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"Wellness" Programmes – Shkorpilovtsi Village, Dolni Chiflik Municipality

Shkorpilovtsi is a resort village in Northeastern Bulgaria, Dolni Chiflik Municipality. The village houses numerous hotels and rest homes. There are restaurants, bars, an open-air cinema, surf and kite schools. The nature around the village is unique in its diversity and is distanced from other resorts and settlements. The beach stretch is the longest in Bulgaria - about 12 km - and offers many free areas even during high season. The place is among the best venues for surfing, windsurfing and kiting at the Bulgarian sea coast. The "Kamchia Sands" locality is here and it is a unique combination of sand dunes and river forests. There are remains of four ancient settlements near the village.

Shkorpilovtsi is a place where the long beach strip, the mountain air and the mineral spas make the perfect combination for a pleasant and wholesome holiday.

The resort is a favourite place for families with children or couples who appreciate its discreet location, cosiness, luxury, the availability of a SPA centre, the superb cuisine and the quality of service.

Yacht for picnic - St Vlas, Nessebar Municipality

Sveti Vlas is the home of the unique marina, located in the southern part of the town. What makes the marina unique is its favourable location at the foothills of the Balkan Mountain which protects it from the northerly winds.

Yachts may be hired for picnics in remote small bays or for voyages in the open sea. The programme includes sailing from Dinevi Marina - a round trip in the Bay of Sunny Beach - a panorama of Nessebar - a panorama of Sunny Beach - anchoring at Elenite - sunbathing on board - sailing back to Dinevi Marina. The duration of the trip is around 5 hours. Booking should be made at least three days in advance. The yachts have apartments, kitchens, BBQ and captains.

Surf school – Shkorpilovtsi Village, Dolni Chiflik Municipality

The central beach in Shkorpilovtsi offers a windsurf and kite school which has professional instructors of long experience, modern surf, windsurf and kite equipment, a catamaran, a speed boat, a wake-board. The location is a true paradise for surfers. Ideal conditions for both beginners and skilled surfers - a constant side wind. Mornings are suitable for beginners, and afternoons - for skilled surfers.

Week of the sea – Byala, Byala Municipalit

By tradition each year during the first week of August Byala hosts the Week of the Sea. The festival goes back to 1980 and is an exciting event for the inhabitants of the town and its guests regardless of their age. It is held in the centre of the town and is free for all.

The programme of the Week of the Sea is rich and diversified, full of different events - sport competitions, contests in different categories, and in the evening Bulgarian and foreign talented performers entertain the visitors. Seven days full of entertainment for young and old.

Scuba-diving courses – Nessebar, Nessebar Municipality

Besides its stunning beaches and numerous attractions Nessebar is also a wonderful place for scuba-divers and lovers of the magic of the sea depths. There are many scuba-diving courses on offer in Nessebar.

Courses are held according to all safety measures and are conducted by certified instructors with the necessary equipment. Beginners receive detailed instructions. The scuba-diving centres in Nessebar offer excellent opportunities for beginners, advanced and professional divers.

Scuba-diving may be a wonderful present for a dear person. Underwater trips are held usually from early June to early September. A trip lasts up to two hours.

Week of the Sea - Shkorpilovtsi Village, Dolni Chiflik Municipality

The Week is held during the first August week in Shkorpolovtsi. The programme of the Week of the Sea is rich and diversified - there are numerous contests, sport and entertainment events. The tourists may enjoy the beach sports, e.g. beach volleyball, beach football, Frisbee, etc.

Great favourites among the guests are the water attractions like the giant inflatable banana, water skis, pedalos, scooters and many others.

There are special sport competitions and events for the children, dance evenings, walks, souvenir making, masquerade processions.

St Jordan's Day in the three – Nessebar, Byala, Dolni Chiflik

Tradition has it that every year on January 6th, on the third most important Christian celebration - that of Epiphany (St Jordan's Day) young brave men get together by the seawater to catch the cross - the symbol of Christianity.

According to the Biblical legend this is the day when was christened in the waters of the river Jordan by St John the Baptist and everyone who dips into the water turned holy by the priest will be healthy throughout the year. It is believed that if a sick person walks into the water he/she will be cured.

The priest all over the country perform rituals of holy water blessing for health. At the end of the ritual the wooden cross is tossed in water (in coastal towns the cross is thrown into the sea), and volunteers try to reach it. This is done for health and welfare for all. Traditionally the participants receive small token prizes and the winner gets the special prize by the mayor.

Feast of the Bread – Orizare Village, Nessebar Municipality

By tradition the Feast of the Bread is held every year during the first week of July and it is hosted by the village of Orizare. The village square is the place where the different hand-made breads are exhibited for everyone to taste. At the end the mayor hands in a certificate to the best bread master. Everyone may take part in the competition of bread making, regardless of age. The feast is accompanied by tasting of the breads, a folklore show and recreation of the traditional rituals at harvest time and bread making.

