St Vlas is a resort town situated in the southern part of the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, 40 km from Bourgas and 10 km from the UNESCO protected ancient town of Nessabar. The most popular Black Sea resort today, Sunny Beach, is only 4 km away; other popular locations are Paradise Beach – 1.5 km and Elenite – 2 km. 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 St Vlas is extremely clean. The resort is proven suitable place for healing lung diseases because the currents are continuously cleaning 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 bigger part of the Bulgarian Black Sea coast is a unique mix of mountain and sea; with its own climatic conditions it is leaving behind many renowned European resorts. There are three beaches in the resort contributing to a total length of 1.5 km of the beach line. A more unique feature of the resort is that yachting is very developed and popular there; yacht lovers are known to enjoy their vacations in St Vlas. It is possible to rent a yacht or buy one, which will be accompanied by professional training sessions. St Vlas is practically part of the location gaining popularity as the Bulgarian Riviera; it consists of many resorts situated 1, 1.5 km from one another: Elenite, Paradise Beach, St Vlas, Zora, Sunny Beach, Ravda, Aheloi. 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 honored 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.