in Bulgarian: Свети Влас , also known as: Saint Vlas, Saint Blaise
Sveti Vlas is a fast developing resort settlement, located 10 km north of the town of Nessebar and 2 km from Sunny Beach. Recently, St Vlas has been a very attractive place not only for the tourists, but also for the investors. Over the last 10 years the number of buildings in the town has doubled, registering a big increase in the interest shown in the resort.
The history of St Vlas dates back from ancient times, when it was a famous Thracian settlement named Larissa. It was in XIV century when the town was named after the patron of the traders – St Vlas. St Vlas was a saint honoured by both the orthodox and the catholic churches.
There were many monasteries in the town and one of them was called St Vlas as well, but it was burnt down by pirates. Due to the presence of many monasteries the Turks renamed it Kuchuk Monastery during the times of Turkish domination. It was not until 1886 when the town took its name back.
In 2007 the largest yacht port in Bulgaria was founded in Sveti Vlas – Marina Dinevi, with a capacity of 300 yachts.
The beach of Sveti Vlas is facing south. The sand is fine and golden. There are three beaches in the resort contributing to a total length of 1.5 km of the beach line.
St Vlas is another unique combination of mountain and sea on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. There are constant wind currents from the sea to the mountain and the opposite. As a result of them the air in Saint Vlas is extremely clean. The resort is proven suitable place for healing lung diseases because the currents are continuously cleaned the air from dust and all kinds of irritating factors. The sunny days in St Vlas are 1.5-2 times as many as the sunny days in the northern part of the Black Sea coast. It is not by accident that the only Bulgarian Sea sanitarium is situated 1 km from St Vlas.
The annual gathering in Sveti Vlas is conducted on 2 May – the summer St. Atanasuis’ Day.
The International Sailing Regatta “St. Vlas” is conducted in the aquatory of the Nessebar Bay on 18, 19 and 20 July. The host of the competition is the Municipal Marine Club “Nesebar 2000”. The Regatta “St. Vlas” has more than five years of history.