Balchik is a small coastal town in Northern Bulgaria seaside, which combines the romance of its steep streets with the beauty of the sea.
For a long time it has been known as the White Town for the mainly white colour of its lime rocks. A town and seaside resort, situated terrace-like on a small bay on the Black Sea, 31 km North of Varna, 37 km south-east of Dobrich and 500 km East from Sofia.
Third in significance Bulgarian port after Varna and Bourgas, used for medium-size passenger and trade vessels.
Landmarks: Apart from the palace complex and the botanical garden, which is the biggest and most diverse on the Balkans, the town also appeals to tourists with its ancient spirit, reflected into steep pebbled streets and houses made of stone and adobe.
The palace complex consists of a central palace with a high tower, numerous buildings, a terraced park, summer houses made of stone and propped up on marvelous columns facing the sea, a throne under an old tree where Queen Maria loved to watch the sunset, and a small chapel where her heart is preserved.
There are more than 3,000 rare and exotic species of plants in the botanical garden, which has made it a part of the teaching facilities of Sofia University.
The whole complex was called Tenha Yuva (Quiet Nest).
Besides the palace and the botanical garden, the Art Gallery of the town, which houses also the town’s museum, is another interesting place to visit as well.
There is also a small ethnographic museum and a beautiful old church called St. Nikola Church.
A Renaissance complex with the old school, which is quite well preserved, can be other possible destinations of a walk.
Catering: Apart from the big restaurants in the palace, in the hotels and downtown, there are a number of small private restaurants, coastal stalls offering seafood, pizzas, spaghetti and other kinds of European cuisine. The grocer's shops are a good opportunity for practical tourists who cook for themselves.
Accommodation: The most popular hotels in the town are Dionisopolis Hotel, Balchik Hotel and Elite Hotel. One can reserve rooms at the palace as well. There are bungalows near the shore in the Tihiya Kut Resort (The Quiet Corner). There are many private lodgings offered in the town with their prices depending on the comfort and the distance to the beach or the centre. Not far from the town is the Bisser Camping offering bungalows and space for caravans to park and tents to put up.
How to reach Balchik. There is regular bus transport from/ to Sofia , Dobrich, Varna and Albena. Apart from buses, there are numerous taxis and private mini-buses, boats and water transport to other beach resorts on the Black Sea. Near Balchik.
Surrounding areas: The area of Touzlata is located 4 km east of the town and is well known for its curing mud. A spa-centre was built t here beside the two lakes, formed by old landslides. The lake bottom is covered with black hydrogen sulphide peloid It receives patients suffering from joint disorders. A large recreational complex, a lot of villas, bungalows and a camping site are built here. There is a mineral spring with water temperature of 31 °C.
Near Balchik are the two big camping sites - Sandrino Camping and Belia Bryag Camping. They offer various opportunities for rest and water sports, clubs, bars, numerous bungalows for tourists having no camping equipment, small restaurants and stalls for sea and continental food.