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Primorsko is located in Bulgaria
Location of Primorsko
Coordinates: 42°16′N 27°46′E / 42.267°N 27.767°E / 42.267; 27.767
Country  Bulgaria
 - Mayor Dimitar Dimitrov
Population (13.09.2005)
 - Total 3,099
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 - Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal Code 8290
Area code(s) 0550

Primorsko (Bulgarian: Приморско) is a town and seaside resort in southeastern Bulgaria, part of Burgas Province. A well-known resort on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast, it is located on a gore 52 km south of Burgas and has a beach strip of about 1 km². The average temperature is 27°C in July, often reaching 30-33°C and making Primorsko a favourable place for tourism. The rivers Ropotamo and Dyavolska reka run close to the town, and the Snake Island reserve is also nearby.



Remains of stone anchors from the second half of the 2nd millennium and the 1st millennium BC have been discovered in the waters around Primorsko, which can possibly be linked to Neolithic navigation. Remains of lead anchors from the 4th-5th century BC have also been found, as well as traces of Copper Age pottery and stone tools. Valchanovo kale, the ruins of a nearby medieval fortress, which inhabited from the Early Iron Age to the Late Middle Ages, are often linked with the fortress of Ranouli mentioned in the Hambarli inscription of Krum of Bulgaria. Medieval amphoras and pottery have been found in the mouth of the Ropotamo, and the ancient waystation and fortress of Gera is thought to have been located on Maslen nos.

Ottoman documents of the 16th century mention a locality called Zonarita in the area. The eastern traveller Evliya Çelebi marks a cove by the name of Küprü liman at the place. During the Ottoman rule of Bulgaria, there existed a pier used to transport Strandzha wood and charcoal to Constantinople and other major cities.

The modern Primorsko was founded in 1879 as Kyupria by four families from Zabernovo and Balgari who cleared the forest and built houses. In the vicinity were two abandoned Circassian villages; the Circassians had fled to Turkey fearing retribution for their atrocities in Bulgaria. Other Bulgarians from Central Strandzha came and briefly populated these villages, but then decided that Kyupriya's pier is a better source of income, and soon moved there despite the danger of malaria which Dyavolsko blato (Devil's Swamp) constituted.

Primorsko was declared a national sea resort in 1953. In 1981, it was merged with Kiten and became a town, and in 1998 it split from Tsarevo municipality by means of a local referendum. One of the smaller towns in Bulgaria by population, Primorsko has seen a remarkable increase of residents in recent years, topping the list of Bulgarian towns by population growth between December 2004 and June 2005 with 13.5%.



Since 1998, Primorsko is the seat of a municipality of Burgas Province, which includes the following six localities:

  • Kiten
  • Novo Panicharevo
  • Pismenovo
  • Primorsko
  • Veselie
  • Yasna polyana



  • Rajčevski, Stojan (2001). "Primorsko". Krajbrežna Strandža: Toponimi i hidronimi. Sofia: Universitetsko izdatelstvo "Sv. Kliment Ohridski". pp. 47–51. ISBN 954-07-1541-5.  

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Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel


Primorsko (Bulgarian: Приморско) is a town on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria. It is mainly visited by Eastern Europeans on holiday from countries such as Serbia, Slovakia, Czech Republic and also Bulgarians themselves. There are a number of lovely beaches, nice restaurants and bars, clubs and even a water park in this coastal town where you will rarely hear a word of English, which makes communication a fun, yet slightly daunting, challenge if you do not speak a Slavic language.

Get in

Minibus - The cheapest way to get to Primorsko is by taking a minibus with other people from the bus station in Burgas further North up the coast. Burgas is easily reachable from anywhere in Bulgaria or surrounding countries by air, rail or bus.

Taxi - A taxi from Burgas to Primorsko will be quite expensive if you choose the wrong taxi as the drivers sometimes think it would be a good idea to overcharge you for the journey with a meter that increases in price at a very fast rate indeed! Be sure to negotiate a price before you get into the taxi and if there are a number of taxis then don't be afraid to get them into a price war with each other to see who will offer the lowest cost for a journey.

Get around

By Foot - Everything in Primorsko is within walking distance and so there is no need to use any other mode of transport once you are there.


Waterpark - While not in the same league as water parks in Western European resorts, this water park is certainly worth visiting as it has some flumes, a large pool and massive U-shaped slide which looks dangerously interesting!

Beaches - There are a number of beaches to visit with shallow waters, making them safe for swimming. The summer weather is fantastic with temperatures often rising above 30'C, so make sure you have sun cream with you and look after your belongings on the beach.

Cyrillic Alphabet - If you want to be able to even remotely understand anything written in Primorsko it may be a good idea to learn the Cyrillic Alphabet. The same goes for Bulgaria in general as this is the alphabet they use there, i.e. the same alphabet they use in Russia. Once you have learnt this alphabet it will be easier to pronounce words, but then there is the new challenge of finding out what they mean!


Shops - With Primorsko being a tourist resort it is not surprising that there are many shops on the main street that sell souvenirs, clothes and many other things.

Inside typical private room accommodation, mess made by travellers!
Inside typical private room accommodation, mess made by travellers!
View from the balcony of a private room
View from the balcony of a private room

Banitsa - This is a traditional Bulgarian pastry with eggs and goats cheese in it, baked in an oven. It is sold as a snack in many restaurants, bars and bakeries in Primosko and is very cheap.

Shopska Salad - Made from tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, peppers and goats cheese, it is cheap and great as a snack. You will be able to get it at almost all of the restaurants and bars in Primorsko.


Zagorka Beer - Zagorka is one of the most popular types of beer in Bulgaria and is definitely worth a try if you are a fan of beer. The best thing is that it is very cheap in comparison to beer prices in Western Europe, as are other beers and alcoholic drinks in general in Bulgaria.

Bottled Water - It is strongly advisable to drink bottled water in Bulgaria as opposed to tap water.


A good way to find accommodation is to arrive at the bus station where there will be a number of people waiting to offer rooms for any number of nights. Do not expect them to be able to communicate very well in English, if at all. The best thing is to know a few Bulgarian phrases about accommodation in order to get the best price and do not be afraid to refuse a room if you feel it is below the quality you expect. Also, a suggestion would be to keep your passport and valuable belongings with you rather than leaving them in the room, just to be cautious.

As a rough guide you might pay as low as €5 per person per night for a room, or perhaps up to €15 a night depending on the quality of the room.

Get out

Sozopol - Back up the coast towards Burgas is the town of Sozopol which has a lot of history and culture. It is certainly worth a visit as there are also some nice beaches, shops, bars and restaurants and a lot of accommodation, just ask the taxi drivers to find you a place to stay for the night.

This is a usable article. It has information for getting in as well as some complete entries for restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please plunge forward and help it grow!


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