Balchik is one of the most attractive towns on the northern Bulgarian Black Sea coast. Its name comes from the white color of the limestone rock on which it is located, which makes up this part of the Dobrudzha plateau.

Balchik

Balchik is one of the most attractive towns on the northern Bulgarian Black Sea coast. Its name comes from the white color of the limestone rock on which it is located, which makes up this part of the Dobrudzha plateau.

Balchik is one of the most attractive towns on the northern Bulgarian Black Sea coast. Its name comes from the white color of the limestone rock on which it is located, which makes up this part of the Dobrudzha plateau.

The city was founded more than 2600 years ago. On its territory lived different tribes and peoples. The Thracians were the first settlers of the land on which the city is now located. They gave him the name Kruni - Place the hundred springs, because of the many springs and groundwater.

During the Greek colonization in the 5th Century BC the statue of the god Dionysos was thrown out of the sea. The locals decided that they should call their city in its registered shares Dionisopolis so they appease the god of wine and merriment. In the Middle Ages Kruni served as a coast fortress and defended from invaders by sea. Since the beginning of the 16th century the city for its present name Balchik was known and as a major Black Sea port and the administrative center of the Ottoman Empire. Over the centuries, the Bulgarian National Revival Balchik is again an important commercial and cultural center.

In the late 19th and early 20th century, the city acquired its present form. The first industrial buildings, factories, roads were built. The unique in its architecture houses and cobblestone streets give the coastal city exceptional charm and attractiveness.

Today, various cultural events and festivals in Balchik take place, some of which with international participation: days of classic children's festival "Smiles of the Sea", Festival of Young Art, International Festival of Short Film and others.

A wonderful landscape: the sea, mineral springs, mud baths, green forests and white hills, giving a unique atmosphere of the coastal city, each year attracts thousands of tourists.

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