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Top Choice Palace in Balchik

Summer Palace of Queen Marie & Botanical Gardens

At the far western end of the seafront, this palace was completed in 1926 by King Ferdinand of Romania for his English wife, Queen Marie, when Balchik was part of Romania. Size-wise, it's a relatively modest villa, …
Museum in Balchik

Historical Museum

The diverse collection here includes valuable remnants from excavations carried out at the nearby Kibela (Cybele) Temple (referred to at the museum as the 'Temple of the Pontic Mother of Gods'), which dates back to …
Seafood in Balchik

Francis Drake

The restaurant of the Hotel Mistral is the place for some classier cuisine. Fried turbot, smoked salmon and locally caught fish are among the offerings.
Seafood in Balchik

Tihoto Gnezdo

On the far western end of the seafront promenade, just beyond the Summer Palace of Queen Marie, this small, unfussy restaurant is a welcome relief from the bigger, more touristy dining options along the water. Don't…
Gallery in Balchik

Art Gallery

The permanent collection of this gallery holds about 1500 works of art from Bulgarian and foreign artists, though the main draws tend to be the highly interesting rotating exhibitions, such as a recent exhibit on Sc…
Seafood in Balchik

Old Boat

The Old Boat is one of the very first seafront restaurants as you walk westward along the promenade. With an attractive waterfront setting overlooking the harbour, this is a casual place for fresh fish, such as gril…
Museum in Balchik

Ethnographic Museum

This museum features folk costumes, housewares and jewellery, as well as displays relating to traditional trades and crafts such as fishing, barrel-making and woodcarving.