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Aerial view of Balchik

Balchik (Bulgarian: Балчик, Romanian: Balcic) is a town on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria.


Balchik is mainly visited by Eastern Europeans on holiday from countries such as Romania, Russia, Moldova and also Bulgarians themselves. Here is the Balchik Castle, the Queen Mary of Romania's favorite summer residence, surrounded by a uniquely famous botanical garden in Central and Eastern Europe, especially due to the cactus collection.

Get in[edit]

National Road 9 Burgas - Varna - Constanța (Romania) is trepeassing Balchik.

By bus[edit]

There are numerous bus service to Balchik from all around Bulgaria during summer. Bus services also run from Romania to Balchik.

By plane[edit]

The nearest airports are Varna (VAR IATA) 53 km (33 mi) away and Constanța (CND IATA) 140 km (87 mi) away.

By thumb[edit]

It is possible to hitch a ride from Golden Sands, probably faster than a bus which might never stop for you. From Varna first take a bus out of town.

Get around[edit]

Map of Balchik


  • 1 Botanical Garden (about 2 km south of the center). This is the largest botanical garden in the Balkans. Of considerable interest is a large collection of cacti (250 species; only Monaco has a larger collection in Europe) and a rose alley, with 50 species of this beautiful plant. Botanical garden, Balchik (Q12273822) on Wikidata
  • 2 Palace of Queen Mary (The Quiet Nest) (in the botanical garden). The palace was built in 1926, when Balchik was part of Romania, for Queen Mary of Edinburgh (Queen Victoria's granddaughter and grandmother of King Michael of Romania). The palace complex includes ten villas, including a royal one, built in the oriental style. On the ground floor of the royal villa there is an art gallery and a souvenir shop, the second floor is available for inspection. In addition, there are a church, several gardens and a bridge. Balchik Palace (Q3334309) on Wikidata Balchik Palace on Wikipedia
  • 3 Temple of Cybele. The temple was built in 280-260 BC, in honor of Cybele, the Phrygian goddess of fertility, the mother of the Pontus gods. In the 300s AD, a strong landslide completely covered the temple, which was discovered only in 2007. It's considered to be the only well-preserved Cybele temple in the world. Temple of Cybele, Balchik (Q85805559) on Wikidata Temple of Cybele, Balchik on Wikipedia
  • 4 Church of St. Nicholas. This church, with its separate belltower, is considered an object of cultural heritage of Bulgaria and one of the main tourist objects of Balchik. It was built in 1848, then destroyed and restored only in 1866 by George Denyuv. The church used to be a functioning school; now the building is a museum. Not far from the church, there is a memorial plaque in memory of the Bulgarian revolutionary Kalchev. Saint Nicholas Church (Q12293222) on Wikidata
  • 5 Church of St. George. It was erected in 1897. A typical Bulgarian church is a three-nave building with a pentagonal apse. The highlights are the episcopal seat and the carved iconostasis created by the famous Avramov masters. Saint George Church (Q66805239) on Wikidata
  • Church of St. Constantine and Helena. The Greek Orthodox Church, built in 1894.


  • 1 Tuzlata Mud Baths (A few km east of Balchik). M-Su 09:00-15:30. Similar procedure as the Dead Sea—the water is salty but not salty enough to properly float. The place includes showers, change rooms and a nice rest area with benches. Men and women go separate.
    You can also access the pools from their southern side walking along the beach, but there are no showers and going to the sea might proof difficult—you might just dry yourself regularly with a towel though.
    There are two restaurant or so just north of the pools.
    6/3 лв.
  • 2 Sulphur spring. Pseudo warm, sulphuric water coming out of a pipe. Good for taking a shower.





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Routes through Balchik
DurankulakKamen Bryag  N  S  VarnaBurgas

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