Orizare is a quiet village in Nessebar Municipality, surrounded by vast wheat and sunflower fields. The climate is pleasant and the soil is fertile - hence the development of gardening, vine and vegetable growing. The village holiday is on the day of St Petka in October. The day is marked by a local fair.

The antique Fortress on Cape Atanas – Byala, Byala Municipality

The antique Fortress on Cape Atanas was restored in 2013 and consists of several buildings of different functions – a babtisterium, a winery, a basilica, dwelling and commercial buildings.

The fortress is the most important early-Christian complex in the region to have been studied and it comprises a three-nave one-apse basilica with a narthex, three baptismal rooms, a font for holy water, a dwelling for the Chief Bishop, as well as two kilns and a winery.

In the basilica, the baptismal rooms and near them fragments of the architectural decoration have been found, a whole altar table, fragments of murals, including an image of young Christ, the inscriptions "Maria" and "Jesus".

A special team began work in 2014 and it will be responsible for the management and publicity of the fortress. Guides will escort the visitors around the place. At the height of the tourist season the visitors will be transported from the town centre to the fortress. Byala Municipality intends to set up an archaeological museum to house the artefacts.

Celebrations on cape St Atanas go back to ancient times. They are connected with the celebration of St Atanas the Great and used to be held on May 2nd. Recently the tradition has been upheld and the celebration is organized again in early May on cape St Atanas in the ancient fortress.

The celebrations represent a religious procession from the church "St. Paraskeva" (a monument of local importance) to cape St. Atanas. The celebration includes tasting traditional fish dishes, fire-walkers' and folklore dances, as well as different local traditions and rites.

Popular Congregation Germeto for folk singers and players - Golitsa Village, Dolni Chiflik Municipality

The Popular Congregation performers are singers and players of various folk instruments (kaval (flute), bag-pipe, tamboura, gadulka (a violin-like instrument)), as well as Bulgarian and foreign folk singers, performing authentic folklore from the Vaya and other ethnographic regions in Bulgaria.

The purpose of the congregation is to study, preserve and popularize the authentic folklore from the Vaya and other ethnographic groups, to contribute to the discovery of young talents and to help preserve the continuity between generations and to revive the interest and love towards the Bulgarian folk heritage.

The Congregation is organized by Dolni Chiflik Municipality, "Golitsa" Society, the Golitsa Mayor's office, "Hristo Botev" Cultural Home in Golitsa with the support of the Ministry of culture. It is held annually in early August - the first Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the month.

Archaeological Museum, sightseeing the Old Nessebar along the cultural-historical route "Spiritual Road", viewing the miraculous icon "Holy Virgin" – Nessebar, Nessebar Municipality

Nessebar peninsula - the ancient town of Mesambria, called later Nessebar, was inhabited thousands of years ago, towards the end of the Bronze Era. The ancient Thracians called it "Melsambria", meaning "the town of Melsa", after the legendary founder of the settlement.

The town becomes part of the Bulgarian state in 812 when Khan Krum conquered it and Slavs and Bulgarians settled here. Nessebar, as the Slavs called the town, remained in Bulgarian hands for a long time, during the reign of Tzar Simeon the Great.

Many houses from the period of Revival - typical examples of the Black Sea architecture, as well as many windmills, public baths and fountains have been preserved to this very day.

Nessebar was declared an architectural and archaeological reserve in 1956, and in 1983 the town's monuments were included in UNESCO's list of World Cultural Heritage.

The great church celebration - Assumption of Mary or Great Holy Virgin on August 15th is the official holiday of Nessebar. Its beginning goes back more than 140 years when the then newly built central temple of the town was devoted to the Assumption of Mary. The town has been under the special protection of the Mother of Christianity ever since.

The most important holy object of the temple of The Assumption of Virgin is the miraculous icon of Byzantine times (10-11th c.) "Holy Mary", known also as "The Black Mary" because of its dark colours. The icon is famous not only for its exceptionally precise Byzantine style but also for true-to-live look in the eyes of Virgin Mary and the likeness of the image to a great number of known drawings of the Holy Mother. It is a military icon (hence the darker colours), most likely captured by Ivan Assen II during the battle of Klokotnitsa when the Bulgarians defeat the troops of Theodor Komnin. The Mother of God is a patron of Nessebar because according to legends this miraculous icon has come to the rescue of the town from invaders many times.

The Archaeological museum in Nessebar was founded in 1956 and its first exhibition was arranged in the church "St John the Baptist". The museum was moved to its specially constructed building in 1994.

