From the beautiful and vibrant Sofia capital to the Varna area on the Black Sea …
… from stunning medieval towns and old orthodox monasteries to insulated small chapels …
From glacial lakes in the Balkans mountains to beautiful waterfalls…
Here is a non-exhaustive list of places to see …
Sofia is the capital and largest city of Bulgaria, located in the western part of the country at the foot of Vitosha Mountain. It is the political, economic, and cultural center of Bulgaria and has been the capital of Bulgaria since 1879 when the country gained independence from the Ottoman Empire.
The city has a rich and diverse history that dates back over 2,000 years. It has been inhabited by various civilizations, including the Thracians, Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans. This makes Sofia a very interesting playfield for tourists and travel photography lovers.
You’ll find below most of the main landmarks to see in that vibrant and dynamic city.
The Largo Complex in Sofia, Bulgaria, is a historic architectural ensemble located in the heart of the city consists of the Council of Ministers (the central point) of the complex and houses the offices of the Bulgarian government. It is characterized by its neoclassical architecture and grand façade.
The Largo Complex is an important symbol of Bulgaria’s political history, reflecting the transition from communism to democracy. This is a cool place for photography with different lights and angles
Get down below the glass dome that protects the Roman ruins for a different perspective …
The statue of Sveta Sofia
The Statue of Sveta Sofia, also known as Saint Sophia, is the city’s namesake, Saint Sophia, who is the patron saint of wisdom and learning. It is situated in the heart of Sofia, at Sveta Nedelya Square, near Largo complex, atop a tall pedestal.
The statue depicts Saint Sophia as a young woman holding a wreath of wheat, which is a symbol of prosperity and abundance. In her other hand, she holds a scroll, representing knowledge and wisdom
The Statue of Sveta Sofia was erected in 2000 as part of a project to revitalize and beautify the city center. It was created by the sculptor Georgi Chapkanov and quickly became one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks.
The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is one of the most iconic and prominent landmarks in Sofia. It is a magnificent Orthodox Christian cathedral named after Saint Alexander Nevsky, a Russian prince and military hero known for his victories over the Teutonic Knights and the Swedes in the 13th century.
The cathedral is located in the heart of Sofia, at the eastern end of Sofia’s main boulevard, Tsar Osvoboditel Boulevard, and is surrounded by the city’s central square.
The Cathedral is an architectural masterpiece and an excellent example of Neo-Byzantine architecture. It was designed by the Russian architect Alexander Pomerantsev and built between 1882 and 1912. The central dome reaches a height of 52 meters (170 feet), making it one of the tallest Orthodox cathedrals in the world.
The interior of the cathedral is equally impressive, adorned with beautiful frescoes, mosaics, and intricate decorations. It houses a rich collection of religious icons and artifacts.
The cathedral was built to commemorate the Russian soldiers and Bulgarian volunteers who died during the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878, which ultimately led to Bulgaria’s liberation from Ottoman rule.
Library of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
The Library of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS) in Sofia is a prominent academic and research library in Bulgaria. That building, opposite Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, is worth a look and a picture 😊
Lions Bridge (Lavov Most)
Lions Bridge is one of the city’s notable landmarks (especially around sunset for photographers 😊) and holds historical and architectural significance.
Lavoc Lost is situated in the central part of Sofia, spanning the Vladaya River, and features four massive bronze lion statues.
The current bridge, with its lion statues, was built in the early 20th century. The lions were added as decorative elements in 1906 by the Italian sculptor Arnoldo Zocchi.
The lion statues are symbolic and represent strength and courage. They are also emblematic of Sofia’s name, as the city’s name is believed to be derived from the Greek word “Sofia,” which means wisdom, and lions are often associated with wisdom and power.
In addition to its cultural and historical importance, Lions Bridge serves as a vital transportation link in Sofia, accommodating both vehicular and pedestrian traffic. The tramways are offering photography opportunities ….
The “Ivan Vazov” National is the oldest and most prestigious theater in Bulgaria. It is named after one of Bulgaria’s most celebrated poets and writers from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
The Theater located on “Rakovski” Street has a rich history dating back to 1904 when it was officially founded. It was built in the architectural style of Vienna’s Secessionist Movement and has since become an iconic symbol of Bulgarian culture and art.
The theater’s building is a beautiful example of architectural eclecticism, combining elements of neoclassical, baroque, and Secessionist styles. The fountains in front of it are a nice playground for travel lovers and photographers …
… regardless of if they are functioning or not 😂
Banya Bashi Mosque
The Banya Bashi Mosque is one of the few remaining active mosques in Sofia and holds cultural and architectural importance.
