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Last updated on 13 December 2021

Aheloy is a small historic town and seaside resort with a pleasant climate, located to the south of Nesebar.

The main beach, starting from camping Aheloy and continuing in the direction of Pomorie to the south, is quite narrow. Its width is not more than 20 m, but it is still perfect for sunbathing, sports and recreation. Pedal boats, surfboards and jet skis are available for rent to holidaymakers. While the newly built, larger hotels are on the seafront, the town itself is roughly 1 km away from the sea. The scenery of Aheloy’s seaside is characterized by a lighthouse that is part of a hotel complex.

When we say Aheloy is small, we really mean it. The resort has a marina, some hotels, as well as restaurants and bars, but not too many. Aheloy is recommended to those looking for a calm and relaxing holiday without any fancy features. Well, at least for now as the popularity of the resort has been rapidly increasing recently.

Aheloy’s name is associated with one of the most significant events in the history of Bulgaria. This is the place where in 917 AD, Bulgarian emperor Tsar Simeon I defeated the Byzantine army in one of the largest and bloodiest battles of the Middle Ages. According to historical records, the Bulgarian tsar changed the outcome of the battle by entering it himself, thus raising the fighting spirit of his soldiers. This victory defined the future of the Bulgarian Empire and allowed them to gain huge territories on the Balkans.

There is a nicely designed park in the center of Aheloy, accommodating the monument of Tsar Simeon and a fountain, built in 1981 for the 1300th anniversary of the establishment of the Bulgarian state.

River Aheloy, originating from the Karnobat-Aitos range of the Balkan Mountains, flows into the Black Sea south of Aheloy. It has a reservoir 17 km away from the town which is a popular fishing destination.


Aheloy (BG: Ахелой) is located 30 km northeast of Burgas, right next to Ravda along road 9 (international E87). Burgas Airport is only 18 km away, the taxi fare is around 20 EUR.

Quick facts – Aheloy

  • Province: Burgas
  • Municipality: Pomorie
  • Population: 2122
  • Postal Code: 8217
  • Phone area code: 0596