At present work is being carried out on the implementation of a special cultural-historical itinerary in Old Nessebar, called "Spiritual Road", connecting some of the most significant architectural marks from the various epochs. The cultural-historical itinerary "Spiritual Road" has as its aim to show all the Old Nessebar churches to the tourists.

Antique kiln and aquapark - Byala Municipality

In 2011, near the town of Byala, a very well preserved kiln was discovered. The kiln is now surrounded by a protective construction which allows free access and visits by tourists.

This kiln was used to bake bricks which were necessary for the construction of the fortress on cape St. Atanas. Similar kilns have been discovered in many places in Bulgaria but unfortunately a large part of them are not accessible to tourists or have been destroyed in time. The kiln in Byala has been restored and preserved and the visitors to this tourist site can learn more about the antique construction technology used by the local population.

National poetic contest "Kamchia days of poetry" and Ethnographic collection – Dolni Chiflik, Dolni Chiflik Municipality

The National poetic contest "Kamchia days of poetry" gathers in November in Dolni Chiflik masters of verse of all ages from all over the country. Works, whose topics are connected with the natural beauty, the people, the past and the present of the country and the Kamchia region.

The participants are divided into two categories - under 18 and above 18 years of age. The poetic celebration is the final stage of the annual process of submissions of poems, essays and other literary works.

The Ethnographic collection of Peoples' Cultural House "Izgrev" in Dolni Chiflik was opened in 2009. It is positioned in five exhibition halls and represents life in Dolni Chiflik from late 19th and early 20th centuries - livelihood, crafts, agriculture, animal breeding, education, garments. The museum houses around 1700 exhibits donated by more than 300 people.

Thracian fortress "Erak" - Grozdyovo Village, Dolni Chiflik Municipality

The "Erak" fortress is one of the oldest historical and cultural monuments from Thracian times. The remains are in the territory of Dolni Chiflik Municipality, in the Sherba locality, some 5 km south of Grozdyovo Village. It is 397 m above sea level. The fortress has not been very well studied and is very hard to reach.

Celebration of Byala and the Municipal Cultural Institute – The Archaelological Museum – Byala Municipality

The Day of Byala is on September 5th. This is the day when, in 1984, Byala was officially given the statute of town. The local population await this day with excitement but it is also very moving to all the visitors and guests of the town.

The Museum in Byala was established in 2011, on the basis of the then existing museum exhibition. It houses a large part of the extremely interesting finds from the archaeological expedition to cape St Atanas.

The exhibits in the museum trace life on the territory of Byala Municipality from Antiquity (6th c. BC) to the National Revival in 19th c. The exhibition halls contain interesting, sometimes unique artefacts of the life of the Byala inhabitants through the centuries.

Feast of the home-made sausage and Museum of Beekeeping – Kosharitsa Village, Nessebar Municipality

Every year in January the village of Kosharitsa hosts the Feast of the home-made sausage. The local people and many guest from the whole Nessebar Municipality take part in the feast. This is the day when every maker of sausage has the opportunity to exhibit his or her production and a special jury determines the winners. The participants in the feast can treat themselves to freshly baked sausage with a glass of wine.

The outskirts of Kosharitsa is the venue of the only Museum of Beekeeping in Bulgaria which is a genuine masterpiece of bee associated activity. Founded and kept by the beekeeper Kiril Kirov, the museum shows the history of beekeeping, a great number of tools and supplies the opportunity to buy home-made honey.

The most impressive part of the exhibition are the bee-hives. Among them there is a hive made of glass which and everyone can see what is going inside. There is a group of hives which are replicas of the most significant buildings in Old Nessebar.

Rooster's Day and Monument to the Rooster – Golitsa Village, Dolni Chiflik Municipality

Every year Fubruary 2nd marks Rooster's Day in the village of Golitsa. In 2010 a monument to the rooster, unique in Bulgaria, was unveiled there.

Legend has it that Rooster's Day was connected with the collection of the heaviest tax the Bulgarians had to pay under Turkish yoke - the blood tax, taking young boys from their families. A brave lady of Golitsa hid her son and refused to give it to the Turks, who, in turn, threatened to kill the boy if his mother did not surrender him. She said she would kill her own boy but not surrender him. During the night she took the boy out of the village and hid him, then slaughtered a rooster at midnight and the threshold of the house and sprinkled its blood everywhere. When the Turks came again in the morning they were shocked by the mother's deed. That is how that day was marked as the Rooster's Day, the celebration of man's beginning of the Bulgarian race. A special dish for the day is the "boiled" cabbage pastry. In the morning the young maids bake breads, boil the rooster, dress up and decorate their heads with a long feather from a rooster.

