What is worth seeing in Balchik?
The interest in the resort town of Balchik is not limited to its beaches and hotels, of which there are indeed many. The city has quite a long history, numbering about three thousand years. Of course, from ancient times little has remained, but recently more and more often began to find evidence of past glory and beauty.
For example, six years ago, during the construction works and excavation works, ancient buildings were accidentally discovered. After analysis by archaeologists, it was determined that the find was part of a large complex built in the third century BC. During the excavations, which are quite active to this day, many objects were found that indicate that this complex functioned for at least seven centuries, and then as a result of a strong earthquake and landslide was buried under a layer of soil. The structures found are the temple of Cybele, who was considered in those days the mother of all gods. This structure was over a hundred meters in size. Today it is the largest temple of this kind found on the entire Balkan Peninsula and the best preserved. The interior decoration of the temple was rich enough, there were many statues among which the archaeologists found the figure of Cybele. The found artifacts are stored in the Historical Museum of Balchik. Currently the temple of Cybele is an item of national heritage of Bulgaria, and works are underway to restore it. Perhaps in the near future we will see this unique building in its original glory.
Since we are talking about the History Museum of Balchik, it should be noted that its visit will be very interesting. It was opened in 1937 and during that time its exposition was constantly replenished. However, the period of Romanian occupation did not pass over it and during it the museum was evacuated to Romania, and some exhibits were irrevocably lost. Today the exhibition consists of more than twenty thousand items, starting from ancient times until the middle of the last century. The museum collection is quite rich and is sure to be of great interest to visitors. The museum is situated in Dimitar Zheleva Street, 2. It is open daily except Sunday from 9.00 to 17.00 and lunch breaks from 12.00 to 13.00. The cost of admission is five levs.
One of the hallmarks of the resort, without a doubt, can be called the Palace of Queen Mary. Although a palace in the literal sense of the word it cannot be called a palace, as the complex consists of a dozen small villas and a chapel, which was the summer residence of the Romanian Queen Maria of Edinburgh, the granddaughter of Queen Victoria of England, who married the heir to the Romanian throne. The queen was an advocate of the convergence of different religions, and it was reflected in the image of the complex, which combined the opposing styles. The names of the different areas of the complex, such as Bridge of Sighs, Hanging Terraces, Garden of Allah or Wine Alley, speak volumes about this. In addition to the villas, some of which, incidentally, are rented to tourists, there is a beautiful botanical garden on the territory of the complex, where there are more than three thousand species of plants brought from different parts of the world. All plants are planted along numerous alleys, which are decorated with large clay pots, used in ancient times to store various products. Special pride of the botanical garden is a large collection of cacti, which has about two hundred and fifty species of this plant, and is considered one of the largest in Europe.
There is probably no tourist who has been to Balchik and hasn’t visited the palace of Queen Maria and the botanical garden. During the summer period the complex is open daily from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. The working day is slightly shorter in the winter from 8.30 am to 5 pm. The palace is located at Akademika Daki Jordanov street. The entrance ticket costs twenty levs, and for a tour in a foreign language thirty levs.
The ethnographic museum of Balchik, which is situated in a two-storey building, built more than one hundred and fifty years ago, offers an insight into the crafts of the local people in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The showcases display the tailor’s items used at that time by the local tailors. These include irons, scissors, and other tools. There are also examples of woodworking tools and blacksmithing. On the second floor of the museum various devices and machines of weaving are presented, as well as a large selection of clothes and jewelry that are displayed on mannequins. In all, more than two thousand different kinds of exhibits are on display. In summer the museum is open every day except Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm, and in winter from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm except Saturday and Sunday. The cost of admission for adults is five levs, children under eighteen years – one lev. For children under seven years old admission is free. The museum is situated on Vitosha Street, 3.
Art lovers can visit the Art Gallery, which presents paintings of Bulgarian and foreign artists. The building of the gallery is a large architectural structure, which is the pearl of the resort. On the first floor there are temporary exhibitions which are provided by other museums. The second floor houses the gallery’s permanent collection. The fate of the gallery did not escape the fate that befell the Historical Museum. During the Romanian rule all pictures were taken to Romania, and the collection had to be built anew. The museum is located on the street of Father Paisii,4. In summer the schedule is from 9.00 to 17.30, on Sunday and Monday off. 3 winter the museum is open from 8.30 to 17.00 and weekends on Saturday and Sunday. The entrance fee for an adult is five levs, children one lev.
In addition to the above attractions Balchik has others that deserve attention. There are Orthodox churches in the city, which were built in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. One of them is the Church of Nicholas the Wonderworker, where daily services are held. The church is located on Hristo Botev Street,4 on the territory of the Bulgarian Revival Complex, which is also advisable to visit. In it you can see the development of education in Bulgaria and the classrooms of those times when students were subjected to corporal punishment for various offenses.
In general, resting in Balchik, there is where to go and diversify your holiday by visiting the cultural sites and attractions of the city.
