Cape Kaliakra - Balchik
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.
08:00 AM Departure from Sunny beach Hotels 10:30 AM Panoramic travel to Balchik. Cape Kaliakra. Visit to a visit to the Botanical Garden and the summer Palace of the Romanian Queen Mary. Winetasting. Lunch and free time. 14:00 PM Departure 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.
Includes: A/C transportation, Botanical garden, winetasting, lunch, entrance fees, medical insurance, tour quiding
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.