At a point roughly midway between Bourgas and Varna, the E-87 highway
emerges from the hilly wooded terrain into a brief open coastal stretch around
Obzor. Despite the town's convenient location and six-kilometer long sandy
beach (the largest between Golden Sands and Sunny Beach), this
remarkably pleasant spot is surprisingly uncrowded even during peak season.
The origins of the town, which the ancient Greeks knew as Heliopolis ("town
of the sun"), can be seen in the small park which is lined with columns and
statuary fragments from a Roman temple to Jupiter which once graced the
spot. The Romans also built a fortress in the vicinity to protect their sea
trading routes between Constantinople and the Danube. Medieval Bulgarians
constructed their own Kozyak fortress nearby.
WHAT TO DO
Seeing as how it would take an experienced archaeologist to locate the
remains of either of the ancient fortresses, the best thing to do is relax and
kick back on the extensive beach. When boredom sets in, head six
kilometers north to Biala. Founded in the 3rd century BC, Biala today is a
mix of traditional working village and tourist resort and appears more
prosperous than most Bulgarian villages, undoubtedly due to the thriving local
wine industry. It also boasts an impressive setting atop bluffs that end
abruptly at the water's edge. Stairs lead down to a secluded beach that
curves north toward rocky Cape Atanas; to the south, another promontory
separates the small sandy strip from the much longer beach at Obzor.
VICINITY South of Obzor, the highway courses for 14 kilometers through
open vineyards and the heavily wooded Balkan range to Cape Emine, which
overlooks the Bay of Nessebur. Bulgaria's stormiest cape has a lighthouse
and the ruins of a medieval fortress and monastery. Today, a deserted church
is the only remaining structure. The nearby hamlet of Emona had a Thracian
sanctuary and, later, a temple to Jupiter. The name of the medieval Bulgarian
fortress, Emona, was derived from Aemon, the ancient name for the Balkan
Obzor is a major rest stop for buses and vans from
Bourgas and Varna that regularly ply the north-south coastal highway, so
getting there from either direction is not a problem.
Places near by: Bourgass | Ahtopol | Aitos | Chernomorets | Djulino | Dyuny resort | Elenite resort | Emona | Sunny Beach resort | Kameno | Karnobat | Kiten | Lozenetz | Malko Turnovo | Nessebur | Obzor | Pomorie | Primorsko | Ravda | Rezovo | Sarafovo | Sozopol | Sredets | Sinemoretz | Sungurlare | Sunny Beach resort | Sveti Vlas | Tsarevo | Varvara |