Bulgarian Black Sea beaches
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The Bulgarian Black Sea coast stretches from the Southern frontier of Romania over 378 km until the Northern frontier of Turkey in the South. Around 130 km of these are white and golden sandy. Much of the rest is rocky but a splendid place to observe the Black Sea, on some places you can even watch the dolphins. There are two cities on the Bulgarian Black Sea, Burgas, and Varna, each the capital of their namesake province and both have an airport. The region between these two cities is the busiest one of the whole coastline. There are the big resorts Sunny Beach, Sveti Vlas, Nessebar, Pomorie, and many others. The beach towns of the Southern region, South of Burgas have frontiers with the Strandzha nature reserve in common and therefore especially attractive for the environment. North of Varna are some more expensive beaches as Golden Sands, and further, there are Albena, Balchik, and Kavarna.
After Shabla it has the second largest population (455 in December 2009) of the Dobrich province in North Eastern Bulgaria. It has as neigboring village Vama Veche at the other side of the Romanian frontier. Durankulak is best known for its lake, only few meters from the Black Sea and on some places separated from it by only a small road.
Krapets is a village in the Shabla municipality in the Dobrich province in the North Eastern of Bulgaria. December 2008 its population was 378 inhabitants, the third largest of Shabla after Shabla (3,586) and Durankulak (455).
Shabla is the administrative center of the Shabla municipality in the Dobrich province in the North Eastern of Bulgaria. The town had a population of 3,586 inhabitants in December 2009. The beach is on 5 km from town and was until the fall of communism a popular sea resort for Eastern Block tourists. The beach area has a large car park and many old bungalows. In general the seaside of the municipality have untouched nature and virgin beaches. Other sights are the Shabla lighthouse which is the tallest, oldest and easternmost one on the Bulgarian coast and a fortress dating from the 4th century.
Tyulenovo can be reached via the old seaside road from Kavarna along the rocky coastline, through the sea resort of Rusalka, and village of Kamen Bryag. Tyulenovo has a rocky shore also from where dolphins can be observed. They come nearer to land in the early morning and in the evening. There are 60 inhabitants but in the summer because of tourism the number of people living there is increased to 200. The caves in the cliffs are used by backpackers as free lodge.
Down the seaside path from Tyulenovo to Kamen Bryag there is a megalithic complex called the Rocky Monasteries.
Tyulenovo is especially known for its oil fields discovered from which the first was discovered on on 31 May 1951. Witnesses of the oil drills can be seen on the pictures.
Located in Kavarna Municipality, Dobrich Province, it had a population of 76 in 2009. Nevertheless it is a popular summer holiday destination since the 2000s.
Yailata is an archeological reserve on the Northern Black Sea coast.
Rusalka is a seaside resort in Dobrich Province. It is located in a nature reserve in a bay 90 km northeast of Varna and 23 km from Shabla, surrounded by oak forests.
There are 600 luxurious all-inclusive one-storey houses in the resort. In the 2000s mainly German tourists came here, but in the 1990s it was French-dominated.
There are many tennis courts of different soils, a small football pitch, and a volleyball court. Other sports can be practised as archery, horse riding, yachting, kayaking, scuba diving, and more.
Situated between Yailata and Kaliakra nature and history reserves are among the attractins in the vicinity.
The Bolata cove is on the northern rocky coastline of the Bulgarian Black Sea. It is 3 km to the north of the Kaliakra headland. The nearest settlements are Bulgarevo village in about 5 km distance and the town of Kavarna in 13 km to the west.
The cove has a perfect semi-circular shape with a beautiful sandy beach. A very small river flows into the sea. It is the only approachable place where the sea can be reached for kilometers of cliffs spread out northwards and southwards.
Kaliakra with fortress and nature reserve
Kaliakra is a long and narrow headland Black Sea, 12 kilometres (7 mi) east of Kavarna, 60 kilometres (37 mi) northeast of Varna and 65 kilometres (40 mi) southwest of Mangalia. The coast has vertical cliffs until 70 metres (230 ft) down to the sea.
Firstly it is a nature reserve where you can observe dolphins and cormorants. It is situated on the Via Pontica, a major bird migration route from Africa into Eastern and Northern Europe. It makes Kaliakra a place for observation many other rare birds.
Kaliaka’s fortress exists in the remnants of Despot Dobrotitsa’s residence.
