Balchik Palace and Botanical Gardens Tours

Also known as the Summer Palace of Queen Marie, Balchik Palace sits along Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast, together with a popular botanical garden. The palace was built for Queen Marie of Romania between 1926 and 1937, when Romania controlled the region. Designed by an Italian architect, the palace is part of a complex that includes several villas, a wine cellar, a monastery, a chapel and several other buildings. Buildings within the complex feature architectural elements inspired by a variety of cultures and religions, including a minaret, a Christian chapel, Thracian, Greek and Roman symbols, and a mix of Bulgarian, Gothic and Islamic designs. The palace rooms open to the public display original furnishings, as well as some local ancient artifacts and photographs of Queen Marie. The nearby botanical garden was established in 1940 and covers 65,000 square meters. It is home to 2000 plant species, including a collection of large cactus species, only the second of its kind in Europe.

Practical Info

Balchik Palace is located about two kilometers south of the town of Balchik, 40 kilometers northwest of Varna. It is open all year round, but the best time to visit is between May and October. It is accessible by bus from other coastal towns and there is a bus stop opposite the palace – evident from the mass of tour buses and souvenir stalls nearby.
Address: Balchik, Bulgaria
Hours: May to mid-October, open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; mid-October to April, open 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m.
Admission: 10 lev
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Varna Tour including Cape Kaliakra and Botanical Gardens of Balchik

Explore Bulgaria’s spectacular Black Sea coast and countryside on a full-day trip to Cape Kaliakra and Balchik from Varna. Travel by comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle to craggy Kaliakra, a peninsula nature reserve renowned for its wild beauty. Take a stroll to witness the steep cliffs and wave-lashed coast, and explore the remnants of the cape’s ancient fortress. Then, after lunch and time at a snail farm, explore the beautiful botanical gardens at Balchik, pausing to enjoy a delicious wine tasting. Finally, stop at a fascinating medieval monastery before returning to Varna.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours

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