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Cape Kaliakra is situated 12km east of Kavarna, and 60 km north-east of Varna. It has sheer cliffs that drop 70 meters to the sea below.
The settlement has changed its name several times – Tetrasiada, Akre and then Kaliakra. The name means “beautiful cape”, due to the abundant pink.
Legend has it that the colour is from the blood of the defenders of the fortress, built in the 4 th century before Christ and later used by the Romans and Byzantines. It was further fortified by Boyar Balik. During the medieval times it served as a dervish monastery.
Today there are quite enough remains of those ancient settlements.
Part of the material culture can be seen exhibited in a small archeological museum sheltered under a limestone cave.
 With its seventy meter high banks like a huge breakwater Cape Kaliakra blocks the way of hurtling furiously waves born from the north wind. It calms them down and turns the wide bay of Kavarna into a quiet haven. Located in a seismic zone the peninsula is subjected to constant washing and breaking by the waves. Kaliakra slowly changes. But despite these changes the cape used to and still radiates raw beauty!

The Ottoman Empire invaded Bulgaria in the late 14th century, burning and raping their way across the country. According to the stories livestock were slaughtered for sport, villages and crops were set aflame, and those who resisted were killed where they stood; girls who were captured were either kept for the pleasure of the Ottoman officers, or sent to join the Sultan’s harem at Constantinople. It is said that when the Ottoman army approached Kaliakra, 40 local girls fled to the end of the headland. They tied their hair together, and jumped from the edge of the cliff; preferring to die on the rocks beneath rather than be captured. An obelisk known as ‘The Gate of the 40 Maidens’ now stands at the entrance to the cape, in memory of their sacrifice.

Museum at Cape Kaliakra

  • Admission: adultsBGN 3
  •  children1,50 BGN.
  • Guided tours are available, but only in the Bulgarian language. The price is 10 BGN.

Opening Hours

Monday

9.00 - 19.00

Tuesday

9.00 - 19.00

Wednesday

9.00 - 19.00

Thursday

9.00 - 19.00

Friday

9.00 - 19.00

Saturday

9.00 - 19.00

Sunday

9.00 - 19.00

Working hours: from 1 April to 31 October from 9.00 to 19.00, without days off. In the rest of the year the Museum is closed.

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