Akra Fortress on the beach near Chernomorets

Years ago we stayed several times in the town of Chernomorets during the summer vacation. We walked in and around the town so many times, but we did not suspect that the area had more than a thousand year history. Yes, it is true, both now and for ages, the place has been in the shadow of Sozopol, former Apollonia, but the findings and bits of history discovered in the area of Chernomorets arise such a great interest.

Akra Fortress
Akra Fortress
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Wonderful rocks: an interesting rock phenomenon in Varna region

Wonderful rocks is a fascinating place in Bulgaria, located in the Varna region. It is not on the beach, but close to it. We visited the spot during one of our recent summer holidays and we liked it a lot.

Wonderful rocks
Wonderful rocks
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Boat ride along the Kamchia River

If you are spending your summer holiday on the Bulgarian Northern Black Sea coast or you have a trip to Varna and the region and want to try something different, then a boat or water bike stroll along the Kamchia River near its mouth will surely appeal to you. It was a rainy day in July 10 years ago, when I first embarked on the river. I was looking for a nice place to visit or for a little adventure near the sea. I found both along the Kamchia River.

Kamchia River: estuary
Kamchia River: estuary
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Varna known and unknown: 7 ideas for a good time away from the beach

Varna: Bulgaria’s maritime capital, the third largest city in the country, the port of Shoumen, according to a joke – all those are well-known definitions of our beautiful seaside city. In addition, this is one of my favorite Bulgarian cities. I usually spend my summer holiday on the Northern Black Sea, thus in the recent years I have not missed a year without visiting the city of Varna.

Varna, the sea and the sunset
Varna, the sea and the sunset
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White River Eco-trail – a paradise walk under the Dzhendema Reserve

The White River Eco Trail is one of the best made and stable eco trails in Bulgaria I have ever gone through. The route of the trail has the shape of the figure 8 and runs in the picturesque gorge of the White River near the town of Kalofer. The gorge resides under the famous Dzhendema Reserve in the Central Balkan National park. You can see several waterfalls along the route. The air is clean and fresh. Moving up and down the wooden bridges and stairs warms the body blood. The good mood is guaranteed.

White River Eco-trail
White River Eco-trail
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The 10 most exciting places in Bulgaria I visited in 2019

My year 2019 was especially impressive – for my first published book “52 Paths for Everyone”, and for the lots of places I visited here in Bulgaria and abroad. This is why I was quite difficult to select only 10 landmarks to include in this traditional for my blog listing.

 Mechit Peak and Kaiser Road
Mechit Peak and Kaiser Road
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Polignano a Mare: а romantic place on the Adriatic coast in Southern Italy

Polignano a Mare – I must admit, was not among our top priorities when we visited Puglia in May. We had put the town in the “just in case we have time” column. Well, I’m glad we had enough time to visit it and got a sense of its spirit. Now in retrospect, I think that we had underestimated the town, but it was so worth visiting it – because of the beautiful sea views, the small quaint beach and the curious historic center with white buildings.

Polignano a Mare: Monastic Blade Beach
Polignano a Mare: Monastic Blade Beach
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Goritsa waterfall in Rila Mountains, Bulgaria

The article is devoted to the waterfall Goritsa (means a small forest) near the village of Ovchartsi in the northern slopes of Rila Mountains. The first time we visited the waterfall was a few years ago in a quite sunny and warm Sunday in July.

Goritsa waterfall
Goritsa waterfall
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Bachkovo waterfall – one of the most beautiful and extravagant waterfalls in Bulgaria

Very close to the Bachkovo Monastery – among the most famous Bulgarian monasteries and the second largest after the Rila Monastery – there is a waterfall that throws its waters in different directions. It is Bachkovo Falls – one of the most beautiful and quaint waterfalls in Bulgaria.

Bachkovo waterfall
Bachkovo waterfall
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The colors of Bari – a sunny afternoon walk

At the beginning of May, I togehther with my friends did an exciting excursion to the heel of the Italian boot. We started with a walk in Bari and after we continued exploring almost the whole Puglia area and a bit of the Basilica. Let me share with you my impressions of Bari.

Bari: the Norman castle Svevo
Bari: the Norman castle Svevo
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