Aquae Calidae near Burgas – the power of the hot waters

Aquae Calidae, also known as Therma or Thermopolis, is a new tourist site in Bulgaria. It is quite close to Burgas. During the Roman times the place functioned as a bath. Before that, it was used by the Thracians as a sanctuary. Later on Aquae Calidae was rebuilt several times over the centuries. It has been utilized nowadays until a decade ago. Currently it is a museum.

Aquae Calidae near Burgas - the power of the mineral waters
Aquae Calidae near Burgas – the power of the mineral waters

I have heard about the site recently and put it in my travel plan. At the beginning of the summer holiday I managed to visit it together with the the Saint Anastasia Island.

In the post below you can read detailed information about the place and how to get there.

How to get to Aquae Calidae

Aquae Calidae is located about 14 kilometers northwest of the center of Burgas between the villages of Vetren and Banevo, now districts of Burgas. The place is reachable by car. You can have a look at the location on the Google map here.

Why visit Aquae Calidae

The history of the place is quite rich. The mineral springs were firstly used by the Thracians, who in the first millennium BC made a nymph sanctuary there – known as the Three Nymphs. Other remnants of such a nymph sanctuary in Bulgaria can be seen near the village of Kasnakovo, Haskovo region.

Note: A nymph in ancient Greek folklore is a minor female nature deity, source wikipedia.

Aquae Calidae
Aquae Calidae

In the 1-2 centuries, after the Romans conquered the Balkans, they built public baths in the area, which were mentioned in written sources like Aquae Calidae, meaning Hot Water.

In the Early Middle Ages, the village around the baths was known as Therma or Thermopolis. In the 8th century the region fell within the borders of Bulgaria. Then, over the centuries, the place being a tempting area, changed its rulers several times – either Bulgaria or Byzantium.

Remnants of the Roman Baths
Remnants of the Roman Baths

At the beginning of the 13th century, Therma was destroyed by the Latins and Knights of the 4th Crusade led by Emperor Henry of Flanders. Then, for a long time, the area remained in oblivion.

Aquae Calidae: ancient remains
Ancient remains

In the 16th century, under the rule of Sultan Suleiman Magnificent, a Turkish bath was built on the site.

Aquae Calidae: ceiling with natural lighting and ventilation
Aquae Calidae: ceiling with natural lighting and ventilation

After the Bulgarian Liberation, the old bathroom was known as Aitos Mineral Baths.

Currently, the Aquae Calidae tourist site includes the restored Suleiman Magnificent Bath, where visitors can explore and learn the story from a 3D movie with an impressive finish that I am not going to tell you, because it is interesting to see. Outside the bathroom there are solid remains of the great Roman baths that can be examined as well.

Aquae Calidae: solid remains of Roman times
Solid remains of Roman times, Aquae Calidae

In conclusion

Aquae Calidae is an interesting place, unconventional and unique. If you wonder what to see in Burgas and adore visiting places with rich history and ancient ruins, I recommend you to visit Aquae Calidae!

More information about the place, working hours, and price can be found on the official website.

Other places near Burgas with ancient history that you can visit are:

Travel resources

You can visit some of the most beautiful places in Bulgaria via organized daily tours. Have a look here for several options from the biggest Bulgarian provider for day tours from Sofia – Traventuria.

Rent a car for your trip to Bulgaria from Top Rent A Car, the major car hire provider in Bulgaria with loyalty program for the returning customers. Click here to rent a car.

You can find the best accommodation choices at Booking.com, one of the world’s leading digital travel companies. Click here to look for the place to stay in Bulgaria.

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