Eco-paths "Magnificent Balkan", "Azure Beach" and "Milllennial History" – St Vlas, Nessebar Municipality

The eco-tourist network "Magnificent Balkan", "Azure Beach" and "Milllennial History" is set up in the region of eastern Balkan Mountains, in the vicinity of St Vlas, Nessebar Municipality. Tourist infrastructure (itineraries, marks, tourist shelters and rest places) has been laid out thus creating opportunities for educational programmes.Following the name of the project three walking itineraries of various difficulty and natural surroundings have been established:

- “Magnificent Balkan” (length of route 8 km., duration of 5 hours) – with itinerary: Holiday village ”Elenite”, “Tchoban Tcheshma”, “The Horse Shoe”, ”The Mouflons” locality, mount ”St Elija”, ”Sara Gyol” locality, “Hunting Lodge”, “Kuru Tcheshma” locality (with a centenarian oak tree);

- “Azure Beach” (length of route 4.5 km., duration of 3 hours) – with itinerary: St Vlas, “The Big Tcheshma”, ”The Mouflons” locality, “The Horse Shoe”, ”Kanelski Borun” fountain, through apine tree grove down to a pumping station. The itinerary is characterized by the extremely beautiful panoramic view of the Nessebar bay, the villages of Tankovo, Ravda, Aheloy, the "Kalinata" protected area, Kableshkovo, Aleksandrovo, Medovo, Pomorie and the Strandzha Mountain;

- “Millennial History” (length of route 6 km., duration of 4 hours) – “St Andrey” (“Ayazmoto”), St Vlas, “The Old Tcheshma”, mount “St Elija”, “The Big Tcheshma”, ”The Mouflons” locality, “The Horse Shoe”, ”Kanelski Borun” fountain, southward along ”Kanelski Borun” one goes to “St Vlasii” and the tourist complex “The Monastries”.

At key points there are directions along the itineraries with maps of the region, directions to sites, as well as information about the mountain and the biological diversity.

Demonstration centre "White Cliffs" – Byala, Byala Municipality

The White Cliffs are on the Black Sea shore, some 2 km to the north of Byala and are a renowned nature preserve place. They have been discovered by the Austrian professor Anton Preisinger who has made a number of paleo-geological examinations and has proved that this is one of the very few place in the world where the Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary may be seen at its best. The White Cliffs are part of the geological phenomena in Bulgaria and are of great importance for the development of eco- and scientific tourism in Byala Municipality. The traces of the cosmic cataclysm are suitable for exploration by scientific expeditions at any time of the year.

Demonstration Centre "White Cliffs" reveals a fantastic geological-paleontological world and a natural phenomenon unique in its world significance. Here you will learn the secret that caused the end of dinosaurs and marked the beginning of human development.

Everyone may experience exciting moments when getting in touch with animal species that disappeared long ago.

Biosphere Reserve "Kamchia" - the richest plantation in Europe – Dolni Chiflik Municipality

"Kamchia" Reserve was declared in 1951 with the aim to preserve the century old riverside groves and has an area of 842.1 ha. The riverside groves around the mouth of Kamchia river are the best example of this type of plantation in the Balkan Peninsula. The biological diversity of the reserve is amazing. The total number of plant species identified in the riverside grove area is 245, of which the endangered ones are "laskavolistna mlechka", "marsh snowdrop", "marsh telipterris", "severnitsa". The lianas, which form a wet curtain, are very important. The reserve houses one of the largest areas for the "marsh snowdrop" in Bulgaria. Water lilies and other plants are abundant in the river.

Due to its nature protection status, ecological and scientific significance the "Kamchia" Reserve received international recognition in 1977 when it was included in the world's network of biospheric reserves of UNESCO's programme "Man and Biosphere" for the protection of the most representative ecosystems on the planet.

The Reserve may be observed along its northern boundary - at resort complex "Kamchia" and its south-eastern edge which can be reached along an asphalt road Novo Oryahovo - Shkorpilovtsi.

Activities which are forbidden in the Reserve: any form of construction, waste pollution, hunting for wild life, angling, destroying of plantation, collecting wild plants, fruit and seeds, planting unsuitable species for the region, lighting fires, straying from the regulated paths, using the lands of the Reserve for pasture, and any other activity which may damage nature.

Protecte Area "Irakli" – Nessebar Munivipality

Irakli is a protected area, near cape Emona, Nessebar Municipality.

The place is famous for its virgin nature and clean environment - a rare phenomenon on the Black Sea coast. Here one will find unique plants listed in the Red Book of Bulgaria and protected by the Law of biological diversity

The beach strip is almost 3 km long. The beach is covered with sand. The southern part of the strip hosts a post of the National Movement "Green Patrols". From there southwards, reaching cape Emine, is the protected territory.

