St. Anastasia will open in 2014

St. Anastasia will open in 2014

17.10.2013 - Imagine the waves of the Black Sea crashing on the cliffs right below your room. A small island, separated from the noise and vanity of the world, providing privacy and opportunity to discover beauty, God and yourself!

Such was life for the monks of the St. Anastasia monastery, when it still functioned. Located only a few kilometers from the shores of Burgas city, this island has always enchanted the locals with its magic and mystery.

Now this holy place is going to be turned into a tourist attraction. The team behind the project aims at Spring 2014 as an opening date, which means summer vacationers will be able to visit the island from next year!

The island houses the only surviving sea monastery on the Western Black Sea coast. It was built in the 15th century to provide an isolated place for monks to live according to their beliefs. It was sacked and burned several times by pirate raiding parties and it was turned into a political prison at the beginning of 20th century. The team and the municipality have invested 3 million leva so that it can be turned into a place for religious and cultural tourism and to renovate it to look as close as possible to its original appearance. The monastery's infirmary will also be renovated - visitors will be able to buy herbs, tea and cosmetic products. The local restaurant will offer various sea meals, taken from the culinary traditions of the region. A special two-deck ship will be bought to transport visitors between the shore and the island.

Visitations are already being planned for April 2014 and several couples have even booked St. Anastasia for their marriage ceremonies. Several houses on the island are already offering accommodation and will surely be very busy after the monastery's renovation is completed.

If you go on our Gay Sand & Sea Holiday, a trip to St. Anastasia will be available for additional booking.