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Burgas is the most important cultural, economic, transport, management, tourist and educational center in Southeast Bulgaria. The town is the second largest town of the Bulgarian Black Sea and the town having the second largest area in Bulgaria (253,644 kmĀ²). Burgas is the sea port of whole South Bulgaria, including of Sofia, and is at a distance of 385 km away from the capital, at a distance of 267 km away from Plovdiv, and at a distance of 133 km away from Varna. According to the latest population count by the National Statistical Institute dating back to the end of 2019, the town population is approximately 201 779 citizens, thus making Burgas the fourth biggest town in the country.

Burgas is one of the important economic and industrial centers of Bulgaria. It has port that is completely finished from an industrial point of view, its own airport, as well as a very well developed ground infrastructure, with very good access to raw materials, as well as the nearby refinery, thus making Burgas highly distinguished with a high level of industrialization. The economic structure of the town is dominated by trade, industry (then food, wine and tobacco industries, the oil processing industry, the wood processing industry, and machine building), services, tourism and transport. The town offers competitive payment and opportunities for professional growth.
The 2018 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita in the region was BGN 12 585.

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The town has 22 primary schools, 9 secondary schools of general education and high schools, 11 professional high schools and 6 specialized high schools. Along with them, there are several private schools that also cover all types of educational institutions.
There are 2 educational institutions of higher education in Burgas, namely: “Prof. Dr. Asen Zlatarov” University and Burgas Free University.
Burgas Free University is a modern, innovative university that is student-centered and focused on the students’ professional realization, and has major academic achievements and recognized international status.
“Asen Zlatarov” was established in 1963 as a Higher Institute of Chemical Technology. Today it also has 3 independent colleges as a part of its structure, namely: College of Tourism, Technical College, and Medical College.
There are 3 creches and 44 kindergartens in Burgas.
The kindergarten fee is BGN 50.

Burgas is the main health center of East Bulgaria. Its emergency and toxicological medical aid covers the territory of the South Black Sea, as well as Southeast Bulgaria.
Burgas has 12 medical institutions for hospital aid, 13 medical centers, and 5 diagnostic and consultation centers.
The town has qualified personnel in all abovementioned medical fields.

Burgas has many park and green areas. The famous Sea Garden of Burgas is situated in the central part of the town and has been fully renovated and very well maintained. The Sea Garden is the location of the Sea Casino, the 2000-seat Summer Theatre with a mobile roof and “Ohlyuva” (The Snail) Summer Stage. A number of events take place there in the summer. The Sea Garden of Burgas is the perfect place for a walk or recreation.
At a distance of 150 m from the sea and 20 minutes walking from the downtown “Ezero” (Lake) Park is a natural continuation of the Sea Garden of Burgas, thus making it one of the attractive recreation places in the town. This is the perfect place for walking, cycling, jogging for both the young and the old. There are tennis courts and a horse base with all the necessary equipment at a very good level. Here is the home of the summer Festival of Sand Sculptures, which gathers numerous spectators from all over the country and abroad.
Another favorite meeting place is Borisova Gradina (Knyaz Boris Garden). It is situated in the central part of the town, just a few minutes’ walk from downtown Burgas. Often it is the place to organize cultural and sports events.
“Phoros” Eco Zone is situated in the immediate proximity of Kraymorie District and “Poda” Nature Protection Center. The place is suitable for ornithologists and fishermen, but also for nature lovers and peace lovers.
Other parks and garden include “Slaveykov” Park, “Izgrev” Park”, “Sveta Troitsa” Park, and “Mineralni Bani” Park.


Burgas is a town with an extremely well-developed and developing infrastructure. The very first completed highway in the country connects the town to the capital, which is of key importance for the economy of the Municipality, the region and the country. There are important transit roads crossing Burgas - the town is the exit point of “Trakiya” Highway, which is a key infrastructural connection, and of“Cherno More” Highway under construction.

Port of Burgas is the second largest port in Bulgaria. It has established itself as a main port for the Trans-European Transport Network Ten-T*.

Burgas Airport was opened for civil aviation in 1947, when on June 29 the first regular air line between Sofia and Burgas was opened. In 2011 a new expansion was started, as well as the construction of a new terminal, which was completed in 2013. The airport is also used by the Bulgarian Air Force and the NATO Aviation.

Public transport in Burgas is well-developed. The town has 2 trolleybus lines (T1 and T2), 26 bus lines and 6 route lines. The website burgasbus.info shows the real-time schedule of the town bus lines.

A card for 50 trips by public transport costs BGN 60.

Burgas has a number of sports facilities, some of which are among the most modern in Bulgaria.
The more important sports halls on the territory of the town are “Boycho Branzov” Hall (“Izgrev” Hall), “Bogoridi” Hall, “Neftohimik” Basketball Hall, and “Mladost” Hall, the last of which is multifunctional.

“Izgrev" Sports Center is a modern and multifunctional complex. The complex has 3 football grounds, 3 tennis courts, a basketball court, and a volleyball court, an indoor table tennis ground, and a combined children ground.

The town has three more stadiums, namely: “Lazur”, “Cherveno Zname”, and “Chernomorets”.

Burgas has eight operating swimming pools.

264 buildings in Burgas of various European architectural styles and Bulgarian traditions have been proclaimed monuments of culture.
The Museum of History is the home of original exhibits, photos and documents from events and persons related to the history of the town of Burgas.
The Natural History Museum of Burgas is the only museum along the South Black Sea. An Eco Club and an Eco School also function as a part of it.
Burgas has its Drama Theatre, Children Theater and Puppet Theatre, an Opera House, a Concert Hall, and a number of art galleries. The sea town is one of the few Bulgarian town with a Drama, Opera and Ballet Theatre (Burgas Opera House) situated in the proximity of the pedestrian zone in central downtown.
The town is also known on the Bulgarian art stage for its number of galleries. The urban artistic collections are exhibited in the urban Art Gallery “Pertko Zadgorski”.
The Sea Garden is the location of the Sea Casino, the 2000-seat Summer Theatre with a mobile roof and “Ohlyuva” (The Snail) Summer Stage. A number of events take place there in the summer, such are the International Folklore Festival, the Jazz Festival, opera and theatrical performances, concerts of pop and rock singers.

The ticket for cinema screenings and theater productions starts from BGN 8.00.

More about the cultural calendar of the municipality and the entrance fees can be found here.