The territory is under the control of the Regional Inspection of Environment Protection in Burgas. It is declared a protected area by a government decree in 1994. The purpose is to preserve the typical coastal habitats of rare and endangered species such as the water lily and "mlechka", sea "ranilist", sand "mlechka", tartar "mlechnik", sea "vetrogon", Pontic "vedritsa" and many birds.

Natrural phenomenon "Sand Dunes" – Nessebar Municipality.

The sand dunes are formed in the course of tens of thousands of years by the wind. They contain very little connecting matter which makes the whole complex a very fragile eco-system susceptible to easy destruction. There are five sand dunes in the vicinity of Nessebar with a total area of around 10 ha which were declared a natural phenomenon.

These dunes became the habitat of some very rare vegetation species - bushes, flowers and grass. They are representatives of the so called sand flora but some of them have already been included in the Red Book of Bulgaria. Some of them are:
Water Lily /Pancratium maritimum/ – an exceptionally beautiful decorative plant of the snow drop family which has large white and aromatic blossoms throughout the summer – from July to September;
Erianthus ravennae – tall grass with beautiful ribbon-like leaves and silver-white blossoms. It grows on the sand dunes. The species is included in the Red Book of Bulgaria;
Sea vetrogon /Eringium maritimum/ – a rare perennial grass with silver leaves and light-blue blossoms;
Sea ranilist /Stachys maritima/ – a rare plant which is in blossom from May to August.

There are a number of even more beautiful and interesting species which grow on the dunes. They contribute to the whole view of the localities and are of interest to the botanists. Among them are the sand poppy, the yellow sand linum, the sand "dzuka", etc.

"Kirov Dol" Supported Reserve – Dolni Chiflik

It was declared a reserve in 1968 with the purpose of preserving a 150-year old forest of the species "blagun", "tzer", "gorun" and beech trees. Later its statute was changed to a supported reserve with an area of 53.5 ha. It is in the vicinity of Solnik village some 10 km south of Dolni Chiflik and about 25 km west of Byala. It occupies a large wooded area with typical beech trees which were abundant in the past in the Balkan Peninsula and greatly diminished in size in the 20th century. The forest in the Reseve are protected from anthropogenic influence. The Reserve is difficult to access by car.

Activities which are forbidden in the Reserve: any form of construction, waste pollution, hunting for wild life, angling, destroying of plantation, collecting wild plants, fruit and seeds, planting unsuitable species for the region, lighting fires, straying from the regulated paths, using the lands of the Reserve for pasture, and any other activity which may damage nature.

"Gospodinov" Farm with Zoo - by the Goritsa Village, Byala Municipality

"Gospodinov" Farm has a restaurant, a BBQ and a small zoo. There are alleys for walks and animal observation.

Here one can see different animals - tens of bird species (ducks, hens, pigeons, pheasants, peacocks, ostriches), five rabbit types, a pony, a horse, a donkey, a mouflon, a deer, a doe, a goat, a llama, boars as well as the most impressive ones - Vietnamese pigs.

Supported Reserve "Vulchi Prehod" – Golitsa Village, Dolni Chiflik Municipality

Declared in 1968, then status changed in 1999. The total area of the reserve is 43.9 ha. It is north of Golitsa village. The reserve occupies large beech forests, aged, of natural origin, in excellent condition. The forest is totally protected from anthropogenic influence. The reserve is difficult to reach by car - only a forest path leads to it. It is suitable for walks in the summer.

Activities which are forbidden in the Reserve: any form of construction, waste pollution, hunting for wild life, angling, destroying of plantation, collecting wild plants, fruit and seeds, planting unsuitable species for the region, lighting fires, straying from the regulated paths, using the lands of the Reserve for pasture, and any other activity which may damage nature.

"Fields of White Oman" natural phenomenon - Detelina Village, Dolni Chiflik Munucipality

The rare curative plant white oman (Inula helenium) is listed in the Red Book of Bulgaria and it can be found in Dolni Chiflik Municipality.

The field has an area of about 2 ha and is located in the neighbourhood of the village of Detelina. It was declared as a natural phenomenon in 1983.

The White Oman has a number of curative properties but its picking is prohibited by law. Roots of White Oman may be purchased in pharmacies..

"Kamchia Sands" Locality – Dolni Chiflik Municipality

"Kamchia Sands" locality is situated near the biospheric reserve "Kamchia" and also by the Shkorpilovtsi holiday village, 10 km from the exit to the main road at Staro Oryahovo village.

It includes the largest Black Sea beach strip in Bulgaria and protects the unique combination of dunes and river groves.

