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Dobrich And Surrounding Areas

Dobrich lies in the most eastern part of the Danube plain in the fertile flat lands of the Dobrudzha Plateau, a region strangely reminiscent of the Cheshire Plains. Dobrich is Bulgaria's eighth largest town and is a municipal region covering 92 km of the Northern coastline as far down as Albena. The region as a whole is one of the least populated areas in Bulgaria.

 

Whilst the Dobrich region is one of the most beautiful in the country, the town itself is not outwardly pretty; large apartment blocks, many a legacy from the Communist era, dominate its centre but it contains a certain nostalgia, which hits you when you wander through its pedestrianised, tree-lined centre. Some of the attractive 19th century artisan houses still remain in the Old Quarter and there is a move to restore more of these buildings to beautify the town's superficially concrete appearance. However, times are changing in Dobrich and the town is gradually getting a new facelift. Retail businesses thrive here and it is a fantastic place for bargain hunters with most shops and businesses being located on the pedestrianised boulevard, which leads up to the massive open square.

There are good bus and train connections between Dobrich, Sofia, Varna and Rousse and frequent buses run to the beach resort of Albena during the summer season and the nearby town of Balchik. Varna airport is 40 km away. Within the town centre everything is within easy walking distance in a pleasant pedestrainised area.

ABOUT TOWN

Yordan Yovkov Historical Museum and House - named after Yovkov a famous Bulgarian writer, depicts the historical heritage of Dobrudzha. The museum possesses 163,000 exhibits including a noteworthy piece of art - the ceramic collection known as "The World of Yovkov's Personages" by the artist Stoimen Stoilov.

The Ethnographic Museum - is housed in one of the most interesting houses in the town, which dates back to the Bulgarian National Revival period. The house, built in 1860, was restored in 1970 and has been registered as a monument of culture and architecture. Its tiny rooms provide many exhibits of how people in the area lived during the National Revival period; there are many costumes and textiles, which are considered to be arts and crafts masterpieces. The museum educates visitors on the production processes of tailoring, knitting, wood turnery and baking bread. There is a bakery, a millet-ale shop, and a traditional style café, where visitors can try the famous byalo sladko, boza, and Bulgarian wine.

The Art Gallery - houses an impressive collection of religious icons in The Hall of the Icons. It is an impressive and colourful display showing the great skills of Bulgarian icon-painters. In addition, it features over 3,000 works of art, which include paintings, sculptures, black and white drawings, figurines, and works of plastic arts by artists of various generations. The museum is located in one of the stateliest buildings in the town.

St George's Church - was consecrated in 1843 and burnt down during the Crimean War (1853 - 1856). It was rebuilt in 1868 and now boasts a richly adorned iconostas. Kozma Blazhetov of Debar painted many of the icons.
St George's Park - first opened in 1867 and is now registered as a monument of landscape design. It is a beautiful park, renovated under the Beautiful Bulgaria project in 2003 and it offers a number of sports and recreation facilities.

The Nature and Animal Protection Centre - is the only one of its kind in Eastern Europe. It was created as part of a Bulgarian-Swiss project and now covers 16 hectares. Over 100 animal species from deer and llamas to Przhevalski's horses and exotic birds are housed in here in conditions that simulate their natural habitats. The centre is active in the promotion of breeding programmes and the re-introduction of endangered animal species.

OUT OF TOWN

Albena

Located in a picturesque bay in the north part of Bulgarian Black Sea Riviera, Albena lies 30 km from Dobrich, yet is easily accessible. Albena offers the best sandy beach on the /northern coast. It is a flat, smooth stretch 7 km long and 150 m wide. The rich vegetation of the Baltata Hill Reserve surrounds the resort, making it home to some very rare plants and animals.The resort offers a diverse range of lively entertainment and some excellent places to eat and drink.

Balchik

Lying 25 km away from Dobrich and it is a pleasant town with some fantastic views across the Black Sea. The major tourist attraction in the town is the Quiet Nook Palace and its magnificent park sprawling over an area of 35 hectares. The small palace was originally the summer residence of Queen Marie of Romania. Marie was one of Queen Victoria's grandchildren who was "married off" in the spirit of détente. Between 1913 and 1940, Balchik belonged to Romania and Marie, who fell in love with the picturesque views, commissioned the palace and spent many summers here in the company of her Turkish lover. When she died she pledged that her heart be buried in the palace grounds. The town also has a yacht port and golf courses nearby.

Varna

The summer capital of Bulgaria, is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city bursting with life. Bulgarian Royalty endorsed this notion by choosing the city for their summer residence. The city centre has a quaint "shabby chic" retro style, a city in part languishing in the old glory of the twenties, yet embracing the spirit of a new millennium. In Nezavisimost Square, the heart of the city, there is a refreshing fountain, which seems to cool down its summer visitors with its jet sprays. Pavement cafés and restaurants surround the square and it is a great place for sipping on a coffee and watching the world pass by. Off the main square, there are many delightful boutiques and shopping here is a pleasure.Plus in recent years several modern western style shopping malls with many western chains can be found in Varna.

Varna's Sea Garden is also a place to behold with acres of well-manicured parkland, which includes a zoo, planetarium, aquarium and outdoor theatre.An abundance of shopping malls can be found in Varna including Pfone Mall, Central Plaza, Mall Varna, Yavour Shopping Centre, Grand Mall Varna and the newest opened in 2010 Varna Towers.Plans for two more are underway to open over the next 2 years.