St. Anastasia Isle, Burgas

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St. Anastasia Island (остров св. Анастасия, ostrov Sv. Anastasiya, formerly called Bolshevik Island, остров Болшевик) is a Bulgarian islet in the Black Sea. It is located 1.5 km off the coast near Chernomorets, at 12 metres above sea level, and covers a territory of one hectare. It is the only inhabited island off the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast.The island is supplied with electricity and drinking water. It is named after the former St. Anastasia convent located on it. The convent had existed since the Middle Ages and was reconstructed during the 18th-19th century. It has been abandoned since 1923, when the island was transformed into a prison.In 1925, a group of 43 political prisoners (communists and anti-fascists), led by Teohar Bakardzhiev, revolted and escaped from the island, subsequently fleeing to the Soviet Union. In their honor, the island was renamed Bolshevik Island when the communists came into power in 1945. Bulgarian film director Rangel Valchanov based his 1958 film On The Small Island ("На малкия остров") on this event.A Bulgarian Burgas-based weekly newspaper, Factor, reported in 2006 that the Movement for Rights and Freedoms leader, Ahmed Dogan, visited the island and expressed desire to privatize it. The Bulgarian Orthodox Church, however, which claims the island is its property, would hear none of this.
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  • I have visited the island already twice, but the second time I enjoyed the boat trip a little more than the island itself. It's a quite small island, so you are ready with seeing everything in an hour...  more »
  • Tiny but impressive island in the middle of the sea. There's a single one cafeteria and restaurant cafe de frape and island cookies restaurant mussels very successful one day morning and night) transportation. Privately run between 10 passengers per day when completed moving catamaran, island
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  • It's tiny yet absolutely beautiful. If you are in Burgas, this is a 'must see '. Ferry trip was 45 minutes each way and cost a massive £5.50 return. Lovely scenery, the smallest of beaches, a little c...  more »
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  • Amazing place! 😍
  • Fun to experience. Not very special
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  • Very nice swim boat trips in the warm day. Colorful island. An interesting excursion.
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  • Beautiful, green, cozy with very interesting talk in meeting. The view from the island's fantastic there's nowhere to eat, to drink coffee, even to sleep
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  • Great place as long as the Bulgarian oligarchs not to annoy you with their spenders.
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