Wine traditions in the Bulgarian village – Nessebar Municipality, Byala Municpality,
Dolni Chiflik Municipality

Wine production has a millennial tradition in Bulgarian lands. At present many Bulgarians have their own vineyards and make their own wine.

Traditions in wine production are passed on from generation to generation. People often try to improve wine by mixing different grape varieties.

Wine production in Bulgarian villages is very popular because the conditions for ageing and storing are better than in the cities.

Wine tasting of traditional local wines at chateau "Polikhronovi" – Byala Municiplaity

Chateau "Polikhronovi" is a winery with a wine-tasting hall, located in Byala, some 45 km north of Nessebar. Founded in 2003, it produces small batches of high-quality white and red wines. Each batch consists of no more than 800-1000 bottles and the wine is made of typical grape varieties for the Black Sea region like Dimyat, Merlo, Chardonnay and Traminer.

Chateau "Polikhronovi" has a wine tasting hall, wine cellars and a lounge.

The wine tasting hall seats 50. The visitors have the opportunity to acquaint themselves with the technology of producing different wines and to view the cellars where the wines age. The wine tasting may include 6 wines, cheese, bread, mineral water. The owners of Chateau „Polikhronovi“ who will gladly tell their guests more about the wines as well as about the history of wine production in the region of Byala conduct it.

Chateau "Polikhronovi" have their own vineyards and their white and red wines are known for their natural aroma.

Dinner with wine and a folklore show – Nessebar Municiplaity, Byala Municipality, Dolni Chiflik Municipality

Many Bulgarian traditional restaurants offer authentic atmosphere, representing the old Bulgarian way of life, you will see the typical hanging vines, you will listen to traditional folk music and, if lucky, you may come across a live performance of traditional folk bands and singers.

Dinner with wine and BBQ – Nessebar Municipality

Meat gourmets must taste the Bulgarian BBQ.

It is one of the specialities of the Bulgarian cuisine.

The BBQ is done in a furnace where the skewers are rotated about 50 cm above the fire.

House for country tourism – Solnik Village, Dolni Chiflik Municipality

Radka Nedeva, known as Granny Radka, is the living advertisement of Bulgarian folklore, cuisine, traditions and hospitality.

She has turned her house into a museum, with hand-made costumes, shirts and mummers' masks on the walls. This elderly lady is an active hostess. Several foreign tour operators send their tourist to her house from March to mid-October.

Recently Granny Radka has started playing hostess to groups of Bulgarian students during their holidays. There are different programmes for every age and nationality and each visitor leaves her place with greatly impressed by her hospitality.

She has turned her house into a museum, with hand-made costumes, shirts and mummers' masks on the walls. Another curiosity is a loom of historic value.

Granny Radka has worked on her loom many traditional - 27 for ladies, 30 for children and 12 for men. These outfits are used for the amateur performing group. They may be tried by the tourists as well who like to take photographs in them.

The yard houses a collection of tools, buckets, varnished pumpkins, bells. The backyard is the place for the orchard and vineyards. The produce is used for making brandy and wine. A large walnut tree is in the middle of the yard and long chain dances go round it after the visitors have had their tasty meals.

Autumn feasts of young wine – Gyulyovtsa Village, Nessebar Municipality

The first edition of the Autumn feasts of young wine in Nessebar Municipality was held in Gyulyovtsa Village in 2010. The event is a step in establishing the coastal municipality as an all-season tourist destination. During the feast the participants present their new harvest. The visitors have the opportunity to taste selected young wines and to vote for them thus determining the winner. The contest aims at stimulating the participants to show their best produce.

Wine tasting in country houses – Nessebar Municipalities

Wine tasting in country houses may be combined with meeting the local producers of home-made wine. The hosts will tell about their own produce and will offer it for tasting.

Trifon Zarezan (The Pruner) - a contest for best home-made wine and a Weekend of
love and wine – Nessebar Municipality

In its capacity of a developed tourist destination Nessebar has every chance to turn Trifon Zarezan into a traditional and popular celebration for the town. Every year in early February a contest for the best home-made wine is held. Besides pruning the vines the producers and lovers of wine from the vicinity have the opportunity of presenting their wines. At the end of the contest the winner is announced - a queen or a king of vineyard.

Apart from being known as the month of wine February is also the month of love. Nessebar Municipality organizes a festival "Love Weekend" on February 14th.

The festival aims at showing the advantages of Nessebar as an all-season attractive destination for all love couples and to draw their attention to wedding tourism as well as honeymoon opportunities. The town has all the facilities for a wedding - hotels, tourist attractions, romantic atmosphere, ancient traditions and last but not least - the charm of the sea. "Weekend of love and wine" gives the love couples the opportunity to meet in one place every professional who may help them organize the event.

