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Primorsko, Bulgaria

Location map: Primorsko
Distance to district city: 52 km.

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Sightseeing nearby: Ropotamo River - Beglik Tash

Location: The town of Primorsko is relatively small as it has population of about 2,500 people. 52km south of Bourgas, the town lies on a cape jutting out between the Stamopolo Bay and the Dyavolski (Devil's) Bay. The town has two beaches, the Northern and the Southern ones. The former is more open and offers rough sea, which makes it treasured by surfers, while the latter is smaller and calmer, and hence preferred by families. Traditionally, the Southern Beach gets overcrowded during the top season, which makes holidaymakers sunbathe at nearby beaches, such as the one of the International Youth Centre. The youth centre is situated only 1-2 km to the south of the town and represents a typical holiday city for young people with plenty of villas, bungalows, hotels, bars, discos, and various sports grounds. The area is forested with deciduous trees and vegetation and is arranged as a cultivated park in an old oak wood. The centre was built in socialist times in a bid to promote interaction among youngsters from Soviet Bloc countries.

History: The Ottoman-time village of Chenger (later known as Kyupria) grew into a modern resort only after the Liberation in the second half of the 19th century.

Places of Interest: The most popular nearby place is the river of Ropotamo, famous for the thick ('Longoz') forest, otherwise typical for tropical climates, along its banks. The marsh of Arkutino also falls within the boundaries of the natural reserve. Besides its attractive rocky formations, the right-hand bank of the river also features one of the largest natural reserves of Water Pelin - a rare and treasured herb - in the country. Unfortunately, the commercialisation of the Black Sea coast in the last few years is widely fuelling concerns about the future of the flora and fauna of the natural reserve.

Accommodation: Besides the plenty of large and smaller hotels, companies' rest homes and private lodgings in the town, one can find relatively cheap accommodation in the youth centre, or alternatively, in the neighbouring Iglika, Perla or Romantica campsites. The town has grown immensely in the past few years and is currently one of the most popular Black Sea resorts among foreign and Bulgarian tourists, due to its relatively moderate prices and good infrastructure.

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Catering: Small restaurants and refreshment stalls can be found on every corner with their number being particularly high down the main street of the town. In recent years, entrepreneurship has given birth to dozens of medium and high-class hotels, which in most cases shelter nice restaurants and mehanas as well.

Transport: Regular bus lines connect Primorsko to Bourgas and Sozopol. Similarly to other resorts along the coast, one can alsop rely on private buses, minibuses and taxis for smaller distances. There is also a small road 'train' for tourists, which travels between the nearby peer town of Kiten and Primorsko. The open vehicle is fuelled by gasoline and travels at a rather low speed.

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