All about rest in Balchik
Balchik may be rightfully called the most mysterious place in Bulgaria. This town attracts a huge number of tourists from all over the world. Despite the fact that there are not a huge number of attractions and noisy discos, in the summer season it is quite crowded. Tourists are attracted here by the opportunity to get away from the bustle of the city and enjoy the beautiful nature and beach recreation. About the sights, entertainment, beaches and prices for holidays in Balchik, Bulgaria, in 2022 we will tell in this article.
The city was founded back in the 6th century BC. At that time in this place was the ancient polis – Kruni. This name was justified by the fact that in this place there are a lot of karst deposits. Thanks to this source of natural material, almost half of the constructions were made of karst. Later, the city was repeatedly renamed.
Balchik – the name was given to the city in the 14th century, at a time when it was annexed to the principality of Dobrudzha. It was named in honor of its first ruler Balik. During its existence, it had time to be part of the Ottoman Empire and Romania. Only in 1940 Balchik again became part of Bulgaria.
How to get there
Balchik is situated on the very coast of the Black Sea and is very close to the famous resort of Albena. The distance from the capital of Bulgaria to Balchik is about 500 km, and to Varna – no more than 50 km.
There are a few ways to get to the resort. Tourists usually take a public bus for this purpose. There are direct flights only from Varna, Albena or Sofia. You can also rent a car and visit the nearby attractions. Those tourists who do not have a limited budget can afford a trip by cab or even by boat.
Balchik on the map:
In the city there are very few roads, which is why the cars go very rarely. City transport is in the form of buses, shuttle buses and small mini-buses. Alternatively, you can take a comfortable cab.
To visit Varna or Albena you can use water transport. Those who like water walks can take advantage of the offer of a ride on the boat “Leonardo”. This boat ride lasts for three hours. The cost of the ticket for an adult is 1300 rubles, children’s admission ticket will cost half the main price.
Where to stay
Rest in Balchik can rightly be called quiet and relatively inexpensive. There are only a few hotels that are 5*, most hotels are three-star.
It is also worth noting that the resort is very often found mini-hotels or apartments, which can be rented. The most remote hotels are located at a distance of 800 meters from the sea. Most are on the first shoreline or in close proximity to the sea. Also a feature of the resort is that the most expensive hotels are located on the outskirts of Balchik, where the beautiful green gardens.
Who is looking for cheap places to stay should go to the center or visit the old streets.
In general, the room rates in various hotels and hotels are much lower than in other resorts in Bulgaria, which is an undeniable advantage. Among the popular hotels are several.
Private Studio Marina Balchik 3* – more budget option is on the coast
Hotel BlackSeaRama Golf & Villas 5 * – a place for those who do not save on accommodation. The hotel has its own parking lot, restaurant, golf course, swimming pool, SPA center. The rooms are equipped with everything you need for maximum comfort. The cost of rooms starts from 9500 rubles.
. There is an outdoor pool at the disposal of all the guests. The rooms are implemented in apartment format, where there is a separate living room and kitchenette. The initial price of the rooms starts from 3800 rubles.
White House Hotel 3* is an ideal place for family holidays. The hotel is located on the waterfront itself. Some rooms have a magnificent view of the sea. The room has everything you need for a good holiday. The hotel can also rent a bike. Room prices start from 1500 rubles.
In Balchik there are many places where you can eat very tasty. There are restaurants and cafes at the hotels. Most places offer European cuisine. National dishes can be tasted in almost every institution.
The cost of dishes is not so high, and for one person a day will require about 1000-1500 rubles.
- Special attention of tourists attracts a restaurant Koraba. This institution is made in the form of a real ship, from the windows you can watch a beautiful view of the sea.
- “Francis Drake”. The restaurant is famous for its marvelous seafood with a Bulgarian twist. The assortment of wines and seafood makes a proper impression on everyone.
- “Korona”. The restaurant has beautiful and spacious halls, a wonderful view of the Black Sea, and a menu of Bulgarian cuisine.
- “Cedar”. This bistro offers inexpensive, hearty and tasty food. The dishes of Romanian cuisine prevail.
- “White House”. This restaurant is located on the central promenade. It has a festive interior, a menu of traditional dishes in Bulgaria, as well as a sculpture of a sailor at the entrance.
“The Royal Hut. This complex has an impressive collection of valuable wines for tasting.
Not only is the accommodation and food in Balchik cheaper than in other cities in Bulgaria, the shopping here will also be much more pleasant by price. Stores and souvenir stores should be chosen farther from the tourist attractions, so you can buy much cheaper.
What to bring
Very often as a gift from Bulgaria are brought a variety of works of art.
Among the fairer sex there are many connoisseurs of natural Bulgarian cosmetics, for it is worth going to special stores, where consultants will help you find the most suitable means.
Jewelry made of precious metals is no less popular. Stores with gold jewelry are less common, there are more silver items, and the price per gram varies from 250 to 900 rubles. At the same time, there may be such a difference in price between the neighboring stores.
