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Bulgaria is the youngest member of the European union, joining in January 2007, and is situated in southeastern Europe, occupying the northeastern part of the Balkan Peninsula. To the North, the Danube River forms it border with Romania, to the West lies Serbia and Montenegro and on the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. To the South are its neighbours Greece and Turkey. To the East Bulgaria touches the Black Sea, which links it also to Russia and the Ukraine. The Black Sea borderline is 378 km (240 miles) long. The country’s total territory is 111 000 sq. km (43 000 sq. miles).

About Bulgaria North Sea Coast

The Northern Black Sea coast enjoys a mild and pleasant climate that extends the tourist season by up to 150 days. There are many resorts with lovely wide fine grain sandy beaches and clean and calm shallow seas. The resorts are fringed by forests and fields of sunflowers, peppered with numerous mineral springs providing a natural beauty that is attracting a reputation as an excellent place to buy for investment and pleasure.
The modern resorts located in this area will satisfy even the most refined requirements.

While mainly a summer playground the area around Balchik and Kavarna is soon to become a golfer’s paradise providing an extended season from the warm Spring days through the balmy summer months and into the crisp and clear autumn days. Most of the resorts also have health spas specializing in therapeutic water, massage and mud cures which remain open year round.

Balchik

Ah Balchik, what can we say about Balchik? Move away past the sprawling, man made resorts of Golden Sands and Albena and you will come to Balchik, approximately 10km along the coast from Albena.
Balchik is a 2600 years old town, a seaside resort that combines the romance of its steep streets with the beauty of the sea. For a long time it has been known as the White Town for the mainly white colour of its lime rocks.
The town is attractive to tourists with its ancient atmosphere that has been preserved for centuries now. It is interesting to walk along and observe the Tatar Quarter with the pebbled streets and the houses made of stone and adobe.
The town sprung to life towards the end of the 6th C. B.C. as the ancient Greek colony Crunoi (later Dionysopolis) in place of a Chalcolithic (4th-3rd millennium B.C.) and a Thracian (1st millennium B.C.) settlement.

The exceptional view of the town from the sea impressed the great Ovid who exclaimed: "O white stone town, I salute thee for thy inimitable beauty!"
The Milesian colonists believed that the goddess of beauty, Aphrodite, was born there out of the sea foam. The spouting karst springs gave the town its first name Krunoi (meaning spring or source in Old Greek). The next name was Dionysopolis. During the Middle Ages the town was named after the local feudal lord, Balik In Roman times it has the statute of a municipius. Later on it was included in the territory of Bulgaria. In 13th - 14th century it moved to Dzhina Bair, a natural fortification. It was ruled by the Boyar Balik, and so it was called Balchik. After the Crimean War (1853 - 1856) the town flourished and grew into a big corn-trading centre.


After the Balkan War in 1913 it was included in the territories of Romania. Struck by the natural beauty of the place Queen Maria enlisted the aid of Italian architects to build her summer palace and botanical gardens, a chapel and a villa complex for the Romanian aristocrats all of which was completed in 1931.The town turned into a luxurious resort at that time.
After 1940 Balchik was again included in Bulgarian territory.

The Palace and Botanical gardens still remain to this day and are open to the public. In the past, 3000 species of plants graced the extensive grounds with some 450 botanical gardens worldwide contributed to the collection. The grounds also include springs, waterfalls, and summer pavilions. There are amphorae from Spanish Morocco, stone crosses and grave stones from Moldavia and Besarabia, a marble throne from Florence, and a whole church transferred from a Greek island.

The ancient now lies side by side with the modern. The steep, cobblestone streets lined with whitewashed, red-tiled houses now lead down to the harbour that is being renovated into a new yacht port. Restaurants and shops nestle along the harbour edge along with the newly constructed hotels and apartments. On the outskirts of the town lie the new golf courses that are being built all leading to the continuing reputation that the area will become the most exclusive in Bulgaria for the golfing and yachting crowds.