The mosque is known for its striking Ottoman architecture. It was built in the 16th century during the Ottoman Empire’s rule over Bulgaria. It features a large central dome, minarets, and a spacious prayer hall. The architectural style reflects the classic Ottoman architectural elements seen in many mosques of the era.
Regional History Museum Sofia
The Regional/national History Museum is showcasing Bulgaria’s rich historical heritage since its founding in 1973.
The building itself is an architectural landmark and part of the city’s cultural heritage.
The park is a popular place and a nice spot for photography around evening golden hour and twilight
National Museum of History
The National Museum of History in Sofia, Bulgaria, is dedicated to preserving and presenting Bulgaria’s diverse historical and cultural heritage. The museum complex is situated in Boyana, a picturesque suburb of Sofia. The beautiful main Exhibition Hall is on its own a reason to visit that place.
Visitors can explore exhibits related to prehistory, ancient civilizations, medieval Bulgaria, and more. The National Museum is renowned for its outstanding collection of Thracian artifacts, including the famous Panagyurishte Treasure, a stunning set of ancient Thracian gold vessels.
The Boyana Church is part of the National Museum complex and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The “Boyana Church of St. Nicholas and St. Pantaleimon” is a medieval Eastern Orthodox church located in the outskirts, about 8 kilometers from the city center. It is renowned for its stunning frescoes, which are considered some of the most important examples of Bulgarian medieval art.
The oldest section, the eastern church, dates to the late 10th century. The central church was built in the 13th century, and the western church was added in the 19th century.
To preserve the frescoes and protect them from damage, access to the central church is restricted, and visitors are allowed in small groups for a limited amount of time. Photography is not allowed -so those are quick shoots negotiated with the lady there 😢-
St George Rotunda Church
The St. George Rotunda, also known as the Church of St. George, is one of the oldest buildings in Sofia. It is believed to have been built in the early 4th century, making it one of the oldest Christian buildings in Europe. It was constructed during the Roman period when Sofia was known as Serdica.
The church is a circular building with a central dome and features a distinctive red brick exterior. Its architectural style is characteristic of early Christian and Byzantine architecture. It is now surrounded by the Sofia Balkan Palace Hotel … and the office of the Bulgarian President 😊.
The interior of the St. George Rotunda is adorned with well-preserved frescoes. The most significant frescoes are from the 10th and 11th centuries and are considered some of the finest examples of medieval Bulgarian art.
Saint Nedelya Church
Saint Nedelya Church, also known as the Holy Sunday Church or the Nativity of Christ Cathedral, is a significant Eastern Orthodox church. The original church on this site dates back to the 10th century (but was rebuilt in the early 20th century)
The church’s architectural style is primarily Neo-Byzantine.
The interior is adorned with beautiful iconography and religious artwork.
Sofia has a vibrant street art scene that has been growing in recent years. Street art can be found throughout the city, from colorful murals and graffiti to more abstract and thought-provoking pieces.
Some of the main districts to explore are Kapana (also known as “The Trap,” a trendy and artistic neighborhood ) or Zaharna Fabrika (an area around the old Sugar Factory)
Brotherly Mound Monument
The Brotherly Mound Monument, also known as the Monument to the Unknown Soldier was built to honor the Bulgarian soldiers who sacrificed their lives during World War I and World War II.
Situated in the Borisova Gradina (Boris’s Garden) area, which is one of the city’s largest and most popular parks, the monument features a central obelisk, flanked by two statues representing the soldiers who fought in the wars.
The design of the monument is typical of many war memorials built during the 20th century, with a “soviet feel” providing some photography opportunities.
Church of St Nicholas the Miracle-Maker
The Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker (St. Nicholas Russian Church) is a beautiful Eastern Orthodox church that was built in the early 20th century.
The church was originally intended to serve the needs of the Russian community in Sofia, as well as Russian diplomats and travelers.
The church is designed in the Russian Revival architectural style, which was popular during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The church’s exterior is characterized by its vibrant colors and decorative elements. It has several onion-domed towers, each topped with a cross.
National Palace of Culture (NPK)
The National Palace of Culture (NPK) is a prominent cultural and congress center that was constructed in 1981 as part of the celebrations for Bulgaria’s 1300th anniversary.
AVO Language and Examination Center
Situated on “Graf Ignatiev Street, the AVO Language and Examination Center façade is worth a photo with the trams passing in the street 😊.
