Top 10 Interesting Places On The Black Sea Coast That Are Not A Beach
Going on a holiday to the Bulgarian Black Sea coast does not necessarily means you have to spend your entire time in the 150 metres perimeter of the beach and your hotel, which means that the Black Sea coast offers many opportunities for you to discover some amazing places even if it is not summertime. If you are all about cultural tourism, such a trip would be perfect for you, because just about a few kilometres of the most popular Bulgarian Black Sea coast resorts, you will find a bunch of interesting places to visit and cool new staff to experience. You guessed it right, all of them are right there, on the coast! Just envision the amazing view… Here are top 10 amazing ideas on what to do and see on the Black Sea coast, when you are not soaking up some sun on the beach:
The Lake Town in the Durankulak Lake
Far North, almost where Bulgaria meets Romania, here is where some of the most impressive archaeological discoveries are made. The place is the big island in the Durankulak Lake that is popular as the Lake Town. This place would be a real treasure for adventurers like Indiana Jones because here are found artefacts that are more than 100 centuries old as well as the oldest gold treasure in the whole entire world, plus one of the first stone buildings in Europe, prehistoric culture finds from the Thracians, Ancient Greeks and proto-Bulgarians. One of the many bonuses of this place is that it is not overcrowded with tourists, although very beautiful and interesting.
Akra Fortress near Chernomorets
From the beginning of Summer 2013, the Akra Fortress is open for tourists with a restored battle tower that gives just a small idea of the majesty of the fortress. In case you wonder why the battle tower is in the sea – 1500 years back the sea level used to be way lower.
The Fortress on St Atanas foreland in Byala
How do you find the idea of wandering the streets of an ancient town, to have a look at a winery, public bath and church that are more than 1500 years old? All of the above mentioned are located on the edge of a majestic rock overlooking the sea. So in case you want to visit such a place, your destination Byala town and the Fortress on St Atanas that is open for tourists from the beginning of 2014. Here you can find many ancient stone plates and buildings that are completed by drawings of scenes from the everyday life at this place centuries back in time.
Urdoviza Fortress near Kiten
Urdoviza peninsula is actually the highest point of Kiten peninsula. A narrow part of the foreland is fenced by a 70 m long fortress wall that is built in the 5th century. Walls are 5-6 meters high and three battle towers are discovered by the archaeologists. Urdoviza disappeared in the 17th century when the people of many coastal villages and towns migrated into the mountain when systematically attacked by the kazatzi pirates. After the joining of the peninsula to Bulgaria in 1912, a military unit is accommodated there and the town is forbidden for historians and archaeologists for a long time. Archeological excavation starts back at the beginning of Summer 2012.
Sailing with a kayak in Vaya Lake near Burgas
If you are all up to a different and exciting sailing experience, we recommend you visit the Vaya Lake near Burgas and try the kayak sailing service offered there. You are guaranteed to enjoy the surrounding views and landscapes and the overall experience.
Ancient tomb Kuhata Mogila near Pomorie
If you do not want to go too far from the city, here is a historical experience for you that you can discover and enjoy almost in the heart of the beautiful coastal town Pomorie. The ancient tomb Kuhata Mogila is located under a mound of a tombstone hillock and it is open for tourists and everyone interested. Here you can see a completely well-reserved 22-meters long hall and a round chamber. It is built from stone and bricks, while the inner side of the supporting column used to have a spiral staircase back in time. It is assumed that this is the tombstone hillock of a very rich family. The five niches in one of the walls of the tomb have probably been made to serve as a place, where the urns with the dead used to be kept safe.
If you don’t mind to exchange see with some mountain and beautiful nature, Strandja Mountain is right there for you. Here you can find some of the biggest natural parks in Bulgaria, hundreds of sanctuaries of the Thracians, caves and many wonderful small villages you will never want to leave.
Kaliakra Foreland Fortress near Kavarna
The slopes of the edge of Kaliakra foreland are lowering down the sea water from a 60-70 meters height. Waves hollowed out caves in the slopes and at the top of the foreland, there is a fortress that is older than more than 2400 years. Kaliakra has everything – it has remnants, beautiful views, a chapel and even a museum that is located in a cave. Plus the additional opportunity to enjoy a hot coffee with a breath-taking view.
The Shabla Lighthouse is the most eastern point of Bulgaria. The Shabla Lighthouse is also the oldest lighthouse in Bulgaria and it is officially open in July 1856. The lighthouse used to be highly needed and required because the coastal line between Shabla and Tyulenovo hides a very dangerous underwater reef. In order to prevent ships crashing into the dangerous reef, 26 centuries back in time on this place used to live guards that lighted a strong fire every night to serve as a guide for the captains of the ships. Additionally, the Shabla Lighthouse is the highest one on the Black Sea coast with its 32 meters height.
The Outfall of Veleka River near Sinemorets
The most beautiful part of Veleka River is its outfall part near Sinemorets village, where the river is surrounded by the sands of the beach. The place is almost on the most southern end of Bulgaria (only Rezovo is closer to the country boundary with Turkey) and it is probably created by God for all those people, who want to escape the dynamics of the big city and connect with nature. The outfall of Veleka River is a protected area and here you can meet hundreds of bird species.