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OBZOR
Town
Postal code: 8250
Dialing code: 0554
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Obzor is a cozy little town appropriate for family tourism. 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 uncrowned even during peak season. North of Obzor there are two camping sites: Luna and Prostor.

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.

HISTORY

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.

SURROUNDING AREA

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 Nessebar. 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 Mountains.

Near the Emine cape is situated the village of Emona, famous for being the birthplace of the Thracian king Rez that participated in the Thracian war and was killed by Odysseus and Diomedus according to Homer’s Iliad.

The village Biala is only 6 km north of Obzor . It is a mix of traditional working village and tourist resort. 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.

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