Cape Kaliakra Signature Golf Coast is a premiere European Golf Destination, located on the beautiful and dramatic Black Sea Coast in Northern Bulgaria. A region defined by history with vast natural treasures, diverse wildlife and mild climate with almost 9 perfect months for golf. Situated only 50 km away from the International Airport Varna, the Destination is easy to access with direct flights from most of the European capitals and larger cities. Cape Kaliakra encompasses three of the finest courses in Europe: Thracian Cliffs, Lighthouse and BlakSeaRama, located within a short drive from each other.
Situated on a dramatic cliff side overlooking the Black Sea, Thracian Cliffs has been named in the Top 5 Most Spectacular Golf Courses in the world. The Signature Championship golf course is designed by the golf legend Gary Player and in his words described the layout as “the most beautiful golf course I’ve ever seen in the world”. Every hole is signature, with 5 different sets of tees to and stunning sea views from every hole. In 2013, Thracian Clifs hosted the 50th Volvo World Match Play Championship, won by Graeme McDowell.
Lighthouse Golf Course is designed by the ex-Ryder Cup Captain – Ian Woosnam. The course is of a “links” design. Contributing to the scenery are the beautiful natural landscapes around which Ian Woosnam has created a great selection of holes.
The BlackSeaRama is the first golf course in Bulgaria. From a flat terrain, a magnificent classical cliff-top links golf course is created, with intimacy at very each of the fairways and with greens, often exceeding the regular sizes. The whole design is fulfilled with respect towards the player, as it gives him a maximum of the chance for a good round at a high-class golf course, where the wind is often a significant factor.
Located approximately 17 km northeast from Thracian Cliffs, Cape Kaliakra comprises a protected spectacular nature reserve, set on a craggy peninsula, considered one of Europe’s most beautiful. The name Kaliakra comes from the Byzantine Greek words “beautiful” and “headland” or “fortress”. Even before the arrival of the Byzantines though, the cape was settled in the 4th century BC by a Thracian tribe known as the Tirizi. The Cape Kaliakra Fortress has been a major stronghold throughout all historical periods ever since the Ancient Thracians and today, it is one of Bulgaria’s best known cultural attractions in combination with the beautiful Black Sea coast scenery.
The Balchik Palace (a.k.a the summer residence of Queen Mary of Romania) is located in the beautiful seacoast town of Balchik, 15 km south from Thracian Cliffs. It was constructed between 1926 and 1937 and consists of a number of residential villas, a wine cellar, a power station, a holy spring, a chapel, watermill with waterfalls and other facilities, as well as most notably a botanical garden housing more than 3000 rare and exotic plants. Balkan and Oriental motifs were used in the construction of the palace that was carried out by Italian architects Augustino and Americo, while a florist was hired from Switzerland to arrange the park. The main building’s extravagant minaret coexists with a Christian chapel, perfectly illustrating the queen’s Bahá’í beliefs.
The Durankulak, Ezerets and the neighboring Shabla lakes, located approx. 35 km north from Thracian Cliffs, form together the most numerous modern wintering grounds for the endangered globally red-breasted goose. The Nature complex is located on the migration route Via Pontica and provides favorable conditions for feeding and resting of a number of migratory birds. The site is of international importance for 3 nesting species of birds Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus), Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus) and Lesser Grey Shrike (Lanius minor), and of national significance for breeding Ferruginous Duck, Mute Swan, Marsh Harrier, Stone Curlew, Calandra Lark and Indian Warbler.
The territory of Kaliakra holds the last big and comparatively well preserved steppe habitat in Dobrudzha as well as the biggest cliffs along the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast. It supports 310 bird species, 71 of which are listed in the Red Data Book for Bulgaria. Of the birds occurring there 106 species are of European conservation concern (SPEC), 17 of them being listed in category SPEC 1 as globally threatened, 21 in SPEC 2 and 68 in SPEC 3 as species threatened in Europe. The region is of exceptional importance during migration and it is typical bottleneck site, as it is located on the Via Pontica – the second biggest migration flyway in Europe. Distinguished bird species that can be observed in the area: European Shag, Red-Breasted Goose, Saker Falcon, Imperial Eagle, Pallid Harrier, Mediterranean Shearwater and many more.
Yailata is situated 25 km away from Thracian Cliffs north-eastern. It is a seaside ledge covering 300 decares is detached from the sea by 50-60 meters high rock massifs. There is a cave city of 101 dwellings, settled as far back as V century B.C. Three necropolises out of III-IV century have been hollowed out in the rocks. A little early-Byzantine stronghold is situated in the northern part of “The Big Yaila”. It is built in the late V century. One tower gate and four towers are partially preserved. There are also a sanctuary, sacrificial stones, and wineries, four dug-into tombs, which have been reserved since Antiquity. During the Middle Ages, the caves have been used as a monastery complex. There are some proto-Bulgarian signs on their walls – runes, crosses and stone icons.
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