Cities and villages


The area's largest city with millennial history and developed tourism. It is the third largest city in the country and the largest one along the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. Because of its history, geographical and economic features, the city has earned its nickname: the Maritime Capital of Bulgaria. It is one of the most charming Bulgarian places with rich history and numerous architectural monuments, cradle of the earliest European civilization. In Varna you can see the authentic artifacts of the most ancient gold treasure in the world, dating as far back as 4400 - 4200 BC.


Dobrich is a modern industrial, agricultural and transport center of the Dobruja region, one of the ten biggest cities of Bulgaria — an important cultural, economic and administrative center in the northeastern economic region of our country. Near the town's central square stands the ethnographic complex with workshops that preserve the craft traditions from the National Revival period.


Provadia is a settlement with over 15 centuries of history. It is believed that the town was founded as a fortress and outpost of the Byzantine Empire against the invading hostile tribes from the north. The Byzantines called it Provat (passage or narrow). By the late 11th century, the Bulgarians started calling it Ovech.


Pliska was the first capital of Danubian Bulgaria between 681 and 893 AD. The major restored buildings of the first Bulgarian capital are located about 3 km north of today's town of Pliska.

Veliki Preslav

Veliki Preslav was founded more than 1,110 years ago as a fortress. In 893 it was proclaimed the capital of the Bulgarian Empire. The Palace of the Rulers, the Palace of the Bishop and later the Palace of the Patriarch were located here. Preslav was a centre of spiritual and literary life, it is associated with the Slavic literature and the Golden Age of the Bulgarians.


Shumen was founded some 3,200 years ago. Over the centuries it has been a cradle of rich cultures: Thracian, Roman, Byzantine, Bulgarian. It was one of the most dynamic centres of the Bulgarian National Revival. The present-day Shumen has a number of cultural institutes of national and regional importance and is the starting point for many historical and natural sights.


The name of the town (Byala translates as White) originates from the nearby white cliffs. Archaeological excavations around Byala have unearthed fragments of walls, pottery and coins from Roman times. The coastline is characterised by a combination of rocky shore, tiny bays, beach strips with sand dunes.


Balchik is situated on three terraces. According to the ancient Greek historian Herodotus, the town was built on a far earlier ancient settlement that dates back 6-8 millennia. Records of early Dionysopolis were stored in a stone tablet from 49 BC, which commemorates the town history from the distant antiquity. There are as many as 122 objects of immovable cultural values and monuments. Also known as the White Town, this unique place had preserved traces of our ancestors since time immemorial, where different civilizations left their cultural, ethnical and religious marks.


Kavarna was founded in the 5th century BC by Ancient Greek colonists. The town has excellent conditions for seaside tourism; the coastline stretches for 42 km. There is a little yacht port and a fishing base. You can also visit the nearby village of Kamen Bryag, Cape Kaliakra, Cape Chirakman, the Yaylata National Archeological Reserve, the Rusalka Resort. 


Shabla is famous for the oldest operating lighthouse on the Balkan Peninsula and it is a preferred destination for underwater toursim. Its surroundings are very popular with birdwatchers due to the nearby protected area of Shabla Lake.