tomb

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Ancient Thracian Domed Tomb by SashaCoachman/CC BY-SA 3.0

Built in the 3rd – 4th century, the Thracian domed tomb was first described in detail in the 19th century by the Skorpil brothers. 

It is located on the western outskirts of Pomorie, not far from the seaside town’s aqua park. 

The place is unique and is extremely well preserved. 

It is advisable to take some time to get inside, especially if you are traveling on hot summer days, as the temperature inside is cool and refreshing.

8. The house-museum of Peyo Yavorov, the monument and the Yavorov rocks

the yavorov rocks
The Yavorov Rocks by Wikipedia Commons

Peyo Yavorov is one of the most respected Bulgarian poets. 

He lived for a while in Pomorie at the end of the 19th century because he worked at the local post office. 

One of the city’s landmarks is the House-Museum of Peyo Yavorov, where you can see his personal belongings. 

A big attraction are the so-called Yavorov rocks, where the poet used to spend hours observing the sea. 

Here you will also find the monument of the poet, built only a few steps from the water.

9. Orthodox Church “The Holy Transfiguration of God”

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The Holy Transfiguration of God Church by Eola/CC BY-SA 4.0

“The Holy Transfiguration of God” is considered to be the oldest functioning Orthodox church on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. 

It is believed that the stone temple was built in the 60s of the 18th century or approximately around 1763 – 1764. 

Located not far from the coast in the Old Town, the old stone church is one of the symbols of Pomorie and is one of the most recommended tourist attractions of the city. 

10. The lighthouse of Pomorie

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The Lighthouse of Pomorie by Anestiev/Pixabay

The lighthouse of Pomorie is located 0.6 miles (almost a kilometer) off the coast of the peninsula, amids the waters of the Black Sea. 

Approximately 24 ft (7.3 m) tall, the lighthouse is a robust stone tower that rises from the shallows and signals the approach to the shore. 

The stone tower is complemented by a concrete cylinder, which in turn is completed with a modern electric optic on top.

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11. Architectural reserve “Old Houses of Pomorie”

Architectural reserve “Old Houses of Pomorie” is a charming area, which is well-known for its old Revival buildings, mostly from the 19th century. 

It has a protected status and is considered a major tourist attraction in the seaside town. 

Not surprisingly the place is very popular with tourists. 

Its architecture is not only typical of the town, but it is also a very good example of the traditional architecture along the Bulgarian Black Sea coast as a whole. 

On the first floor of some of the old buildings are housed small craft workshops, which are a very good idea if you want to find some interesting souvenirs for your friends.

12. The amusement park

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The Amusement Park by Facebook

The amusement park of Pomorie is a huge and really fascinating area, which is located in the westernmost part of the seaside town. 

Known as “Sunset Aquapark Pomorie”, it is very popular for its various water attractions, especially for the wide variety of water slides, which are a great place for entertainment not only for children but also for their parents.

13. Enjoy the beaches of Pomorie

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Aerial View of Pomorie by Boby Dimitrov/CC BY-SA 2.0

The coastline of Pomorie is dotted with dozens of beautiful sandy beaches and offers a large selection of places to enjoy some sunbathing and swimming. 

The beaches of the seaside tourist town are among the longest in the country, and some of the most famous are the East Beach, the First Beach and the “Pump”. 

They offer a combination of coarse-grained golden sands and deep blue clear water.

14. Wine tasting

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Wine tasting by 3938030/Pixabay

Pomorie is considered one of the best wine regions in Bulgaria and is known for the top quality and deep taste of its fragrant drinks. 

That is why it is advisable to visit one of the numerous local wineries and try some of the excellent wines they offer. 

Actually, a bottle of good wine from Pomorie is a great gift idea for your loved ones at home.

15. Chapel “St. Nicholas the Wonderworker”

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St. Nicholas the Wonderworker Chapel by Facebook

One of the local landmarks is the small but charming chapel of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker. 

Painted in white, it is located on the coast, right next to the port of fishermen, in the easternmost part of the peninsula. 

Be sure to visit this wonderful place while you are in the town.