Dalboka the Mussel Farm
Balchik is located in Dobrich Province on 42 km northeast of Varna. The population is 12,196 for the city and 22,035 for the urban area (December 2009). The ethnic composition is 72,9% Bulgarians, 15,8% Turks, 8,8% gipsies, andf the rest are other, indefiable or undeclared.
AlbenaAlbena is a major beach resort on the Black Sea coast. It is 12 km South of Balchik and 30 km North of Varna. The resort was purposed built in the 1960s and although it became a commercial center the natural environment stayed untouched. The beach is about 150 m wide over a distance of 5 km and populated with hotels on the beach itself. A small community has developed with even own public traffic consisting in a mini train transporting tourists all day. However this is the main scenario of a Black Sea major resort and is very well comparable with Sunny Beach. But the big hotels on the beach are unique for Albena. There are also plenty of recreation possibilities of different kinds as is comely in a touristic center.
Saint Constantine and Helena
Auteursrecht: dziewul / 123RF Stockfoto
The Southern beach towns
Here a listing of all the towns and cities on the Black Sea coast.
Rezovo extreme southwestern tip overlooking the Turkish riverbank on the Rezovo river
Rezovo is 11 kilometers south of Sinemorets, 17 km from Ahtopol and 36 km from Lozenets. It is part of the Tsarevo Municipality in Southwestern Bulgaria in Burgas Province. It is also part of Strandzha a mountain massif in the southwest of approximately 10,000 km2. More specifically of Strandzha Nature Park that covers a big part of the Strandza massif. Rezovo has not more than 80 registered inhabitants. The region is thinly populated and the beaches are calm. Rezovo lies at the mouth of the Rezovo River in the Black Sea. Over some dozens kilometers km into the land, the Rezovo river constitutes the border with European Turkey. From Rezovo you can directly overlooks the Turkish bank of the river and the Turkish village of Beğendik. There are some hotels for booking a stay.
SinemoretsSinemorets is a seaside resort on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria. Except for Resovo (and Silistar) it is located in the very southeast of the country. It is also part of Tsarevo Municipality in Burgas Province and also situated in Strandzha Nature Park. Further it is located near the mouth of a second river, the Veleka. With a population of 216 it has quite some hotels.
Ahtopol is a seaside resort on the southern Bulgarian Black Sea Coast. It lies also within Strandzha Nature Park in Burgas Province. Further, it is also close to the European Turkish frontier. The population in 2005 was 1,316 but only some dozens of hotels are available for booking holidays.
Between Ahtopol and Tsarevo on the Black Sea coast is Varvara. It belongs to the Tsarevo Municipality and further to Burgas province. It is also part of the Strandza Nature park. The population stayed nearly constant since many decades. Apparently, it increased only with 30 inhabitants between 1934 and 2005, namely from 220 to 250. However, there was a peak of 408 inhabitants in the year 1956. Probably the village is named after Saint Barbara.
In the 1970s and 1980s, it was an intellectual community of artists and writers. Many came to “The Sea Club” purchased by the Academy of Arts in Sofia. The group increased over the years and built a community based on their own real estate they had bought over there.
Nevertheless, the major sources of income were fishing next to tourism. there is also a Romani community and a famous diving area in the neighborhood named the “Dardanelles”.
Except for yet existing hotels bars and restaurants, many new projects are created as the building of a recent church but certainly also less religious constructions.
Tsarevo (Bulgarian: Царево, also transliterated Carevo or Tzarevo) is a town and seaside resort in southeastern Bulgaria, an administrative centre of the homonymous Municipality of Tsarevo in Burgas Province. In the past, it was known as Vasiliko (Greek: Βασιλικόν) and Michurin (Bulgarian: Мичурин). It lies on a cove 70 km southeast of Burgas, on the southern Bulgarian Black Sea Coast at the eastern foot of Strandzha mountain, at a few kilometers from Strandzha Nature Park. As of December 2009, the town has a population of 5,884 inhabitants.
Lozenets (Bulgarian: Лозенец; also Lozenec, Lozenetz) is a village and seaside resort on the southern Bulgarian Black Sea Coast. It is part of Tsarevo Municipality, Burgas Province, and lies at 42°13′N 27°48′E . As of 2012, it has a population of 685 and the mayor is Maria Vasileva.
