Scheduled boat trips to St Anastasia Island off the coast of Bulgaria’s Black Sea city of Bourgas will begin in May 2014, with trips five times a day, Bourgas Municipality said.
Return tickets will cost nine leva (about 4.50 euro) and six leva for students and senior citizens, while children younger than seven and people with disabilities will travel free.
St Anastasia Island is about 6.5km south-east of Bourgas, between Cape St Anastasia and Cape Atia. Composed of volcanic rock, it is just 0.01 sq km.
The island has a small guest house and accommodation will be priced at 40 to 70 leva a person a night, including breakfast. There is also monastic cell accommodation on the island, which hosts the buildings of the St Anastasia Monastery.
There is a small museum, updated to include video displays, 3D animation, sound and lighting effects, the municipality said. Admission is six leva, with children and students admitted free.
“Traditional regional seafood dishes” will be on offer at a restaurant, offering a la carte and menu of the day, with the lunch and supper menu priced at 20 leva for adults and 10 leva for children up to 12.
Visitors also will be able to buy combined packages including the boat trip, restaurant and the museum, discounted on the individual prices by about 15 per cent, the municipality said. There will be discounts for groups and tour operators.
Named Bolshevik Island between 1945 and 1990, during Bulgaria’s communist era, St Anastasia was used as the location for the 2011 film The Island starring Laetitia Casta and Thure Lindhardt.
(Photo: Evgeni Dinev)