Sofia Central Post Office building
The Sofia Central Post Office building is a historic and prominent post office located in the center of Sofia. It is a nice spot at night.
It was built between 1899 and 1907 1907 by Friedrich Grünanger, an Austrian architect during the time when Bulgaria was experiencing significant architectural development and modernization.
SOFIA SURROUNDINGS (RILA MOUNTAINS)
The Rila Monastery located in the Rila Mountain (2 hours south of Sofia), is one of the most significant and iconic religious and cultural landmarks in Bulgaria.
It was founded in the 10th century by the Bulgarian hermit Ivan Rilski, also known as Saint John of Rila. The monastery complex has a long and rich history, with periods of construction and renovation over the centuries.
The architectural style of the Rila Monastery is primarily Bulgarian Renaissance and Orthodox.
It features a stunning combination of white walls, black and red stripes, and multiple domes, creating a visually striking and harmonious ensemble.
The monastery is a major center of Bulgarian Orthodox Christianity and serves as a place of worship and pilgrimage for both locals and tourists. It was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.
The interior of the monastery is adorned with exquisite frescoes, which are considered some of the finest examples of Bulgarian medieval art. The frescoes depict scenes from the Bible, the lives of saints, and historical events.
This is clearly a paradise for photography 🤩, despite the many visitors 😢
The Seven Rila Lakes are a group of glacial lakes located in the Rila National Park, which is the largest national park in Bulgaria.
These lakes are known for their stunning natural beauty and are a popular destination for hikers and tourists. Weather was unfortunately really challenging during my hike, so you need to imagine the crystal-clear turquoise color of the lakes 😭
The Seven Lakes located at elevations ranging from 2,100 to 2,500 meters (6,900 to 8,200 feet) above sea level are named after their legends and shapes: The Tear, the Eye, the Kidney, the Twin, the Trefoil, the Fish Lake, the Lower Lake
The Seven Rila Lakes are surrounded by rugged mountain peaks, lush alpine meadows, and dense forests. The lakes themselves are and vary in size, shape, and depth.
Hiking to the Seven Rila Lakes is a popular activity for outdoor enthusiasts. The best way is to take the 30-minute lift up and the hike takes around 3 hours There are well-marked hiking trails that lead to the lakes, and the journey offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding mountains when the weather is clear 😢.
The Saint John Letni Chapel, built in1350 is situated 2 km from the village of Potsarnentsi, a rural or remote area one hour away from Sofia
The chapel is dedicated to Saint John of Rila (Ivan Rilski), the patron saint of Bulgaria.
Like many rural chapels in Bulgaria, the Saint John Letni Chapel serves as a place of worship and devotion for the local community. That specific one is a great sunset photography spot.
You can reach it only if you pass through the village and after that follow a dirty road. It can be reached also using an SUV or if you park at about 1km. away from the chapel and continue on foot, with 360° views.
Veliko Tarnovo, often referred to simply as Tarnovo, is one of Bulgaria’s most picturesque cities. It is located in the central part of the country, in the Balkan Mountains region, and is known for its rich history, medieval architecture, and stunning natural surroundings.
Veliko Tarnovo was the capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire during the Middle Ages, making it a center of political, cultural, and economic activity. The city played a crucial role in the history of Bulgaria.
Here are some of the main highlights:
One of the most iconic landmarks in Veliko Tarnovo is the Tsarevets Fortress, a medieval hilltop fortress that served as the seat of Bulgarian royalty during the Second Bulgarian Empire.
Tsarevets Fortress, also known as Tsarevets Hill, is one of the most prominent and well-preserved medieval fortresses in the country. The fortress is characterized by stone walls, towers, gates, and defensive structures.
The fortress is situated on a hill overlooking the city of Veliko Tarnovo and the Yantra River. Its strategic location provided natural defenses and a commanding view of the surrounding area.
Much of Tsarevets Fortress was destroyed during the Ottoman conquest of Veliko Tarnovo in 1393. In the 20th century, archaeological excavations were carried out at Tsarevets Fortress. In recent years, efforts have been made to restore the fortress
The most notable building within the fortress is the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Holy Ascension of God, which was the religious and spiritual heart of the Second Bulgarian Empire. It was the place of coronation for several Bulgarian tsars.
As part of the restauration modern frescoes were made part of a revitalization project aimed at bringing new life and vibrancy to the historic site.
