Balchik -the hidden gem on the Black Sea Coast. With its sandy cliffs, a series of ravines running down to the sea with whitewashed cottages and a couple of kilometers west along the seafront promenade, Balchik was established in the 6th century BC by the Greeks as a safe sea haven as well as an important center for viniculture.
Its significant landmark is the Palace on the sea shore – the summer residence of Queen Marie of Romania (also named The Quiet Nest Palace) was completed in 1926-1937 by King Ferdinand of Romania for his Scottish wife, Queen Marie, when Balchik was a part of Romania and could be considered as the most exquisite place of the whole town. This palace has a syncretism of different styles, Gothic and Islamic - topped with a minaret, which make it a special place. It is incorporated in a big architectural park complex, including the Botanical Garden that comprises over 2000 species of plants and cactuses. Thanks to the Queen’s efforts, the complex became one of the favorite places to visit among European artists and aristocrats in the interwar period.
The fortress from Kaliakra cape. Beautiful located on a long and narrow headland on the coast, overlooking the sea from 70m above, the fortress was built during the Thracian times and it was used by the Romans, Greeks, Byzantines and Bulgarians, before to came into ruin, during the Ottoman rule. There are different stories related to the famous leaders who own the place or stop there, including Lysimahus, the successor of Alexander the Great (4th century BC), or Wladyslaw III Jagiello, the king of Poland and Ukraine, as well as various legends; among them one speaks about 40 virgins that preferred death to dishonor, by throwing themselves over the cliff, when the Turks took over.
Overnight at Tyulenovo hotel (3*), beautiful located in a small remote bay of the Black Sea. The nearby cliffs offer astonishing views of the sea, giving you good opportunities to take memorable pictures either of the sunset or the sunrise.