Location: Bulgaria – Dobrich
Route type: Hiking
Route length: 31.00km
Called the Silent Nest, the Queen Maria Castle was built between 1926 and 1937, during the Romanian control of the region, for the needs of the Queen Maria of Romania. The complex consists of a series of residential villas, a smoking room, a wine cellar, a power plant, a monastery, a spring, a chapel and many other buildings, and a park that is today a botanical garden. Balchik Palace is 17 meters above sea level. The whitewashed villa is built near the sea and was the queen's summer residence. Architectural style is a blend of Moorish and Mediterranean styles and elements of Bulgarian houses. Inside, the original furniture was preserved. Behind the villa is the botanical garden, with over 600 species of flowers.
Covering the period from the 6th century until 1940, when it is included in Bulgaria, the museum has a collection of artifacts from the Roman sanctuaries, the medieval ceramics in vintage photographs of the city, presenting chronologically the history of Balchik.
Located in a house built in the 1960s and near the History Museum, the Ethnographic Museum has a collection of over 1,500 exhibits that reflect the everyday life of the city's inhabitants. There are many varied objects from ceramics, traditional costumes, wrought iron, various ornaments, jewelery, copper objects, etc.
One of the biggest discoveries in Bulgaria in recent years, discovered in 2007 when, after excavations for a hotel, archaeologists found the Cybele Temple in the center of Balchik, one of the best preserved in Europe. The temple served for 700 years, dedicated to the goddess Cybele, and was part of the ancient ancient city of Dionysopolis, today's Balchik.
Kaliakra is a long and narrow region in the southern region of Dobrogea, in northern Bulgaria, the Black Sea, 12 km east of Kavarna, 60 km northeast of Varna and 65 km southwest of Mangalia. The coast is steep, with vertical rocks, reaching 70 meters to the sea. Kaliakra is a natural reserve where dolphins and cormorants can be seen. It is on Via Pontica, an important bird migration route in Africa to Eastern and Northern Europe. There are also remnants of the fortified walls, the water basin, the bath and the residence of Despot Dobrotitsa. Bolata Bay, with a small sheltered beach, lies just north, at the mouth of a picturesque canyon, which is also part of the natural reserve.
Project "Green Tourism Products" (Green Tour Pro) ROBG291 is co-financed by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund under the Interreg V-A Romania – Bulgaria Programme.
Total eligible value of the project: 498 884.65 euro
Amount of EU contribution: 424 850.04 euro ERDF
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