Balchik - Cape Kaliakra - The Stone Forest
08:00 AM Departure from Sunny beach 11:00 AM Arrival in Balchik. Visit summer Palace of the Romanian Queen Mary, known as "The Quiet Nest". The complex includes a water mill, a winery and the tiny Chapel of Sveta Bogoroditsa. There is a curious collection of local archaeological finds, including Roman pottery and mammoth bones. Taste some great wines from the wine cellar of the Palace. Spend a few pleasant hours walking around the Bothanical Gardens. The garden has many types of trees, flowers and other vegetation. Amazing views above the Black sea. 13:00 PM Lunch Panoramic travel to Cape Kaliakra. Enjoy the picturesque cape Kaliakra with the remains of a Medieval fortress. The rich history and the amazing views make Cape Kaliakra one of the most attractive tourist spots in Bulgaria. 15:00 PM Visit Bulgarian phenomenon Stone Forest, which, with its uniqueness the one and only in the world. The stone columns existing since 50 million years ago are more than 300, with a height of 3-7 meters, forming a beautiful and unique groups, looks like people, animals, waterfalls, mythical creatures are otherworldly spectacle-proudly stone silhouettes. The Stone Forest is of global importance. It is a particular energy zone to man-clearing human aura of negative emotions and reloads it with positive feelings.
Includes: A/C transportation, lunch, entrance fees, medical insurance, tour guding
History of Cape Kaliakra is one of the most beautiful and historic Capes in Europe. The fortress was successively used by Tracians, Romans, Byzantines and Bulgarians. The cape`s lands was inhabited by Thracian tribe, called Tirisis. That`s why first name of the cape was Tirisis. The cape fortified line was built by Thracians. The fortress consisted of two parts: inner and outer town. The first wall protected the town from the direction of the land. Its remains now stand 2 metres high and 440 metres long. The remains of many buildings were discovered in tthe outer town. A large building from the 4th century AD bath has been preserved to this day and can be found there. There is almost completely preserved vaulted mason tomb from the same period. Several medieval churches were discovered as well.
Kaliakra is a nature and archaeological reserve. The cape was declared a protected area in 1941. The region is important for birds migrations because Via pontica, the second biggest migratory route in Europe, passes through it. Every autumn thousands of birds fly through the cape reserve. This includes more than 29 000 storks, pelicans, and cranes, as well as over 3000 birds of pray, including the globally endangered Pallid Harrier, Saker Falcon and Eastern Imperial Eagle. Dolphins can be spotted in the sea around the cape.
Legends of Cape Kaliakra: According to legends, 40 Bulgarian girls who chose to jump from the high cape into the sea but not to be captured and converted to Islam by the Turks. An obelisk dedicated to this legend is placed at the entrance to the cape, called The Gate of the 40 Maidens.
Another legend tells the story of St.Nicholas, who was running away from the Turks when God made the earth under him longer and longer so he could escape, and the cape was formed this way. The saint was eventually captured and a chapel was built in 1993, symbolizing his grave.
A third legend is about King Lysimachis, a successor of Alexander the Great, who seized the royal treasure and escaped to Kaliakra, dying in a major storm along with his whole fleet. Today there are quite many remains of those ancient settlements, which can be seen exhibited in a small museum.