Balchik is a resort town located in the northeastern part of the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. It is arranged in tiers on an ancient geological fault. West of it is a resort area with holiday homes and pretty villas. The impressive terrace-like location of Balchik over the picturesque bay; the snowy-white rises, shaped by time and the winds, which encircle it; the steep white hills and breakneck cliffs give it an exotic appearance and determine its name - the White toWn. The old houses and the Cobblestone streets are the "trademark", the emblem of Balchik. The romantic little streets, bathed in greenery, rushing headlong to the sea - all of this fairytale setting of stone, sun, sea foam and flowers creates the unique atmosphere of this oasis of peace. The temples are the landmarks of the White town. Their belltowers can be seen from everywhere. Museums, temples and cultural monuments formanentire complex. Balchik offers extensive accommodation in three- and fourstar hotels, small family hotels, holiday homes, villas, guest houses and private homes. Most of them can be found along the promenade, in the country houses around the town, in the downtown area and in the vicinity of the Palace and the Botanical garden.
The cultural center"The palace" is the pearl of the White town. "The palace" - the one-time summer residence of Maria, Queen of Romania, in Balchik . The year was 1924. The Queen of Romania - Maria Alexandrina Victoria of Edinburgh fell in love at first sight with the little handful of Bulgarian land on the Black Sea Coast. The place where "The palace" was built was hidden between the White cliffs of Balchik and the sea- a true piece of heaven. In this place, in peace and Solitude, the queen spent her best moments. The age-old trees, the wildflowers, the springs and the birds, even the silentold Watermills and the dried-up stone drinking fountains fascinated the first lady of Romania and she asked that after her death her heart be buried and remain hereforever.
THE UNIVERSITY BOTANICAL GARDEN
In the garden, established in 1955, around 3,000 plant Species from all Over the World grow on a territory of 65 decares. One of the largest attractions is the collection of large cacti, the second of its kind in Europe after the one in Monaco. Here you can see some exotic plants such as Magnolia grandiflora, Japanese Raisin Tree (Hovenia dulcis), the Ancient gingko, the Metasequoia glyptostroboides and be surrounded by the rich hues of the flower beds and the blooming shrubs and trees.
The Balchik promenade is the greatest tourist attraction of the town. This popular area for Walks Curves around the blue eye of the bay of Balchik and is dotted with numerous restaurants, villas, hotels and beaches. The star-studded hotels offer full packages of the latest tourist services, restaurants and bars, modern conveniences and comforts, peace and entertainment.
Balchik's yachtmarina is one of the most well-appointed ports in the country. It was designed by the world-famous French company PORALU MARINE and offers excellent conditions for marine tourism and sports. Many yachts and tourist boats spend the summer here, offering various entertainment packages. The most Common and most popular are the day and night trips around the bay, as well as the yacht picnics and fishing trips. The yacht port in Balchik is a popular venue for many annual Bulgarian and international regattas.
Golf tourism is the latest type of tourism being developed around Balchik. Already 2 golf Courses have been built in the vicinity of the town. "Black Sea Rama" is the first of its kind championship golf Course in Bulgaria. It has 18 holes on an area of 650 decares, and on the remaining land have been built 2 holiday villages, numerous sports facilities, Swimming pools. "The Lighthouse Golf Resort" Complex is also an 18-hole Course, a training ground, horse riding School, Spa and shopping Center, luxurious villas and a hotel Complex.
Village tourism is winning over a growing number of the traditional visitors to the Balchik area. The villages of Obrochishte, Sokolovo, Rogachevo and Bezvoditsa offer an unforgettable experience with the unique atmosphere of the old village houses and yards, the authentic folklore and the traditional hospitality of the people of Dobrudzha. The "Sokolovo" Ethnographic Complex is a haven of Bulgarian traditions and demonstrates to tourists 15 unique Crafts.
"The teke" Muslim monastery near the village of Obrochishte is a religious cult monument erected probably in the 16th century. It consists of two heptagonal twin buildings with varying heights: tyurbe/mausoleum/ and imaret/monastery kitchen/. The tyurbe is decorated with Eastern and Baroque Ornaments. Inside is the tomb Of the Muslim Saint Ak Yazali Baba. The ruins of the imaret indicate that pilgrims used to stay here and Warm themselves on the enormous fireplace with the tall heptagonal chimney. "The teke" is revered by Christians as well. The two religions forget their differences at the traditional joint fair here. Today the magnetism of the place attracts thousands of guests of the municipality and Albena resort complex.
A depository of artifacts discovered in Balchik and its vicinity, from the establishment of the town in the 6th century B.C. until 1940. The exhibition includes Ceramic and glass objects, a Coin Collection, and documents and photos tracing the dynamic public, political and economic life of Balchik after the Liberation in 1878.
The ethnographic museum is housed in the beautifully restored home of a Balchik grain merchant and preserves the cozy atmosphere of the village and town-styled guest parlors from the late 19th century. On two floors, authentic artifacts illustrate: the development of the crafts - cartwright's trade, smithy, carpentry, cooperage; the traditions and lifestyle of Balchik citizens.
MUTUAL EDUCATION SCHOOL
The Renaissance complex includes the Mutual education School and the "St. Nicola" Church. The School exhibits the interiors of a classroom and teacher's room from mid-19th century. Of particular interest are the original examples of edged Weapons and firearms and other exhibits dating back to the Renaissance period.
The art gallery in Balchik is housed in a building dating back to the early 20th century. The standing exhibition consists of Works by Bulgarian artists - classical and modern Bulgarian art, and its four hall annually host exhibitions by local and international artists. A Center of international plain airs and festivals, the gallery Collaborates with foreign cultural institutes and embassies.
TEMPLE OF KIBELA
One of the most fascinating places of interest in Balchik is the recently discovered (2007) temple of the goddess Kibela, which is the only known temple of the goddess in the eastern part of the Balkan peninsula and the best preserved Hellenistic temple in Bulgaria. The temple was presumably built in the period 280–260 B.C. and was operational until the late 4th century A.D. The antique building is preserved, Complete with its interior. The following was discovered inside: - about 20 marble statues and inscriptions (epigraphic monuments); - Over 200 coins; - earthenware lamps, - bone needles, etc. The artifacts may be viewed at the Town Historic museum.
“THE ASCENSION OF OUR LADY" CHAPEL
The chapel was built in 1926. It is in the Botanical Garden of the Palace in Balchik. The murals were painted by Romanian artists, and the chancel Screen came from Greece.
“ST. GEORGE" TEMPLE
St. George" Church was built in 1897. The temple has with a nave and two aisles with a cupola. Rather than with columns, the nave is separated with two rows of four rectangular poles each, the middle one supporting the high drum of the dome. The main entrance is from the West, there are two small doors on the South Wall.
"ST. KONSTANTIN AND HELENA” CHURCH
The church St. Konstantin and Helena" - Balchik was built in 1894. It does not contain any valuable art; its also a basilica with a nave and two aisles, with the typical semi-cylindrical ceiling. It no longer functions as a place of Worship. Due to its good acoustics, the St. Konstantin and Helena" church regularly hosts church music concerts and festivals.
"ST. REVEREND PARASKEVA-PETKA OF TARNOVO" TEMPLE
The construction of the St. Reverend Paraskeva-Petka of Tarnovo" Temple - Balchik was begun in 1936 by the Romanian authorities and continued until 1938. The temple was built of stone with mortar, with the bell tower and the dome built of concrete, which was later covered with copperleaf, and the drainpipes are made of copper-covered iron sheet. The central part of the roof is covered with roof tiles.