Best home-made wine contest and Trifon Zarezan – Byala

February is the time of the year when Byala holds the traditional contest for best home-made wine. Wine producers from the region get together and present their wines which are classified in different categories.

Wines are evaluated by professional wine-tasters. The winners are announced on February 14th when the inhabitants of Byala celebrate Trifon Zarezan. The mayor awards the winners.

The territory of the municipality has 450 decars of the "Merlo" variety and 2000 decars of the "Dimyat" variety.

Celebrating Trifon Zarezan – Dolni Chiflik Municipality

Every year the calendar of events of Dolni Chiflik Municipality marks the celebration of Trifon Zarezan on February 14th.

The Dolni Chiflik region has a well developed vine growing that is why Trifon Zarezan feast is celebrated so much. On the day of Trifon Zarezan the men go to the vineyards and carry with themselves freshly baked bread, a hen and wine. Usually every farmer prunes some vines and pours wine on the cuttings. Pruning is accompanied by pronunciation of blessing for rich harvest. The cut vine sticks are used to make wreaths which people wear on their heads. Once pruning is done people sit down at a table and share their food. Songs and music accompany the feast.Legend has it that the day was named after a man called Trifon. His friends told him to be careful with the knife when pruning but he took no heed and so he cut his nose. So this is how February 14th was named after Trifon Zarezan.

State Hunting Enterprise "Sherba" - Goren Chiflik Village, Dolni Chiflik Municipality

State Hunting Enterprise "Sherba" in Goren Chiflik is the first in Bulgaria. Its establishment in 1930 as a central breeding station for wild animals marks the beginning of the development of such stations. The natural environment and the favourable climate form a key factor for the rich wild life diversity in the region.

The territory of the Hunting Enterprise is located on the northern slopes of the Balkans. 

The major species of wild life are: deer, wild boar, stag, mouflon, doe.The Enterprise allows and organizes hunting for wild boars, snipes and pheasants, foxes and chacals.

The visitors to the Enterprise may avail of the opportunities for eco-tourism, photo-hunting, sports angling and visits to the interesting sites in the region of the northern Black Sea coast.

The Hunting Enterprise has two hunting lodges. The larger one has 3 apartments and 4 double rooms (AC, Sat TV), restaurant, jaccuzzi, sauna and steam baths, and the smaller one has 3 double rooms and a tavern

State Hunting Enterprise "Nessebar" – Nessebar Municipality

State Hunting Enterprise "Nessebar" is located on the eastern-most slopes of the Balkans (Emine Mountain).

The hunting area of the enterprise is 24 391 ha. The major wild life species are red deer Cervus elaphus), doe (Capreolus capreolus), mouflon (Ovis musimon), wild boar (Sus scrofa), snipe (Scolopax rusticola), quail (Coturnix coturnix).

The main activities of the enterprise are devoted to the development of the hunting sport, protection and increasing the species diversity, optimizing the wild life stock.

The presence of people in the region is subject to regulations which means activities like tourism, mushroom picking, herb collecting, etc are carried out without disturbing wild life.

The Hunting Enterprise has three lodges which offer comfort and pleasant atmosphere to the hunters. These are Gorska Baraka Lodge (5 rooms, 1 apartment and a tavern), Kalinata Lodge (2 double rooms and a tavern) and Nessebar Lodge (9 rooms and 3 apartments). The lodges are built with the purpose to be of service to the hunters offering all necessary facilities. Gorska Baraka Lodge is located in the very heart of the hunting fields and is ideal for hunting on foot.

"Dolni Chiflik" Dam – Dolni Chiflik Municipality

The dam is about 5 km from Dolni Chiflik, north of Nessebar, in the outskirts of the Eastern Balkans (Kamchia Mountain). The main road Varna - Burgas passes some 5 km from the dam. Not far from the village is the holiday village Shkorpilovtsi and the coastal town of Byala.

The dam is built on the Tchairdere river. The depth at the wall is about 17 m. The area of the dam is 0.53 sq. km.

The normal volume of the dam is 500 000 m3 and the maximal volume is 2 000 000 m3. The wall and the facilities are private property are of good condition.

Fishing in Byala – Byala Municipality

The town of Byala is located at one of the most picturesque spots along the Bulgarian Black Sea coast - at the foothills of the eastern slopes of the Balkans. It is 55km south of Varna and 70 km north of Burgas.

Byala is a quiet and cheerful town with developed tourism and hospitality business. The town is 42 above sea level. The coast has cliffs, small bays, beach strips with dunes. The combination of sea and mountain climate makes Byala a marvellous place for recreation both in summer and winter. There aren't any industrial facilities to pollute the environment.

Byala's port is in the bay south of cape St Atanas and its size is suitable for the expansion of the pier front and further developments in the area.

