A group of councillors from the Bulgarian resort were in Adeje to discuss tourism development ideas
A group representing the Nessebar town council have been in Adeje on a fact-finding tour, and yesterday had a working meeting with members of the Adeje council to quiz them on how this town has evolved into one of the leading European holiday destinations in the last thirty years.
Leading the Bulgarian delegation was Rumen Kulev, president of the local Nessebar council, accompanied by elected officials and departmental heads, with Carmen Rosa González, Manuel Luis Méndez and Zebenzui Chinea representing Adeje at the round table. Also present and open to answering questions from the visiting delegation were Robert Ucelay, president of CEST (South Tenerife Business Circle), Jordi Esplugas (Association of Adeje Commerce and Enterprise), and those responsible for the ExpoVida project, a health tourism initiative under construction in the borough.
The visitors were interested in how the borough of Adeje evolved from its designation as a mainly rural town to embracing tourism in a sustainable manner. They were also interested in issues such as traffic management, and the parallel developments of alternative types of tourism to ‘sun and beach’.
Nessebar is one of the most well-known tourist destinations and seaports on the Black Sea, in what has become a popular area with several large resorts—the largest, Sunny Beach, is situated immediately to the north of Nessebar. It has a resident population of about 12,000, though caters for
Archaelogical studies have confirmed five chronological periods of urbanisation on the peninsula surrounding Nessebar through the end of the second millennium B.C., which included the Thracian protopolis, the Greek colony Mesambria, a Roman-ruled village to the early Christian era, the medieval settlement and a Renaissance era town, known as Mesemvria or Nessebar. Historically the town has, on several occasions, found itself on the frontier of a threatened empire, and as such it is a town with a rich history. Due to the city’s abundance of historic buildings, UNESCO added Nessebar to its list of World Heritage Sites in 1983.