Durankulak lake

From Varna: Northern Black Sea Coast Day Tour

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What You'll Do
  • Visit the archaeological site and nature reserve of Yaylata
  • See the rock formations at the village of Tuylenovo
  • Explore the oldest lighthouse in Bulgaria - the Shabla lighthouse
Discover the northernmost part of the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, from Varna, on this one-day tour by car.
What to Expect
The tour starts at 8:00 from your accommodation in Varna. The first stop will be the archaeological site and nature reserve of Yaylata, located about 1 km south of Kamen Bryag. Rarely seen natural beauty reigns here, combined with multiple remains of ancient civilizations and mysteries of the past. Here visitors can see prehistoric cave residences, Thracian tombs, ancient cellars, a sanctuary, altar stones, necropolises, a fortified wall, semi-obliterated inscriptions, stone icons and crosses engraved along the cave walls.

The next place you will visit is the picturesque village of Tuylenovo. There is a fishing harbour and a small beach. Dolphins can be seen from the coast and they usually come nearer to the land in the early morning or late afternoon. The caves in the cliffs were used as dwellings, and nowadays backpackers set up camp inside for free accommodation.

Continue your tour to Shabla lighthouse, the oldest on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, located at the country’s easternmost point, Cape Shabla. Take a short walk around, enjoying the fishing village of Karia and the abandoned. Have lunch at a local fish restaurant here.

After lunch continue to the town of Shabla with a short stop at the Green Center in the town. It is located in the culturally important municipal building known as the "Old School" or "pension". The massive stone building dates from the early 20th century and is distinguished by its monumental architecture and high aesthetic value. The center has permanent exhibitions representing the biodiversity and cultural heritage of the area.

Continue northwards along the sea coast, enjoying the wonderful seascapes and sand dunes. Soon you will reach the Shabla Lake complex - two lakes occupying former riverbeds and a lagoon, separated from the Black Sea by a wide sandbar. This is one of  the best-preserved coastal wetlands in Bulgaria with international importance.

The last stop will be the Durankulak Lake - a freshwater lake, separated from the Black Sea by sand dunes and a beach strip. As the habitat of 260 rare and endangered species, the lake is one of the most important and well-preserved coastal wetlands in Bulgaria. 

The lake is also an archaeologically important area. The island inside the lake features a 1300–1200 BC fortified settlement, a Hellenistic rock-hewn cave sanctuary of Cybele (3rd century BC) and a Bulgar settlement from the 9th-10th century AD. Because of its age and importance, the archaeological complex has been dubbed the "Bulgarian Troy".
What's Included
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Entrance fees
  • Services of a professionally qualified tour guide
  • Transportation by A/C vehicle
  • Fuel and parking expenses
  • Pick-up and drop off from your hotel/accommodation
  • Glass of wine/cup of coffee
What's Not Included
  • Lunch expenses
  • Any personal expenses

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