The weather of the resort pleases its guests with sunshine. “High season” begins at the resort from late May and lasts until October. The average daytime temperature during this period is +26 degrees Celsius, the water gets warm up to +24 degrees. Ideal conditions for beach holidays for both adults and children. Breaks the summer heat sea breeze. In winter, the temperature at the resort does not fall to negative values.
In the city you will not have any difficulties with communication. You can call from the hotel or use your cell phone, the main thing is to preconnect the roaming service. As for Internet access, almost every hotel has free wireless network that every guest can connect to.
Despite the fact that Balchik is a very quiet city, every tourist should remember about the most simple security measures.
It is not recommended to carry important documents or very large amounts of cash.
Particular care should be taken in the markets and in places with a large number of people. Do not trust those stores and stalls where goods are offered at a price much lower than in other places. This may indicate improper quality.
Silver and other precious metals should buy only in specialized stores.
To avoid getting a fine or just disapproving comments from locals, do not throw trash in the middle of the street, it is necessary to use only trash garbage cans for this purpose.
Attractions and interesting places Balchik
The resort is famous for the presence of many interesting places:
The Garden of Allah. This place has long been considered sacred, and many legends have been told about it. There are a lot of marvelous flowers, some of which are very rare.
Church of St. Nicholas. The building was founded in the 17th century, but it has already been restored twice, so the original appearance of the church has not been preserved to this day.
Renaissance architectural complex. It consists of several impressive exhibits, among which the house-museum by Hristo Botev has a special place.
Water attractions. There are water skis, tablets, bananas, jet skis and catamarans.
Rides for children at
. On the main promenade of the resort there are numerous playgrounds and machines, simulators, trampolines, inflatable slides. You can frolic for five minutes on a trampoline for ten levs, and the slide costs only five levs for fifteen minutes.
Silver Well. It is located in the Balchik Palace Park. This attraction is very impressive and working.
The mineral spring. Here many tourists have a rest and relax, recovering from serious illnesses.
Botanical garden. There is a huge collection of unique flora, especially cacti. It is nice to take a leisurely stroll in the garden, put your thoughts in order, and relax with your soul.
Recreation and entertainment in Balchik
While in the city, you can not only see its sights, but also visit other interesting excursions, among which:
- Excursion to the stone forest.
- Fishing on the sea. Such activities are organized every day. If you pay 50 levs, you can enjoy catching a catch for two or three hours.
- On the waterfront tourists are happy to buy excursions to Cape Kaliakra, a mussel farm and so on.
- Beaches. There are three beaches in the city. All of them are well equipped and clean. Perfect for couples with babies.
You can visit nearby localities, such as Sofia, where Rila Monastery and other attractions are located.
There is a possibility of a trip to Veliko Tarnovo, which is considered the old Bulgarian capital, popular and colorful.
Voyage to Albena will not take much time and little money – only 25 lev. For this amount you can see the beautiful beaches and many other beauties of Albena.
For forty levs you can make an excursion to Nessebar – the oldest European city.
Some prices in Balchik
Holidays here are not too expensive, because the rates in Balchik are moderate. So, a ticket for public transport is 31 rubles, one hour ride on a cab – 384 rubles, and waiting for a cab – 57 rubles.
Grocery prices in supermarkets: half a liter of beer – 19 rubles, red wine – 154, a liter and a half of water – 15 rubles, lettuce – 38 rubles, a kilo of potatoes – 46 rubles, tomatoes and apples – 77 rubles, cheese – 172 rubles, a pack of twelve eggs – 96 rubles, rice – 77 rubles, a loaf of bread – 36 rubles, and a liter of milk – 75 rubles.
Prices in cafes and restaurants (in rubles): 0.33 beer – 31 rubles, 0.33 water – 23, 0.33 cola – 38, cappuccino – 57, imported beer – 38, half a liter of local beer – 77 rubles. Lunch at a middle-class restaurant for two people will cost about 1918 rubles. Lunch at a budget cafe costs much less – only 384 rubles.
If you go shopping in Balchik, you should consider that, for example, leather shoes for men cost 1918 rubles, “Nike” will cost the same amount.
A tip for tourists
If you want to have a vacation and get more vivid emotions, it is worth going to Balchik in the period when the holidays start in the city. There are many interesting concerts and other events. The brightest days can be called:
- May 24 – the day of the city is celebrated;
- in June – the popular children’s music festival “Usmivkite na moroto” is held in the city;
- From June 18 to 25, a week-long international documentary film festival is held;
- In September, there are events in honor of Stefan Tzanev and Ivan Granitski (some of the brightest public figures in Bulgaria).
So Balchik is a beautifully organized, green, modern resort, which is in no hurry to give up its position as a popular holiday destination in Bulgaria. Here are created wonderful conditions for leisure, entertainment, interesting vacation. There are a lot of attractions in the city, and if even they are not enough, you can always make an excursion to one of the other resorts in the country.