Balchik Things To Do
Few seaside towns are more idyllic than Balchik on the east coast of Bulgaria, where the Black Sea laps up against the mountains and visitors can take in history from centuries back. While you won’t have to look far to find great activities, here’s some of the best to consider.
Queen Maria Palace
Why face the crowds at Versailles when you can stroll through a palace with a lot more elbow space? The Queen Maria Palace at Balchik is like a dream, featuring beautiful gardens, pools, and waterfalls outside. The palace itself is small enough to be cozy, built for the wife of King Ferdinand as a seaside-retreat.
Bulgaria’s impressive flora are on display at the Botanical Gardens, featuring everything from cacti to the mountain pines that herald the onset of the Eurasian Steppe stretching out ten thousand miles to the east. Be forewarned that the Gardens have no accommodations for disabled persons and the hills in and around the garden are particularly steep.
Unlike some towns in eastern Europe that have chosen to stay rustic, Balchik’s buildings encompass a variety of styles and eras. Visitors who have an appreciation for architecture will be able to see buildings, shops, and houses that range from hundreds of years old to new and modern. Those without a background in architecture can still appreciate the natural beauty of the town and the mystery of what type of building could be around the very next corner on the tour.
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