Sea Coast. Located 1,5 km off the coast near Chernomorets, St Anastasia Island is a Bulgarian Islet in the Black Sea. This 12 meters above sea level island is inhabited island of Bulgarian Black Sea Coast. Electricity and drinking water are provided in this island make visitors feel comfortable. During 18th-19th century, this island was reconstructed. Since 1923, the church in this island was changed into a prison. Today, the Bulgarian Orthodox Church claims this island as a property of the church. Besides a church, there is a lighthouse that was built by a French company, as well as a museum, a restaurant, a small quay, a conference hall and two guesthouses with a total of five rooms available to tourists. In the summer, the island is accessible from Burgas via boat shutttle services multiple times a day.
Interest things at St Anastasia Island
1. See the Museum's Exhibition
Situated on the second floor of Monastery building, the St Anastasia Museum presents the interactive museum exhibition for its visitors.The exhibition represent the old history of St Anastasia Island.The combination of traditional exhibition and interactive methof visualization become the interesting part of this museum.There are 6 rooms with different exhibition in each room, include: Treasury, Ekamos, Prison Cell, Monastery, Saint Anastasia and Plus Ultra.
2. Visit the Monastery Church
The panels are covered with charming flowers of the Bulgarian gardens.The monastery church was built in 15 th - 16 th century.This small chruch was with the stable stone construction and wooden props.Monastery Church is the ldest part of Monastery buildinng in St Anastasia Island and it become an altar today.
3. Healing House, Lekarna
The history says that St Anastasia was a doctor at that time and she became the popular doctor.Many pople believe that Lekarna is the best place where you can enjoy a cup of aromatic tea or buy herbs, which are typical for the region.As its known as the healing huse, Lekarna offers wide range of natural and local products for visitors.
4. Holds Your Wedding at the Church
Holds Your Wedding at the Church might the best or the unbelievable thing to do. Enjoy your visit to St Anastasia Islad while preparing your wedding dream.It will become the best and the unforgottable experience ever!For those who take a wedding ceremony here, they can use the church for free.Moreover, the catering services of the island restaurant are available to be used as the wedding's catering.
Christening in St Anastasia Island can be the memorable experience for children and young Chistians.The monastery church of the Holy Mother of God built in the 15 th - 16 th century is opened to all people who are willing to devote themselves to the Christian faith.If you are planning to be baptized in the middle of the sea, an appointment with a priest is needed.
6. Organize Events in St Anastasia Island
in St Anastasia Island There is a tourist complex of Saint Anastasia Island which offers an opportunity for organizing events.Boat trips, a 40 - person hall in the sea, an outdoor stage for musical and artistic performances, and a restaurant with an option for catering– Saint Anastasia Island is the perfect place to make your team become unity.
How to Get Tickets?
There is no entrance charge to enter the island. However, when you enter the museum, you have pay for the tickets. St Anastasia Island offers 5 categories of tickets, include: Standard tickets, Students and Pensioners tickets, Children ticket, Group tickets and Children Group tickets. Children under 3 years old are free to enter the museum.
How To Get Around?
Since it is an island, the only way to get around St Anastasia is by using boat. However, you can also take stroll to visit the other buildings in this island to see the view around.
What Should I Wear?
You can wear clothes depend on the weather in Burgas since there is no dress code to enter the St Anastasia Island. However, if you are planning to enter the church, make sure you wear an approriate dress. This is one of the best things to do, make sure you bring clothes for warm and cold weather since the weather in Burgas is rapidly changing.
Best Time to Visit
You can visit St Anastasia Island anytime you want. If you try to avoid crowd, you ca visit St Anastasia Island between March and May.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, transportation is easy and everything can be found in this site.
How To Get There?
St Anastasia Island can be reached by ship in Magazia 1. 'Magazia 1' is located near the entrance of the Public access area of Port of Burgas which is 5 minutes away walking from the entrance of the Port – along 'Knyaz Aleksander Batenberg' street. You can reach 'Magazia 1' on foot, by car or by bicycle. In Magazia 1, you can find a ship which is called 'Anastasia' with 72 seats indoor and 27 seats are on the deck. This ship is equipped with wheelchair, bar, toilet, plasma screen and intercom system. If you are planning to use this ship, you have to buy tickets, either one way or two way tickets. Private boat and yacht are available to be rent to visit St Anastasia Island.
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