WHERE IN BULGARIA ARE YOU?

by Stamen Manolov

Situated at the northern section of the Bulgarian Black Sea coast this relatively small, yet very picturesque and pristine beach is for the initiated only

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There are no road signs pointing to it and the road itself, which was once asphalt, is slow and tortuous. Yet, you are less than a mile from one of this country's major tourist attractions, and coming down to the water will guarantee a full day of seaside pleasures that will not leave you – pun intended – at sea.

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