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Dobrich And Surrounding Areas

You don't need to be a golf fanatic to visit the region's golf courses. Each of the courses offers a variety of additional activities and leisure pursuits in addition to their professionally designed courses. Thracian Cliffs has a luxurious spa complex on site, which offers a wide range of health and wellness treatments. BlackSeaRama offers a diverse programme of other sports including swimming, tennis, and volleyball, whilst Lighthouse has a spa and wellness complex, riding centre, access to sandy beaches and a children's club. All of the golf resorts have a variety of top-notch restaurants, bars and cafes.

Kaliakra

This dramatic cape lies approximately 50 km from Dobrich. It was declared a protected area in 1941 and forms part of the EU's Natura list of preserved sites. It is a beautiful headland of reddish pink limestone cliffs, which stretch 70 metres deep into the sea. Standing on the grassy edge, looking downwards at the rocks in the clear ocean below is not for the faint- hearted. The sheer drop is unguarded and over the centuries, many have met their deaths here. Well-preserved, archaeological remnants of an ancient fortress are preserved here and a small cave-side museum houses precious pieces of pottery and jewellery. Once you have browsed the ancient exhibits you can take refreshment at the cliff-top restaurant, which caters for touristy tastes at tourist prices. If you enjoy bird watching, there are plenty of shags and cormorants to observe nesting amongst the rocks. Out of season, it is a peaceful place to just sit and ponder on the vastness of the sea. Years ago, dolphins and seal monks played in the waters below, but tourism has changed this and made their sightings all too infrequent.

Dobrich celebrates many cultural events across the year; the most important being "The Day of Dobrich" celebrated every September 25th to mark the anniversary of South Dobrudzha's reunification with Bulgaria. There are a number of concerts to mark the occasion including the "Hello Dobrich!" Pop Rock Marathon. The town also organizes the Sarandev European Pop Rock Competition, which is among the most prestigious forums for promising pop-rock performers. The competition also promotes various messages; "Say No to drugs! Have no fear! Protect the environment! Save mankind!"

Another cultural event is the annual International Youth Music Festival held in June in Albena. The festival is a forum for singers, musicians, chamber orchestras, choirs, bands and ensembles.

Dobrich Municipality has 25 sports clubs, which provide training and sporting events for 15 different sports. The Prostor Outdoor Sports Complex features tennis, basketball, football and volleyball, whilst the nearby Dobrotitsa Sports Complex contains an 800-seat sports hall, a 500-seat athletic track and a general exercise hall. Gymnastics, wrestling, boxing, and martial arts can be found at the Rusalka Sports Complex whilst the Mladost Sports Complex located in the town park has a weightlifting hall and four tennis courts. The town also has a number of stadia including the Druzhba Stadium again located in the town park.

Shopaholics agree that Dobrich is possibly one of the best town's in Bulgaria for retail therapy. There are literally hundreds of boutiques and a phenomenal amount of shoe shops. More importantly, prices in Dobrich are far lower than nearby towns and cities. The large chain stores in the town include DIY retailer, Mr Bricolage and Technopolis plus the new Aquario shopping centre mall.Plans for Mall Dobrich are underway for 2012.

EATING, DRINKING & WHERE TO STAY

Dobrich is buzzing with clubs, restaurants, cafes and bars making it a fun place to relax and there are plenty of good hotels in the town offering reasonably priced accommodation.

Bulgaria Hotel - is located in the heart of the centre, this hotel looks like a concrete monstrosity but the interior is pleasant and the hotel offers all modern facilities including a sports center has a consulting room, a swimming-pool with a bar; a fitness- hall; 2 saunas; solarium; massages; a whirlpool.

Rezidentzia Hotel - has 20 beds, four suits and four double rooms. There is a restaurant with a summer garden and barbeque as well as a swimming pool for the guests.

Fan Tai - a superb Chinese restaurant located behind the municipal building. The portions are huge, quality excellent and the prices are incredibly cheap.

Seasons - a mix of traditional and international cuisine in a lovely setting.Mozzarella - Located opposite the internet café in the centre, this restaurant offers great service and tasty food at low price

Flirt Vodka Bar - close to Seasons restaurant, this bar has an English menu, a great atmosphere and great prices.

Murphys Irish Bar - a lively place to hang out offering a traditional Irish atmosphere.