Venue

Welcome to Nessebar

Nessebar is a World cultural heritage city located 30 km north of the city of Burgas. It is one of the major seaside resorts on the southern Bulgarian Black Sea Coast. Due to the city’s abundance of historic buildings, UNESCO included Nessebar in its list of World Heritage Sites in 1983.

Situated on a rocky peninsula on the Black Sea, the more than 3000-year-old site of Nessebar was originally a Thracian settlement (Menebria). At the beginning of the 6th century BC, the city became a Greek colony. The city’s remains, which date mostly from the Hellenistic period, include the acropolis, a temple of Apollo, an agora and a wall from the Thracian fortifications. Among other monuments, the Stara Mitropolia Basilica and the fortress date from the Middle Ages, when this was one of the most important Byzantine towns on the west coast of the Black Sea. Wooden houses built in the 19th century are typical of the Black Sea architecture of the period. Find more here: unesco.org

The Bulgarian Black Sea Coast covers the entire eastern bound of Bulgaria stretching from the Romanian Black Sea resorts in the north to European Turkey in the south, along 378 km of coastline. White and golden sandy beaches occupy approximately 130 km of the 378 km long coast. The region is an important center of tourism during the summer season (May–September), drawing millions of foreign and local tourists alike and constituting one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations.

The Bulgarian Black Sea Coast has a humid subtropical climate with considerable maritime and continental influences. The area’s average air temperature in the summer is about 28° C, with the average water temperature at 26° C.

Conference venue

Artium – center of culture and education, Nessebar


Location: Zhulieta Shishmanova Square,
Nessebar 8230, Bulgaria

Accommodation

All participants have to take care of their accommodation.

Visa for Bulgaria

Please find here actual information about issuing a VISA for Bulgaria.
The information is published on the website of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Bulgaria.

Visa Application

To apply for a VISA you will need to submit an Invitation Letter to the Embassy. You can receive Invitation Letter from the Conference Organizers that will confirm that you are a participant in the conference. To obtain an Invitation Letter you have to send a copy of your passport via e-mail to iccgis.bulgaria@gmail.com. On the copy, your full name, date of birth, date of expiry and the passport number should be clearly visible.

You can receive an Invitation Letter once you have successfully completed your registration and paid your registration fee.

Keep in mind that you should apply for a VISA no later than 1 month prior to the conference, as it takes time for VISA issuing. You may also be invited to an interview.

If you have any additional questions, please contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Bulgarian Embassy in your country.

In case of VISA refusal, the registration fee will be refunded to you. Bank charges will not be refunded.

Useful Information

Main Airports and distance to Nessebar
Burgas Airport – 28 km, Varna Airport – 106 km, Sofia Airport – 416 km, Plovdiv Airport – 290 km

Time
Greenwich time + 2 hours, Central European Time + 1 hour

Electricity
220 V., 50 Hz.

Post Office
You may drop your post cards and letters at the Reception desk at your hotel or put them in the post boxes in the resort.

Banks
Banks are opened Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. You will need your passport for cashing cheques or exchanging currency. There are also ATMs at some of the hotels.

Credit Cards
The main international credit cards are accepted at the big hotels, shopping centers, the car hire offices and some restaurants. The stickers on the shop-windows or at the hotel entrances will provide you with information as to which credit cards are accepted.

Money
The Bulgarian LEV consists of 100 stotinki. All payments should be made in the national currency. There are bank notes of 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 Lev, and coins of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 stotinki.
The exchange rate is fixed at 1.95583 Leva = 1 Euro. It is advisable the exchange of foreign currency to be made at change bureaus or at a bank.

Pharmacy
Usually is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. There is also a 24-hour pharmacy. You will be provided with more detailed information at the reception desk in your hotel.

Water
Tap water is chlorinated but completely suitable to drink. Still, better drink bottled mineral water.

Beach
All beaches are free. You will only be charged for using deckchairs and parasols.

Population
The population of Bulgaria is about 7 500 000 people, 1 150 000 million live in the capital.

Official Language
Bulgarian, belonging to the Slavonic language group.

Religion
Majority – Eastern Orthodox; other – Catholicism, Judaism, Islam, etc.

Safe
It is recommended to keep valuables and documents in the safe you will be provided at the hotel reception. In case of any loss or theft, please approach local organizers.

Restaurants
The menu includes mostly dishes of both the Bulgarian and the European cuisine. Restaurants are usually open from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Some of them may be open as long as there are guests.

Shops
Shops in the city are open every day, including Saturday and Sunday. They work from 9 a.m. till 9 p.m.