Summer Palace of Queen Marie & Botanical Gardens
This museum features folk costumes and displays relating to traditional trades and crafts such as fishing, barrel-making and woodcarving.
City Historical Museum
The diverse collection here includes Roman statuary, medieval pottery and vintage photographs of the town from the early 1900s.
On the shore near the palace, this simple little cafe serves light dishes like salads and omelettes (from 3.50 lv) as well as fish....
Summer Palace of Queen Marie & Botanical Gardens information
Lonely Planet review
At the western end of the seafront, this little palace was completed in 1926 by King Ferdinand of Romania for his English wife, Queen Marie (Balchik was then part of Romania). It's a relatively modest seaside villa, although the architecture - a blend of Bulgarian, Gothic and Islamic styles topped with a minaret - is unique.
The half-dozen or so rooms on show contain original furnishings, while behind the palace are the extensive botanical gardens. Around 600 different species of flora are featured throughout a series of themed gardens.
Also within the complex are a watermill, a classical-style nymphaeum and the tiny Chapel of Sveta Bogoroditsa.