Lozenets was founded in 1924 by around 20 Bulgarian refugee families, originally from Eastern Thrace (mostly Peneka and Malak Samokov) who were initially put up in Poturnak (Velika), but moved to the seaside in search of better conditions. They settled in the Embelets or Ambelia area, where, according to the tradition, the old vineyards of Tsarevo (or even its oldest incarnation) used to be located. The first settlers lived by agriculture, stock breeding and woodcutting, with some later mastering sea fishing.
Beginning in the 1960s, nationwide and international sea tourism have radically changed the appearance of Lozenets and the occupation of the locals. Today, the village is a bustling tourist centre.
There is a villa zone to the south of the village. Several famous Bulgarians have built villas there. They include the actresses Anya Pencheva and Aneta Sotirova, the singer Beloslava, and members of parliament Zheni Zhivokova and Nikolay Nikolov.
In the villa zone near to Oasis beach, there is the Lalov Egrek watersports centre which has one of the largest diving centres in Europe.
By Zourich (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons Kiten (Bulgarian: Китен, meaning “lovely, pretty”) is a seaside resort town on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast, part of Burgas Province. It is situated on the small Urdoviza peninsula, near the mouth of the Kiten River, and has two beaches: Atliman and Urdoviza.
Until the Balkan Wars in 1912–1913, there was only an unmanned pier used to export wood and charcoal on the site. Kiten was founded in 1931 by 30 families of Bulgarian refugees from Eastern Thrace who resettled there from the newly founded refugee village of Fazanovo. However, the area has roots from Antiquity, as amphoras from the 6th century BC were found on the south beach (Urdoviza). Kiten was declared a national resort in 1962, and since 1981 it had been administratively a quarter of nearby Primorsko. On 17 June 2005 the former village was proclaimed a separate town  in order to more effectively cope with the growing number of tourists, primarily from Bulgaria, Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Serbia, Russia and Germany (as of June 2005).
By Boby Dimitrov from Sofia, Bulgaria (Town of Primorsko) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons Primorsko (Bulgarian: Приморско) is a town and seaside resort in southeastern Bulgaria, part of Burgas Province. A well-known resort on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast, it is located on a gore 52 km south of Burgas and has a beach strip of about 1 km². The average temperature is 29 °C in July, often reaching 30-33 °C and making Primorsko a favourable place for tourism. Sea temperature in July and August is 27-28 °C. Primorsko enjoys more than 2300 sunshine hours a year, mostly in summer time. The rivers Ropotamo and Dyavolska reka run close to the town. The Ropotamo nature reserve and Snake Island reserve are also nearby.
Since 1998 it is the seat of Primorsko Municipality.
Stamopolu Beglik Tash Blatoto Alepu
Sozòpol (Bulgarian: Созопол, Greek: Sozopolis / Σωζόπολις) is an ancient seaside town located 35 km south of Burgas on the southern Bulgarian Black Sea Coast. Today it is one of the major seaside resorts in the country, known for the Apollonia art and film festival (which takes place in early September) that is named after one of the town’s ancient names.
The busiest times of the year are the summer months, ranging from May to September as tourists from around the world come to enjoy the weather, sandy beaches, history and culture, fusion cuisine (Balkan, Mediterranean), and atmosphere of the colourful resort.
Part of Burgas Province and administrative centre of the homonymous Sozopol Municipality, as of December 2009, the town has a population of 5,410 inhabitants.
Chernomorets (Bulgarian: Черноморец) is a town on the Black Sea coast of southeastern Bulgaria. Administratively part of Sozopol Municipality, Burgas Province, Chernomorets is a popular seaside resort.
Chernomorets lies some 24 kilometres (15 mi) southeast of the provincial capital Burgas, at the south coast of Burgas Bay, the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast’s largest bay. Until 1951, Chernomorets was known as Sveti Nikola (Свети Никола, “Saint Nicholas”). The current name, Chernomorets, means “Black Sea man”.
Previously a village, it received town privileges on 2 December 2009 on the grounds that it met the demographic and infrastructure requirements due to its resort status. The town has a primary school, a kindergarten and a cultural centre (chitalishte).
Chernomorets lies at the low northern slopes of the Strandzha mountain, between Cape Emine to the north and the Arkutino marshland to the south. To the east of Chernomorets is St. Ivan Island, with Sozopol to the southeast of the town along the seaside road.
Chernomorets has an Eastern Orthodox church dedicated to the town patron Saint Nicholas. A garden called the “Garden of Eden” has been landscaped just in front of it.
Atiya Kraymorie Poda Meden Rudnik (aan burgas meer)