Balchik (Bulgaria)

Balchik (Bulgarian: Балчик; Turkish: Balçık; Greek: Κρουνοι, Krounoi, Διονυσοπολις, Dionysopolis; Romanian: Balcic) is a Black Sea coastal town and seaside resort in the Southern Dobruja area of northeastern Bulgaria. It is located in Dobrich Oblast and is 42 km northeast of Varna.

The town sprawls scenically along hilly terraces descending from the Dobruja plateau to the sea. The ancient Greek colony of Krounoi in Moesia (also known as Dionysopolis, after Dionysus), later a Greek-Byzantine fortress, stood on the site of an older Thracian settlement.

Under the Ottoman Empire, the town came to be known with its present name, which perhaps derived from a Gagauz word meaning „small town” (as opposed to the „large town” of Varna). Another opinion is that its actual name derived from Balik’s name.

After the liberation of Bulgaria, Balchik developed as centre of a rich agricultural region, wheat-exporting port, and district (okoliya) town, and later, as a major tourist destination with the beachfront resort of Albena to its south.

The ethnic composition gradually changed from mostly Gagauz and Tatar/Turkish to predominantly Bulgarian. However, the town retains a sizable Turkish minority, and a Ottoman mosque remains to serve the Muslim minority.

Between 1913-1916 and 1919-1940, Balchik was part of Romania.

During Romania’s administration, the Balchik Palace was the favourite summer residence of Queen Marie of Romania and her immediate family.

The town is the site of Marie’s Oriental villa, the place where her heart was kept, in accordance with her last wishes, until 1940 (when the Treaty of Craiova awarded the region back to Bulgaria).

It was then moved to Romania. Today, the Balchik Palace and the adjacent Balchik Botanical Garden are the town’s most popular landmarks. Currently, three 18-hole golf courses are being developed around town, two designed by Gary Player and one by Ian Woosnam.

Source: Wikipedia

The hill near Black Sea

The hill near Black Sea

Information centre

Information centre

The National Union Attack (Bulgarian: Национален съюз Атака, Natsionalen Sǎyuz Ataka). Bulgarian nationalist party

The National Union Attack (Bulgarian: Национален съюз Атака, Natsionalen Sǎyuz Ataka). Bulgarian nationalist party

"Swimming forbidden" SHARKS !!!  (joke) :P

"Swimming forbidden" SHARKS !!! (joke)😛

Beautiful photo from pontoon over the hills

Beautiful photo from pontoon over the hills

Vegetation

Vegetation

Bulgarian flag

Bulgarian flag

Sea gull

Sea gull

A small panorama of the beach from the pontoon

A small panorama of the beach from the pontoon

Ships near to the pontoon

Ships near to the pontoon

A view of the pontoon

A view of the pontoon

Another view of the hills...

Another view of the hills...

The beach

The beach

Another photo with the beach

Another photo with the beach

Just Black Sea...

Just Black Sea...

Crapy algae

Crapy algae

A small tent with food and drinks

A small tent with food and drinks

A small mosque in the town

A small mosque in the town

A street near to the center

A street near to the center

A small street to the Germanos shop

A small street to the Germanos shop

Some communist blocks in the center

Some communist blocks in the center

A small shop

A small shop

Nice house on the hill

Nice house on the hill

Orthodox Church "Saint George"

Orthodox Church "Saint George"

At the complex

At the complex

Near to the center

Near to the center

On the hill

On the hill

Some gypsy houses

Some gypsy houses

The same old houses (mostly of them are renovated)

The same old houses (mostly of them are renovated)

A gypsy party (Čoček music style)

A gypsy party (Čoček music style)

Beautiful panorama over the hill

Beautiful panorama over the hill

A small street

A small street

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