Golf In and Around Balchik

Three famous golfers, Gary Player, Ian Woosnam and Jack Nicklaus are currently involved in designing five golf courses in Bulgaria. These three professional players are the team captains of Europe, the US and the Rest of the World. Welshman Woosnam has designed the Lighthouse near Balchik and is nearing completion.
The golf project near Kavarna, Thracian Cliffs, designed by Player, will be able to accommodate 3150 people in its hotels and villa complexes. Spa facilities will also be available. Another golf project, Black Sea Rama, near Balchik, is also Player’s and is also nearing completion.

All the new courses will be open for business in 2007-2008, bringing tourism not only to the golf courses but also the hotels, spa, villas and apartments in the surrounding areas. A vast amount of money has been invested in the area with the Lighthouse project alone valued at about €118 million.

How to reach Balchik. There is regular bus transport from/to Sofia, Dobrich, Varna and Albena. Apart from buses, there are numerous taxis and private mini-buses, boats and water transport to other beach resorts on the Black Sea.

Around The Balchik Area

The nearest big towns are Varna (40km) and Dobrich (35km). Albena, one of the biggest Bulgarian resorts is only 10km away. To the north lies the most easterly point of Bulgaria - cape Kaliakra that juts out deep into the sea.

Albena

Albena is located 10km South of Balchik on the Black Sea's north coast. It has a 5km long and 150m wide beach, lying in a picturesque bay surrounded by green forests and a the climate that attracts a large number of visitors each year. Albena has many, many restaurants and bars to cater for all needs, taste and pockets.

Kavarna

Kavarna is situated 15km north of Balchik and just 12km away from the picturesque Kaliakra cape and is one of the relatively bigger towns along the Black Sea coast, originally dating back to the 5th Century BC. The coast to the north of the town is high and steep, shining with its limestone rocks against the sea while to the south of the town lies an excellent beach.
For the last couple of years Kavarna has become another attractive area for property development. New apartment and villa complexes have been developed around the beach area and a new marina is planned. Outside the town two golf courses are nearing completion - with the Thracian Cliffs golf course ,designed by Gary Player set to become the biggest along the northern Black Sea coast. Kavarna is also a popular rock and pop concert venue with many of the larger groups playing there throughout the year.

Topola / White Lagon / Touzlata

The White Lagoon Bay is located between Balchik and Kavarna and contains a beautiful unspoilt beach alongside one of the three golf courses being built in the area The area of Touzlata is located 4 km east of Balchik and is well known for its curing mud. A spa-centre was built beside the two lakes, formed by old landslides. The lake bottom is covered with black hydrogen sulphide peloid It receives patients suffering from joint disorders. A large recreational complex, a lot of villas, bungalows and a camping site are built here. There is a mineral spring with water temperature of 31°C

Golden Sands

Golden Sands, some 25km south of Balchik is the country's second-largest coastal resort wit a well-developed travel and tourism infrastructure including water sports, yacht clubs, restaurants and bars. Golden Sands is approximately 20 minutes from Varna international airport.
Golden Sands is also known for its lively nightlife and, of course, it's 4km long golden beaches.
The resort also offers a wide range of bars, discos, a casino, outdoor pools, some of which mineral, and plenty of sports facilities and activities such as scuba diving, water-skiing and Para skiing.

Varna

The district town of Varna, also known as the seaside capital of Bulgaria is situated on Varna Bay on the Black Sea, approximately 30km from Balchik. The town has a population of 320,000 and has now become the second largest town in Bulgaria after Sofia.
There is a wonderful cathedral and many museums together with a modern shopping centre with all the latest boutiques and a large outdoor market that is excellent for clothes and shoes.
The town beach is only minutes walk away from the centre via a stroll through the winter gardens. There is also a dolphinarium and small city zoo.
Tourism as the most prospering sector of the economy in the region and is attracting a lot of foreign investment.