The modern frescoes typically feature contemporary interpretations of religious themes, as well as depictions of significant events and figures from Bulgarian history and culture. They are created by skilled artists who combine traditional fresco techniques with contemporary artistic styles.
The combination of ancient architecture with modern art provides a unique experience for those who visit the cathedral, allowing them to appreciate both its historical significance and its relevance in today’s cultural context.
Cathedral Rozhdestvo Bogorodichno
The Cathedral of the Nativity of the Theotokos, often referred to simply as the Nativity Cathedral (Rozhdestvo Bogorodichno) is one of the main landmarks of the city. You can get beautiful evening views from the Tsarevets Fortress …
You can also find hotels in the old city with a view over the fortress and the cathedral for amazing photography opportunities at twilight and sunrise.
Monument of the Assen Dynasty
The Monument of the Assen Dynasty, also known as the Assen Monument, is a historically prominent symbol of Bulgaria’s medieval history. The Assen Dynasty played a crucial role in the history of the Second Bulgarian Empire during the late 12th and early 13th centuries.
The monument consists of statues of prominent members of the dynasty, including Tsar Ivan Asen II, surrounded by other historical figures, horsemen, and symbolic elements.
The Monument of the Assen Dynasty offers as well great views over the old medieval town.
Veliko Tarnovo’s Old Town
Veliko Tarnovo’s Old Town is a charming historic district that preserves the city’s rich heritage and offers visitors a glimpse into Bulgaria’s medieval past.
The Old Town is known for its narrow, winding cobblestone streets that meander through the district. Many of the buildings feature wooden balconies, overhanging eaves, and intricate facades.
Exploring (up and down 😢) the old town is nice, including the Samovodska Charshia historic artisan district.
BALKANS MOUNTAINS CENTRAL REGION
Heading south from Tarnovo city, there is a lot to explore in that Balkans mountains area. Here are some of the main spots, from north to south.
Sokol Monastery “Assumption of the Virgin”
The Sokolski Monastery, officially known as the “Assumption of the Holy Virgin Monastery,” is a Bulgarian Orthodox monastery located near the town of Gabrovo, in the foothills of the Balkan Mountains.
The monastery was founded during the 1830s by a Bulgarian monk named Yosif Sokolski. It is dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, a common theme for Bulgarian Orthodox monasteries.
The Monastery is renowned for its architectural beauty. The church, in particular, features intricate frescoes, wood carvings, and religious icons that are well-preserved and admired by visitors.
The Sokolski Monastery is surrounded by pristine natural beauty, making it a peaceful and spiritual retreat. The lush forests and clean mountain air contribute to the monastery’s tranquil atmosphere.
The Buzludzha Monument (or Memorial House) is a striking and iconic abandoned building located on Buzludzha Peak in the Balkan Mountain.
It was constructed during the seventies in the period of communist rule in Bulgaria.
The building’s design is an impressive combination of socialist-realist and brutalist architectural styles. It features a saucer-shaped main structure with a large red star at its center, which is a common symbol of communism.
Following the fall of communism in 1989, the Monument was abandoned and has been left in a state of neglect and decay for many years, with its interior stripped of valuable materials and artifacts. (now it is impossible to get inside -closed and strongly locked-, despite posts on the web) The exterior of the monument has become a canvas for graffiti artists, adding to its unique and surreal appearance.
The Torches of Buzludzha
The Socialist Monument “The Torches” is another prominent monument located on Buzludzha Peak near the Buzludzha Monument. `Officially known as the “Monument to the Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship,” is also associated with Bulgaria’s communist past and was constructed during the same era.
It was dedicated to commemorating the supposed strong friendship between Bulgaria and the Soviet Union during the communist period. The design is symbolic of the ideology of communism and the idea of progress and ideological “light 😢.”
Like the Buzludzha Monument, “The Torches” fell into disrepair and neglect after the fall of communism in Bulgaria in 1989.
Monument of Freedom, Saint Nicholas Peak
The Monument of Freedom is situated on St. Nicholas Peak, one of the highest peaks in the Rila Mountains (part of the larger Balkan Mountain range). This is 30 min drive (small road) from Buzludzha, and a few steps up 😊.
Also known as the St. Nicholas Chapel, the monument is associated with Bulgaria’s quest for independence from Ottoman rule and stands as a symbol of national pride.
The monument consists of a small chapel and a 12-meter-high stone tower, both constructed on top of St. Nicholas Peak. The tower is the most distinctive feature and is shaped like a slender obelisk with a spire at the top.
