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

Tutrakan (Bulgaria)

Tutrakan (Bulgarian: Тутракан, Romanian: Turtucaia) is a town in northeastern Bulgaria, part of Silistra Province. It is situated on the right bank of the Danube opposite the Romanian town of Olteniţa in the very west of Southern Dobruja, 58 km east of Rousse and 62 km west of Silistra.

The town was founded by the Ancient Romans in the end of the first half of the 1st century under the name Transmarisca. The settlement was part of the Roman military boundary in the 1st and 3rd century and reached its apogee in the 4th century, when, under the personal management of Diocletian, it was made one of the largest strongholds of the Danubian limes.

The ancient town and fortress were destroyed in the beginning of the 7th century and the modern town carrying its present name emerged in the end of the century, remaining a military centre through the Middle Ages as part of the Bulgarian Empire, which was conquered by the Ottomans in the late 14th century.

Tutrakan was liberated from Ottoman rule during the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78 by Russians to become part of the Kingdom of Bulgaria. After the Second Balkan War, it was incorporated, along with all of Southern Dobruja, in Romania until 1940, when the pre-World War II Treaty of Craiova returned the territory to Bulgaria.

During World War I, the town, then part of Romania, was the site of the important Battle of Tutrakan during which Central Powers forces defeated decisively the Romanian Army.

Source: Wikipedia

A shower panel

A shower panel

Derrick (elevator) on the Danube shore

Derrick (elevator) on the Danube shore

Orthodox Church

Orthodox Church

TV Tower

Tutrakan TV Tower (Build: 1979, Height: 98 m "322 ft")

The pontoon

The pontoon

The Danube (Dunav in Bulgarian)

The Danube (Dunav in Bulgarian)