The fishing enthusiasts may be attracted by the different fish: mullet, belted bonito, turbot, garfish, sprat, sturgeon, scad, shad, mackerel, goby, skip jack, etc.

Eco-park "Venelin" – Venelin Village, Dolni Chiflik Municipality

Eco-park "Venelin" has one of the largest fish-ponds in Bulgaria. The park contains 600 000 sq. m. of fish-ponds and green meadows. Eco-park "Venelin" offers a great variety of activities at affordable prices thus giving the chance to every visitor to have the best of their times.

Angling, archery, picnic or walks among the beautiful and virgin Bulgarian nature - the choice is yours.

The park features fish of the client's choice at very competitive prices. Angling is allowed the year round. Fish for angling: carp, catfish, pike. There are also populations of crucian, perch and rudd.

The accommodation facilities consist of 4 rooms and an apartment and 20 bungalows built on the water. The bungalows feature a bedroom, a WC, a veranda, AC and TV.

While in eco-park "Venelin" you may make use of pavilions, benches, tables, BBQ, the "Tarzan" children's playgound, boats and pedaloes, to buy live fish or to enjoy the specialities in the restaurant.

The restaurant's extra is live fish which may be caught and cooked by the cooks.

Eco-complex "Sherba" – Grozdyovo Village, Dolni Chiflik Municipality

Eco-complex "Sherba" is located in the forest of the village of Grozdyovo. The forest is well known for its abundant flora and fauna.

The visitors to the eco-complex will have the opportunity to get in touch with the magic of the beautiful forest and the variety of traditional Bulgarian culinary delights.

The complex has a hotel with 19 en-suite rooms, of which 5 apartments; 3 coquetish cottages with one or two bedrooms and outside BBQ; 2 family houses with 5 and 3 en-suite rooms, with own tavern with a fire place.

The complex also comprises a restaurant with open-air terraces, a conference hall seating 60 (equipped with a screen, multimedia facilities and sound); a multifunctional playground for tennis, football, volleyball and basketball; a fitness hall and a state-of-the-art SPA centre with 3 sauna baths: herbal (with special herbal therapy collected from ecologically clean reagions), classic Finnish and a sauna bath with chromotherapy, a steam bath, a massage parlour, jaccuzzi, and a mini waterfall.

"Poroy" Dam – Nessebar Municipality

"Poroy" dam is 35 km from Burgas, 15 km from Nessebar and 10 km from Sunny Beach.

It is built on Hadzhiiska river amidst the beautiful nature of the villages of Orizare and Poroy. The dam occupies an area of 4450 decars and has been categorized for industrial and amateur angling. Here one may also practice sport angling, to have a boat ride or just to have a nice walk along the banks

Fish for angling: carp, crucian, taranka, rudd, etc. "Poroy" dam is accessible from all sides and its shores offer great places for picnic or camping.

Fish Festival “Autumn Passages” – Nessebar, Nessebar Municipality

For the first time in early November 2013 Nessebar hosted the "Autumn Passages" fish festival. The expectations are to make the festival a tradition. The venue is the Sea Port in Old Nessebar.

The festival is visited by guest from all over the country and they have the opportunity to enjoy the tasty sea fish and the beauty of Nessebar.

The festival has both tourist and cultural character and is full of events like a market of fresh fish, boat rides, fish specialities...

Kamchia River – Dolni Chiflik Municipality

Kamchia is the largest Bulgarian river to flow into the Black Sea and it collects the waters from eastern Balkans a small part of the Danubian plane. The river flows into the sea near the holiday village "Kamchia" and camp-site "Romantica" crossing the Longoza locality. The lands at the river mouth are marshy and overgrown with river forests. Kamchia has several tributaries which feed a number of dams.

At the mouth of the river is the "Kamchia" reserve, with the largest river forests in Bulgaria. South of the mouth is the "Kamchia Sands" locality. The mouth of the river allows for boats and small ships to sail amidst the beautiful and insurmountable by land river forests. It is a splendid angling place as well.

The river is inhabited by the following fish: roach, barbel, reel, catfish, crucian, perch, gudgeon, mullet, rudd, carp, pike, etc.

Photo Hunting in State Hunting Enterprise "Sherba" – Dolni Chiflik Municipality

The idea of Photo Hunting may seem quite attractive for tourists. Such an opportunity exists in the State Hunting Enterprise "Sherba". It would be fascinating for the tourists to learn more about the different types of wild game, to get to know the hunting infrastructure and to see wild game in its natural surroundings.

Another opportunity is to organize groups for shooting picturesque localities, flowers and plants. Photographing wild game in the Hunting Enterprise is also an excellent opportunity.