There is a s well a small memorial down the road below.
Shipka Memorial Church
The Shipka Memorial Church, also known as the Shipka Monastery, is a Bulgarian Orthodox church located near the town of Shipka, on the Shipka Pass in the Balkan Mountains, which played a crucial role during the Russo-Turkish War.
It is a significant historical and religious monument that commemorates the Russian and Bulgarian soldiers who died during the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878 and the subsequent liberation of Bulgaria from Ottoman rule. The Shipka Memorial Church is designed in the Russian Revival architectural style, which is characterized by its onion domes and intricate decorative elements.
The church’s exterior features five distinctive golden domes and white walls adorned with murals and mosaics.
The interior of the church is richly decorated with beautiful frescoes painted by prominent Bulgarian and Russian artists.
These frescoes depict scenes from the Russo-Turkish War and important moments in Bulgarian history. The church’s iconostasis is also a remarkable piece of craftsmanship.
Asen’s Fortress, also known as Asenova Krepost or Petrich Fortress, is a medieval fortress located in the Rhodope Mountains of southern Bulgaria, about 20 kilometers from the city of Plovdiv.
The fortress dates back to the 11th century when it was constructed during the Byzantine Empire. It played a significant role in the defense of the region. Later, during the Second Bulgarian Empire, it was expanded and strengthened under the rule of Tsar Ivan Asen II in the 13th century.
The fortress is strategically positioned on a rocky hilltop, offering excellent natural defenses. It is set amidst beautiful natural surroundings in the Rhodope Mountains.
The Bachkovo Monastery, also known as Bachkovo Monastery of the Dormition of the Theotokos is one of the best-preserved monasteries in Bulgaria.
The monastery is located in the Rhodope Mountains, approximately 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) south of the city of Plovdiv.
The complex includes a refectory with well-preserved frescoes and a wooden iconostasis.
It was founded in 1083 by the Georgian military commander Grigorii Bakuriani, also known as Father Gregory, during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Alexios I Komnenos.
The main church of the Bachkovo Monastery is the Church of the Dormition (Uspenie Bogorodichno).
The site, renowned for its beautiful frescoes, is really amazing.
The Sitovo Waterfall, also known as “Sitovski Vodopad” in Bulgarian, is a relatively small yet picturesque waterfall located in the region of Sredna Gora.
It is near the village of Sitovo, in close proximity to the town of Pirdop.
This is not the most obvious spot to find so as I’m a good boy (kind of), here are the GPS coordinates: 41.95051, 24.6092
The Small Stone Bridge and the rive make that place a nice photography stop on the way toward more known tourist destinations like Bachkovo Monastery or Asen’s Fortress
The Varna Region, in the northeastern part of the country along the Black Sea coast, is known for its diverse natural landscapes, rich history, and vibrant cultural scene. From the vibrant city of Varna to the Black Sea coastline, as well as many archeological sites and natural wonders, there is a lot to see and photograph in that part of Bulgaria!
Varna Historical Center
Independence Square – Fountain Nezavisimost
Independence Square is a pedestrian-friendly area with benches and greenery, making it a pleasant place for people to relax and enjoy the surroundings.
The “Fountain Nezavisimost” features water jets and colorful lighting, which make it a beautiful sight, especially in the evenings.
The fountain is also holding symbolic significance for the city of Varna and Bulgaria as a whole. It represents the nation’s spirit of independence and freedom, which is commemorated in Independence Square.
The Varna Opera is situated in the heart of Varna, on the side of Independence Square. The building is an architectural masterpiece, with a beautiful neoclassical design with ornate decorations.
Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral
The Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral, also known as the Assumption Cathedral, has a rich history dating back to the late 19th century.
The cathedral is known for its impressive Neo-Byzantine architectural style. It is an important religious site for Orthodox Christians. It is dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, a significant event in Christian theology.
Inside the cathedral, visitors can admire the stunning iconostasis, which separates the sanctuary from the nave, and amazing frescoes.
The cathedral is also a great sunset/twilight spot 🤩
Monument of the Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship
The Monument of the Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship was erected during the period when Bulgaria was under communist rule and part of the Soviet Union. The monument features a distinctive and imposing design typical of many communist-era monuments.
With the fall of communism in Bulgaria in 1989 and the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, this is now a ruin but still worth a visit as one of those surreal places 😊
You can find there some people that seem to still be in the soviet spirit 😂
Varna Harbor, also known as Varna Port, is one of the largest and busiest ports in Bulgaria and the entire Black Sea region.
The harbor serves as a primary gateway for imports and exports to and from Bulgaria and its neighboring countries.
It is also a nice sunset playground for photographers….
Varna Amusement Park
Yes, an amusement park can be an amazing playground for travel photography as well, especially around sunset and twilight ….
The Varna amusement Park is situated next to the harbor and features a variety of amusement rides like carousels, bumper cars, and Ferris wheels.
The park is a popular destination for families with children. … and photographers that like colorful long exposure shots 😂
Golden Sands, also known as Zlatni Pyasatsi, is a popular seaside resort town located on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast 20 minutes north of Varna.
The main attraction of Golden Sands is its long, sandy beach that stretches for about 3.5 kilometers along the Black Sea.
Golden Sands is home to a wide range of hotels, resorts, and accommodations to suit various budgets and preferences. You can even find the Eiffel Tower there 😢…
Ovech Fortress, also known as Provadia Fortress, is It is one of the most significant archaeological and historical landmarks in the region, 45 minutes west of Varna.
The Fortress, situated atop a limestone plateau overlooking the town of Provadia, dates back to ancient times, with evidence of human habitation on the site dating as far back as the Bronze Age. It was later used by the Thracians the Romans and, during the medieval period, by the Byzantines and Bulgarians.
The fortress consists of a series of defensive walls, towers, and gates. It played a crucial role in the defense of the region throughout its history, guarded trade routes, and provided protection against potential invaders. Today, only invaders are tourists as this is a great sunset/twilight spot.
Pobitite Kamani stone forest
Pobiti Kamani, also known as the “Stone Forest” or “The Stone Desert,” is a remarkable natural phenomenon located 20 minutes west of Varna.
Pobiti Kamani is a unique natural rock formation characterized by upright stone columns that resemble trees or petrified forests. These stone columns are composed of sandstone and limestone.
This geological phenomenon is estimated to be around 50 million years old. The origin of the stone columns is believed to be the result of the erosion of ancient sea sediments, which formed concretions over millions of years.
The stone columns vary in height, some reaching up to 7 meters (23 feet), and they are scattered across an area of approximately 70 square kilometers (27 square miles).
The columns have unique shapes and sizes, creating a surreal and otherworldly landscape.
Pobiti Kamani has been the subject of numerous legends and myths throughout Bulgarian history. Local folklore often attributes the formation of these stone columns to mythical events and creatures.
Cape Kaliakra is situated in the Dobrich Province 80 km northeast of Varna. It extends about 2 kilometers into the Black Sea and rises to a height of approximately 70 meters above sea level.
It has been inhabited by various civilizations over the centuries. It is now a popular sunrise spot with the ruins of the medieval Kaliakra Fortress and a small Chapel, often referred to as the “Chapel of St. Nicholas,”
You can find an archer statue as well nearby.
Within the boundaries of the Kaliakra Nature Reserve, Bolata Bay is surrounded by rocky cliffs covered in lush greenery, and its waters are crystal clear, making it a popular spot.
Bolata Bay is a hidden gem on Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast and a great morning golden hours photography spot on the eastern side of the beach.
On the other side, the beach offers nice twilight photography opportunities.
Nota, ether is a high-up spot near the lighthouse above the cliffs for a better perspective but in the dark, I missed the small road turn 😢
Tyulenovo Arch & Shabla Lighthouse
If you are around Cape Kaliakra and Bolata Bay, you can eventually continue north for 25 km to see the Tyulenovo Arch. The Tyulenovo Arch is formed from limestone rock and has been sculpted by the action of wind, water, and waves.
The archway allows the sea to flow through it, creating a picturesque and dramatic seascape.
You can also have a look at the nearby Cape Shabla Lighthouse. It has a rich history, dating back to its construction in 1856 during the Ottoman Empire period to increase the safety of maritime navigation along the Black Sea coast.
Lake Varna (Varnensko ezero) is a large lagoon situated to the west of the city of Varna, with a surface area of approximately 43 square kilometers (around 17 square miles).
It is part of the Varna Bay complex, which includes several smaller lagoons and bodies of water.
Varna Lake is a brackish water lagoon, meaning it contains a mix of freshwater and saltwater.
Some of the piers and fishing huts on the south bank can be a nice photography playground for sunrise.
Note easy to find those so the GPS point is 43.18531 27.83942 😊.
So, I hope this article will engage you to visit the many wonders of Bulgaria!!